Friday, 4 November 2011

Bukharah: a review

On Wednesday night, we went out to belatedly celebrate Diwali.  The week before we had our night at the theatre but my very generous In-Laws sent us a card with a cheque in it for us to have an Indian meal on them to celebrate as we were unable to travel down to see them and the family on the day.

Diwali is popularly known as the "festival of lights," it is a festival celebrated between mid-October and mid-November for different reasons. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year.


We booked a meal at Bukharah in the Lorne Hotel in the West End of Glasgow.  We have sampled both good and bad Indian food in Glasgow (more on my takeaway recommendations later!) but we had heard this was supposed to be  a good one so we were really looking forward to it!


Bukharah


When we arrived, we parked outside and as we walked along the side of the elevated windows to the restaurant we looked in expecting it to be fairly quiet on a Wednesday night.  It was actually quite busy so had more atmosphere than we were expecting.  On the way past, I spotted a couple of empty tables in the window and said to Nik, I'd like to sit there, pointing to one of them.  Funnily enough, that's where they put us (I'm not fussy enough to actually ask for a specific table!)  Nik ordered a Cobra and I a Tiger beer, both were very nicely chilled - there's nothing worse than a semi-cold or warm beer!


Bukharah


The staff were attentive, friendly and knowledgeable.  We decided to go with the A la carte since we were celebrating and sometimes it's nice to choose something specific rather than the set menu which we often do as we like to eat out so much (we love a good 5pm deal!)  We decided on lamb chops (my favourite!) and garlic mushrooms to start followed by Chicken Karahi and to be different from our usual, Monkfish Skewers!  We also ordered a plain naan and a garlic naan.  


Sorry the picture's a bit dark, I didn't want to use the flash in the restaurant,
I'm sure I looked weird enough taking photos of my dinner!  ;)

The Monkfish made a lovely change to a curry although it did come with rice and a curry sauce as well.  I preferred it without the sauce as it was so tasty and a lovely meaty texture and the flavour that was already on the fish was amazing.


Monkfish


The Karahi was equally delicious and not oily like some curries tend to be.  They asked us when we ordered if we wanted it Desi style (as Nik is Indian they obviously thought he may prefer it with a bit more spice rather than their less authentic style designed for the western palate).  We asked for it to have plenty of flavour but not too much of a kick and it was just perfect for me, although Nik would have liked a few more chillies!  


Bukharah


The chef at Bukharah is female, the first Asian female chef in Scotland and she is doing a wonderful job as far as I'm concerned.  The food was lovely, even Nik enjoyed the garlic naan and he usually doesn't as it's smothered in a garlic butter but this one had a garlic puree instead so was not at all greasy.


Bukharah

We left well fed and full up, completely satisfied, I would have loved to try the Kheer but was too stuffed!  Maybe next time!  ;)

And thanks PIL (Parents-in-Law!), we had a great time! x


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