Chillies West End, Glasgow West End

We had the pleasure of being invited along to try out the new menu at Chillies West End recently. I have a friend who is a huge Chillies fan, so I was intrigued to find out what he loved so much.

I somehow have managed to never go to Woodlands Road, despite being in the West End a lot (and we got married at Park Circus). Seems like a really nice area so I’m keen to venture back. Chillies had quite a decent sized dining space so it wasn’t crowded and we were able to relax without feeling rushed. The waiter also told us that they don’t have a liquor licence, but we were welcome to pop along to the bottle shop and get some wine if we liked.

I was driving, so had a strawberry smoothie (I can’t remember the exact name). The waiter was really helpful and made sure it didn’t have milk in it so I could drink it without feeling sick.

Strawberry smoothie

We then started on the tapas menu. As I’ve said before, tapas really suits me as I like eating lots of different things (short attention span!). We ate all of these:

Alloo ki Tikki £2.10 Potato cakes packed full of punchy flavours; green chilli, ginger, garlic and coriander. Served with a tangy tamarind and yogurt dip.

Mini Popadoms & Dips £2.10 The old favourite shaped by our chefs into a manageable mouthful. Accompanied by our homemade spiced onions & mango chutney.

Chicken Pakora £2.80 The finest, freshest Chicken breast dipped in a delicately spiced batter and fried until golden and crispy. Especially tasty immersed in chilli dip.

Tandoori Sizzlers Minced or tikka pieced lamb or chicken infused with bold, spicy flavours and served still moist and sizzling on a hot plate.

Butter Chicken £4.95 Tender, choice chicken breast finished in our tandoori oven before being served in a delicious, tomato based buttery sauce thickened with ground cashews. Simply delicious!

Gosht Nimbo Nariyal £4.95 Lime and coconut add an exotic flavour to our fresh, boneless lamb; at once refreshing and delectable!

We easily ate all of it! The only thing that I didn’t love was the last dish, but I think it was just my tastebuds as Graeme liked it. The butter chicken was delicious and we were fighting over it. The standard Indian dishes all exceeded expectations – like the pakora and the tandoori. I also thought the food was really good value – all of the above comes to around £22 which is great value for a dinner for two.

The restaurant itself is really nice inside. It’s quite casual but without a cheap feeling to it. It was busy for a Saturday night and the tables were getting turned over quickly – not that the staff made us feel rushed.

I would much rather make the effort to eat here than phone a takeaway. I think that Chillies was a great restaurant, and I can see why it has a good reputation with my friends!

The Glasgow Food Blog dined as guests of Chillies West End and were not asked to write a positive review in return for the meal.


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