Ten minutes from Hector’s House
Only ten minutes from House is Temple home of the Agra (995 Crow Road North, Anniesland, Glasgow, G13 1JP ). Ten years ago this restaurant was a firm favourite. It was discovered due to its proximity to the then Miller’s Thumb microbrewery at The Canal. Over a period of eighteen months, an Agra Curry preceeding quantities of Independence Ale was a perfect night out. Alas the brewery closed around the time The Esquire House was redeveloped by Witherspoons. Hector was always impressed by the Agra and then sadly it was neglected.
This was Hector’s first visit for a very long time.
The Curry-Heute is Rajasthan Bhoona : available medium to hot and features strong herbs and tomatoes. Coriander and Onion Rice sounded somewhat different from the norm. One chapatti was a luxurious supplement.
The Agra features a selection of fair priced meals: the Fish dishes are on a par price-wise with the meat dishes. The house specialities are quite run of the mill, with no attempt at the current trend for Desi, Tawa et al.
Being the only customer the meal arrived without much delay. A generous portion of meat was accompanied by a more than generous bowl of Rice. The Masala was certainly onion based and a rich red colour, a testimony to the obvious concentration of tomato. The taste was not a million miles from the very familiar taste of the New Café Punjab in Clydebank, though the latter is decidedly more intense. The Coriander in the Rice did not hit the spot and the onions were exactly as Marg would dislike them: large slices. This made the feel of the dish approach a Dopiaza.
The experience was a pleasant one, but not outstanding.
In ten years, Glasgow Curry has come a long way. Mother India and The Village were setting new standards. Hector’s final comment is a consideration of the kebab shop directly across the street from the Agra: come on, who would buy a Curry-Heute from a Kebab House?