Westender @ The Marigold Cafe

Indian food small plates

by Amy Glasgow @theglasgowdiet

There is no doubt that in Glasgow we love Indian food, we also in recent years seem to have become big fans of the small plates trend. Why pick one big dish when you can order a whole host of options from the menu? Fitting the bill on both counts is the newly opened Marigold Cafe on Park Road, offering a fusion of east meets west cuisine with a heavy Indian influence.

Plates are designed to share and to come as and when they are ready, in typical small plates fashion, and are accompanied by an extensive menu of both inventive and classic cocktails.

Indian Food… with a Twist

 Despite having only been open since early April, the restaurant has garnered a lot of praise for its unique take on Indian street food and fusion. In place of a typical biryani, Marigold Cafe instead offers Prawn Biryani Bon Bons, with pickled chilli, honey yoghurt and a beetroot and kachumber salad.

Indian food small plates

 Perhaps one of the most unique dishes on the menu though is their best selling Rahra Gosht, which to the casual observer, comes to the table looking very much like a shepherd’s pie. Under a pillowy topping of mashed potato, is a warming mixture of slow cooked lamb with tomato and punjabi spices.

Deliciously Different

The Amritsari fish taco also provides a new twist on the classic, with lightly battered fish fried in Indian spices, ginger and garlic piled into a soft tortilla, refreshing slaw and plenty of crispy crunchy bites for texture. The big hitter for me though was without a doubt the MFC, or Marigold Fried Chicken. Tender pieces of chicken thigh fried until crisp in an Indian spiced batter, served with a delicious, fragrant butter sauce for dipping. An absolute delight to eat.

 Special mention should also go to the Masala Corn, coated in a spiced chilli salt with lemon and cumin. In fact, the menu is filled with just as many vegetarian dishes as meat and fish, and there are plenty of dishes I’m yet to sample that I can’t wait to return to try. They have also introduced a day menu filled with classic brunch dishes given an Indian twist, like a loaded breakfast naan, French toast with bacon and a cardamom syrup, or eggs benedict with Sichuan peppered hollandaise.

This, in my opinion, is an exciting new addition to the west end and is definitely a visit. I’m certainly going to be making my way back there pretty soon!

The Marigold Cafe
144 Park Rd
G4 9HB

For mor of Amy’s amazing reviews and tops foodie tips, visit her on Instagram @theglasgowdiet

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