Chaakoo Bombay Cafe (Glasgow) : Review

Location : Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

79 St Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5TF

T: 0141 229 0000
W: www.chaakoo.co.uk

Visit Date : 10th April 2017

As you regular readers know I really like Chaakoo, and I have been there a many times.

You can see all my other reviews by doing a search, but tonights visit I decided to keep my promise and try different dishes…ok well I had one that I have had before but the rest was all new.

Tandoori King Prawn £9
King prawns steeped in our house smoked tandoori rub, flash flamed on the robata grill and garnished in citrus lemon.

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When this arrived I though “oh” as part of me though it was presented in a shell and I am not a fan of that but I was very happy to see no shell

This was very nice, the King Prawn was very meaty and the flavour was really good. The meat wasn’t chewy, and the flavour was was just right.

I tried it with and without the sauce, but personally its perfect without but its all down to your own personal taste.

I would have this again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Machali £4.95
Fish pakora in a coriander & green chilli batter.

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I was a little disappointed with this dish, the main reason I was expecting a lot of flavour but for me it tasted just like Fish Fingers.

Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with Fish Fingers, but it was just an OK dish for me.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3
Presentation : 2

Saag Paneer £5.95 (V)
A classic jalfrezi dish of spiced spinach, studded with cubes of creamy fried paneer cheese.

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Ok ok I know I have had this before but I really like this, I promise next time I won’t order this again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Mango & Banana Crumble £4.95

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I decided that I still had room for some more so I opted to try this dish.

I am so glad I did.

This was a very nice dish, and I am regretting not having it sooner (thats if its been on the menu and I have missed it…or recently added).

I would and will have this next time and again and again! I might even order two on my next visit.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Caramelised Pineapple Lassi £3.25

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So! I normally have a Mango Lassi but I thought lets try another one today.

It was ok, the pineapple flavour was nice and the texture was ok.

Little disappointed but glad I tried something new, I think I will stay with the Mango Lassi.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5

Overall :

Overall another very good visit, I am very glad I tried a lot of new dishes and I will 10000% have the Mango and Banana Crumble.

Every time I come here I am very relaxed and always have a good meal, if you haven’t tried here yet please do give it a visit.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4.5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 4.5
  • Overall : 4.5

Glasgow Bloggers Meet Up #2 : Chaakoo..Saves the Day

As you may have read in my last Bloggers Meet up post, I have never done anything like this before and for me this is a challenge and a fun event to organise.

So organising this event started off really well, then on Monday 27th February that’s when everything started to go down hill.

This event was meant to be held at Glasgow Sugar Dumplin, but on Monday 27th February 2017 I heard that it had gone in to Liquidation.

This was crazy to hear and very sad, as it was a home from home for me….then the panic started where to locate this second event.

I called a few locations but due to the amount of people they couldn’t manage to take us, so I contacted the manager at Chaakoo and he saved the day.

After that I had a few more people cancel, this was expected as you never get the full amount at any event.

Our Meet Up : Friday 3rd March 2017

Location : Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

79 ST VINCET STREET
GLASGOW G2 5TF

T: 0141 229 0000
W: http://chaakoo.co.uk

 

The Bloggers :

I will only add the new bloggers that attended tonight, if you want to learn about the others as they visited at my first event view it here

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Elanor Brammer

Twitter@tiggypoes
Blogtiggypoesandflutterbys.blogspot.co.uk

Kirsty

Twitter@kirstymonday
Blogthemondayproject.co.uk

Karen

Twitter@kar_took
Blogwww.karen-graham.co.uk

Scott 

Twitter@DrScottJMcGrane

Unfortunately not as many as I hoped turned up, which was a shame as it would have been nice to meet more people and also since Chaakoo kept the spaces for me.

The Food :

Just like all my visits I am a big fan of the food here, and could easily have a lot more than I really order.

SMOKED CHICKEN TIKKA £5.95
Our own whisky chip smoked chicken, drowsed in our tikka dry rub with raita.

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Tasted just as it says smoked chicken.

For me this was nice, it was smoky, cooked well and the chicken was nice and tender. The sauce added a little extra taste, but for me the chicken was fine on its own.

SAAG PANEER £5.95 (V)
A classic jalfrezi dish of spiced spinach, studded with cubes of creamy fried paneer cheese.

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Yip had to order it again, this is my new favourite dish here as my other has now been removed from the menu.

This is a very nice dish, not too spicy and loaded with flavour. If you like curry and cottage cheese and never had this before, then this is kinda what its like but very very tasty.

KEEMA MATAR £5.50
Minced Lamb simmered with garden peas, garlic and ground spices, enriched with a splash of cream.

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This was my first time trying this dish, I didn’t know what it would be like but thought lets give something new a try.

For me this was a little spicy, and also was like a lasagna without the pasta and cheese.

Would I have it again? not sure as it was just a little to spicy for my taste, but if you like spicy then why not give it a shot if you visit Chaakoo.

Overall :

Overall the night was a very fun night, got to meet some new people and we all had a nice evening.

A BIG thanks to Chaakoo for saving the day!!!!!!

Looking to try a really good Indian restaurant in Glasgow, then please do check out Chaakoo I promise it wont disappoint.

If you would be interested in attending my future Glasgow Blogger meet ups then tweet me or contact me.

  • Child Friendly : Yes (only if they are well behaved)
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 5

Glasgow Bloggers Meet Up #1 : Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

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When I started this blog I set it up as a challenge, I wanted to try and improve my spelling and my social life and see what its like to become a blogger. I ate out a lot so I decided to become a food blogger, as I was always getting teased at constantly taking photos of my food.

October 2016 was when I really focused on my blog, as prior to that it was just a little “if i remember to do it” project. At that point I only had 30 odd twitter followers, and just friends on my Instagram. Now January 2017, those numbers have changed a lot.

Over the past few months, I have been to a large amount of restaurants and been invited to a few events. I have also made many new friends along the way, all of them really lovely and would like to keep in touch and see them more often.

Now 2017 my goals for my blog are :

  • Be more critical in all reviews
  • Try more random products to add to the mix of my food reviews
  • Arrange some Glasgow Blogger meet ups.
  • Vlogging

The first two points above are easy to achieve, but the last two not so much.

I have seen and heard from people (mostly heard) that Glasgow  Blogger meet ups have been arranged in the past, but normally a large amount say yes and then only a little turn up or its called off. They also tend to be mostly food specific…why? so thats something I wanted to change.

I used to prepare a lot of events and DJ inside the online game Secondlife for a charity, so I thought lets use that knowledge and bring it to this.

My first task was to figure out location and who to invite, I thought starting small was the best idea.

I won’t go in to full detail, but I meet a few people at the Revolution de Cuba bloggers event and have kept in touch. I have also kept in touch with Emma Eats and Weekends with Wendy since my last meet ups with them. I thought this would be the perfect start and messaged them.

Next was to think of a location, but this was an easy one….Chaakoo Bombay Cafe.

Our Meet Up : Friday 27th January 2017

Location : Chaakoo

As you may have seen from my Tweets or blogs, I have been to Chaakoo a lot. The food is amazing and the staff are very friendly. For my first meet up this was where I wanted it to be.

Invited : 14

Just like all events planned you never really expect to have a full house, people plans change, they don’t feel well etc etc. Tonight we had a total of 7, for me this was a success as I was only expecting 4 or less mostly due to it being the first and due to the small amount invited.

The Guests : 

I have to say at this point if you reading this and know me, and wondering why you never got an invite don’t worry I am not ignoring you there was a reason. The people I invited tonight all have similar personalities or I thought would mix well with everyone.

This was a key factor to arranging tonight, I didn’t want to just invite x y and z and hope they mixed so I planned it that there would be some form of connection etc.

The people that turned up tonight were :

  • Chris : This is my best friend and he has been very supportive with my blogging.
  • Irina : My girlfriend

Weekends With Wendy : A travel blogger and friend that I have met a few times since I started blogging.

Twitter : twitter.com/WendyAndrew_
Instagram : www.instagram.com/wendyandrew_/
Blog : www.weekendswithwendy.com

Amy’s Food Blog : I have now met Amy twice, she is a lovely girl and very friendly. Amy is a food blogger and journalist.

Twitter : twitter.com/_Dont_Byrne_It_
Instagram : www.instagram.com/amy_is_a_foodie/
Blog : dontbyrneit.wordpress.com

Tom Jarvis : Amy’s boyfriend, and audio blogger.

Instagram : www.instagram.com/tomjarvis317/
Blog : www.audioordeal.co.uk

Evy, evidently : Evy is a blogger and Vlogger. I have only been in contact with Evy very recently, and again she is a very nice girl to chat with and look forward to meeting and chatting to her more.

Twitter : twitter.com/EvidentlyEvy
Instagram : www.instagram.com/evidentlyevy/
Blog : evidentlyevy.com
Youtube : www.youtube.com/user/evidentlyevy

And me 🙂

As you can see if you take a look at everyones blog, I didn’t just focus on food bloggers. There are a lot of really nice bloggers in Glasgow, and they don’t just focus on food so now its time we have a meet up and meet everyone.

Also my plan is to hold it at a different restaurant every time, as its always good to try somewhere new.

We were welcomed by the staff at Chaakoo and given a nice welcome cocktail, and a lovely set table for everyone tonight.

We all ordered what we wanted and just chatted, and took photos of the food and each other.

I won’t do a food review here as I had some of the same dishes that I have already posted about, so check my reviews out when you get a chance.

I had a fun time, and it was good to see everyone getting a long.

I would like to give a BIG thanks to everyone who attended tonight, and also a BIGGER thanks to Chaakoo who gave us great service and a few freebies tonight as you helped make tonight very special for everyone and me.

If you haven’t tried Chaakoo yet take a look at their website and visit : chaakoo.co.uk

Now I planning on doing another meet up last week February, or first week March I will speak to everyone and see what is best. I discussed my idea at tonights meet up, and it seemed to go down well so now I’ve just to contact the manager and arrange dates and numbers.

If you’re a Glasgow blogger and would like an invite, DM me on Twitter and lets chat 🙂

Next meet up there will be 20 spaces.

It’s time us bloggers meet up more!

🙂