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4.9 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews

Shish Mahal

City Centre Indian ££££ +100
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About Shish Mahal

One of Glasgow’s most legendary Indian restaurants, Shish Mahal has every reason to take pride in its cuisine. Becoming a huge hit in the 1970s while led by curry hero and ‘godfather’ of the Shish Mahal Mr Ali, this restaurant is a local fixture, especially among students looking for affordable, comforting and tremendously delicious Indian cuisine. Utilising the very best ingredients to create their authentic dishes, Shish Mahal’s chefs are purveyors of the boldest flavours – it’s easy to understand why most of the diners are regular guests at this popular establishment. Favourites on the menu include spicy starters like the hara lamb chops, tandoori dishes like the rashemi kabab, and house specials such as the chicken karishma and the chili basar with vegetables. This Glasgow icon on Kelvinbridge’s Park Road is always on the busy side – make sure to book ahead to avoid queuing.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 17:00 - 22:30
Shish Mahal, 66 Park Road, G4 9JF Glasgow


42 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 12:16

The food came to the table Very quickly and they were prompt at clearing the table as well. The food was great and the waiters were friendly and understood and catered the needs of fussy eaters.

2 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 10:14

As the restaurant that is regarded by most as the one that invented tikka masala (and they do a very good version of it), it is well worth a visit.

2 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 14:30

A warm welcome as the door is being opened as you arrive,good service and really great food. I'd definitely recommend this Indian restaurant and is now my favourite.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 04:07

With a group of eight old friends on a Friday night we booked a table for a wonderful meal with excellent service and delicious food. Be prepared to consider a huge menu choice with traditional dishes. We chose a range of starters to share as guided by the waiter. We then selected various chicken and lamb main courses with beer and wine. This is a popular traditional curry house of high standards where advance booking is advised at peak times. Over thirty years I have never been disappointed.

1 review so far 3
10.08.2016 08:25

I use the Shish Mahal for many years ,before it moved to Park Road . As always the food was superb as was the table service . However what has let it down in my opinion is the withdrawal of the complimentary starters. It was customary that when settled in your at your table the waiter brought some popadoms and an assortment of dips ie Mango ,Indian pickle ,etc in a dish which had 4 samplers in it . On this visit we received nothing I feel that this is detrimental to the restaurant as it was a lovely welcoming gesture which has gone .A reason I feel that we returned again and again was for that lovely welcome we used to receive .Sorry but I have to mark the Shish Mahal down because of this . Don't know if we will hurry to return .There are plenty more superb Indian restaurants around the West End maybe time we tried another .

1 review so far 5
14.06.2016 20:13

We've been going to the Shish Mahal on and off for 40 years and have witnessed a few changes . The food is usually of a high standard. However on this occasion , I noticed that when my usual order of mixed Indian vegetable curry that there were not as many mixed Indian vegetables as usual . The other change was in the consistency of the Gulab Jamin which is normally spongy and delicious . Whilst they still had the same delicious taste texture it was rather slimy. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy my meal I'm just saying that it was a different eating experience but I have experience there before

1 review so far 6
29.06.2016 07:34

The Shish Mahal is our favourite curry restaurant. The waiters are so helpful and part of the experience, ensuring you all have a fabulous meal. Always very light popadums with spicy onions. The pakoras are great. My favourite main dishes are Lamb Khas Desi and Chicken Gingerial, both originally staff recommendations. Lovely tiles on the wall, beautiful linen tablecloths and napkins and a very relaxed atmosphere. Perfect place to take friends.

1 review so far 6
10.07.2016 21:02

I first ate at the Shish Mahal in 1964 when it was round the corner in Gibson Street. I know of no other restaurant that has maintained such an extraordinarily high standard of cuisine for 50 years!! Well done to Ali and all the staff and the superb chefs.

1 review so far 6
01.07.2016 09:51

Great place, as good as I remembered. Had a lovely mild lamb dish with coconut. Do leave room for their naans. We had a garlic and peshwari naan. They are huge and won't leave you starving. They also have a corkage fee of £6 for BYOB which I wasn't aware of so you may want to bring your own drinks if you don't want to order from their drinks list.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2016 11:14

The food at the Shish was delicious and the service was excellent. However the quando on-line booking system did not work and I had to make my booking by telephone with a table some 45 mins after our preferred time. Fortunately this did not detract from the overall experience. I recommend booking directly with the restuarant.

1 review so far 1
10.07.2016 17:14

The first staff member that met me looked me up and down rudely. The second staff member dismissed me with hand gestures and the way he cut me off when I was talking and informing him of the slight delay of my fellow diner. There was bits of left over lemon in the water from the last time the water jug was used. When the 3rd staff member approached, I and my fellow diner informed him of the floaters in the water, he then tried to infer once again extremely dismissively, that I had somehow floatered the water with the lemon that came with my starter. My guest and I left as I'm not there to do the Shish Mahal any favours and to continue with my meal would condone the appalling service and people skills of the staff involved. We took our business to the Wee curry Shop and had a lovely meal.

1 review so far 6
07.05.2016 05:00

Excellent food, service and ambience in this very well established restaurant in Glasgow. If you are not familiar with the choice of curries on offer, the friendly staff will advise on a curry to suit the individual palate. Book in advance as extremely popular especially on a Sunday evening.

1 review so far 5
31.05.2016 11:49

Had a great meal at Shish Mahal, friendly staff made our visit all the more enjoyable. My partner and I will be back soon for more fantastic Indian cuisine

1 review so far 4
30.12.2016 09:31

The restaurant didn't appear to have our reservation so we had to wait for our table. Once we were shown our table it looked as though we had been squeezed into a space not entirely suitable for the table. Food was good though as was the wine. Service was also good but brisk, the place was very busy.

1 review so far 6
12.07.2016 08:07

The meal was lovely .. The service was fast and very friendly .. Appetisers were on the table more or less as soon as we arrived .. For u to eat while making your meal choice

1 review so far 6
25.07.2016 07:37

1st class restaurant.food is best indian food i've tasted in years,not heavy like some!very busy but staff a plenty and you're looked after.👍👍👍.live on other side of glasgow but would travel for a carry out😋

2 reviews so far 6
16.08.2016 10:47

Have been to the Shish many times and never been disappointed. From the white linen on the tables to the very helpful waiters to the generous portions to the reasonable prices. Will be back!

1 review so far 6
02.06.2016 12:35

Amazing food and service, we had an amazing time. Our waiter Mr Nasir was a true gent and made the whole experience that much better. Highly recommend :)

1 review so far 5
25.06.2016 12:34

Very busy therefore noisy for someone wearing a hearing aid - not your fault! Service good, food good, price as expected. Have come to the Shish since it days in Gibson Street.

1 review so far 6
20.08.2016 10:10

Great meal at the Shish. Service excellent. We opted for some old favourites from the menu and we were not disappointed. Hasini lamb chops were lovely.

1 review so far 6
18.05.2016 00:05

The Service is excellent and the food is authentic and generally superb. For such quality, the Prices are very reasonable. Will visit again when in Scotland.

1 review so far 5
13.12.2016 08:35

Food was very good and so was the service. Some of the food was a little more spicy than expected, but it was not too00 hot! Nice evening in pleasant surroundings.

1 review so far 6
23.08.2016 01:38

Fantastic food, great service . Still the best in Glasgow ! Tandoori lamb chops are a must . Been a few times and never disappointed

1 review so far 6
09.08.2016 07:19

I live in the USA and had not been here since 1989 and it was worth the wait. The meal was fantastic. Service was excellent.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2016 08:33

Excellent food . Have the lamb chops for starters . Delicious. Good friendly atmosphere. Always busy so I recommend booking . Tables tightly packed in.

1 review so far 5
30.11.2016 21:09

Very generous portions, especially of pakoras. We were pleased to bring the remainders home. Very pleasant surroundings and good service and we were pleased with all our dishes.

1 review so far 5
11.10.2016 18:08

Generous portions,good service,tasty curries but pakoras a bit undercooked. Good value for money especially as I wasn't paying. I would definitely go back for another meal there.

1 review so far 5
18.06.2016 05:16

Being from the States, we didn't know what to expect. Food was great--very spicy for the hubby and nice and mild for me. Would definitely refer friends.

1 review so far 5
30.06.2016 21:33

All worked perfect. We enjoyed the suberb food and the hospitslity. Thanks for the booking service! We will come back as soon we need your assistance. Edith

1 review so far 5
19.06.2016 19:52

Food was excellent however they had no record of my booking. They were however able to accommodate us within a few minutes which was a relief.

2 reviews so far 5
27.09.2016 08:05

Excellent Friday night curry. Highly recommend the lamb chops to start and the peshwari nan. Definitely a great choice for curry and a beer with friends

2 reviews so far 5
22.07.2016 10:22

The food was excellent, generous portions; so much we had to ask for a 'doggy bag' !! and very friendly staff. Would definitely recommend it

1 review so far 4
12.09.2016 07:42

Food was very good, service excellent and efficient. The atmosphere in the restaurant was relaxed and the interior is stylish. I can warmly recommend to all indian food lovers.

1 review so far 4
04.06.2016 08:00

Great food but felt rushed by the staff to leave and rushed through courses even though the restaurant was only half full. The lamb nashilee comes highly recommended.

1 review so far 4
10.05.2016 07:50

Lamb was better than chicken tikka masala. Sorry but I'm from New York and a Punjabi. Tikka was good but you guys gotta do a little More.

1 review so far 3
26.06.2016 12:18

This reservation system does not work. I got to the restaurant and they hadn't received my booking, even although I got a confirmation email stating that they had accepted my reservation.

1 review so far 2
19.05.2016 11:34

Disappointing I had such high hopes for chicken tikka massala as they claim to be the inventors in 1972, perhaps it was special in its day but so many other indians far better tasting, it tasted sharp like a vinegar after taste not great at all.

1 review so far 5
20.09.2016 07:24

Nice food, setting ok. Lot of waiters who are little bit (to) eager to help.

1 review so far 1
29.05.2016 18:32

Do not get the popadoms they cost £1 EACH and with the dips it came to over £17 for twelve popadoms. The drinks are also expensive 3 pints, 1 small glass of wine, a coke and irn bru came to over £21. We will not be back!