Ushas Indian Street Food (West End, Glasgow) : Review

2 Byres Road
Glasgow G11 5JY

V: 7th January 2018     T: 0141 339 7138     W:www.ushas.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)     Accepts: Cash & Card     WIFI: No


I have passed Usha’s many times when walking around Byres Road, and always thought I need to stop in here and check it out.

From the outside it looked very nice inside, and always when I have looked its been busy.

Finally got round to checking it out….

We were welcomed and shown to our little booth, which was situated near the window so I had a good view of outside and the people passing.

Inside has a very nice relaxed feeling, and there is some Indian music playing in the background and like always I knew a few songs which was nice.

The Food…

PANEER PAKORA £4.25
HOME MADE PANEER INFUSED WITH A TAMARIND AND MINT CHUTNEY, DIPPED IN OUR GRAM FLOUR BATTER AND FRIED

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I have never tried this done this way, normally I would have Saag Paneer so this was going to be interesting.

It was OK, there wasn’t much flavour, using the added sauce this helped a lot.

I wouldn’t get this again, but I am glad I tried it to see what it was like.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 2.5
Presentation : 4
Value for Money : 3

Main Course

ALOO GOBI £4.75
MADE WITH POTATOES, CAULIFLOWER AND INDIAN SPICES

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I have had this before at Chaakoo Bombay Cafe long ago, and I loved it and its flavour so I thought I would have it here and see what is like.

For me the flavours were nice, but the cauliflower could have been chopped up a little more rather than one piece….this could me being a little too fussy?

Overall it was nice, but not as nice as the one I had in Chaakoo Bombay Cafe, I would try something else next time

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

PESHWARI NAAN £2.75

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This was perfect!!! it had the perfect amount of coconut and sweet taste to it!!!!

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

Overall

Overall my first visit was a nice mixed visit.

I half enjoyed the food tonight, and the service was good but for me inside I found the atmosphere a little lacking….but that could just be me or tonights experience.

Review Scores –

  • Atmosphere : 3
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 3.5
  • Value for money: 4
  • Overall : 3

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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 : 19 December 2016

What a shocker you’re saying or “does he go anywhere else”….and to answer that its a yes but this is becoming one of my fav places to go when I am out.

I had arranged with 3 of my friends to go to Chaakoo, two have never been and the other has once with me before.

As always the staff were very welcoming and again the atmosphere was really nice, do check out my other reviews here as I do review different food etc.

Hope you’re sitting down……tonight’s visit I have kept my promise and tried different dishes.

Chicken Lababdar £5.95
Lababdar is Hindi for soft & creamy, this chicken tikka dish is cooked in a rich brown onion gravy & butter sauce with capsicums, tomatoes & cream, in the traditional Andhra style.

This was a complete “lets see what this is like”, never had this and anytime I have been in Chaakoo with anyone they have never had this.

I am glad I tried this, it was very nice and the tikka and the cream sauce was perfect. I kept the chicken in the dish, and found it very large and difficult to cut up etc so next time I would put it on a plate as I feel that would be better.

This is one I would have again.

Ok so before I move on to my next two dishes, you need to know I am not a salad or a vegetables guy. Put them down in front of me and they will not get touched, two things I really hate.

That being said the next two dishes are very healthy and dishes I wouldn’t normally order….ok ok I did have the Paneer the last time but still it counts for this visit.

Saag Paneer £5.95
(V) a classic jalfrezi dish of spiced spinach, studded with cubes of creamy fried paneer cheese.

What can I say this is a very nice and light dish, its good flavour and one I will have again.

Gobi Manchurian £3.95
(V) Calcuttan fried cauliflower, garlic, chilli & ginger.

Ok so if someone said here have some cauliflower I would say no thanks, but my last visit with Emma and Wendy this dish was had and it looked nice.

I am so glad I tried this, this was amazing the flavour was good and the crunchiness of the cauliflower added to it.

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

I have to have a cocktail when I am out, and yes I had this last time but its a good one. This was a little freebie tonight so thanks again Denny 🙂 cheers

 

MANGO LASSI £3.75

The Mango Lassi has always been a favourite of mine when I go to an Indian restaurant, and last time when I tried it here i was very disappointed. It was too icy and not enough flavour, but I had heard this had been improved so I thought lets see.

This was more like it, texture was perfect, sweet and full of flavour this was a perfect Mango Lassi the way it should be 🙂

Overall  : 

Overall another perfect evening, and my friends all enjoyed the food and the night. Please do check out my other reviews for here, and please do visit Chaakoo you wont regret it.

Service : *****
Food Quality : *****
Atmosphere : *****
Rating (out of 5) : *****

Back with Bloggers at Chaakoo : 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 : 9 December 2016

Recently due to my blogging I have made two new friends, if you follow any food blogs or travel blogs you may have heard of them

Emma Eats : twitter.com/EmmaEatsUK

Weekends With Wendy : twitter.com/WendyAndrew_

I have had the pleasure of meeting both of them twice now, and they are very lovely and nice girls. Please do follow them on twitter and read their blogs, they have taught me a lot since I have started and I look forward to my next meeting with them.

So the three of use decided to go to Chaakoo as I have praised it so much, and also Emma did a quick visit not that long ago but wanted to go back.

Feel free to check my previous posts on Chaakoo here

The past view visits the manager has kept in touch with me via twitter, and said next visit he would like to come and meet me so I told him the three of us were going.

If you have been reading my posts, I am trying very hard when I return to a restaurant not to order the same thing or things. Did I do it this night……..kind of 🙂

On entering I was welcomed and shown to my table, and Annie came over to see if I would like to drink anything. Again Annie was very friendly, and it was nice to see a familiar face 🙂

Tonights Dishes : 

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


This seem to be one of my two fav dishes, as I had to get it again. The meatballs are cooked perfect and have a nice little kick to them, the sauce just adds more flavour to give an amazing mix in taste.

 

SAAG PANEER £5.95 (V)
A classic jalfrezi dish of spiced spinach, studded with cubes of creamy fried paneer cheese.

This is one of my friends favourite dishes and I have never tried it here, so tonight I thought I would give it a shot to see what its like.

I had tried Paneer at another Indian restaurant, and I felt its flavours were bland.

I would describe this as a curried cottage cheese, thats as close as a description I can give you if you haven’t tried it before.

This is very nice, normally I am not into vegetarian dishes but I would have this again.The flavour was really good!!.

SHAKAHARI £3.95
(V) Crispy fried vegetable pakora.

If you have had vegetable pakora then you can’t go wrong with it, this was very tasty and the sauce add a nice little kick.

 

Denny the manager came out to see us, and I finally got to meet him. You can’t not but love him, he is passionate, friendly and a really nice guy. He spoke to us about the food, himself and the decor.

Denny then asked if would like to try a cocktail, and he would surprise us with three. As you know I am a big fan of cocktails, so I was looking forward to them. On his return he said these were his three favourite cocktails, the one I choose was :

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


This is a really nice cocktail and one I could have many off. I would like to thank Denny for this cocktail 🙂

 

Overall : 

Another faultless visit, the food was amazing as always and the service was really good.

I am already looking forward to my next visit, if you have not tried this place out yet what are you waiting for you will love it.

I would like to take this time to thank Denny personally, as he was kind enough to give us a discount on our meal plus the cocktail which was not needed but very much appreciated and very kind….so thank you Denny for tonight 🙂 and it was great to finally meet you in person 🙂

5 Stars just like the last visits 🙂