Yadgar Kebab House
- Telephone 0141 424 3722
- Food served Mon – Sun noon–midnight
- Average price £12 (lunch); £12 (evening meal)
Authentic Pakistani cuisine on the Southside and good street food prices
Don't let the word 'kebab' put you off – Yadgar has been serving curries to the southside for 30 years, offering an enticing alternative to the usual takeaway options thanks to its desi-style home-cooking with a Pakistani rather than Punjabi influence. Meat dishes come on the bone, and curries change weekly with popular favourites staying – and it's always worth seeking the helpful advice on specials. Kebabs and pizzas with Halal toppings are also offered. Yadgar is busy in the evenings, whether for sitting in or carrying-out, yet even at the peak times the service is prompt and orders are accurate. Regulars swear by the freshly made mango lassi – a perfect complement to an unusual curry experience that's unlikely to disappoint.
While various shops, families and public swimming pools have come and gone on Calder Street, the Yadgar has been a beacon of reliability. Don't be fooled by its somewhat scruffy appearance, fancy table cloths and mood music are too often used to distract from lacklustre cooking – but not here. Chana is an ever present dish in the daily line-up of meat and veg specials, as are pilau rice, a stack of samosas and 12-inch poppadums. Dishes are for most part spicy, rustic and tasty. The chicken is slow cooked on the bone, off which it falls with almost no persuasion, and saag is smooth, creamy and comforting with the just-blackened naan. The Yadgar, having changed hands a couple of times over the decades, may not be quite at its zenith, but it has expanded the menu to offer lassis and a range of desserts alongside ever popular doners. And it still serves some of the best home-style curries the city has to offer. If spice and authenticity are what you are after, this is for you.
- High point: Big on flavour
- Low point: Not so big on presentation
- Notable dish: Chicken chana
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options
- Capacity: 20
- Open since: 1995