Ever since I was little I have been a grazer.
I can still clearly remember getting gyp from Ma Geek when she would get home from work. I would have been in the house by myself for an hour or so after school and every packet, box, tin and carton of food would be open with one bite of food taken from it. It is fair to say she would be less than pleased.
I kid you not when I say that eating buffet style at home is one of my favourite things. Especially at this time of year when there are MEGA canapés in the shops.
So whenever I get a chance to eat buffet/tapas/grazing style I am always a happy geek.
Such an occasion arose a few weeks ago with Mr G and my buddy Trudie when we paid and impromptu visit to Green Chilli Indian restaurant in Finnieston.
I had heard from a few people that it was excellent so I was very excited to give it a bash.
Green Chilli has a reasonably modern vibe with cool framed pictures on the walls and funky patterned booth seating. The main dining area is located up a set of stairs which wrap round a huge sparkly blingtastic chandelier, I spent much of the night wondering where I could put one in my flat.
We spent a couple of hours in the restaurant and found it a comfortable enjoyable environment.
The staff were attentive – quick to bring drinks and happy to explain what dishes were and make recommendations. Zero issues with the friendly smiley staff.
The menu is the really exciting element of this restaurant to me…you can basically get all the main dishes in tapas sized portions. Brilliant!!!
To start our meal we ordered a few starters to share. The Haggis Fritters in spicy batter served with red onion marmalade was probably my favourite dish, my only slight criticism would be that it was the marmalade that made the dish but the portion was quite small. Still a brilliant dish tho.
We also tried Jodhpuri Samosa which is baked pastry filled with mashed potato and green peas mashed in indian spices, and the Chandri Chilli Chicken described as deep-fried chicken marinated in garlic paste, chilli flakes & corn flour. Both of these dishes were beautiful. The samosa was flavourful and packed with filling, and the chandri chicken was tender with a sauce that had just the right amount of heat for me….not to hot but a nice kick.
For our main we finally settled on 5 different main dishes…….
My favourite was definitely the sweet ‘n’ sour chicken Chasni. It was perhaps a little light on actual chicken but the sauce was easily the best Chasni I have ever eaten it was light, sweet, cream and tasted so good I was practically drinking the sauce.
My next favourite dish was probably the Chana Masala (I think it was called!?!) it was a beautiful chickpea dish in a tomato sauce. I can’t remember exactly what was in it but I can only describe in as a buttery lush bowl of goodness.
We also tried the Chicken Tikka Labbabdar – Chicken tikka pieces simmered in tomato onion based sauce, with a touch of butter & cream and the Chuza Taka-Tak – Pieces of chicken tikka cooked in onion & peppers infused in a makhni base, I enjoyed both of these dishes and would happy order both again. The chicken was juicy and moist and the sauces were packed with fragrant spices which had my mouth-watering the minute they were placed in front of us.
Lastly we also tried the Ra Ra Ghost which is lamb dice & lamb mice cooked in authentic indian spices to a medium strength, this was probably my least favourite dish I just found it slightly bitter to taste so wasn’t really to my palate.
To accompany our curry we enjoyed a light fluffy naan bread and fried rice which were both good accompaniment to showcase the beautiful sauces .
To top off the evening our bill came to an incredibly reasonable £66.05 which for 3 of us I thought was excellent value for money.
I would say this meal would be in my top 5 indian restaurant experiences in Glasgow and am already looking forward to my next visit soon…hopefully!