Chaakoo Bombay Café

Chaakoo Bombay Café
79 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5TF
  • Telephone 0141 229 0000
  • Bar open Sun-Thu noon–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon-11.30pm
  • Food served Sun-Thu noon-10pm; Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm
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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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Stepping inside, you’re welcomed by friendly waiting staff into a space that’s spread over two levels, replete with ornate cornicing, colonial-era furnishings and much mahogany woodwork. A rush of apron-clad servers swoop and glide up and down stairs, hurriedly delivering flavour-packed, Irani-Indian small plates – an iteration of the diminishing Bombay-style café born of Persian immigrants that was once du jour in Indian, with the menu riffing quite comfortably on this theme. The kitchen fire out unusual dishes such as a tikka tulsi, chicken skewers in a basil marinade, and tandoori chaat, skewers of paneer, charred onion and pineapple, as well as fluffy-yet-dense pakora. Raita is vivid green and refreshing, with spiced onions also accompanying many dishes. Chicken dhansak sees lentils and chunks of meat mingle in a mellow, yellow sauce — with barely the need for a knife. More chunks of fresh Indian cheese appear in a saag paneer, with more than enough spinach to keep Popeye pleased. With food more than good, décor to feast the eyes on, and a diamond drinks offering, there’s not much Chaakoo hasn’t got.

  • High point: Buzzing atmosphere
  • Low point: Having to share your food with anyone else
  • Notable dish: Chicken dhansak
  • Average price: £9.95 (set lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Electro-Soul
  • Capacity: 140
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2016
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle