Khublai Khan

Price guide: Mid-range

26 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LD

Price guide: Mid-range

Khublai Kahn

By Mike MacEacheran, your Glasgow expert

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#25 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Glasgow
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4
4.0
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Stag / hen parties, Nightlife, No fuss, People watching, Shopping

Expert review of Khublai Khan

Mongolian barbecue king in Glasgow’s Merchant City is ideal for parties or large groups.

This is a great place for a night out. Though as far away from traditional Mongolian food as you can physically get – plenty of dumplings and nomadic stews are the order of the day in downtown Dalanzadgad food fans – this kitsch Merchant City outpost couldn’t give a Bactrian camel’s ass. Set up as a series of self-service barbecuing stations, guests can create their own dishes from an exotic list of wild boar, venison, springbok, kangaroo, zebra and ostrich. You won’t find many zebras in Ulan Bator, that’s for sure, but it doesn’t prevent the place from getting packed out with weekend groups and slurring hen parties. I can imagine Homer Simpson passing out at the buffet every Saturday.

Food and drink: 

The playful menu includes kangaroo haggis, Thai fish cakes and minced wild boar, but this is just a side show to the main event. Without a shadow of a doubt, people come here for the fixed price eat-as-much-as-you-can buffet barbecue. Choose your ingredients from the rice, noodles, vegetables, exotic meats and seafood, add a combination of sauces, oils, herbs and spices, and watch as the chef’s cook it up in front of your eyes on open hotplates. Menu suggestions on the place mats are great for kids, those seeking inspiration or just for the culinary challenged like me.

Recommended dishes: 

As one of the few restaurants in the country to sell exotic meats, it’s definitely worth getting tucked into the springbok, wild boar and zebra – even if it may not be particularly politically correct.

Ambience: 

I love the mural of Mongolian warriors and the restaurant’s attempt to replicate The Great Wall of China. At the weekends, it can get quite raucous with group bookings.

Service: 

A bit haphazard, but with so much going on its easy to watch the hot plate chef’s cook up a storm.

Location: 

In the heart of the Merchant City.

Price advice: 

With a fixed price menu for a full feast – £20.95 from Sunday to Friday and £22.95 on Saturday – its great value – but only if you’re going to eat enough to feed a hungry Aberdonian. Khublai Khan also offers a generous pre-theatre menu for £13.95 (three courses).

More information on Khublai Khan:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian
Address:
26 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LD
Telephone:
0141 552 5646
Website:
http://www.khublaikhan.co.uk
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Open from noon on Friday and Saturday for lunch. Dinner is served every day 5pm-late.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Khublai Khan? Would you recommended it?