The Calabash Restaurant

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The Calabash Restaurant

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The Calabash Restaurant
57 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3RB
  • Telephone 0141 221 2711
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–1am
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An African restaurant mapping out the multitudinous cuisines that are by and large unrepresented in Glasgow.

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The afro-pop is cranking up next door, six West Africans in awesome shirts are losing their marbles over the football on TV, and grilled meat is sizzling on tables. T.I.A., baby, T.I.A. In a Union Street basement it may be, but that zebra-print staircase is an inter-continental transportation device. Part restaurant, part bar and part weekend club, it’s a meeting point for Glasgow’s African community and their friends. Order a plate of cassava chips and a large Ghanaian Star lager and you’re an instant regular. The pan-African menu has a West to East Coast focus, with Kenyan nyama choma, jollof rice and fried tilapia on the list. The distinctive style of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine means it has its own sub-section and the crumpet-like texture of njera flatbread is great for scooping up sauces. Surprisingly, it’s the veg sides that shine though, from crunchy cassava chips to the creamy green banana and potato mash. That’s a hug in a bowl from Mama Africa right there. Best enjoyed with pals, sampling exotic mystery beers and making new friends in the process.

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Tiff Griffin visited The Calabash Restaurant on 14 March 2019
  • High point: There’s nowhere else quite like this
  • Low point: Lamb on the chewy side
  • Notable dish: Khima curry
  • Average price: £14 (lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • Delivery: £3 charge for up to 5 mile radius, £5 over 5 miles.
  • Private dining: Up to 80 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: DJs on the weekends
  • Capacity: 167
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £10 per bottle

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