Indian Tappas at Green Gates Cafe (Merchant City, Glasgow) 2022 : Review

Todays Visit

The guys at Green Gates Cafe invited me to come down and try some of their Indian tapas, and I love Indian food so I couldn’t wait to go and check them out.

I had only recently heard of it here, as a friend said it was really nice and they were looking forward to hearing what I thought.

Inside was very nice, it had a very modern cosy design and I also loved they used top hats as the light shades.

Noise Level★★★★★
Restaurant Temperature★★★★
Table Dressing★★★★
Restaurant Cleanliness★★★★★

The Food

I had no idea what to order, as the menu had many nice options.

MUMBAI PANI PURI £n/a (normally £4.50)
Hallow deep-fried crispy filled with a mixture of flavoured water

I had Pani Puri a long time ago, so when the owner said he was giving everyone Pani Puri to try I knew I was in for a good treat.

This is a great wee dish, you pick up one of the balls, tap the top to make a small hole and fill it with the mixture then pour in the water and quickly pop it into your mouth whole.

When you bite down you get an explosion of flavours and textures, it’s very good and a great start to the evening.

Value for Money★★★★★

CHANNA MASALA £n/a (normally £5.20)
Chickpeas cooked with Indian style

Every now and then I like a wee channa masala, and I spotted they did that here so I had to try it.

On arrival, it had a very cool presentation and smelled very good.

Time to taste…

The first thing that hit me was a kick, it wasn’t a big kick than the lovely flavours. The chickpeas were cooked perfectly and coated with lovely masala flavours.

I did notice that some crispy onions were sprinkled on top, I’ve never seen that on them before but it didn’t add any extra flavour to the already nice flavour.

I would get this again, as I enjoyed its flavours.

Value for Money★★★★★

CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA £n/a (normally £7.20)
Diced chicken tikka cooked creamy sauce with Indian spices

I don’t know why but this one stood out for me, so I had to order it and check it out.

I did order a side of fried rice, to go with this.

On arrival, this looked very good, though I did spot instantly again that this had crispy onion on top….hmm, I think I see a pattern here.

I plated up and it was time to taste.

This was very nice, the chicken was nice and tender and the sauce was very good, nice and creamy…again it had a slight kick to it but only slightly.

This was very nice, and I enjoyed every mouthful.

If I was being fussy I would say the crispy onions aren’t needed on this, as it doesn’t add anything to an already nice flavour….just presentation really.

Value for Money★★★★★

PESHAWRI NAAN £n/a (normally £3.95)

I love a good Peshwari Naan and when I saw they had them here I had to check it out.

On arrival, I knew what this would be like, and also how it would taste as I have seen places do Peshwari Naan like this before.

This was probably the only disappointment of the night for me as this is not how you do Peshwari Naan.

I did try it, the naan it was nice fluffy and had a good taste, with the sauce was nice but not a proper Peshwari Naan as it should be stuffed.

Sorry guys.

Value for Money★★★

Fried balls of dough made from milk solids and semolina, soaked with an aromatic syrup spiced with green cardamom, rose water, saffron

Another must when I see it on the menu is Gulab Jamun.

On arrival this looked nice, yeah it’s just the one but after a few tapas, I guess one is enough as you are probably full.

The Gulab Jamun was warm, moist and had a great flavour and worked well with the ice cream

This was a good end to my meal.

Value for Money★★★★★

Visit Overall

Firstly a big thanks to Green Gates Cafe for my invitation, and the food tonight. As always the above blog is a 100% honest review of my thoughts and hasn’t been influenced just because it was free.

Tonight was a good night, and I had a nice relaxing and enjoyable meal.

As you read the big letdown of the night was the naan as that’s not how proper Peshwari Naan is done….also what’s with all the crispy onions? these aren’t needed as the flavours are already nice.

I spotted a few other tapas I would like to try so I will check them out when I return soon.

Time between Courses★★★★★
Halal FriendlyYES
Vegan FriendlyYES

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