Monthly Archives: October 2012

Silent Sunday – 14 October

We don’t know what it is but we like it…

Colourful bus in Glasgow

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Shorter colder days – don’t despair. Spice it up.

The days are getting shorter and there’s a definite nip in the air. And this rain isn’t helping anything. So I decide to shake off the autumn chill with something spicy and sensational by heading to Thai Lemon Grass* on Renfrew Street.

Admittedly from the outside Lemongrass is pretty easy to overlook or even write off completely.  However, inside, beyond its comparatively plain exterior, I’m greeted by attentive friendly staff and warm inviting surroundings.

Nestled in one of the comfy booths, we’re treated appetising prawn crackers and a mouth-watering menu brimming with choice.   It’s the perfect combination of old favourites like Thai fish cakes, green curry and spring rolls fused with new enticing dishes like Thai monkfish curry.  And that’s exactly what we order.

Thai Lemongrass veggie spring rolls, GlasgowEverything is beautifully presented little works of culinary art that tastes as good as it looks.

Still, it’s hard to decide which of our starters is champion – the delicate fishcakes are cooked to perfection with a cool refreshing sauce that melts-in-the-mouth.  And the equally tasty veggie spring rolls are bursting with flavour, and refreshingly are not greasy in the least.

Thai lemongrass green curry, GlasgowThe Thai green curry is the perfect fusion of savoury and sweet, with hints of coconut, lime and spice.   Although more tangy and textured, the hearty monkfish curry is equally as tantalising and has our tastebuds buzzing with delight.

A round of drinks, two starters and two mains roll in at just over £45 – worth every penny.  So if you’re looking for somewhere to escape the chill and totally satisfy your appetite – look no further.

And remember, don’t judge a place by its exterior or risk missing out on all the flavourful wonder-food awaiting you inside.

– T

*24 Renfrew Street, G2 3BW Phone: 0141 331 1315

Eat, dance and see the city through new eyes

Did you know that October is Black History Month?  This month experience an eclectic range of activities celebrating the contributions black men and women make to the UK.

Lotus Women exhibition - Arpita ShahAnd where better to start than with a visit to Streetlevel for a look around Nymphaeceae (Lotus Women) – a captivating exhibition by photographer Arpita Shah.

This vibrant collection of striking colourful imagery shares the lives of women with Asian, African and Arab heritage living in Scotland.

When I spoke with photographer Arpita she told me the project was inspired by her own experiences growing up in a Hindu home, childhood memories in Saudi Arabia, coupled with her research into Hindu Mythology.  It reflects the interesting and inspiring people she’s met, fused with reoccurring discoveries like the lotus flower and its shared parallels in religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Shinto; often signifying femininity, beauty, reproduction and detachment.

Partnering with this exhibition is Ajamu’s Future Histories: Celebrating the Scottish Diaspora – a unique series of portraits of black people within the arts, public life, community activism, business, music, entertainment.

Jamaican blues

If you fancy something livelier head off to the Ankur Blues Party on 17 October –a Jamaican blue’s shindig with a modern twist.  It promises to be an exciting combination of music, live performance, food and dancing – can’t wait.

See Glasgow through new eyes

And if you feel like stretching your legs and seeing this great city through someone else’s eyes, then join the energetic African women leading the My Glasgow walking tours at the end of the month.

Have a dance, a laugh, taste some delicious food, discover and enjoy.

– B

Silent Sunday – 7 October

Perfect day for exploring the sights at the Tramway…

Exhibition at Tramway Theatre, Glasgow

Indian food – but not as you know it

I’m ravenous by the time we arrive at Dahkin, an Indian restaurant in the Merchant City hailing itself as the ‘South Indian Kitchen’.

Up the stairs, through the doors, we enter into a wonderfully airy space with big windows and ample room to move around.  The fantastic aroma that welcomes us is nothing short of exquisite.  My appetite instantly shifts into overdrive.

Attentive, friendly staff take us to our table where I scour the menu – it seems I’m in for a few surprises.

Different, daring and delicious

Dishes from Dahkin Indian restaurant, GlasgowI’ve been to plenty of Indian restaurants and I think I know a thing or two about Indian cuisine.  But all that’s thrown out the window as I’m faced with a selection of new and interesting sounding South Indian dishes I’d never heard of.

Kohzi Melagu Chettinard, Erachi Thenga Varuval are  described in mouth-watering detail, coconut, chillies, coriander, ginger, black pepper. I could eat the whole menu.

And the winner is…

We opt for a combination of chicken, lamb and vegetables dishes – and it’s admittedly hard to pick a winner.  But the Mysore Chilli Koli tender chicken cooked in onion, tomato, fresh coconut paste and green chillies is absolutely divine.  Perfectly prepared, its tantalising flavour keeps sending me back for more.

The melt-in-your-mouth lamb is pretty special too – Masa Koondhapur with red chillies, garam masala and I could eat by the spoonful.

The food’s magnificent, so much so that I go back for seconds and thirds before finally letting our indulgent waiter take our totally empty dishes away.  And the price is equally as tasty – four main dishes, a side dish, rice, bread a round of drinks comes in at a reasonable £20 a head a bargain.

I’ll definitely be back.

– B