Brightly coloured walls; hanging elephant decorations and Indian paintings all bring the ambience of the subcontinent to this busy Byres Road Indian. Open seven days a week for lunch, early evening meals and dinner, Masala Twist offers authentic Indian cuisine with a unique twist. It is not every Indian that serves starters like the achari batak tikka - duck marinated with pickle.
Fresh, local ingredients and Indian spices are skilfully blended at Masala Twist to create a fascinating menu. As well as the house specialities, there are lots of well-loved favourites of offer from chicken tikka masala to bhoonas and rogan josh curries. It could be argued that Indian restaurants in Glasgow have developed their own specific dishes and Masala Twist lends weight to the theory with choices such as the haggis pakora and a curry made with mince and tatties.
Curry connoisseurs may enjoy exploring the range of regional dishes prepared by the Masala Twist chefs. The Zyakedar Hiran from Rajasthan is made with tender venison while the Junglee Khargosh, also from Rajasthan, features rabbit in a host of exotic spices. Seafood lovers may prefer the Goan fish curry, made with melt-in-the-mouth monkfish, mustard seeds, curry leaves and fresh coconut.
Among the meat dishes, the Punjabi butter chicken is made with tandoori chicken breast and flavoured with fenugreek while the Bombay Bakra from Maharashtra is lamb simmered until tender in an aromatic blend of spinach and mustard leaves. Perhaps the most authentic dish of all is the lamb desi cooked in a home-style sauce.
Vegetarians won’t miss out at Masala Twist with dishes like the Bombay aloo - baby potatoes sautéed in a piquant tomato gravy – competing with options such as the chana masala - chickpeas simmered in a fusion of aromatic, Punjabi spices. Of course, there is a selection of European dishes for curry refuseniks.
Masala Twist, 192-194 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8SN