Glasgow’s Best Desi Restaurants

DESIblitz brings you a guide to the best Desi restaurants and curry houses in Glasgow; ensuring that you can find a taste of home in the Merchant City.


Balbir's, an Indian restaurant founded in 1973, is also worth visiting.

For those living in the UK, you don’t have to look too far to find a good curry house to quench your ethnic appetite.

Known as the Merchant City, Glasgow is a thriving multicultural hub for Scotland, and a popular destination for tourists and British nationals alike.

As well as experiencing Glaswegian culture and history, those coming to the city will want to eat some good food, Desi style.

There are many South Asian restaurants throughout Glasgow, but DESIblitz has rounded up the best Desi restaurants in the city so that you can choose from the top five, and relax after a hectic day with some authentic Asian cuisine.

Shish Mahal

Shish MahalShish Mahal has a wide reputation of being the Indian restaurant that founded the Chicken Tikka Masala, which has become a classic dish of both Britain and many other Desi food outlets.

On their website, Shish Mahal say: “We like to think of our food as a journey, one during which we can take you places which will excite, places, you might not have thought of going, but ones you will enjoy once you get there.”

They have a very extensive menu, and the waiters will provide good recommendations. Highlights include Chicken Tikka Masala of course, and also the platter of spicy pakoras served with a range of home-made chutneys.

The prices are reasonable, and the restaurant is situated on 60-68 of Park Road, Glasgow, G4 9JF.

The Shenaz

ShenazYou may want to place a booking with this restaurant, as it is popular and gets very busy in the evening.

Its popularity is justified, as Shenaz serves and extensive menu of freshly prepared Indian food with attentive service and also offers good quality coffee to finish off your meal.

With a lot of their dishes, such as the recommended Special Beef curry, you can also specify the level of spice that you want in your dish. The Shenaz say of their take on Indian food:

“We have introduced some innovative and mouth watering dishes for you pleasure along with the more traditional dishes which first became popular in colonial India.”

This restaurant can be found at 17 Glanville Street, Glasgow, G3 7EE and is open from 4pm till late every day.

The Dhabba

DhabbaThis restaurant’s name is inspired by the roadside diners of North India, commonly called ‘dhabbas’, the Punjabi word for diners.

Taking this idea, the owners say they want to bring the unique taste of this ‘dhabba’ cuisine to Glasgow.

The ingredients are sourced freshly from Scotland and the spices come from India. Remaining authentic, the menu showcases many dishes that would be common in food outlets throughout Northern India.

Even the restaurant’s interior demonstrates its blend of the traditional and the contemporary, as it is sleek but with some classic features of Indian decor.

The Dhabba also specialises in Dum Puhkt dishes, and are sealed to retain all the natural flavour, aromas and tender meat juices. The Dhabba can be found at 44 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LE.

The Alishan Tandoori

The AlishanDescribed as ‘One of the 5 places for a Great Glasgow Curry’, Alishan’s is a Pakistani-run traditional curry house.

Owners, Chico Mohammed and Ali Shan Muzahir have brought even more fame to this popular restaurant by competing in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games as lawn bowlers for Team Pakistan.

The restaurant prides itself in authentic cuisine from India and Pakistan. Food lovers can try out special Bhoona dishes ranging between £6-9.

The Jaipuri Lazmi and Achari Jammu are also desirable delicacies and you can opt for a tender Multani Tikka which has been slow cooked in a special sauce of almond flakes, mushrooms and green peppers for a traditional experience that will most certainly take you back to your homeland.

Without drinks, you can happily eat to your hearts content for around £12. Alishan Tandoori Restaurant is located in the heart of the city at 250 Battlefields Road, Battlefield, Glasgow.

Mother India’s Cafe

Mother India's CafeThe first Mother India arrived on the Scottish scene in 1990 with a commitment to ‘homestyle’ Desi cuisine, and now the name is synonymous with quality sub-continental food.

Mother India’s Cafe is a sister of the original Mother India restaurant, and provides a twist on Indian food by serving it as tapas.

This means there is an extensive, freshly produced menu, with lots of small portions and courses forming a complete and appetising meal.

Their vegetarian food is also good, and the service is attentive. The cafe is open from 12.00pm to 10.00pm but is ideal for lunch due to the variety of light dishes.

Mother India’s Cafe is situated at 1347 Argyle Streem Glasgow, G3 8Ad.

A tough job to narrow down, but here are our favourite Glasgow restaurants that are a must visit. You should also consider KoolBa, which is an authentic Indian restaurant in the city centre; and Balbir’s, an Indian restaurant founded in 1973, is also worth visiting.

With so much great South Asian food on offer in this diverse Scottish city, you will be spoilt for dining choices and places where you can find a taste of home.

All these restaurants offer great service and good quality food, and should prove that Glasgow can cook some pretty fine Desi cuisine.

Eleanor is an English undergraduate, who enjoys reading, writing and anything media related. Aside from journalism, she is also passionate about music and believes in the motto: “When you love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.”

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