Tuk Tuk (Glasgow) : Review

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426 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow
G2 3JD

V: 21st October 2018      T:  0141 332 2126  W: www.tuktukonline.com

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


Finally am back, that’s the one thing that’s difficult when your a food blogger is making sure you go back to the places you like while trying new places.

I was here having dinner tonight before heading to the Garage to see the band The Rasmus, so tonight I wanted to try a few different things from my last visit.

The Food…

Puri Yoghurt Bombs £4.65
Everyone’s favourite cold Indian snack! Crispy Puri with potato, yoghurt, & tamarind 

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So I went for these, I couldn’t remember if I had these the last time but I knew I really enjoyed them when I did have them…where ever that was.

WOW this is a great dish, the flavours and it’s so refreshing.

If you order a curry and want a refreshing end, for me this would be the perfect follow up even though its a starter.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

TUK TUK Samosas (V) £4.30
Spicy pea & potato pastry

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This looked very nice on arrival and I couldn’t wait to dig in.

For me this was a little spicy…but I don’t have the best spice tolerance so its probably nothing if you like a good strong curry.

The flavours again, and the sauce mmmm perfect.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

SEEKH KEBABS (GF) (S) £5.60
Skewered lamb mince slowly cooked in the tandoor

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I really like kebabs, so I thought let’s try one from here.

These were very nice but very spicy for my taste….so for me, the dish was just so so. If you like spicy foods or have a better spice threshold to me then you will probably really like these.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4
Value for Money : 5

Overall

Overall I am glad to have gone back to Tuk Tuk, there are so many Indian restaurants in Glasgow all doing different styles and for tonight it was a perfect option.

See you soon guys.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 4
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 4.5

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Charcoals (Glasgow) : Review

26A Renfield Street
Glasgow G2 1LU

V: 10th August 2018      T:  0141 221 9251  W: www.charcoals.co.uk

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


As most my readers know my favourite Indian restaurant in Glasgow, is Charcoals and I have been here many times and even filmed inside.

Tonight I was treating my dad to dinner, and I decided to take him here. My dad is a big fan of Indian food, and he has never been here so it was time to introduce Charcoals to him.

The Food…

Starter

Onion Baji (GF) £3.25
Finally Spiced onions mixed with spicy gram flour, spices and deep fried

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I have had these a long time ago, plus I knew you got two so I thought I would share a starter with my dad.

These were perfect, flavour, texture and just YUM!!! I could have easily had more of this but I didn’t as I had the main course coming.

My dad said these were the best he has had.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Main Course

Butter Chicken (GF) £9.95 & Basmati Fried Rice (GF) £2.75
Invented in Delhi in 1970’s, mildly spiced and slightly sweet and accessible to all tastes.

I have had this before, and it was thanks to Charcoals that this is now one of my favs to order.

This was really nice, flavours, and the chicken was very very tender it was a perfect mouthful each time.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Overall

I know it sounds crazy reading this but as always I can’t fault here, the food, service etc it’s always perfect every time I am in.

Charcoals are still my #1 Indian restaurant in Glasgow.

Please do check them out!!

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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Zest (Edinburgh) : Review

15 North Street
Andrew Street
Edinburgh, EH2 1HJ

V: 17th November 2018      T:  0131 556 5028  W: www.zest-restaurant.co.uk

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have never been to Edinburgh so much in one year than I have this year and guess what I am back again to review an Indian restaurant.

The guys at Zest were really nice to invite me to come and try a few dishes from their menu, which I kindly accepted and added the date to my calendar.

I took the bus from Glasgow bus station to Edinburgh this time, as the last time I took the train which is mega costly…this time the bus was £10 return which is really good…..so you have no excuse not to come to Edinburgh to try this place or the other places I have reviewed.

First Impression :

On entering I was greeted by the staff and asked where I would like to sit, I told them wherever and they showed me to a window seat so I could enjoy the view while eating.

The atmosphere tonight was very nice, as it wasn’t too busy when I went in, but gradually did get busier….plus they do have music playing in the background but at a nice level it’s not overpowering or disturbing your chats at the table.

Time to look at the menu…

As always the prices in Edinburgh are always that little bit more than Glasgow, but you are looking at about £1 to £3 max so it’s not too much more.

The menu here looked really good, and price wise good too. There were so many dishes I wanted to try, but I selected a starter and a main.

The Food…

The manager? owner? came over to the table and introduced himself and suggested rather than I order a starter and a main he would bring a sample of the starters and a few curries to try……this sounded perfect as I was a hungry boy.

Starter Sample

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Normally I can tell you what the dish name is and its cost, but since this was a sample of a few starters that is a little harder.

On the plate was: Vegetable Pakora, Chicken Pakora, Lamb and Chicken Tikka

I am not just saying this but the Vegetable and Chicken Pakora was really!!!! good! and the Lamb was so so tender it was cooked to perfection.

I am very impressed with this starter, as I was only going to select the Vegetable Pakora so it was great that I got to try more.

Portion Size : n/a
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a

Main Course

WOW, so our table was very full of food once all this arrived.

So we were brought four dishes, and they all looked good. The above photo shows all for together, and individually so you can see them better.

Dish 1 : Matar Paneer

If you have had Saag Paneer before then this is very similar, and just as nice and so easy to eat. It was cooked perfectly and had a really nice taste.

Dish 2 : A Lamb dish (can’t remember its exact name)

Just like the starter the lamb in this curry was so so tender, again cooked to perfection and the best Lamb dish I have had!

Dish 3 : P297 Special

This is a chicken dish, and again just like the starter the chicken was perfectly cooked!

Dish 4: Salmon Country Captain

The salmon just broke up, and the flavours mmmm I am getting hungry just typing this.

And there was more…

I was also given some rice and a Pashwari Naan (my fav)

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This is my favourite naan, as I have a sweet tooth and this is a sweet naan.

The bread was nice and thin, yet just crispy enough and the filling very sweet so it was perfect for me.

I could have easily had more of this 🙂

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a

Overall

Firstly I would like to thank Zest for my invite, and all the really good food.

I would also like to say as always just because I got an invite, the review you just read is 100% my own thoughts and 100% honest.

Overall I am glad I got to come to Zest, I had a really good meal and a very relaxing evening.

Zest will be another one from Edinburgh, that I will be adding to my top spots so do check them out.

Thanks guys and see you soon 🙂

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: n/a due to invite
  • Overall : 5

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