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£11 - £40
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Indian, Middle Eastern
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Popped in today for dinner, always made to feel welcome. The food was delicious and again, THE best Indian in Glasgow, In my opinion, I’ve tried several , but the food here is so much more flavoursome.. again , in my opinion.. isn’t that what...reviews are all about. Rate or slate, but Koolba is the best for us.. and Thank you to all the wonderful staff xMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Consistently excellent, I go to Koolba again and again and have done so for many years. I’m always ‘wowed’ with the most beautiful fresh Indian and Persian cuisine, expertly crafted by the skilled chefs - coupled with the most friendly and attentive service around. They...always create a magical ambience, and always make everyone feel special. On this occasion we both enjoyed the tiger prawns to start - absolutely gorgeous and succulent. For mains we opted for lamb biriani and a mixed chicken and lamb kebab. The lamb was especially succulent and tasty. A real feast. Utterly delectable. Key to Koolba’s longevity is its lack of pretensions. An example would be comparing a visit I made to Swadish just down the road. I waited 50 minutes for my starter with nothing to do but stare at their numerous awards. In Koolba the focus is on giving their customers the best, freshest, and most delicious tasty food in lovely surroundings. Koolba proves you don’t have to chase awards to deliver ingenious and creative dishes, and happy customers. As you will have gathered, I highly recommend Koolba - and can assure that you will have a wonderful meal and experience.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is our fourth time visiting this restaurant and every time it has been First Class. From the selection of food to the thoroughness of the staff - great. We had the two course Lunch Set Meal @ £14.95 each. We had a starter each...1 x Houmas with Pitta and a Mixed Pakora - Excellent. For mains one of us had Chicken Masala with Basmati Rice - once again Excellent and you could really sense the flavours. The other had the BBQ Chicken which again was absolutely delicious. It came with one rice and one Naan, which was more than ample. The food was freshly made so there was no "quick' service but if you want quality expect to wait between courses. It was not excessive. For drinks we had 1 normal Soda Lime @£3 and one large Soda Lime @£4. We asked for water and it came with the drinks. I like my Asian food and Koolba does not disappoint. We experienced Cypriot, Iranian and the Sub-Continent with all of them providing a different fusion. This place is well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Indian/Iranian restaurant - but Iranian offerings were only kebabs, from a vegetarian perspective an average curry house, mains were standard Indian fare - there were about half a was dozens sauces and you choose your meat (or not) to add - would’ve liked the dhal...but that was not available meat free. Had pakoras and biryanis, both good, especially the pakoras. Very large portions. Mediocre wine selection by the glass. Only one bitter on menu and they no longer have it.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly I don't like leaving bad reviews and if I don't like a place normally just don't leave any review however I am totally puzzled by restaurants like this that have such good reviews and other restaurants which are far superior are way down the...ranking on Trip Advisor which is so unfair and feel only fair to leave review on our experience to warn foodies like ourselves. We have been several times and always been disappointed. Only went back as have friends who love it so kept thinking we had just been unlucky however surely not possible to be unlucky on 5 occasions. Last visit I had prawns which were vastly overcooked and my husband had lamb which was tough and not cooked as in well know Indian restaurants in Glasgow like Mother India and Swadish. Definitely not for foodies.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here whilst on a trip to Glasgow it was absolutely stunning!! Chicken pakora and tikka starter bother outstanding. Mushroom rice was perfect accompanied with a garlic chilli chicken blooming gorgeous. Fantastic service will 100% return next time I’m in Glasgow 👍

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in last night after being recommended to this restaurant by a friend. Staff and service were spot on, absolutely no complaints. We had the houmous and chicken pakora for starters, followed by butter chicken curry and a masala for the mains. Food was amazing,...will 100% be going back again next time we're in town.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 14 April 2024 via mobile

Friendly efficient service. The menu is extensive. We were here 5 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed revisiting. The tandoori dishes are delicious.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 7 April 2024 via mobile

Another great meal in KoolBa tonight Delicious food and THE best Margaritas in town Just love the ambience of this place and ALL the staff

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 31 March 2024

As always Koolba never fails , Lamb Rogan absolutely brilliant. Excellent Pakora , Garlic and Coriander Nan Sevice was efficient and friendly. Thanks again for a good night 👏👍👍

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 30 March 2024

Great food, lovely workers and a great atmosphere. Recommend the chicken/vegetable pakora and garlic naan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 March 2024

Absolutely fantastic, food was beautiful. Staff on point. Watching from afar knowing when to wait your table. Best food I've had in a very long time. As I said staff where fantastic. Will be sire to visit again with family and friends very soon. Thanks...for our night.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 March 2024

Came here for a casual lunch, had the hummus for starters which was good, but then had veg kababs for mains - ooh they were the juiciest, roast-iest kebabs I have tried. And the portions are huge! Couldn't even finish the rice on the side....Must try. Will definitely come again, esp with a bigger appetiteMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 26 March 2024

We took a group of visiting International partners to Koolba for a business dinner and everyone was so impressed with the food - such a wide variety of both Indian and Persian options. The staff were so friendly and helpful and couldn't have done more...to make our experience a memorable one. Highly recommend for delicious food and fantastic customer service.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 26 March 2024

The best restaurant in the UK from the moment you walk in your are welcomed with a big smile and warm greetings. All the team provide an incredible service and make you feel like family. The food is delicious, if you want authentic Persian/Indian cuisine...this is the place to come my favourite restaurant 😋 Highly recommend the lamb karahi and Indian garlic chilli chicken accompanied by the superb Garlic Nan. Once you experience this restaurant you’ll keep coming backMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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The a la Carte was more expensive than other curry restaurants but you get what you pay for and the food was delicious. Three of us had starters, main course with rice and Naan bread and wine plus liqueurs and we were £45... More
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KoolBa is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5