A long-running, Sauchiehall Street favourite, since opening its doors in 1996, Kama Sutra Indian restaurant has made many a curry lover smile over the years. Although it is named after the famous Indian erotic text, Glasgow’s Kama Sutra focuses on the pleasures of the table rather than any other variety. The decor includes framed pictures from the book but the emphasis is on romance rather than raunch - there is nothing that would make a maiden aunt blush.
Having said that, some of the spicier curries might provoke an enjoyable glow. Usefully, the restaurant’s menus indicate the heat of each dish – one chilli for medium up to three for hot. While dishes such as the garlic chilli chicken will warm anyone’s bones on a cold night, the kitchen brigade at the Kama Sutra definitely focus on flavour over brute heat.
As well as good value lunch and pre-theatre menus, the a la carte at Kama Sutra has a good mix of familiar favourites and exciting regional specialities. Kormas, bhoonas, dhansak and Madras curries are all available with chicken, lamb and prawn while the Taste of India section contains tempting choices such as lamb balti – a dish given a kick by the addition of ground pickles.
As always, the sizzling dishes from the tandoor oven are popular at Kama Sutra. In particular, lots of diners love the kebabi khazana – a medley of BBQ chicken, lamb, king prawns, lamb chops and mince kebab. Among the regional specialities are the spicy Himalayan hotpot and an authentic Bengali fish curry.
Set in the centre of Glasgow’s night life, Kama Sutra is within walking distance of many great bars and clubs. Alternatively, make a night of it in the restaurant. The downstairs function suite is popular with parties enjoying the Kama Sutra karaoke or kamakaraoke.
More recently, the owner, Asha Bains, has won the coveted business women of the year award at the Scottish ethnic minority award and her father, Charn Daas Bains was an official Olympic torch bearer for the recent London Olympic games.
Kama Sutra, 331 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3HW