Need reccomendation for Indian restaurant (Glasgow and/or Edinburgh)
My husband and I, sister, brother-in-law, and father-in-law will be visiting this summer from Atlanta, GA. We all adore Indian and are hoping to have some will in Scotland. Thank you for your suggestions. (One person mentioned Karma in Edinburgh.)
What kind of Indian? British-Indian, or a contemporary Indian cuisine proper, and if so, from what region?
Off the top of my head I love the Pakistani Café (on the southside) and Banana Leaf (only the West End one - the other's apparently far less good and much more expensive, but the West End one is one of my all-time favourite places to get great, cheap food).
I think Mother India Cafe in Glasgow is very good. It is more authentic than the other chain Indian restaurants (ashoka etc) and as you order a number of smaller dishes lends itself to sharing and trying more dishes which is what a normal Indian meal at home would be like. The dishes are still reasonable in size. Banana Leaf round the corner is much more low key and does good paper dosa but you can't really sit in.
Nothing against Mother India Cafe, but wouldn't a visitor to Glasgow be better advised to sample the local style of curry rather than a more "authentic" style which can be had elsewhere ? For instance, If you were visiting Cincinnati, you'd sample the local style of chili rather than search out a Tex-Mex restaurant.
With that in mind I'd suggest the Koh-I-Noor, the Shenaz and the Shish Mahal. All three have been around for forty years or so and all do Glasgow-style curry well.
I'd also suggest trying curries which were created in Glasgow. I'm thinking Punjabi Masala, Masaledar, Chasni, Nentara, Nashilee, Lyallpuri, Pardesi. Some of these might have names which sound like "authentic" Indian but they're defiantly local dishes. And Kormas - where else would you find menus which offer a range of kormas ? Ask for them extra spicy if you're worried they may be a little bland.
I'd also recommend trying lamb dishes - the quality of the lamb in the U.K. is much higher than you'll be used to in the States.
And have some pakora. Nothing a Glaswegian likes more than something that's been deep fried !
Order a naan bread with your meal. The Koh-I-Noor and the Shish Mahal produce the finest naan breads money can buy.