452 Cathcart Road, Glasgow, G42 7BZ
  • Telephone 0141 258 3779
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9pm
  • Average price £10 (lunch); £10 (evening meal)
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This ‘Kurdish and Middle Eastern’ restaurant on an unassuming stretch of Cathcart Road is a spartan, café-type affair (no alcohol), but the warmth that exudes from the staff when you speak to them heats the place up. As is so often the case with cooking from this part of the world, they know their way round lamb. When cooked on the bone (qozy ghosht) it promptly slides right off, juicy, pink and tender. Kebabs demonstrate an understanding of how to use the fattiness of the meat to bring out its best. Marinated cubes (ghosht brzhaw) have lovely char-lines on the outside, giving just the right amount of chewiness, while the minced lamb crumbles in the mouth, taking on lots of the taste of the aromatic sauce (hints of cinnamon and clove). They’re all full of flavour. Lighter, non-carnivorous ways to try Kurdish food and its distinctive seasonings include the fatoush salad, which mixes little fried chunks of naan bread with fresh tomatoes, mint leaves and sumac (a tangy-salty spice) to vibrant effect. For a casual meal or takeaway, Zaytun is an option of great value.

  • High point: Lamb, glorious lamb
  • Low point: Very basic interior
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: No music, just Arabic TV
  • Capacity: 30
  • Open since: 2012