Charcoals Café

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Charcoals Café
74 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5EP
  • Telephone 0141 258 6482
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10pm; Sun 2–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 2–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £9.95
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With piquant tandoori starters and flavour-rich fiery curries, Charcoals Café heats up the historic heart of Glasgow.

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As the name implies Charcoals is best known for tandoori skills – the range of starters include meltingly soft chicken with just-charred crispiness and well-spiced minced lamb kebabs. Quality continues with the main courses, too. The menu highlights a couple of house specialities which are worth delving into. A gobi ghosht uses the sweetness of cauliflower and sourness of tomato to counter rich slow-cooked lamb. Bengali fish, by contrast, is served in a rich, creamy sauce that builds flavours in layers of fresh spice. It’s great comfort food and, pleasingly, Charcoals doesn’t hold back on the fiery flavour – the chilli naan packs a welcome punch. It’s also one of the few places where you can get a masala tea, made traditionally by warming fresh ginger and spices with milk and tea leaves. The outdoor seating also gives the place a bit of a carnival atmosphere (helped perhaps by its lively neighbours Boteco do Brasil and Maggie Mays). It’s a welcoming place – staff seem to adhere to the philosophy of the blackboard sign that reads: ‘Today’s special … and so are you.’

The List's rating






Andrea Pearson visited Charcoals Café on 4 March 2019
  • High point: Super-tender chicken, a great masala tea and a friendly team
  • Low point: Pre-prepared ice-cream puddings
  • Notable dish: Mango chicken tikka
  • Average price: £6.95 (set lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Delivery: £2.50 - also on Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats
  • 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
  • Capacity: 50 (14 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: August 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £13.50 per bottle