Charcoals (Merchant City, Glasgow) 2022 : Review

The Visit

I visited Charcoals loads many years ago, and due to life getting in the way and also owning a car that stopped.

Where Charcoals used to the, the main one it was always very difficult to park plus driving in town is crazy.

I noticed recently that it had now moved to what was Charcoals Cafe and had to take a visit.

The Food

I had a nosy at the menu before visiting, and knew what I wanted to order.

Allo Tikki £3.95
An Indian street food made with mashed potatoes, peas and onions.

I wanted to try something completely different to what I normally order, and this caught my attention.

On arrival this looked very nice, and smelt really good….so now it was time to taste.

This was very tasty, it had the perfect slight crunch to it followed by a great flavour.

I would easily have this again, and the best part it was light and I knew I had space for my main.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kofta Curry £12.95
Kofta is a family meat ball dishes famous in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Tonight I opted for the Kofta Curry and some rice rather than naan etc

I had not had Kofta Curry for a long time so I was looking forward to this.

On arrival I was hit with an amazing smell, and it looked so so good!

I plated up and tasted.

WOW! this had a lovey flavour, the sauce was really nice and i loved the flavour. The meat balls were very tender, and packed a great flavour and all of it combines just created a really amazing and mega moreish dish.

I am not just saying this, but I enjoyed every single bite!

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mango lassi

A must for me when I visit and Indian restaurant!

This is my favourite drink, and I have made my own at home.

If you like smoothies then you need to try a mango lassi if you havent ever had one.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

I enjoyed being back at Charcoals as it had been far too long!

This is how I remembered Charcoals, great food, good service and was nice to see Ali again and have a good chat.

Overall Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rishis Indian Aroma (Glasgow) 2022 : Review

The Visit

The last time I was here was 5 years ago and I had wanted to visit again sooner but things got in the way.

Tonight’s visit we selected after coming back from a lovely day in Edinburgh.

The Food

Tonight I was with a friend who was from Kerala, I said to her to help me pick something I have not tried before and this is what I got.

Methu Vadai £4.50
South Indian savoury snack, made of urid dhal, spiced with onion, ginger, green chilly and curry leaves, served with sambar and chutney.

Ohh now this looked interesting…they looked like doughnuts…

Now it was time to try….ohhh this was very nice…

It was light, puffy and had a nice flavour…I then dipped it in the chutney and again it was nice….then the sambar and ohh…I loved it with the sambar!!!

This was a very nice starter and I could easily have this again….more so with the sambar mmm that is so nice 🙂

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Main

Kothu Parotta (Chicken) £8.95
popular Tamil Nadu street food where flaky shredded flatbreads are cooked in a spicy curry masala

I have never heard of this dish before, so I was looking forward to finding out what it was like.

I took a small bite to begin with just in case it was too spicy…as I am not good with too spicy

This was not spicy and it was so so so tasty!!!

The textures, the flavours everything was very very yummy!

This was a big portion and probably better off as a sharing one or if you are MEGA hungry!

I will be getting this again as I really loved this!!

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mango Lassi (Large) £3.70

If you dont know me by now, I always get a Mango Lassi when I go to an Indian restaurant.

This was very nice and very yummy and I could have easily had more and more of these.

If you fancy trying to make a Mango Lassi at home do check out my recipe here

Overall :

This was such a good day and a good end to the night.

I was so happy to come back to Rishi’s as tonight’s food was amazing! and I tried 2 new dishes that I will easily have again and highly recommend you try if you haven’t had them yet.

I am adding here to my top Restaurants list.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mango Lassi (Indian Drink) : Recipe

Lassi is a popular, traditional, yoghurt-based drink from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. 

Makes : 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 500ml of fresh chopped mango pieces, (3 to 4 medium-sized mangoes) 
  • 500ml full-fat fresh yoghurt or curd
  • 2 to 3 tbsp full-fat cream or Malai
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder (Optional try without first)
  • 4 to 5 tbsp sugar or honey or add as required. this also can be skipped if the mangoes are very sweet, I prefer sugar.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 2 minutes
  2. Pour into individual glasses, and serve. 

NOTE : The lassi can be kept refrigerated for up to 24 hours

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