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.
Last time I ate in the Shish it was in Gibson Street...and my first ever curry was in the Shish....now that I am back in Glasgow it will be my regular...all the old favourites are still on the menu and loads of new stuff to try. I was stuffed...could not finish the food. Fantastic
As always, great food and atmosphere. Good vegetarian choices. Love the decor and waiters appropriately very attentive. Parking can be tricky as pay meters round about.
I first went to 'The Shish' in 1966 shortly after it opened, and have visited it every time I have returned to Glasgow. The quality of the menu, cooking and welcome have remained of a constant high standard throughout all that time. This year's nostalgia visit was no exception.
Great food every time we go. We usually order a lamb dish and it's always very tender, the quality of meat is really good. Garlic naan bread is amazing. Good value for money.
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 .
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
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.
second time at this restaurant and what a meal good quality plenty of it and very tasty,4 of us all had different choices and we all agreed it was the best food in years' would recommend the lamb tikka main course with a special tandoori roti, and try the mushroom pakora to start.the pakora starters are quite a large portion so be careful and don't bag yourself up before the main course, bill for 4 was £85.00 with two starters 4 mains two breads, bottle of pinot 1 beer and a cola, not bad for a top quality restaurant in the new west end of glasgow ,will be back on my next visit to glasgow
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.
I first visited Shish Mahal with student friends way back in 1967 when it was based in Gibson Street. I've lived in London for 40 years but never miss a visit to Shish every time I come back to Glasgow - it's always a highlight😁