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“Amazing food, amazing night!”
Review of Koolba

Koolba
Ranked #24 of 2,428 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $45
Cuisines: Indian, Persian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: City Centre
Description: KoolBa is a warm, modern, and inviting authentic Indian restaurant in Glasgow, located in the heart of the Merchant City. We have worked hard and KoolBa has now become synonymous with quality Indian and Persian cuisine. We have achieved this with our commitment to using the best local produce, fresh herbs, carefully selected whole spices, but above all offering genuine appreciation and care to all of our customers. We are committed to providing freshly made to order dishes to Glasgow's diners. Some customers enjoy switching between our Indian and Persian dishes with each course, and in particular, many of our regular diners recommend our homemade chicken pakora as a firm favourite, along with freshly made peshwari naan. Open for Merchant City Festival from 20/07 Monday Noon till the end of July!
suffolk
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“Amazing food, amazing night!”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

We were working at the Good Food Show in Glasgow in October and were in need of a good meal out. We were recommended Koolba and it didn't disappoint! Six of us went and every single one of us had an amazing time with great food! I would highly recommend and will definitely be returning next time I am back in Glasgow!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank harribarri
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Haddad_Manager, General Manager at Koolba, responded to this review, November 16, 2013
Hello Harribarri

Thank you for coming to visit us during your time at the Good Food Show. We were very pleased to have you come in with your friends. Even better that you all really enjoyed the experience. It's great feedback and we will ensure you receive the same quality of service and food on your next visit to KoolBa! When you are back in Glasgow please let us know. Thank you again.
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Airdrie, United Kingdom
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“A taste of India”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Stumbled on this restaurant this evening whilst looking for something to eat. Glad we made the decision to try it. Lovely fresh food, spicy and delicious. We tried the Royal chicken kebab which was tender and very fresh and light. The South Indian Garlic chicken was one of the best we have tasted. The nann bread was deliciously light and fluffy, overall delicious. Portions size are just enough for one, so you can have a starter and not feel too full afterwards.
Enjoyed the food and plenty to choose from the menu, yes we will be back to try.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Isobelhrc
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Haddad_Manager, General Manager at Koolba, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Good morning Isobel,

I am so pleased that you decided to try KoolBa out and found our restaurant to your enjoyment. And it's great to hear that you would like to come back too. I want to thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us too. It is very much appreciated.

If we can have you back with friends over the festive period we'd be delighted!
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Fab food, lovely atmosphere”
Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

Had been looking for an excuse to visit here, and curry-loving friends visiting Glasgow was the perfect timing!

The restaurant ambience is lovely: we could converse and hear each other but it wasn't deathly silent.

Staff were attentive without being overbearing. I'd spoken to them earlier in the week because we had two vegetarians in the group and they assured us that they could do anything, and true to form they duly obliged, and had noted that we were vegetarian, mentioning it on arrival.

The menu is fantastic, we had a good chuckle as it's been heavily influenced by Hardeep Singh Kohli, and there's lots of amusing comments with each dish.

The garlic chilli main was spicy without burning too much, and was very flavoured. The bhuna was thought to be a touch too heavy on the tomato, but everyone raved about the food and said how lovely all the mains were.

The naan breads were a particular favourite: they were light and fluffy and just...yum! They weren't heavy like some can be and were really tasty. A definite highlight!

My one wish would be that they would offer an Indian beer on draft rather than Stella, but they did have an impressive array of bottled drinks.

Whilst a touch on the pricier side, I actually thought that it wasn't too much for the food and ambience, and the restaurant is lovely and perfect for meals with friends. We will definitely return and hope to have an excuse to visit again!

Visited November 2013
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Thank giraffeonastick
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Haddad_Manager, General Manager at Koolba, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Hello Mr. Giraffe,

Thank you for going to the trouble of leaving this review. It is very detailed and great for us to have on TripAdvisor.

Thank you for reaching out to us about the vegetarian options. We're more than happy to do this for anyone and I was most pleased we had the opportunity to offer them dishes they would enjoy.

All in all it seems you had a great time and it was a pleasure having you. We'll take on board those small points and see what we can do for next time. In the meantime please take care and hopefully you can find another excuse to visit soon!
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Glasgow
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“Very impressive!”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We went for a pre-theatre meal before a recent concert at the City Halls. The meal was first class throughout; excellent quality food and good sized helpings - the last time we ate at Koolba was about three years ago, and at that time we found the portions rather small. The improvement was dramatic and we will have no hesitation in returning next time we are in the area.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank dadioGlasgow
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Haddad_Manager, General Manager at Koolba, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Hello Dadio,

Many thanks for returning and offering us another review. I'm pleased to see that you had a positive experience of KoolBa and I hope that we see you again very soon.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Enjoyed by everyone !”
Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

Booked a pre theatre for 13 on Saturday afternoon - felt anxious cause I booked it but needn't have worried cause we were well looked after and food was fabulous as usual !

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank kim g
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Haddad_Manager, General Manager at Koolba, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Hello Kim,

Thank you for the great review. I'm glad we could help you and your party out - no doubt everyone is relying on you to choose another restaurant of the same quality for next time! Hopefully we might be in with a chance again. Please take care and see you soon.
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