Bantawala by Masala Twist (West End, Glasgow) 2021 : Review

Visit : 31/07/2021 (Invited)

The Visit

The guys at Bantawala asked me if I would like to come and trysome of their food, so I accepted and set a date.

I have passed here many times, mostly when it was known as Masala Twist and its been on my hit list for a while…then covid hit.

I was excited to go and check the place out, and see what its like inside.

Inside

Todays visit inside was very busy, and I am not someone who likes to take photos and include the people inside so these are the snaps I took.

How funky is the inside, it had a lovely warm atmosphere and the art work on the walls was very cool.

The Food

I opted to select from the Pre-Theatre menu which is priced at £13.99

For my starter : Vegetable Pakora

As you may have seen in my previous posts, vegetable pakora has become a must for me when I go to an Indian restaurant as its very nice.

Presentation wise this looked very nice, and I noticed the sauce wasn’t a vibrant pink colour so this was going to be interesting to try.

I started trying the pakora on its own, and I have to say it was very nice. The batter and texture was perfect, highly recommend if you come here.

I now dipped the pakora in the sauce, and ohhh this was very nice. It was sweet but not overpowering and added a lovely flavour to an already nice pakora.

I can’t wait to have this again.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Main : Chicken Korma and Saffron Rice

I always have to see how each restaurant does their Korma dish, some I’ve found to be bland, others spicy and some really nice…so how was it here?

Visually it looked good, and it smelled really good so it was time to taste.

This tasted very nice, the chicken was perfectly cooked and the sauce was nice and creamy…everything worked very well together.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Drink : Kokam Banta

This was very new to me and I have never heard of this before, the owner brought it over to me and told me what it was and how they make it.

This is very cool as they brought over the machine that makes this from India and they make it all in house…and just look how cool that bottle is.

The flavour of this was berry and it was very refreshing, I am definitely going to order this again on my next visit.

If you havent had one before do check it out.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Firstly a big thanks to the guys at Bantawala for my invite and the meal tonight.

I cant fault anything tonight, I enjoyed everything I ate and also to drink.

I will be going back soon to try some street food and south Indian food so keep watching.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Promo : Gifted/Invited

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

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Bo’ness Spice Restaurant (Bo’ness, Scotland) 2021 : Review

V: 4th July 2021

About Bo’ness Spice

We are dedicated to serving the local community, that is why our menu features popular classics. The new dishes are sure to tantalise the taste buds with focus on the authentic flavours which vary with the different regions of India’s vast territory.

The Visit

The guys at Bo’ness Spice kindly invited me to come and check them out, and try some of their food. So we arranged a day and time, and I set my satnav and off I went.

At the time of visiting they have only been opened for 5 weeks, but the whole time I was in eating the phone was going like crazy, and the delivery and collections were booming…so I couldn’t wait to try the food if this is how popular it was already.

Starter

SABZI PAKORA (normally £3.95)
(5 pieces) Deep fried balls of gram flour, onions, mixed vegetables &
a variety of spices, served with special sauce.

I wanted to try a big dish as my main, so I thought I would play safe and go for nice pakora to start with.

Ohhh the presentation was very nice, and it smelled really good…I couldn’t wait to dig in.

I took a bite of one without the sauce, to see how it was and wow!!!! these are really good.

These are nice and light, perfect texture and packed with flavour.

So so so good!!!!

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

SHAHI CHASNI (normally £8.75) + Pilau Rice (normally £2.95)
Chicken kebabs cooked in a delicate sweet & sour sauce with a touch
of fresh herbs & spices.

I broke my little rule, where I always try a restaurants Korma and use to see how good they do their dishes….I decided tonight to select something at random.

I opted for this dish with pilau rice.

On arrival this looked very bright, but had a really great smell and I couldn’t wait to dig in as I was very hungry.

The chicken was nice and tender and the sauce was soo nice, every bite packed a great amount of flavour and I loved it.

The dish was very filling, but I enjoyed it and would order it again on my next visit.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

PESHWARI NAAN (normally £3.15)

I love a good Peshwari naan, as I have a sweet tooth so its perfect for me the nice naan flavour with a sweetness going through it.

They looked really good, and now was the taste test.

I was happy to see that they didn’t have a redish colouring inside, as for me that looks artificial….still not sure why or what it is but anyway back to this one…

This was very nice, and my friend also agreed…maybe if I was being fussy and it could be down to my sweet tooth…maybe a little more coconut flavour was needed but as I said that’s a personal thing and my friend thought they were perfect for him.

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overall :

Firstly a big thanks to Bo’ness Spice for the invite and the food tonight.

I can honestly say that everything tonight, from service to the food was perfect. The food was packed with flavour and cooked perfectly.

Again I was phappy to see how busy they were tonight, as the phone and collections/deliveries was crazy which is great for such a new restaurant.

I highly recommend you check here out, and it will be going on my Top Spots page.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Promo : Gifted

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Cinnamon (Cambuslang, Glasgow) 2021 : Review

The Delivery

This was my second birthday dinner, as my first one was a Chinese with my grandparents.

I have been to Cinnamon before, and had a lovely meal inside but at the time of typing this post restaurants are still closed so it was a takeaway.

The Food

Vegetable Pakora £3.45

I love a good vegetable pakora, they are super addictive.

For me these tasted really good, and had a subtle kick to them. They had a good crispiness to them and a nice texture.

They were finished very fast, plus the dip with these just really adds to the flavour.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Chicken Pakora £4.95

I don’t tend to order chicken pakora a lot, but tonight I felt like it as its been a while.

For me these were just ok, the coating wasn’t as crispy as I would have liked it, and the chicken wasn’t as tender as I have normally had it.

Flavour wise it was nice.

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Peshwari Naan £2.95

Peshwari Naan is a massive fav of mine, as its got the great naan taste with that extra sweetness to it.

I have noticed the inside of a Peshwari can vary, sometimes its a pinkie colour and sometimes no colour. I don’t know why this is, unless its colouring?

Anyway, this was perfect it had a good amount of sweetness to it and the lovely naan taste.

Perfect!

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Chicken Ceylonese Korma £7.95
Prepared with creamed coconut milk, mild spices & pureed tomatoes

I love a good Korma, as you have probably guessed its due to the smooth creamy sweet taste.

Tonight I opted to try this one, and see what the Ceylonese way was like.

This had a really nice creamy taste, but it had a kick to it I wasn’t expecting.

For me it was nice, but that kick wasn’t for me as it killed the nice flavours but I am glad I tried it as its good to try new things.

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Overall :

Overall another really nice meal from Cinnamon, every thing was cooked really well, full of flavours and the delivery time was spot on.

I am glad I tried a different Korma as I said, but next time I will try something new for me and see how that is.

Great Peshwari Naan 🙂

My Rating :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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