Akbar’s (Glasgow) : Review

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573-581 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow
G3 7PQ

V: 27th June 2017      T:  0141 222 2258      W:  www.akbars.co.uk/glasgow

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash & Card


On my recent walks to the West End from Glasgow Centre, I have passed here many times but never thought I should give it a visit…probably the main reason is its in an area that I don’t tend to spend a lot of time in…more actually within the centre than heading out….maybe thats why.

Today I did take a visit and I am glad I did.

On entering we were greeted and told that there wasn’t a table ready, but it would only be around a 10min wait which is fine. While waiting I had a look around, the restaurant was very busy and the smells were very good.

The Food :

Cheesy Seekh Kebab £4.25
Seekh kebabs mixed with soft melting cheese

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I asked the waiter what were the most popular dishes for starters, and he recommended a few including this so I decided to opt for this and see what it was like.

This was a little spicy for me (but my spicy is probably ok for most people), but the flavours were amazing. I did feel that the cheese flavour didn’t come over too much, as the spices in the kebab were a little more overpowering.

For a starter this was a good size, I think if this had one more kebab it would have been too much and I really enjoyed it.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4.5

Chicken Korma £8.95

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Any Indian restaurant I visit I have to on my first visit try the Korma, this is my favourite dish and if they don’t do it well then I won’t go back so

On arrival for this looked a little too yellow, so I was very hesitant as normally it’s not as yellow and more creamy looking.

Along with the Korma we ordered the Family Garlic Naan, I didn’t know what size this was till it arrived and OH MY GOD yup its a family sized one so I was glad I was hungry

Family Garlic Naan £4.45

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Glass to scale.

So it was time to dig in and try the Korma.

The Garlic Naan was very nice, just as nice as I have had in other Indian restaurants and yes it was to share before you ask (am not really that greedy to have one to myself).

The Chicken Korma was very nice and creamy, but its downfall for me was not much coconut flavour which you normally get (but this could be my sweet tooth).

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Overall :

Overall my first visit here was good, I enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere.

If I was to return I would only have a normal Naan size and flavour, or take rice instead as that was a BIG naan. The waiter tonight was very helpful, he explained everything and very attentive so I would like to say a big thank you to him.

I was very shocked at the cost of tonights meal, this was cheaper than I had expected so I was pleasantly surprised due to the amount we ordered plus the size of the naan.

My one main complaint here would be the seats, for me not that comfy and were just too soft.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 3.5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Value for money: 5
  • Overall : 4

Ashoka (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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Ashoka Ashton Lane
19 Ashton Lane
Glasgow
G12 8SJ

V: 2nd July 2017      T:  0141 339 3371      W:  www.ashokaashtonlane.com

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash & Card


For many years the Ashoka always has had a good name, I can honestly say I have not spoken to anyone who has hated it here its always been positive.

Today I decided to pop in to the one at the West End and give it a shot, but I wasnt really hungry as I just had a few things from the Glasgow Mela…but I am a food blogger so I had to have at least 2 courses so I could share my experience with you.

The Food :

Haggis Pakora £5.25

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I asked the waiter what were the most popular dishes for starters, and he recommended

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 3

Prawn Masala £10.95 and Chappati £1.25

 

Any Indian restaurant I visit I have to on my first visit try the Korma, this is my favourite dish and if they don’t do it well then I won’t go back so

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

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Overall :

Overall my first visit here was good, I enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere.

The waiter tonight was very helpful, he explained everything and very attentive.

I was very shocked at the cost of tonight’s meal, this was cheaper than I had expected so I was pleasantly surprised.

I look forward to my next visit

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 3.5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Value for money: 5
  • Overall : 4

Glasgow Mela (West End) – Event

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Photo from http://www.glasgowmela.com

Date
Sunday 2nd July 2017

Location
Kelvingrove Park

Website : www.glasgowmela.com

Cost : FREE

This was my 4th Mela, and I enjoyed the last 3 so I was really looking forward to todays event. I have to admit the past 3 times I’ve been, 2 out of 3 its rained none stop so I was hoping for a nice day which we kinda got.

The weather today said dull cloudy with light rain, and this was accurate as we did get rain on and off but mostly off so that didn’t put a downer on the day. Todays Mela was the busiest I have seen, which was good for all the stalls and acts that were here today.

If you have never attended a Mela you have many stalls that sell clothes, jewellery, food, toys etc all mixed. Then you have a few stages where there are several types of acts performing, these can range in dancing, singing, both etc so there is definitely a lot to keep you entertained.

My last visit I tried something called a Jalebi, it’s a traditional Indian sweet mostly eaten on its own or in warm milk and is an important part of festivals and celebrations. If you have a sweet tooth this is for you, if not then avoid but do be warned its very addictive well it was for me.

The event starts at 12 and finished around 7pm so it’s a good long day, so if you want to see the acts you have to get there early to catch all the performances.

I won’t go into full details about every act, I am going to mention the ones that stood out for me or you would be reading for hours and hours…..so will keep it short for you.

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Abhinaya Dance Group

These girls were very good, they performed several times to different style of music and dances. Each move was perfectly times, and a smooth transition between songs and dances.

The colours were visually stunning, and the dances were perfect.

Kennedy Cupcakes

Twitter : @kennedycupcakes
Website : www.kennedycupcakes.com

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This groups is a 1940’s/50’s inspired dance group, all the dances are performed to popular songs from the 1940’s/50’s and they were similar outfits.

This was very cool to see and fun to watch.

Roshan Prince

Twitter : @roshanprince

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Video : View Video

Roshan Prince is a Punjabi singer, producer, musician, songwriter and actor.

For me Roshan Prince was someone I didn’t know, films or music (had a look when I got home) so I didn’t know what to expect. When he was introduced the audience went wild, and even more so when he was singing and not just from the girls.

He was very energetic and what I liked was he interacted with the crowd a lot, so it was a very fun performance to watch.

Overall : 

This years Mela was really good, and I was very pleased to see such a large turn out and even more so the rain didn’t last long.

Just like the previous years, I was introduced to more performers, dancers, singers etc which is always good.

Please do visit this next year, as you will see when you get there you will have lots to do and see.

See you next year Mela!