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10 Restaurants in Glasgow: Middle Eastern

The rise of Middle Eastern restaurants in Glasgow

This city has always been adventurous when it comes to food and it has taken Indian, Chinese and Thai food to its heart. Now, this Asian focus is expanding and you can find Middle Eastern restaurants appearing in Glasgow. One reason for this rise in popularity is certainly the fact that this cuisine appeals to the city's fondness for a little heat and spice in its food. But perhaps there are other reasons, too. Glasgow's Middle Eastern restaurants offer a huge range of dishes, from meaty kebabs to delicate tabbouleh, a salad flavoured with mint and parsley. They serve everything from light bites to hearty meals, thus making this cuisine so versatile.

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Byblos Cafe

Kelvinbridge
Lebanese££££
6.0/62
Byblos Cafe

Karahi Palace

Kingston
Indian££££
5.0/63
Karahi Palace
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Ambala Restaurant Glasgow

Pollokshields
Indian££££
Ambala Restaurant Glasgow
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Sholeh

Laurieston
Persian/Iranian££££
5.4/614
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Marhaba

Anderston
Middle Eastern££££
5.0/63
Marhaba

Paradise

City Centre
Persian/Iranian££££
3.5/62
Paradise

Beirut Restaurant

Old Town
Lebanese££££
5.7/67
Beirut Restaurant

Rojava

Haymarket
Middle Eastern££££
5.5/618
Rojava

Nile Valley Cafe

Old Town
African££££
5.6/69
Nile Valley Cafe

Shish Mahal - Musselburgh

Musselburgh
Indian££££
5.1/611
Shish Mahal - Musselburgh
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    Popular dishes in Glasgow's Middle Eastern restaurants

    Pita bread is a staple you will find in many Middle Eastern restaurants in Glasgow, while hummus and falafel are other favourites. Look out for kofta meatballs and tasty shawarma wraps, along with dolma stuffed peppers and spicy muhammara. Those with a sweet tooth are also in for a treat. You can try the famous Turkish delight or go for baklava, a pastry sweetened with honey. To finish off your meal, why not try a powerful Turkish coffee, a thick strong brew that is definitely not for the faint hearted.
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    Glasgow Middle Eastern restaurants are perfect for sharing

    One of the true joys of sampling any new cuisine is discovering new flavours and favourite dishes. Mezze is a great way to do this. Mezze is a selection of small dishes (think Spanish tapas) that is perfect for sharing. It is traditionally served as a shared starter, which is a wonderfully social way to begin any meal. Now, however, many of Glasgow's Middle Eastern restaurants are offering mezze for a main course, with smaller portions of traditional main dishes. This allows you to taste some of the more unusual dishes without committing to a main.
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    An adaptable cuisine

    Not everyone likes their food to be highly spiced and that is one of the strengths of Middle Eastern restaurants in Glasgow. This is a cuisine that is as varied as the region itself and while you will certainly find some hot dishes you will also enjoy delicate and subtle flavours. Many of Glasgow’s Middle Eastern restaurants use spice blends such as sumac and baharat to create gentle heat and complex flavour combinations that are an absolute delight.