Charcoals Café

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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Tucked at the quiet end of Argyle Street, Charcoals Café is well worth the extra walk. Diners are greeted by a light contemporary interior, huge windows and canopied outside seating, with a welcome that is extraordinarily friendly. Manager Ashish Sharma will often slip extra pakora or tandoori chicken wings onto the table when the kitchen is trying something new, and the poppadums come pleasingly blackened and dusted with spice. Generous starters include fish pakora, huge chunks of flaky white haddock in crisp batter, while the biryani is a mountain of sticky rice filled with colours and flavours, topped with a mound of delicious crisp-fried onions and served with a side of hot, gingery curry sauce. It is the dishes from the tandoor that really mark this place out. Lamb chops, hot, charred and spicy, tender and juicy inside, will leave you gnawing on the bones, while the signature chicken tikka Charcoals, brought to the table on a smoking, sizzling iron skillet piled with onions and peppers, sees chicken marinated three ways, tandoori pink with herbs and cream, mango orange, and mint and chilli green.

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PWH visited Charcoals Café on 30 January 2018
  • High point: The meaty products of the tandoor oven
  • Low point: Biryani dauntingly huge
  • Notable dish: Chicken tikka charcoals
  • Average price: £6.95 (set lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • 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: Radio news and weather!
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: August 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £13.50 per bottle