Chaakoo Bombay Café

Chaakoo Bombay Café
79 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5TF
  • Telephone 0141 229 0000
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm
  • Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
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Chaakoo Bombay Café

An Irani-Indian inspired café serving flavoursome small plates of vegetable and meat curries, tandoori and fish.

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There’s an appealing hit of colonial-styled ambience as you step into Chaakoo Bombay Café. Split over two levels, it’s heavy with ornate cornicing and pillars, wood and glass, twinkling lights, lush foliage and waiting staff flitting around. This Iranian-inspired curry house takes its cue from the Bombay cafés once prevalent in India, where immigrants from Iran would mix and mingle their cuisine – grilled dishes a speciality – with the curries of their new homeland. It’s sister venue (though a long way, culinary speaking) to nearby Mexican diner Topolabamba, both part of the Di Maggio’s Restaurant Group. It’s an all-day sort of place, whether popping in for a chai tea and lunchtime tiffin, or a bigger blow-out in the evening when the party pitchers and twists on classic cocktails prove popular. Among the familiar Indian offerings of rogan josh, korma, butter chicken, etc, are Iranian specialities from the grill such as kalmi kebab with Thai chcken pieces in cashews and gram flour, or tulsi chicken tikka with meat basted with garlic and basil, cooled with mint chutney.

  • High point: Appealing space
  • Low point: Can get lively in evenings
  • Average price: £9.95 (set lunch); £18 (dinner)
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening
  • Capacity: 140
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £19.95 per bottle