Many, many, many years ago I remember Mr G coming home from a work dinner telling me that he had just eaten the best naan bread in Glasgow. Now when I say many year ago we are talking possible 6 or 7 years, but I have never forgotten Mr Geek’s claim and this naan claim has often been referred to.
At the time we lived in the ‘burbs and never really came into Glasgow that often to eat, so we never got round to going together to try this infamous naan. And unbelievable we have now been in the west end for nearly 3 years before we finally got round to trying India Quay.
Located right by the Hydro complex it perhaps isn’t the easiest restaurant to get to, especially when there is something on at the SECC or Hydro which inevitably there is now virtually every night. Infact the night we visited there was 2 things on so had to park quite a distance away and walk.
The atmosphere in India Quay is quite odd, when we arrived it was heaving with people enjoying dinner before going on to their concert but it soon quietened down and felt pretty deserted by about 8pm. It wasn’t unpleasant just a little different.
The decor is modern and I think would really come into it’s own during the day when you have a view of the clyde.
The staff were friendly and fast to take our orders. If I had one small gripe it would be that I found it quite difficult to catch someone’s eye to order additional drinks or get the bill.
The menu at India Quay is packed with lots of tempting dishes but I couldn’t look past the Chicken Poori to start which is one of my favourite starters in Indian restaurants.
The starters were quick to arrive. My poori was a beautiful light pan-fried chapatti which was full of large chunks of chicken in a delicious sweet and sour patia style sauce. It was a lovely dish which I very much enjoyed and could’ve easily eaten twice over it was so good.
For my main I decided to give the North Indian Kashmiri Chicken a try. This was described as A sweet dish for those with a delicate palate made with selected fresh fruits in a mango based sauce. When it arrived it smelt amazingly fruity.
I didn’t find the dish overly sweet, though if you don’t like a sweet/savoury dish you may want to give this one a miss because it was definitely sweeter than your average curry dish. The sauce had the slightest hint of heat and was loaded with chicken and little fruit morsels. Although at first I wasn’t sure what to make of the fruit in the end I decided that I really enjoyed the little zesty juicy pops that cut through the sauce. It was a surprisingly light dish which I would definitely order again.
The famous naan was good, but I think we both agreed that we have since had better…although we had no complaints. The bread was a nice combo of large doughy chunks and thin crispy bits. It was a very nice naan bread.
MrG and I also split some fries and pilau rice which were fine – nothing especially exciting tho.
Never one to turn down a dessert I opted for the Trio of Chocolate, which was layers of white, milk and dark chocolate mousse served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Being honest I almost instantly wished I hadn’t bother it was pretty meh! Not bad but not good either…It was edible but I left half of it. Which made MrG nearly fall off his perch because I just do not leave desserts, especially chocolate ones. But I found it pretty tasteless and uninterested. A small blip in what was otherwise a delicious meal.
My share of the bill came to £26.90 which is for my food only and doesn’t include my 2 glasses of wine. This was I think quite a good price for the food that I received, and although I didn’t really enjoy the dessert it wasn’t that expensive at £4.95 so I am not going to break my heart over not liking it.
India Quay is a lovely modern indian restaurant which is serving up tasty delicious food at a reasonable price. I will definitely come back – as long as no one is playing at the Hydro :-p