Glasgow has been voted Britain's Curry Capital five times since the crown was first handed out, so we know that Glasgow is hot stuff when it comes to curry houses. With such a rich heritage of Indian and Pakistani food culture in the city, not to mention an ever-expanding number of Asian restaurants, we decided to ask Glaswegians to recommend their favourite curries. So here's their top 10 spots for spicy treats.
Photo credit: Mother India Cafe, Thirteensquared
Mother India Cafe is the wildly popular golden child of the Mother India family, located just opposite Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Offering excellent tapas-style portions of immaculately spiced Indian dishes, it regularly gets voted as one of the number one spots for curry in the whole of the UK. 1355 Argyle Street, G3 8AD.
Several generations of the Singh family have encouraged Glasgow's love affair with Indian food from the well-established Mister Singh's India. With staff often kitted out in kilts and turbans, the welcome is as cross-cultural as some sections of the menu. From haggis chasni to the chilli and cheese naan, a number of dishes at Mister Singh’s owe as much to Sauchiehall Street as they do to the Punjab but are no less excellent for it. 149 Elderslie Street, G3 7JR.
This Merchant City curry house is rapidly becoming an institution for clued-up Glaswegians. Koolba is a warm and modern space with chunky wooden tables big enough to accommodate families, groups and lots of large appetites. The menu is an interesting combination of Persian and Indian cuisine, with starters including hummus with pitta bread, pooris and pakora. 109 Candleriggs, G1 1NP.
Photo credit: Masala Twist
For the brave, the two Masala Twist restaurants (one in the city centre and one in the West End) claim to serve the hottest curry in Scotland. While we can't officially vouch for this, we can confirm that you'll get an exceptionally warm welcome and a menu that reflects a conscious approach to use local ingredients and natural flavourings. It's also the only curry house we know where can sample the (not so local) jaisalmeri camel curry and kangaroo-e-seekh. 261 Hope St, G2 3PS and 192-194 Byres Rd, G12 8SN.
Dakhin, well located in the heart of the Merchant City, boasts a South Indian menu which is more gently spiced and fragrant than your standard Indian restaurant. The impressive range of seafood dishes displays the restaurant's commitment to its influences, while the dosas are definitely the best in town. 89 Candleriggs, G1 1NP
Modern, elegant and time-honoured, Balbir’s offers traditional Indian food with a modern twist in the West End. Offering up specialist tastes made to order, the best way to experience the chefs' skills is the banquet platter for two or more, which serves up a tasting menu, introducing diners to a wide variety of flavours. 7 Church Street, G11 5JP
Photo credit: Ranjit's Kitchen
While a lot of restaurants may claim to showcase authentic home Indian cooking, Ranjit's Kitchen really does deliver. Ranjit Kaur, a Punjabi woman who has been cooking for Asian weddings for years, runs a modest deli and café to share a few of her favourite dishes. The menu consists of a daal and a sabji (veg) dish of the day plus a couple of chickpea and homemade paneer dishes, various fried snacks and a selection of Punjabi teas and coffees. Not the place to come for a riotous evening of beer and bhunas, but an excellent place for more wholesome, delicate delights. 607 Pollokshaws Road, G41 2QG
With a menu devised in consultation with a former Dorchester Hotel head chef, Usha's offers up Indian street food with lofty ambitions. Its original all-vegetarian menu has been slightly sacrificed to make way for the likes of tandoori lamb chops, the skill and ambition of the meat-free offerings make Usha’s a must-visit in Glasgow’s extensive curry scene. 2 Byres Road, G11 5JY
The Turban Tandoori is a relaxed restaurant in the heart of Glasgow’s green Southside. It's a popular, easy-going venue, perfect for families and couples alike. First opened in 1982, it was among only a handful of fine dining establishments in Glasgow and it was also one of the first to bring an authentic tandoor oven into a commercial kitchen in the city. It remains a perfect Southside pit stop. 2 Station Road, G46 6JF
Nakodar Grill is situated in an 18th Century town house, just off Duke Street in the East End of Glasgow. With a menu that uses fresh and natural ingredients, cooked in a bespoke tandoori oven (one of only two of its kind in Scotland) in an open kitchen, and with over 25 years of family experience, the Nakodar experience certainly gets the thumbs up from Glasgow's curry connoisseurs. 13 Annfield Place, G31 2XQ
For more restaurant recommendations, table reservations and special offers, take a look at Glasgow's Best Restaurants.
For more about Glasgow's exciting food and drink scene, take a look at The List's Glasgow Larder food and drink guide.