Kale bhajis £4.50

Kesari machi £15

Lamb shank rogan josh £14

Pilou rice £3

Truffle kulcha with wild mushroom £4.95

Kingfisher £4.50

Trebiano x2 £10.50

Total £56.45

The rain had been battering down all day and the Moll was looking glum longing for the sun to come back.

It got to me as well, a Tec shouldn’t need his trench coat in August. And my trilby got trashed in the latest downpour.

This was an emergency I decided, so I had to think of somewhere to lift the spirits.

As it felt like it was the monsoon season outside, then why not head to one of Glasgow’s latest Indian restaurants.


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Swadish, in Ingram Street, is the latest venture to take on the old fire station towards High Street.

Glasgow has been home to some of the best and most popular Indian restaurants in the country for decades.

This new one is Indian but not necessarily as you know it. The menu is very different from a traditional Glasgow Indian.

Whereas most Indian restaurants menus are heavily populated by chicken and lamb dishes this has a surprisingly high fish content and it is certainly inventive.

The starters offered a kale bhaji, so that had to be sampled. It was a winner, crispy and moist which made us want to order it again.

The lamb was a sizeable shank sitting in a rogan josh sauce, instead of the usual chunks of meat.


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It was tender, fell cleanly of the bone and the rogan josh sauce was more subtle than in some places certainly flavoursome.

The Moll was intrigued by the Kesari Machi, a salmon dish with potato and a saffron and cashew sauce.

While the salmon was good the combination was less convincing but it didn’t stop the plate being cleared.

The truffle kulcha a flat bread, was nothing short of a delightful alternative to the traditional naans.

The other fish dishes on the menu look worth a repeat visit. Seabass in a mild coconut curry, a monkfish with coconut and broccoli and a banana leaf wrapped sea bream are certainly inventive.

It also has a separate vegan menu which looks promising whether you are vegan or not.

The restaurant has been open only a few months and the team are still developing the menu.

Swadish has opened in the Merchant City area with some excellent Indian restaurants so it will need to be original.

And that is what the chef Ajay, half of the ownership team with his wife Jaz is trying to achieve.

He came out from the kitchen to chat to diners and explain his cooking philosophy.

He said he wants to create dishes that are cooked in India in a modern style and by using as much locally sourced seasonal produce from Scotland as possible.

If you are willing to be open to a different interpretation of Indian cooking it is certainly worth a visit.

We will certainly return and sooner rather than later.

Swadish 33 Ingram Street G1 1HATel 0141 552 0075 www.swadish.co.uk