Mother India

Address: 28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow, G3 7RU, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 221 1663

- Mid-range

4.5

Indian restaurants rule in Glasgow – and this gourmet matriarch is the city’s best all rounder.

This is the best Indian restaurant in Glasgow’s West End. Modelled over three distinctive floors – a small cosmopolitan metro bar, a Dickensian wood panelled club lounge (my favourite), and the private and intimate dimly lit cellar – Mother India is like a theatre of Indian gastronomy. As recent winner of the best Indian eaterie in Scotland at the Scottish Restaurant Awards, I’m not the only one who loves the place.

Food and drink
4.5
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Service
4.3
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Food and drink
4.5
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Value for money
4
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
3.4
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Food and drink

Mother India serves up a geographical range of the best cuisines from the subcontinent focusing on Shimla specialities, Goan seafood and Ounjabi classics. Delicious butter chicken and divine chicken saag mingle with baked halibut served with chick peas and vegetable karahi. In fact, the vegetarian food is so good it’s better than the gourmet dishes I’ve had in Mumbai and Delhi.

Recommended dishes

Its chicken tikka with chick pea papri salad is ideal for the health conscious, but if you couldn’t give two hoots about your expanding waistline, try the raan for two people: a leg of lamb slowly cooked with whole spices then finished off with a sweet almond sauce served with basmati rice, raita and breads, it would have been enough to bring even Gandhi out in hives. Now, breathe out.

Ambience

Popular with group bookings and twenty and thirty-somethings on nights out, it has a perpetual hum of underlying mischief.

Service

Low key. Staff are always on hand to fill up the poppadums or pints though.

Location

A bit hard to find for tourists, the restaurant is in a residential area between the West End and city centre.

Price advice

On the a la carte menu, starters hover around the £5 mark, while main courses range from £7 to £14. On the slightly cheaper early evening dining menu, diners can get two courses for £10.90 or three courses for £12.90. 

Rare for a Glasgow restaurant, Mother India also has a BYOB (bring you own bottle) policy as well as an extensive bar. A corkage charge does apply.

Branches

Mother India’s Café, opposite the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, offers a twist on tapas and is a more casual affair.

1355 Argyle Street
Glasgow
G3 8AD
Telephone: 0141 339 9145

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • People watching
  • Special occasions

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