KoolBa

Address: 109 - 113 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NP, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 55 22 777

- Mid-range

4.2

Persian meets Indian in Glasgow’s award-winning multi-cultural hotspot.

I think that this interesting mix marks unchartered territory for Glasgow. Not many restaurants pair two very distinct regional cuisines together and make a success of it without one or the other being compromised – but KoolBa is the exception. A classy affair, with wooden varnished floors, russet red walls, framed paintings and caricatures – depicting the tried and tested Maharajahs, Persian Shahs and a couple of inexplicable chickens.

Food and drink
4.3
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Food and drink
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4
90%
Location
3.8
90%

Food and drink

A mix of hummus, Shirazi salad and mirazi ghassemi (aubergine, garlic and tomato dip) go head to head with more traditional Glasgow staples like vegetable and chicken pakora and chicken tandoori chaat. Main courses are also split into a dichotomy of chicken and lamb barbecue skewers and koobideh in the red, green and white corner (Iran) and jalfrezi, dopiazas and rogan joshes in the green, orange and white corner (India).

Recommended dishes

As I love both Indian food (I’ve visited the subcontinent three times) and Persian food (I spent a month in Iran in 2010) this is a hard call for me. Lamb patia is always a favourite but I love joojeh kebab. Maybe I should let them both fight it out in the deep recesses of my stomach.

Ambience

Warm and inviting with fabulous décor, it won the best Indian restaurant at the Scottish Restaurant Awards in 2009 and its reputation is justified.

Service

Award-winning.

Location

Off Ingram Street in the Merchant City, the restaurant is an easy walk from the city centre.

Price advice

Starters from £2.80 up to £6.90 are good value and the main courses range from £9.50 to £14.50.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Nightlife
  • Trendiness

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