You don’t need a crystal ball to see that winter is on the horizon. Pretty soon, it’s going to get mighty icy around these parts and Jack Frost is going to be riding around shouting that there’s a new sheriff in town.
Counter the cold with today’s spicy Big Deal on an Indian tapas meal for two at the new Masala Twist Tikka and Tapas Bar on Hope Street.
Masala Twist Tikka and Tapas Bar is a relatively new arrival on the city’s Indian restaurant scene but it is no beginner.
It’s the sister restaurant to the well established Masala Twist on Byres Road and diners are in capable hands in both the kitchen and front of house.
Masala Twist Tikka and Tapas Bar is a brightly decorated restaurant although diners may find their eyes drawn away from the decor towards the open plan kitchen where the chefs are hard at work.
The offer is for two people to enjoy any four tapas from the wide-ranging a la carte menu plus two sundry dishes such as rice and naan bread.
There is a lot of choice on the a la carte tapas menu. Familiar dishes like the butter chicken, lamb rogan josh and king prawn chettinad are all present and correct.
More adventurous diners may want to tackle the venison curry, the mince ‘n’ tatties curry or the junglee khargosh or rabbit curry.
Vegetarians are well catered for. We fancy the daal makhani, a blend of three daals cooked slowly over a charcoal fire and tempered with exotic spices and cream. Having said that, the pindi chole or chickpeas simmered in a fusion of aromatic Punjabi spices is also tempting.
There is a great choice of naan breads and paratha on offer as well as rotis, saffron rice, mushroom rice, sweet corn pilau rice and good old boiled rice for those who like to keep it simple.
Make a night of it
Masala Twist Tikka and Tapas Bar is in a prime city centre location on Hope Street. It’s within walking distance of Glasgow shopping hubs such as the Buchanan Galleries and Sauchiehall Street. It’s also ideally located for Glasgow Cineworld.
All of which means that today’s Big Deal could be perfect for a pre-movie curry; a bite to eat before a night on the town or simply a great lunch in the middle of a shopping trip. They could also be used as part of a Christmas night out. Get stuck in.