A Hug from Hassan!

…and where is Dr Stan?

Hector texted Dr Stan mid-afternoon just in case he fancied a Curry-Heute. With the new term underway, time to restore the normal Friday rituals. The reply was a shocker: ‘Just had Kofta Pallak at Cafe Salma, on way home to sleep.’

And so Hector was once again The Lone Diner at Cafe Salma (523 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow, G3 7PQ) until a birthday party took over the adjacent window seats.

Hassan was amused that Dr Stan had been there earlier in the day, he knew I would be along soon.

The thought of Spinach had been firmly planted in Hector’s mind, Pallak Gosht (off-the-bone, medium, with a kick) and the excellent Garlic and Coriander Nan, for a change. The joy of Curry is that the array is vast, yet the root ingredients are standard.

Hassan sat with me for a while to chat and the Poppadoms and Onion Chutney were brought over. Two Poppadoms, on the house.

The Curry arrived before I had finished the second Poppadom, maybe just as well.

Tearing a strip off the Nan and dipping it into the thick black Masala is sheer joy. The salt content was high, the flavours blasted the palate.

A Rice appeared

No Rice had been mentioned but a plain Rice was set before me. Well, why not?

This meant defeat was certain, how could one person eat all this? One does not leave Cafe Salma hungry.

Perfect management

Hassan once again checked in at the table to establish all was well with the food. He has a new Chef in place this week who had his own ideas. Hassan was determined that the Curry would still be served to his specifications. In time they will establish what the new Chef has to offer that may be an addition to their range.

Buy one, get one free, with 32p change

The Bon-Accord was Hector’s planned destination, but a text from Robin diverted me to Hengler’s Circus where Jarl (Fyne Ales) was on sale at £1.49 a pint. Jarl was also on at the Bon-Accord where I met up with Dr Stan later.  Time for Edelstoff.

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2 Responses to A Hug from Hassan!

  1. Howard Young says:

    This was my second visit to Cafe Salma. The welcome was as friendly as before and we were shown to a table for 4 rather than the usual 2 despite it only being me and Tracey who were dining. This was appreciated as other restaurants want to cram you in, not realising that table space adds to a pleasurable experience. I had Lamb Lahori Karahi and shared a veg rice and garlic and coriander nan with Tracey. As before it was excellent and the final bill was ok as well. More visits are on the cards.

  2. Tracey says:

    We were at Cafe Salma last night for a mid-week treat. Hassan was as friendly and smiling as ever, and the food was wonderful. I had the kofta paneer, sehr scharf. It was a complete pleasure… pale brown gravy (with no unwelcome capsicums or tomatoes), which was beautifully spiced and sinus-opening! The meatballs were tender and the paneer was lightly browned and chewy and it all blended together really well. I was so impressed with the cheese that we decided that someday we’ll share 1 portion of this as a takeaway, with Howard taking the meatballs and me taking the cheese. I also had a pot of the stunning Moroccan mint tea, which is sweet and gorgeous and a perfect liquid accompaniment to a spicy meal.

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