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November 13, 2019

Writing about the imminent launch of Leonardo's in Glasgow's Southside yesterday, we mentioned that empires would fall, rocks would crumble, glaciers might melt etc etc before Italian food waned in popularity.

We'll happily stand by that. In the UK anyway, Italian food is highly unlikely to be toppled from its perch.

But, if any cuisine could beat Italian in a popularity poll, then Indian would have the best shout.

Especially now that a number of restaurants have moved on from the most well worn - and well loved - Anglo Indian classics in search of something new.

In Glasgow, the Mother India restaurants have long offered an alternative to the old status quo and more recent openings such as Tuk Tuk (check this Big Deal) or the Chakoo Bombay Cafés have also looked well beyond chicken tikka masala.

The latest to join the ranks of forward looking Indian restaurants is Green Gates Café on Candleriggs in the premises formerly occupied by Locarno. Main pic from Green Gates Cafe Facebook.

Opened just a few days ago, it is the third outlet in a mini group which already has branches in Stirling and Renfrew.

As it turns out, the team behind the new venture have previously worked in the Mother India and Wee Curry Shop restaurants.

Regional Indian cooking

The food in the Green Gates restaurants is described as home style regional cuisine from north and south India.

At the Candleriggs venue, there is also an emphasis on Indian street food as well as a separate menu of 'tandoori and healthy' dishes.

The street dishes include spiced potato patties; Kolkata kathi rolls - a form of veg, chicken or paneer wrap; honey and chilli potato fritters plus, of course, a selection of pakora and samosas.

The tandoori menu runs from whole baby chickens cooked over charcoal to spiced, oven-baked haddock and tandoor oyster mushrooms served with a mint sauce.

Naturally, there is also a range of curries. Chicken tikka masala is there but so are dishes like the aubergine in garlic yoghurt; mutton in a rich gravy and a mixed seafood curry.

We wish Green Gates Café every success!