Glasgow is currently reveling in its status as the Curry Capital of Britain; the fourth time it has won the award in the last ten years.
But its current pole position in the UK’s bhoona scene is nothing new. Glasgow and curry have been closely linked since the beginning of time.
In actual fact, the city’s name is based on a corruption of the Gaelic for ‘I could murder a Ruby’, a phrase first uttered by Saint Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, in the 6th century.
You can celebrate Glasgow’s proud curry-munching tradition with today’s Big Deal at the Green Chilli Cafe on Argyle Street in the West End.
The buzzy restaurant opened last year as part of the Ashoka group. Owner Sanjay Mahju wanted a restaurant that combined the dishes that his Mum used to cook at home with the current passion for tapas.
The result was the Green Chilli Cafe and dishes like desi lamb Bhoona; Punjabi butter chicken and prawn vindaloo.
Alternatively, you could try the chicken sharabi, a dish that has a lot of personal significance for Sanjay.
‘It’s a dish I served in my first restaurant and never forgot,’ he says. ‘It is hot and sour with tropical coconut, a dash of Chianti, black pepper and then green chillies give it all a delightful kick.’
5pm’s army of restaurant reviewers love it. This is what Anne McCash had to say recently:
‘As always, excellent value, excellent service, excellent tapas!! Very friendly staff, very pleasant interior!!
If you want to do further research into why Glasgow is one of Britain’s best cities for a curry then today’s Big Deal is:
£20 for ten Indian tapas and two desserts at the innovative Green Chilli Café in Glasgow; a 60% discount on the standard £50