Lord and Lady Clive of Crawley joined Hector and Marg (Später), at the strategically sited Cafe Salma (523 Sauchiehall St, Charing Cross, Glasgow, G3 7PQ). This was courtesy of the direct no. 9 bus from Paisley Town Hall where Scotland’s most significant Beerfest takes place; annually, as in once a year, but over four days, daily. The dearth of good Bier-Traveller type Blogs restricts reporting. Boon Kriek on draught was a highlight.
The welcome from Hassan and his staff at Cafe Salma is always warm and genuine.
With or without Capsicum
Hector ordered the favoured Lahori Karahi (hot) on-the-bone, Clive the Punjabi equivalent off-the-bone. Maggie boldly went straight for the Lamb Palak. Mushroom Rice and two Vegetable Rice were the accompaniments plus the highly recommended Garlic and Coriander Nan.
Marg was joining us, eventually and so we got stuck in. Maggie was thoroughly appreciative of her Spinach Curry from the start. This was not out of order. Hector had a little dip with the Nan: this is as good as it gets. Mr Holden and Dr Stan had overdosed on Kofta Palak the previous evening and for the man from Bradford to be this impressed, says lots.
Clive just ate. Having dined here before he knew exactly what he was getting and disappointment was not on the menu.
Hector loves the warmth and smoothness of the Masala as well as the rich ‘Karra’ taste that emanates from the meat. This was on-the-bone with minimal bone.
£40 which worked out at £12 each for those of us who had the main courses. How do places roundabout get away with charging so much more : ah, the tablecloth phenomenon…
Hassan discussed the price and quality of Lamb on offer of late. The price has rocketed but we are in agreement that it is better to be honest and raise prices than cut the quality of the dish, or worse still, the portion size.
Cafe Salma remains one of the finest Curry Houses in Glasgow. It is a pleasure to re-affirm this statement.