The Mother of all Indian restaurants

Chefs working in the Mother India kitchen
Chefs working in the Mother India kitchen

Shopping with a baby is no easy feat - you have to struggle round the tiny gaps with a pram, manoeuvre crazed shoppers and somehow keep a one-year-old and his 29-year-old father entertained.

After four hours at the shops in Glasgow, our search for wedding outfits was fruitless and, starving, we decided to treat ourselves to an early dinner at Mother India.

We love Indian food and were embarrassingly regular diners at D’Yoga. I almost wept when I heard it was being changed into a world buffet restaurant and since we’ve not found a good replacement. Until Mother India.

The restaurant just past Charing Cross has been a staple in the Glasgow dining scene for decades, and somewhere we had been meaning to try for years.

We were welcomed by manager Vibhu and after ordering some much needed beers were given pappadums and various chutneys while we looked through the menu.

We opted for the veg pakora to share as an appetiser while I plumped for the paneer tikka and Andy the lamb massulum with a Peshwari nan and basmati rice to share.

As a vegetarian, I’m used to feeling disappointed by restaurant menus which usually chuck on a macaroni or veg burger as an afterthought but Mother India had lots of options and our waiter said the chef could do pretty much anything on the menu in meat-free form. The paneer – a soft cheese used in Indian cooking – and tikka dish was amazing, delicately spiced and served with piles of veg.

Andy’s tender lamb - which was recommended by our waiter as his favourite dish – was demolished in minutes with him describing it as ‘the best lamb he’d ever had’. Praise indeed.

Despite the pile of food delivered to the table, our plates were returned to the kitchen scraped clean.

And we even got to enjoy most of the meal without trying to occupy a baby as Harrison was completely smitten with Vibhu, who took him for walks around the restaurant, which was experiencing a mid-afternoon lull, and even into the kitchen to meet the chef.

There is good reason why Mother India has been in Glasgow for so long – the food and service is top notch and the staff treated us first timers like regulars.

If only it was closer we’d definitely become proper regulars.

Mother India has expanded to a cafe in Glasgow and a restaurant in Edinburgh so I’m optimistic a Falkirk branch might follow suit.

Mother India

28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow

0141 221 1663