Kooba began life as a Persian restaurant, and this is still reflected in some of the menu and decor, but since it changed its emphasis to Indian cuisine it cannot stop winning awards.
The menu doesn’t read dramatically differently from the menus of the many other Indian restaurants in Glasgow, but Koolba’s commitment to great quality ingredients and cooking everything fresh every day that really sets it apart and keeps diners and critics coming back. They are dead against big batch cooking and reheating The food has none of the oily, heaviness you might be familiar with from elsewhere. They also make a point of keeping the spice in their dishes balanced allowing the flavours to shine through rather than being drowned out by a lot of heat. If you do enjoy chilli though they are happy to kick it up a notch for you.
Warm red walls, solid wooden furniture and undressed stone walls give the restaurant a cosy, homely feel, while a canopied ceiling and traditional carpets on the walls hark back to their Persian origins and add a little luxury. The staff could not be friendlier. Their pride in what they do is apparent and if you’re a new customer, or even if you just want to try something new they’re delighted to talk you through the menu and make recommendations. The restaurant is also championed by local comedian and celebrity foodie and long time curry fan, Hardeep Singh Kohli. Hardeep helps put together special menus and hosts regular events, which are definitely worth looking out for.
For fresh Indian home cooking in the Merchant City get along to Koolba.
Koolba, 109-113 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NP