Charcoals (Glasgow) : Review

Charcoals : Outside Sign

26A Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 1LU

V: 16 September 2017      T:  0141 221 9251  W: www.charcoals.co.uk

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


Back again at one of my favourite Indian Restaurants in Glasgow, and this time I would have something other than my normal dishes.

As always I was welcomed and shown to my table, which today was closer to the window so I had a nice view.

Yes I did stick to ordering something different so here is what I thought.

The Food…

Starter

Vegetable Samonsa £2.95
Vegetables and spices rolled in a pastry.

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As soon as this was on the table the smell instantly hit me and my mouth started to water, so now time to see what it was like.

This was a perfect size for a starter, and was packed with flavour.

If your a fan of samosa and like a little extra kick of spice, then you will like this.

This is a starter I would order again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

Main Course

Kofta Curry £9.95
Meatballs cooked in smooth spicy sauces


As my side to this dish I ordered chapati as I felt a naan would be too much.

I have had this dish at another restaurant and really liked it, so I thought lets see how here does it.

This for me was a little too spicy, don’t get me wrong it was very nice but for my palate it had too much of a kick (I normally do Korma so thats my heat level). Putting that aside the flavours were very nice, and very tasty.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

Overall

As always here I have a nice relaxing time, and the food is always amazing. I can’t recommend this restaurant enough, and can promise you that you will always get good service and good food every time you visit.

If your a fan of Indian food then do check this place out.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Value for money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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Back at Chaakoo Bombay Cafe Glasgow — Review

79 St Vincet Street
Glasgow G2 5TF

Chaakoo is open:

Now open for Breakfast!!!!

Mon-Sat 9am
Sunday 10:30am

Monday — Thursday
12noon -10pm (food)
11.30am -11pm(drinks)

Friday & Saturday
12noon -10:30pm(food)
11.30am -12am(drinks)

Sunday
12noon -10pm (food)
11.30am -11pm (drinks)

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

Visit Date : 6 Nov 2016

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I had recently had a few food styles so this weekend its was time to have Indian, so as you learned from my last review of Chaakoo its now my favourite Indian restaurant in Glasgow.

This time I had in my mind I WILL try different dishes….did that happen? keep reading.

Main(s)

So I did pick two dishes that I didn’t have last time, but unfortunately one wasn’t available so I opted for a dish I had the last time.

KOFTA CURRY £5.50
Iranian kofta meatballs in our cafe curry sauce.

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Yes, I did get this the last time but it was really really good, was it good second time round? Yes, just as nice! The meatballs are full of flavour and so is the sauce, a great combo.

KORMA £4.95

From Turkish origin, braised chicken in mildly spiced sauce made with yogurt & ground cashew.

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So this was a new one today, I am a big fan of Korma as I really love its smooth taste so I was very interested in trying Chaakoo’s.

It was really nice, nice and creamy…could have had some more coconut flavour to it but thats just me as I have a sweet tooth and like my Korma with plenty of coconut flavour….but as I said it was very nice.

JINGA MASALA £9.95

Huge prawns steeped overnight in our house masala marinade then gently charred.

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Yes, yes I know what you’re thinking “Kris you had this last time” yes….but please try this and you will know why I had to have it again. One thing you may have noticed is the cost of this, I think I mentioned this in my last review but this is classes as a chef special.

SHAKAHARI £3.95

(V) Crispy fried vegetable pakora.

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I am a big fan of vegetable pakora, so I thought lets try it tonight and again I wasn’t disappointed it was very nice.

Dessert

My favourite Indian dessert is Gulub Jamun, and I didn’t get this last time as I wanted to try something different so this time round it was a must.

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This tasted different to any Gulub Jamun I have had before, for me this was more like deep fried dough balls. Dont get me wrong this was very nice, but very different to any Gulub Jamun I have had before.

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Something I didn’t have the last time were some cocktails, so I thought lets even have one and try more next time. I was very lucky tonight as the manager asked Cal the mixologist to come over and talk me through the cocktail menu.

The cocktail menu is very unique at Chaakoo, what Cal did was some research in to India and then come up with names and unique tastes for every cocktail. What I think is really cool is that you will not find any of these cocktails at other restaurants or clubs, so if you’re a fan of trying new cocktails come try some.

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Cal is very passionate about his job, and you could see he took pride in every single cocktail on the list. I really enjoyed listening to the breakdown of every cocktail.

This night I tried two cocktails :

THE DIPLOMAT’S VISIT £6.50

Diplomatico Reserva, Ting, cinnamon tincture — Bitter yet refreshing with a subtle coconut avour

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This cocktail is a very easy to drink cocktail, and very refreshing.

When you taste it, you get a subtle orange flavour and just as that goes a quick and very subtle hint of cinnamon for a split second.

If you have pigged out like me and need something light to drink to end the night then go for this cocktail.

MIRCH & CHOKALET £7.50

Cocchi Torino, Arbikie chilli vodka, fresh orange, nutmeg, egg white — Sweet with subtle spice and the texture of a cloud

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When Cal was going through the list, this is one that stood out for me and I knew I wanted to try it.

Just like the other cocktail when you drink this you get a sutble flavlour or chocolate then a quick burst of the chilli. The chilli kick is not in anyway overpowering or painful, its just a quick hint that lasts for a second or two.

Both cocktails I would have again, as both were very enjoyable.

Overall :

Overall my second visit was just as good as the last, the staff were very friendly and very attentive just like last time.

Cal was very nice and very passionate as I said and I enjoyed learning about the cocktails, and Annie the waitress she served us the first time and again tonight very friendly and very nice.

Again if you haven’t been yet, do go you will not be disappointed!

The Rating for this visit (out of 5) :

  • Service : *****
  • Menu Choice : *****
  • Taste : *****
  • Overall : *****

Chaakoo Bombay Cafe Glasgow : Review

79 St Vincent Street
Glasgow G2 5TF

Chaakoo is open:

Now open for Breakfast!!!!

Mon-Sat 9am
Sunday 10:30am

Monday — Thursday
12noon -10pm (food)
11.30am -11pm(drinks)

Friday & Saturday
12noon -10:30pm(food)
11.30am -12am(drinks)

Sunday
12noon -10pm (food)
11.30am -11pm (drinks)

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

Visit Date : 15th October 2016

Chaakoo opened its doors to the public on Friday 14th October 2016, so I decided to pop along today (15th) and try it out. I saw on Facebook some live videos of the first night, and it did look really nice so I was looking forward to trying here. The one issue had from the videos were the volume of the music, it sounded like it was blasting (but this isn’t the case its perfect).

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From the outside you can tell this restaurant has a theme to it, even at the door before going in there are lots of old photos and retro wallpaper. Once you enter you are taken back in time to a very authentic looking 1950’s style restaurant, and I was amazed at how nice Chaakoo is inside as you can see from the above photo.

One of my comments was the music, and I was very pleased that its just loud enough and no more. One of my pet hates is having to shout over the music, so this was good and the music is all modern songs but remixed so it added a modern take to a retro restaurant.

What you are told before ordering is all the dishes are small, so its best to order a few or a lot like we did this night….the table was just big enough for the amount we ordered.

Starter

Sweet Mint Lassi £3.75

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Not really a starter but while I decided what to order, I was very tempted to try a mint Lassi as I have only ever had a mango one. It was nice, the mint taste was very subtle personally for my taste it could have been a little stronger but I would try it again.

Main(s)

So as I have said above the dishes are small so your best to order a few, and yes I did so here is what I got.

KOFTA CURRY £5.50
Iranian kofta meatballs in our cafe curry sauce.

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If you like meatballs then this dish is a must, everything about this was very nice from the meatball taste to the sauce. This I would have again!!

CHICKEN CHETTINAD £5.95
Coconut, curry leaves & spices, hailing originally from South India.

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Normally I go for Korma but I decided to try this dish.

For me this was just ok, my friend had it and said he really liked it but for me the flavours just didn’t do it for me. Next time I will try a Korma, but I am glad I tried something different.

JINGA MASALA £9.95
Huge prawns steeped overnight in our house masala marinade then gently charred.

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This was a special as you can see from the price, compaired to the other currys I had or seen on the menu.

For me this was my favourite dish of the night, the flavours in this are amazing and I was close to ordering another one. When I go back to Chaakoo this will be ordered again, or maybe two 🙂

MASALA FRIES £1.95
Skinny Fries with Masala Seasoning.

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This was ordered to see what they were like, as I was just being nosy. These were very nice, and had a nice taste to them.

PESHWIRI £1.95

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This is my favourite Naan as I have a very sweet tooth, for me this was very nice again and the flavours were just right.

Dessert

What? dont judge as a food blogger I had to try at least one dessert didnt i?…you should be saying yes right about now.

Toblerone Mousse

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Unfortunatly I cant remember the cost I think it was about £4 to £5.

For me this was nice but it did lack one of the things in the title of this dish, the Toblerone taste. The bits on top were more honeycomb, so it made this more like a Crunchy Mousse….but it was still nice.

Yes there was more, again dont judge!!!

I had to finish the night with a Mango Lassi to see how Chaakoo did it, and again another one I cant fault it was nice.

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Overall :

Overall my first impression was amazing, the look, atmosphere, staff and service are all really good.

I enjoyed every dish and every mouthfull, the drinks were good and even what my friend had he said was really good. I left feeling full, but not that bloated way which I normally get after an Indian.

To tell you the truth I walked out saying to myself, that this is now my favourite Indian restaurant now.

If you like small dishes and Indian food this is the place to go, or even if you just like Indian food you will not be dissapointed. I am looking forward to going back and trying a few other dishes.

The Rating for this visit (out of 5) :

  • Service : *****
  • Menu Choice : *****
  • Taste : *****
  • Overall : *****