Divans Darbar (Maryhill, Glasgow) 2022 : Review

The Visit

The guys at Divan Darbar asked me to come back and try their new Indo_Chinese Thali and they also mentioned that on Tuesdays they are now doing a £2 curry deal…that’s amazing!!!

I accepted and we set a date for my visit.

I had been here before, and I was going o be returning soon as I have a list of places in 2022 I wanted to go back to.

The Food

Indo-Chinese Thali £n/a tonight (normally £5.99)

Set Menu :

  • Veg Spring Rolls
  • Chilli Chicken
  • Egg Fried Noodles
  • Chinese Chicken Curry / Veg Curry
  • Prawn Crackers

I think this is a great idea, as I am sure it will stop a few family arguments when one member fancies Indian and the other Chinese….so now that can be sorted without any issues.

On arrival wow this was actually a lot bigger than I thought, it’s perfect for two people to share I would say or one very hungry person.

For me the winner here was the chilli chicken, it had a great flavour and a tiny kick.

The chicken for the curry and chilli chicken was mega tender! it was soo good.

This is a solid 5/5 one due to the flavours, two due to the quantity and three due to the cost!

You have to check this out!!!!

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Pepper Dry Fry (Chicken) £4.95
Pepper, the king of spices, is blended with ginger, garlic and aromatic Indian spices finished with a tempting coconut oil, mustard and curry leaves.

This was actually the starter, I asked the guys here what they would like promoted and this was one of the suggestions along with the Indo-Chinese Thali.

On arrival, I was hit with such an amazing smell, and visually this looked very very nice.

I couldn’t wait to dig in.

I noticed from the menu it had a few chilli icons next to the title, so I thought ok be prepared for something spicy…I took a bite…

Oh ok, this had a kick but a very subtle one, but the flavour…wow this was super tasty! The chicken was nice and tender and each bite packed a punch of great flavour.

I could have easily had this again! and I think on my return visit I will be ordering this.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nihari Nalli (with bone) £9.99
Nihari Nalli is a stew from Indian subcontinent. Slow-cooked shank of lamb in a tomato based gravy.

I asked the guys here what else they would like to promote, and they recommended I try this dish.

On arrival this looked very interesting, and smelled very nice….so after a few photos, I tried it.

I took the meat off the bone and tasted it, just like everything else it was very tender and had a lovely flavour. The gravy was very very nice, so nice I used the naan (see next post) to clean the plate.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kerala Paratha £1.95

The name caught my eye as I know have a few friends from Kerala and I am sure I will be making more soon….so I had to order this.

This is a flaky doughy flatbread, the outside is crisp and flaky and the inside is soft and warm.

I loved this as the texture was great, and the flavour was very nice. It was nice on its own and also when dipping into a gravy.

I will have this again on my return.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Garlic Naan

The guys brought out a garlic naan and WOW this was HUGE!!!!!

The naan was nice and fluffy and the garlic flavour just added to an already nice taste.

This was great and as I said HUGE! perfect to share with someone.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Firstly a big thank you to Divan Darbar for my invite again.

Just like my first visit, the staff were very friendly, the service was very good and the food amazing!

The food here is packed with flavour and it will make you want to keep visiting to try more dishes.

Guys do check here out and let me know what you got and thought.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The review posted above was not influenced in any way just because it was gifted, all comments and thoughts in this blog post are my 100% honest opinion.

Swadish Indian Restaurant (Merchant City, Glasgow) 2021 : Review

V: 31st December 2021


The Visit :

It was a very last-minute decision as my parents wanted to go out for dinner and they didn’t book anywhere, so I messaged Swadish and was lucky they had a table free.

Starter

Hot Cauliflower Wings (Vegan) £6.50
Crispy Cauliflower with Tandoori Spices, Lime and Chilli Sauce, Coriander Chutney

I am not normally a Cauliflower fan, it’s probably one of the last things I would order but a friend was here the night before and had this and said it was really good…so I ordered it.

I didn’t actually look at the small print and tried a good amount of the darker sauce and WOW it blew my head off….so once that calmed down I dug right in.

These were really nice, I was very surprised (remember I am not a cauliflower person) and I enjoyed them very much. They had a lovely flavour and a really nice crisp to them.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Main

Salmon Tikka £10
Roasted Salmon marinated with Lime, Paprika, Tandoori spices, Lime Leaf Sauce, Mint and Coriander Chutney, Beetroot Dressing. and a hint of sweetness. Onions and coconut

I wanted to try something different tonight, and this cause my eye.

On arrival, the presentation was really good and defiantly Instagramable!

Visually looked really good, and it also smelled really good….so it was time to dig in.

Wow, this was very tender, no bones and packed with a lovely flavour. I could have easily had another plate of this that’s how good it was.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Warm Gulab Jamun £6.00
Sweet spongy balls made of milk, topped with berry compote

Woohoo, I had room to have this, and Gulab Jamun is one of my favourite Indian sweets more so warm.

It was yummy, soft, sweet and so so good!!!

This is another dish I could have easily had more of.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall:

It was nice to be back at Swadish, and it was a love New Years eve meal.

As always the food, presentation and flavours are 10/10 and we all had a fantastic meal.

If you have never visited here, I highly recommend you do!!!

Overall Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ashoka Ashton Lane (West End, Glasgow) 2021 : Review

The Visit

The last proper visit here was ages ago, and more recently it was a quick stop as the night we came we felt like Dosa but they had just ran out.

Tonight we visited again as I was keen to try the Dosa here

Starter

Haggis Pakora £5.25

The friend I was with tonight, she had never tried Haggis so I thought lets get this as my starter and she can have a bite.

For me this was a big portion, but the taste mmm so good as I love haggis and haggis pakora.

I would get this again.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Chicken Masala Dosa

On arrival the smell instantly hit me, this smelled so so good.

I tried the dosa and it was light, fluffy and had a nice taste.

I took a bite of everything and WOW the flavour of this was very good, so good I didn’t want to stop eating it.

My friend tried a bite and it was so good, she ordered it for herself.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Additional

Service*****
Halal FriendlyYes
Venue Cleanliness*****

Overall :

Firstly it was nice to be back for a proper meal here, as Ashoka Ashton Lane was always a fav of mine.

Tonight we both enjoyed our meal very much, and left feeling full but satisfied.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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