When I discovered the wonder that is the Goshat Karahi last year at Yadgar, the first thing I did was arrange a quick return visit. Was this a unique dish created by a particular Chef, could it be replicated? Such was the background to such a quick return to the Punjabi, Charing Cross (157 North Street Glasgow, G3 7DA). Last Thursday Hari, Mein Host, and Hector with the aid of Chef Gurmeet of course, created a combined dish of two of those featuring on the menu. The Lamb Gurmeet was born. Alan was keen to experience this too, and so for our end of year Bier and Cider night this was the Curry venue.
Arriving earlier than planned, Hector met Hari outside the premises; the food was therefore ordered in the street as I made my way in to the Bon Accord. Paul and Thomas who own/manage this modest Ale Establishment eat next door regularly and only have positive things to say. The Lamb Chops are spoken very highly of.
The new waiter was puzzled when I declined the menu. The combination of the house Karahi and Methi dishes was no doubt already being prepared in the kitchen. He had to finally come over and ask us what we ordered so that he would know what dishes to bring out. Chapattis are the best accompaniment for this type of dry Curry.
Somebody ordered Cider, Hector stuck to his usual Sparkling Water. The Complementary Poppadoms and Dips were supplied, the feast was underway. More Cider was ordered, disgraceful.
The Chap brought out our much awaited Curry, time for the first dip
‘Yadgar!’ was Alan’s first remark. He recognised the flavour instantly. This is what I can only describe as The Bradford Curry Taste. For fifteen years I have sought a particular blend of Herbs and Spice, only Yadgar and the New Karahi Palace have come close in Glasgow, this may be it.
The basis of the meat was once again Lamb Chops. One had to be careful that small bone splinters did not end up creating a dental crisis. The quantity was impressive and so the meat content was not an issue. ‘A pile of bones’ was how Alan described his last Curry encounter with Hector. There was no such problem this time, however, Alan did not think the Punjabi has become his favourite Glasgow Curry experience – that title still belongs to The Village. (Hector is overdue a return.)
Hari was keen that our visit was all he could make it. The other Hari made fleeting appearances; he was dealing with the steady trade in Takeaways. There were another dozen diners this evening, so business could well be taking off. Once upon a time the diners of Glasgow used to fill the Café India nightly. This was located where the new Tesco is sited, a few metres away. Hopefully, more people will discover this gem of a venue. Alan has agreed that when we have our night out with the Ladies in the New Year we shall return.
There was discussion as to who had enjoyed their meal more, no tongues were permitted.
£32.45. This included quantities of Cider.
Did I mention they sell Cider?
We retired to the Bon Accord where Tempest’s Rye PA preceded the intake of Augustiner Edelstoff.