Nam Tuk’s New Menu (West End, Glasgow) : Review

2 Partick Bridge Street
Glasgow G11 6PL, UK

V: 26th March 2018      T:  0141 357 0330  W: namtuk.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I had heard a few weeks back that a change was coming to Nam Tuk, and it was with regards to the menu. Some dishes added and some dropped, but I didn’t know what ones…

I know I have been here loads recently but the food is very good, so when I heard this I was like ohhh noooo so I had to take a visit and sample some dishes…plus this is where I will be filming my next Blogger Meets Blogger YouTube Episode….so time to do some research.

The Food…

Starter

Mixed Seafood and Chive Dumplings £6.95

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This is a new dish on the menu, and I have had dumplings from a few places near Nam Tuk and thought just meh….so I had to try these to compare.

Instantly after the first bite, it was an explosion of flavour and even with the sauce still amazing.

For me this is the place to go for Dumplings if you are in the West End of Glasgow.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Salt & Chilli Chips £2.95

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I love Salt and Chilli Chips and have only found one Chinese that does them really good, so I thought lets see what here is like.

These are just as good as that Chinese, and EXTREMELY moreish!!!!

I know it says chilli but its not got a massive kick which is perfect for me, so please dont be put off by the name if you dont tend to go for anything chilli.

These are now as MUST order for me along with the Yam Yam Wings.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Traditional Chicken Curry £9.50

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I had not had a chicken curry for a long long time, normally its a Korma or a special curry so a traditional one sounded good.

This hit the spot! YUM sums it right up!!

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Overall

Overall I was a little nervous when I heard here was changing the menu, but tonight put my mind at ease!.

I will be back as I visit the West End a lot these days, so I will keep trying different dishes and let you know what I think.

See you soon.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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The Dhabba (Glasgow) : Review

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44 Candleriggs
Merchant City
Glasgow G1 1LD

V: 7th March 2018      T:  0141 553 1249  W: www.thedhabba.com

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


The Dhabba were nice enough to ask me to come and pay them a visit, and try out their new menu which coincided with the 70th Anniversary of Indian Independence.

The menu is very cool as its designed to look like a newspaper, this for me was a very nice funky idea.

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The Dhabba is situated on the corner of Bell St and Candleriggs, opposite Merchant Square. Here has been on my long list of places to try for a while, so when I got this invite I kindly accepted their invitation.

Before going I took a long look at the menu, but I was still undecided as there were a lot of dishes 1. I have never heard of and 2. a lot sounded very good.

On entering I was shown to my table, and I had a look around. For me The Dhabba has a classic but also modern feel inside, its very minimalistic but at the same time it works perfect as less is more right?

 

There was music playing in the background, but at a good level I didn’t need to shout over (pet hate in restaurants)

The Food…

Tonights waiter I have to say was very very helpful, he answered a lot of questions and guided me through the menu and what dishes would be to my taste.

To be honest I could have tried lots tonight, but I didn’t want to be greedy so next time I will try more.

Mini poppadom crisps served with sauces were brought out while the food was being made, these were very nice and extremely moreish!!

Starter

Gol Gappa £4.95 (Tonight £N/A)
Enhanced with spicy water – this crispy puffed bread filled with special potato, and chickpeas laced with freshly grounded cumin.

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On arrived this looked very interesting, the waiter tonight explained how you eat these. First you pick them up, and then pour the spicy water inside then pop them in your mouth.

These were really really good, the burst of flavours from the water plus the puffed bread was perfect!!! and very refreshing!

This is a dish I could easily have again and enjoy.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Main Course

Peshawari Naan £4.25  (Tonight £N/A)
A sweet naan stuffed with fruits, nuts and fennel.

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I love Peshawari naan so I had to see how The Dhabba did theirs, and I have to say this was really good so good I could probably say its now my favourite place for Pesawari Naan!!

I cant wait to have this again! it was perfectly sweet and very mmmmmmm

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Murg Maskawala £13.95 (Tonight £N/A)
Tandoori cooked chicken with cream, tomatoes, ground cashew nuts.

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I told the waiter that my favourite curry was a Korma, and more recently a Butter chicken curry. I was recommend this dish as he said it wasn’t sweet like a Korma, but nice and creamy and flavoursome just like they are.

This was very good, it was creamy like both dishes and had really nice flavours. I would say I now have 3 favourite curries as it wasn’t better than one but just as nice as my other two favourites.

If you like a creamy non spicy curry give this a try.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Rice Pudding (Tonight £N/A)

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Sorry guys forgot to take note of the actual name, and description but basically a rice pudding dish with cardamon to give it that extra flavour. If I am wrong I will update, this is what happens when your enjoying your food and evening you forget to take notes.

This was very filling, but then again I just had 2 courses.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Overall

Firstly I would like to say that even though tonight was free, it didn’t influence my thoughts on the review. Everything you have just read was 100% true, and I did really enjoy the food and evening.

Secondly a BIG thanks to The Dhabba for the invite and the food tonight, I really enjoyed it and will be back. The staff were also very helpful so a big thanks to them.

For me this is now in my top 3 Indian restaurants in Glasgow.

The Dhabba is not your typical curry place, its more for you to try something different than you normally would and I promise you going by tonights food you will not be disappointed.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

Balbir’s (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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7 Church Street
Glasgow G11 5JP

V: 16th December 2017      T:  0141 339 7711  W: www.balbirsrestaurants.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


Finally after many months on my list I visited Balbir’s Indian Restaurant.

I had heard from a few people here was very good, and the food was mega tasty so I had to see what it was like.

On entering tonight it was a busy busy night and we were told they were fully booked, but there was one table that was a maybe for us. The reason it was a maybe was a famous snooker player was late, and they didn’t know if they should allow it to be rebooked or not.

Lucky for us they allowed it to be rebooked.

The Food…

Spicy Calamari (1/2 Hot) £5.50
Squid coated red chilli, with sharp tamarind dip

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For me this is one dish that either will be good, or too chewy but when its good its very good so I thought I would see what it was like here plus the spicy part sounded interesting.

For me this was perfect, the Calamari was not chewy and very tasty. The spice part to this dish was not over powering.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4.5
Presentation : 4
Value For Money : 5

Malai Korma £10.90
A mild curry, cooked in onion gravy with cream

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I love Korma so when I go to any Indian restaurant for a first time this is one dish I always have, some places are meh and some are mmm

The Korma here was nice, very creamy but it was lacking a little more coconut taste for me as thats what I am kinda used to when I get a Korma.

Overall it was a really nice flavour, and a good portion size but maybe just a little bit too costly for Korma….and needed a little more coconut flavour to but thats a personal taste.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5
Value For Money : 4

Overall

Overall my first time here was very good, it was very very busy tonight which is great for the business.

The food was very tasty and not lacking in flavour, the service and staff were all very good.

Looking forward to my next visit.

Review Scores – 

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