Ranjit’s Kitchen (West End, Glasgow): Review

607 Pollokshaws Road
Glasgow G41 2AD

V: 23rd December 2018.    T:  0141 423 8222.    W: www.ranjitskitchen.com


This is an area I have not really explored yet, so I decided to take a look at some restaurant names and find something I would like to try.

Ranjit’s Kitchen was the first to jump out at me, so I had a quick look at the menu the night before to give me a head start on arrival.

Looking Around

On entry Ranjit’s Kitchen, it was very bright, warm and had a nice cosy feel.

We were welcomed and shown to a table, inside doesn’t have many seats and you can’t book in advance so you may need to wait for a table.

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The Food…

Looking around everyone was enjoying the food, and it smelled very good….so I couldn’t wait for my dinner to arrive.

Starter

Daal of the Day £3.95
Panjabi lentils or Panjabi curry in a large bowl, served with 2 rotis

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I am not a soup person of any kind really, but it was cold today and I thought why not let’s try it and see what it’s like.

So as you can see from the photo above, that was today’s Daal.

For me this was just ok, I knew to start/ordering this I might not like it but I thought I would give it a try….as I said it was ok for me.

Would I order this again? not really but that’s a personal preference.

Presentation : 5
Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3.5
Value for Money : 4

Main Course

Ranjit’s special pakora £3.95
Made with a mix of cauliflower, spinach, onions, potatoes and spices in gramflour batter served with chutney

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This is one of my favourites anytime I get an Indian, so I was looking forward to this dish.

This was really nice and mega fresh!

The flavours were really nice and light, and the batter was perfect so thin but had a nice crisp to it.

Tonight I could have easily had another batch of this!!

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

Mango Lassi £1.95
a cooling yoghurt based drink

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This is my MUST HAVE Indian drink, every time I go to an Indian restaurant I always have to order this.

For me this was just so so, it wasn’t sweet like I have had it in many other places but it was nice.

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

Sweets

Now, this is the part I always like as I have a sweet tooth, so now it was time to try some Indian sweets.

Ladoo £2
a handmade ball-shaped traditional sweet made with gramflour and sugary syrup.

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I have never had these so I didn’t know what to expect…

These were very nice!! I liked the texture, the flavour and everything about them!

Can’t wait to have these again!

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

Barfi £2
a smooth fudge like sweet, made with milk, sugar and cream

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This was recommended by a member of staff tonight, so I ordered them to see if it was a good recommendation or not.

Again mmmm so good I don’t know what I liked better Ladoo or this.

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

Snowflake Gulab Jamun £2.50
dough balls fried and soaked in sweet syrup and then rolled in delicate coconut flakes.

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I am a big fan of Gulub Jamen and don’t have it as much as I would like so I had to order it tonight along with the rest of the sweets.

So this was an interesting take on Gulub Jamen with the coconut flakes….presentation looked nice and the taste was ok.

Personally, I prefer the original way where they are warm and soaked in syrup….but that’s just me and my sweet tooth talking.

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

Overall

Tonight I had a really nice time, I enjoyed the food and more so the sweets!!!

I can’t wait to go back to try more dishes and have the sweets again.

See you soon guys.

Review Scores – 

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

Additional Details

  • Child Friendly : Yes (well behaved kids)
  • Payment : Cash & Card
  • Disabled Toilets : Yes
  • Halal : Yes

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Konkana Indian Seafood (Edinburgh) : Review

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30-32 Leven Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9LJ

V: 27th October 2018      T:  0131 228 6694  W: www.konkana.co.uk

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


I was lucky enough to be invited back to Edinburgh to try Konkana.

Konkana is a unique Indian seafood restaurant in Edinburgh and only a short walk from Princess Street…..around 20mins.

I like Indian food and I like seafood so this sounded like a perfect combo for me, so I headed for the restaurant.

From their website…

For true foodies, Konkana will be more than just a seafood restaurant, it is an experience…a wholesome, satisfying and elevating experience in Edinburgh! Konkana is named after the Konkan region of India that is most popular for its seafood and Fish specialities. Konkana is our attempt to bring to you the best seafood in Edinburgh, with fresh locally sourced fish and meat with a variety of flavours from the Indian coastline.

First Impressions :

On arrival I was welcomed and shown to my table, this is when I had a nosy around and took a few snaps.

This is a very nice looking restaurant inside, very clean modern and classy. There was also background music, which was at a nice low level and I could easily hear the person sitting opposite me without any shouting.

Staff are very friendly and helpful…..but now it was time to try the food.

The Food…

I aimed to have 3 courses, and pick something random from each to see how it was.

Starter

Chilli Squid £6.50 (Tonight n/a)
Tender pieces of squid with a crispy and spicy coating of crushed chilli served with carrot & radish salad and homemade sweet and spicy mango chutney.

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This was presented really nice, and the smell instantly made my mouth water so it was time to dig in.

This is 1000% the best crispy squid I have ever had!!!, the squid was not chewy it was cooked to perfection.

If you come here this is highly highly recommended!!!!

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

Main Course

Crab Banjara – Konkani Style Whole Meal £17.90 (tonight n/a) & Peshawari Naan £3.95 (n/a tonight)
A popular whole meal is a typical Indo-Portuguese meal from Goa, Daman and Diu a region along the west coast of today’s India which was once part of the Portuguese State of India. This softshell crab meat marinated with special Konkani spices with a touch of Bell pepper, coconut cream and lime tempered with Mustard Seeds and curry leaves served with tempura king prawn and Coconut Rice.

I had picked another dish with the coconut rice, but the waiter recommended this dish as it comes with the rice and said was nicer…..so I opted to go with his recommendation.

Instantly as soon as the plates hit the table it was instant eye candy and mmmmmm what a smell so good.

I started with the naan! This style of naan is my favourite and what I have found is every restaurant I get this in its always done very differently.

This was very nice again, done differently to other places, the naan was thinner slightly more crispy but the flavour was just as good.

The main dish now….

I tried the rice, then the curry then both together and mmmmm really this was so good!

I am so glad the waiter tonight recommended this, as I could have easily have had seconds.

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

Dessert

GULABJAMUN £5.00 (tonight n/a)
Classic Indian dessert recipe Gulab Jamun – Fluffy cardamom-spiced doughnut holes soaked in rose and cinnamon syrup.

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This is my favourite Indian dessert, and when I see it on the menu I always get it.

On arrival I noticed that there were nuts sprinkled around the plate, this is nice but I can’t take nuts. A few restaurants have started doing this, it might be good to mention that before bringing it to the table so they can add or not add.

This was very nice and again tasted really good.

My two issues well one you have read is the nuts, and secondly well the presentation…I think you know what I am saying here……I will leave that one here.

Overall

Firstly a big thanks for Konkana for my invite.

Just as always even though tonight I was invited to try the restaurant’s food, my review is 100% honest and true to my thoughts.

I am so glad I got invited here! here is another restaurant that will be going on my top spots as I can’t fault it and the food really good!!

Highly recommended!!!!

Review Scores – 

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

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Rishis Indian Aroma Glasgow Restaurant : Review

Visit Date : Saturday 18th June 2016

Currently before trying here there was one Indian restaurant in Glasgow that I would recommend (Not tried them all yet, but a good amount). Rishi’s is now on my list as I really enjoyed it.

This visit was a special visit as it was an early birthday dinner for my friend, and Rishi’s was also recommended by our Indian friends as they found it very close to the way it should be.

Normally when I go out I stick to ordering the same things, but now I am trying different items and thats what I did here.

Starter :

There was a lot on the menu for my starter that I would have tried but I opted for the Methu Vadai.

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Methu Vadai : Fried doughnuts made of urid dal, ginger, onion, curry leaves & green chilly with a soft centre & crunchy exterior, served with special chutneys & Sambar*

These were nice, and I am glad I tried them. After you have had one, the sauces are needed to add a little more flavour but this could just me and my sweet tooth. One of my friends ordered the Dosa which looked really nice, and I tried a little and I would try this next time.

Chicken Chettinad with Coconut rice : A spicy Chettinad preparation, combining Ground coconut, curry leaves, fennel and seasame seeds. (spicy)

I was worried about ordering this since it said “spicy” as I am ok with just spicy and no more, and my normal dish is a korma. I found this very nice, and yes it was spicy but it wasn’t over powering I lost all sensation.

Would I order this again…not sure as there was just a taste in it i wasn’t sure off, but now since I am doing more blogging I would try something else and review that.

Dessert :

Gulab Jamun : Fried dough soaked in sugar syrup.

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This is my favourite to order anytime I go to an Indian restaurant, it’s a shame that you only get two balls as I could easy eat double that as its too nice….more so if you have a sweet tooth like me.

Overall :

There were 5 of us this day, and I was pleasantly shocked at the cost of the bill as I found them to very very reasonably priced. Normally what we paid for 5 is what I pay when its just 2.

If you like Indian food, and have not tried here please do as my first visit I was very impressed and will be going back.