Ashoka the Great was an Indian emperor of the Maurya dynasty which ruled from 321 to 185 BC.
At one point, not only did his empire cover most of modern day India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran but he also had most of central Scotland’s Indian restaurants sewn up as well.
Ashoka the Great’s legacy lives on today in the Ashoka Shak in Coatbridge, a restaurant which dates back to early 21st century period.
Since opening in 2001, the Shak’s fine selection of spicy treats quickly subdued the curry lovers of Lanarkshire who have since become loyal subjects of the Ashoka.
The Emperor’s warrior influence is obvious in dishes such as the Kick Ass chicken kebab.
Less fierce dishes include the creamy butter chicken; the Indian rice and lentil pancakes or the super smooth chasni; a dish which was named in honour of the suave Eighties heart-throb Chesney Hawkes.
The house specialities include the BBQ pistachio chicken; a tender, home-style lamb dish and an aromatic chicken biryani.
Hot-headed chilli warriors may prefer the fiery shakuti chicken or you could just kick it old school style and tuck into the traditional curry on which the Ashoka empire was founded.
Today’s Big Deal for two people includes: two starters, two rice, two curries; two desserts (vanilla or strawberry ice cream) and tea or coffee.
This is what recent 5pm customers had to say of their experiences at the Ashoka Shak Coatbridge:
‘Once again, excellent food here. Will return.’
If you want to eat like an emperor but for a canny price, then today’s Big Deal is:
£19.99 for a four course meal for two at the Ashoka Shak in Coatbridge; a 55% saving on the standard £45