Banana Leaf (Glasgow, West End) : Review

76 Old Dumbarton Road
Glasgow G3 8RE, UK

V: 12th April 2018      T:  0141 334 44445  W: www.bananaleafglasgow.com

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


Banana Leaf has been on my list for a long time now, and for some reason I haven’t visited it till now….not sure why maybe just depending on what I felt like to eat on the day.

On entering the decor and atmosphere is very nice, and a little fancy.

We were taken to our table and sat down, while I was getting comfy I had a look about. This was VERY nice inside, and everything felt like had to be perfect.

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While we were waiting for our food to arrive, I noticed the manager? was teaching a girl how the tables should be set and everything had to be in a specific area and perfect. I really like this touch, as it shows that the restaurant cares even about the little things.

The Food…

I don’t know what this was called, but this was given to us while waiting and told it was to help refresh out palates.

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This was nice.

We just asked for when the items were ready to just bring them out, so it was a mix of starters and mains.

Mains

Roasted Duck Slices stuffed with Prawn and Chicken Meat £13.90
served in a plum sauce

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This looked very nice, though a little more salad than I would like (but you know am not a salad guy).

I tried a little first and BANG WOW!!!! this was soooo tasty I LOVED it!!! So it was time to dig in and enjoy my meal.

This was a very very good option for me, normally I would have avoided it as duck is hit and miss for me….but tonight this was really good and I would order this again.

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

Roti Canai (Indian Influenced Crispy Flatbread) £4.80
served with curry sauce

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I have had Roti before, so I thought lets try it here and this was originally my starter but as I said I asked them to bring it all at once.

Again this was very nice, very light and the curry sauce was REALLY good.

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

Overall

My first visit to Banana Leaf was very good, I could tell they took a lot of care and attention to everything from the restaurant to the food.

I cant fault anything tonight, the service and food was very good. The atmosphere was very relaxing.

For me and this is a personal thing, maybe the cost of the dishes are just a little much for the portion size but apart from that its a great place to try.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 3.5
  • Overall : 4

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Dishoom (Edinburgh) : Review

3a St Andrews Square
Edinburgh EH2 2BD

V: 1st April 2018      T:  0131 202 6404  W: www.dishoom.com

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


Since this opened I had heard from many people how good it was, and I added it to my list.

My issue….I don’t visit Edinburgh a lot so it would have to wait till my next visit…which happened recently.

After a nice walk around Edinburgh, taking in the sights I built up an appatite and headed for Dishoom.

On arrival I was told there was going to be about 1 hour wait, which wasnt good as I still had to get the bus back to Glasgow. The lady who was at the reception suggested, why not sit at the window if we are in a rush which was perfect so I did.

The Food…

Starter

Okra Fries £4.50
Fine lady’s fingers for the fingers (V)

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So this was described as chips, so when it arrived and looked like the above photo I was a little confused.

After being a little confused I tried them….

These were very nice, the coating was very mmm and these were very easy to eat.

I re-read the description and I completely missed the lady fingers part, guess I need an eye test.

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

Lamb Samosas £5.20
Gujarati filo stuffed with minced lamb, onions and spices (V)

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This was very nice, and I enjoyed every bite.

The lamb flavours were very nice and the filo used again perfect, it wasn’t too crispy just the perfect bite.

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

Dishoom Chicken Tikka Roll £7.50
Spicy charred chicken, lavish salad and tomato chilli jam.

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This was a very good portion size, and was very tasty.

Flavours were just right, and the chilli jam WOW this added an extra punch of flavour I loved it!!!

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

Overall

Did Dishoom live up to all the positive reviews I had heard about it?…..100% yes it did!

The food was very good, packed with flavour. The staff and service was very good.

My only issue would be, the cost…..maybe slightly pricey for some dishes by £1 to £3. I know that’s not much but if you order a few dishes, that soon adds up.

Would I go back? yeah I would but just take some extra cash next time.

Review Scores – 

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

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Ushas Indian Street Food (West End, Glasgow) : Review

2 Byres Road
Glasgow G11 5JY

V: 7th January 2018     T: 0141 339 7138     W:www.ushas.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)     Accepts: Cash & Card     WIFI: No


I have passed Usha’s many times when walking around Byres Road, and always thought I need to stop in here and check it out.

From the outside it looked very nice inside, and always when I have looked its been busy.

Finally got round to checking it out….

We were welcomed and shown to our little booth, which was situated near the window so I had a good view of outside and the people passing.

Inside has a very nice relaxed feeling, and there is some Indian music playing in the background and like always I knew a few songs which was nice.

The Food…

PANEER PAKORA £4.25
HOME MADE PANEER INFUSED WITH A TAMARIND AND MINT CHUTNEY, DIPPED IN OUR GRAM FLOUR BATTER AND FRIED

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I have never tried this done this way, normally I would have Saag Paneer so this was going to be interesting.

It was OK, there wasn’t much flavour, using the added sauce this helped a lot.

I wouldn’t get this again, but I am glad I tried it to see what it was like.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 2.5
Presentation : 4
Value for Money : 3

Main Course

ALOO GOBI £4.75
MADE WITH POTATOES, CAULIFLOWER AND INDIAN SPICES

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I have had this before at Chaakoo Bombay Cafe long ago, and I loved it and its flavour so I thought I would have it here and see what is like.

For me the flavours were nice, but the cauliflower could have been chopped up a little more rather than one piece….this could me being a little too fussy?

Overall it was nice, but not as nice as the one I had in Chaakoo Bombay Cafe, I would try something else next time

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3.5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 4

PESHWARI NAAN £2.75

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This was perfect!!! it had the perfect amount of coconut and sweet taste to it!!!!

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

Overall

Overall my first visit was a nice mixed visit.

I half enjoyed the food tonight, and the service was good but for me inside I found the atmosphere a little lacking….but that could just be me or tonights experience.

Review Scores –

  • Atmosphere : 3
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 3.5
  • Value for money: 4
  • Overall : 3

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