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March 19, 2012
The first Akbar’s on Leeds Road in Bradford

The chat among Glasgow’s restaurateurs at the moment is all about the recently launched Akbar’s. The latest in a fast growing chain of Indian restaurants, the new venture opened in the former Tiffin Rooms on Sauchiehall Street.

The first Akbar’s opened in Leeds in 1995 with a second opening eight years later. Since then, a further eight have opened in the north of England. The Glasgow branch is the first Scottish outlet for the Akbar’s chain.

Your blogger hasn’t been in yet but we hear good things about the food. The menu has all the Indian faves you might expect along with a few dishes which I haven’t seen before on an Indian menu. The rabbit tikka and sweet ‘n’ sour calamari spring to mind.

More unusual is the selection of pasta dishes which have been given an Indian twist. Fancy lasagne with a hint of chilli? It’s on the menu at Akbar’s.

Sticking with the Indian theme, Cafe Darna is another new business with a spicy menu. Based on St George’s Road, by Charing X, I think it is in the premises that previously housed the short lived Ethiopian restaurant, The Queen of Sheba.

Curries take pride of place on the menu along with a selection of pizza and baked potatoes.