The Indian Gallery (450 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G2 3JD) is not for those feeling the pinch. ‘Will that be three Poppadoms each?’ the waiter enquired just to get things going? Lord Clive of Crawley would have loved him. He is fascinated by the fact that in Glasgow all Indo/Pak/Bangladeshi waiters all speak with a broad Glasgow accent. Well they are not just off the boat as someone once so callously said.
Alan recommended the Bombay Bakra (or Murgh), he had the Murgh. Hector knew Murgh is chicken, but Bakra? Well it is obviously Lamb but why not Gosht? The waiter was having fun by now and explained that this is the Indian term…most Glasgow ‘Indian’ restaurants are indeed Pakistani/Bangladeshi. The Bombay Bakra is a ‘Karahi-Style Fricassee of Spiced Onion & Ginger, Green Capsicums, Tomatoes, Green Chillies, Kal Jeera and Fresh Spinach leaves.’ (So a Saag or Palak Gosht then depending which side of the border one comes from?) And so Hector ordered the Bombay Bakra but without Capsicums: Hector cannot stand green peppers in his curry!
The ladies had the Garam Masala and the Jalandrhi, the latter being a ‘Potent Fusion of Ginger, Garlic, Onions, Peppers, Coconut Cream & Fresh Herbs Simmered in a Spicy Chilli Sauce.’ We were all invited to up the heat, this challenge was accepted. The ladies soon regretted this! The Garlic and Coriander nan was also resplendent with a red chilli sauce, this also upped the heat.
‘Garam’ also means ‘hot’, we were advised: still learning after all this time…
The meal was splendid: Alan rates this as the best curry house in Glasgow, Hector may not go that far but this is certainly worth a visit, especially if one happens to be on expenses! Hector’s only criticism: for £16.50 a main dish, the portions were small.
Strangely on paying the bill we were presented with two 20% discount vouchers for our next visit: why not just take this off the prices in the menu and have people scuttling back?