This review is taken from the 2014 edition.
From the huge crystal chandeliers and neon pink highlights in the upscale dining room, to the ‘King of Curry’ strapline on the menu, there’s nothing understated about Akbar’s. The Charing Cross restaurant is the sole Scottish outpost of a Bradford-based chain, and the menu reflects its origins – many Glasgow standards are absent, replaced, in part, by a large balti section. A starter of chicken liver tikka arrives sizzling hot and pleases with its coriander-ginger-garlic spicing and toothsome texture. Succulent king prawns are fiery with chilli, and a main of lamb and ginger balti carries real depth of flavour, with zingy notes from the generous application of shredded ginger. Akbar’s naan breads are a talking point in themselves – larger than average and served impaled on a tall metal stand. Spiced-up pasta dishes satisfy Western tastes, while true authenticity lurks in a small section of Pindi-style dishes, featuring the likes of brains and sweetbreads. A better-than-average selection of desserts rounds out the menu, including the moreish Ferrero Rocher cheesecake and a sweet and salty peanut butter chocolate stack, served with delicate coconut ice-cream.
- High point: Incredible hanging naans
- Low point: Glitzy dining room feels a bit soulless
- Notable dish: Liver tikka
- Private dining: Up to 200 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Modern Eastern pop
- Capacity: 120
- Largest group: not stated
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £13.50 per bottle