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573-581 Sauchiehall Street
V: 27th June 2017 T: 0141 222 2258 W: www.akbars.co.uk/glasgow
Child Friendly: Yes Accepts: Cash & Card
On my recent walks to the West End from Glasgow Centre, I have passed here many times but never thought I should give it a visit…probably the main reason is its in an area that I don’t tend to spend a lot of time in…more actually within the centre than heading out….maybe thats why.
Today I did take a visit and I am glad I did.
On entering we were greeted and told that there wasn’t a table ready, but it would only be around a 10min wait which is fine. While waiting I had a look around, the restaurant was very busy and the smells were very good.
Cheesy Seekh Kebab £4.25
Seekh kebabs mixed with soft melting cheese
I asked the waiter what were the most popular dishes for starters, and he recommended a few including this so I decided to opt for this and see what it was like.
This was a little spicy for me (but my spicy is probably ok for most people), but the flavours were amazing. I did feel that the cheese flavour didn’t come over too much, as the spices in the kebab were a little more overpowering.
For a starter this was a good size, I think if this had one more kebab it would have been too much and I really enjoyed it.
Chicken Korma £8.95
Any Indian restaurant I visit I have to on my first visit try the Korma, this is my favourite dish and if they don’t do it well then I won’t go back so
On arrival for this looked a little too yellow, so I was very hesitant as normally it’s not as yellow and more creamy looking.
Along with the Korma we ordered the Family Garlic Naan, I didn’t know what size this was till it arrived and OH MY GOD yup its a family sized one so I was glad I was hungry
Family Garlic Naan £4.45
Glass to scale.
So it was time to dig in and try the Korma.
The Garlic Naan was very nice, just as nice as I have had in other Indian restaurants and yes it was to share before you ask (am not really that greedy to have one to myself).
The Chicken Korma was very nice and creamy, but its downfall for me was not much coconut flavour which you normally get (but this could be my sweet tooth).
Overall my first visit here was good, I enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere.
If I was to return I would only have a normal Naan size and flavour, or take rice instead as that was a BIG naan. The waiter tonight was very helpful, he explained everything and very attentive so I would like to say a big thank you to him.
I was very shocked at the cost of tonights meal, this was cheaper than I had expected so I was pleasantly surprised due to the amount we ordered plus the size of the naan.
My one main complaint here would be the seats, for me not that comfy and were just too soft.
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39 Ashton Lane
Glasgow G12 8SJ
V: 7th August 2017 T: (0141) 342 4966 W: www.brelbar.com
Child Friendly: Yes Accepts: Cash & Card
There are still lots of places in the West End of Glasgow that I have not tried, so tonight was my time to try Brel.
This was my first time here, and my first impression was this is a very nice looking place. I saw they had a beer garden, and this looked very nice and probably nicer when the sun is out.
Tonights visit I used a recent purchase from Itison, it was a main each but I can’t comment on the cost as my girlfriend purchased this and I didn’t ask.
1/2 Rack of BBQ baby back ribs with slaw £7.50
I have my favourite place in town for ribs, so I thought lets see how Brel does them.
On arrival presentation was ok, the smell was very good and visually it looked very nice….now to see how they tasted.
These were very nice, the meat just slide off the bone which is the way it should be and the BBQ sauce added that extra flavour.
Brel’s Seafood ‘Paella’ made with pearl barley, pan fried sea trout, mussels, squid & saffron £N/A (part of the itison offer)
This dish sounded nice, but I did fail to spot it wasn’t rice and it was using pearl barley.
Visually on arrival it looked nice, but thats when I noticed it wasn’t a normal Paella.
The fish smell wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, but I dug in and gave it a shot. For me this was just so so, I even had to add salt and pepper for me to give it that little bit of flavour (which I don’t normally do).
I personally wouldn’t order this again, as for me it was a very disappointing. I think if I had spotted it was made with pearl barley instead of rice I would have just ordered a burger or another dish.
Belgian Waffle with your choice of topping (Banana, chocolate and Vanilla ice cream) £5.50
There is always room for sweets 🙂
This sounded good on paper and looked good, but did it taste as good as it looks?
I couldn’t wait to dig in as I love chocolate and have a very sweet tooth.
So….first thing I noticed was the waffle was a little difficult to cut, maybe its pre-made and been sitting? not sure but waffles should be soft. Secondly the waffle should have been warm, it wasn’t so these two factors made what could have been a great end to the meal just so so.
These two points could be my own personal opinion, you may like your waffles done like this but for me if these got corrected it would be a really nice dish.
Overall my first visit was just ok, it had its ups and its downs.
Would I go back? I will give Brel one more shot at some point as I feel it may have just been a bad selection on my part and I will order something else.
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