With piquant tandoori starters and flavour-rich fiery curries, Charcoals Café heats up the historic heart of Glasgow.
On the junction of the business and leisure districts of Glasgow, Charcoals Café provides a cosy refuge oozing nonchalant tranquility. This calm and cool ambience is counterbalanced by the fiery food coming from the kitchen. In addition to the staple pakoras and samosas, starters include an appealing set of well delivered tandoori items, such as the charred chicken and spicy lamb chops. But the show-stealer is the curry section, featuring vibrantly coloured sauces with home-ground spices. Diners ready to withstand a spicy kick should go for the South Indian garlic chilli – a pungent curry of a flaming red colour, and a slightly bitter tang. Although sharp, it is rich in flavour, largely thanks to quality fresh ingredients. A more mild and soothing option is Bengali fish, a buttery haddock enlivened by fresh coriander leaves. To wrap up the meal, there’s a variety of enjoyable South Asian sweets, such as the warm and comforting gulab jamun and the more delicate pistachio kulfi.
- High point: Generous curry portions
- Low point: Slightly too quiet
- Notable dish: Bengali fish curry
- Delivery: £1.75 per delivery, 3 mile radius
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Romantic music
- Capacity: 48
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: August 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £13.50 per bottle