Charcoals Indian Restaurant (Glasgow) : Review

Charcoals Indian Restaurant
26A Renfield Street
G2 1LU

V: 28th April 2019. T: 0141 221 9251. W:

Charcoals have always been my favourite Indian Restaurant in Glasgow, but since I have to visit many places or you would get bored with the same restaurant review I can’t go back to my top spots as often as I would like.

Finally, I got the chance to go back 🙂

The Food…

Since its been a while I didn’t mind if I ordered the same as last time, or something I always order but I thought I will see if I can find something different.


Lahori Fish Pakora £4.95
spicy fillet coated with gram flour and fried

Charcoals Glasgow Lahori Fish Pakora

I have had these before but not sure how long ago, so I thought let’s have them again and see how they are now.

These were very nice and very light to eat, the sauce added to the flavour.

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

Main Course

Kofta Curry £10.95

Charcoals Glasgow Kofta Curry

I think its been ages!!! since I had this last and couldn’t remember if this was a dish I liked or thought was just ok so it was time to try it again.

This was very nice, the textures of the meatballs were nice and the sauce had a slight kick.

I would have this dish again, as it was very nice and the perfect amount of kick for my weak tastebuds.

Presentation : 5
Portion Size : 0
Flavour : 5
Value for Money : 5


It was nice to be back again, and the food as always didn’t disappoint.

If you haven’t been to Charcoals, do check out my other reviews and take a visit!!

Review Scores –

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

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Additional Details

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


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Charcoals (Glasgow) : Review

Charcoals : Outside Sign

26A Renfield Street
G2 1LU

V: 16 September 2017      T:  0141 221 9251  W:

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…


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

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


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)

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

T: 0141 229 0000
W :

Visit Date : 6 Nov 2016


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.


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.

Iranian kofta meatballs in our cafe curry sauce.


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.


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.


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


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.


(V) Crispy fried vegetable pakora.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 :


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


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.


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


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 : *****
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