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“Dont bother even going in the door”
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India 57
Ranked #1,665 of 2,389 Restaurants in Glasgow
Price range: US$5 - US$16
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: City Centre
Description: Indian Restaurant Fine DiningThe owner and head chef Shan, invites you to India 57 which intends to raise the bar for Indian restaurants in the city. Enjoy the a la carte menu or try a lunch menu 2 for £10.Newly refurbished Glasgow's premier Indian restaurant at the new location 57 Union st. Stunning surroundings, nice ambiance, friendly stuff. Looking forward to serving you.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Dont bother even going in the door”
Reviewed 31 January 2010

Where do I start? 26 of us had booked for my nieces 30th birthday. When we arrived there wasnt enough ice buckets or wine glasses out. We asked for more and are still waiting.One of the ice buckets was leaking and soaked a girls dress and they refused to change it. The Tapas menu is misleading.Its just curries but smaller portions. Rip Off. Then the 'fun' really began. We had arrived at 7 for 7.30. We finally received starters at about 8.30. Well some of us did, the service was atrocious. Some people got starters, some people didnt and I received a piece of chicken pakora in amongst my veg pakora, which i chewed before I realised. Being vegetarian this was an unpleasant experience. Main Course(1hr later!) was when it really descended into chaos. Some people got curries with no rice. Some people got rice with no curries. Some people got nothing at all. Some people got 1 small rice between two and so on and so on. By this time it was 10.45pm. Oh and the nan came when the food was finished!. By this time the waiter knew we were unhappy and thats when they turned nasty. He swore at people,he was extremely rude and offensive and they threatened us with the police if we didnt pay full price, they were trying to charge us corkage for 30 bottles of wine when there wasnt anything near that amount on the tables. It got very heated to say the least and completely and utterly ruined the night. Eventually we came to an arrangment and we paid a certain amount just so we could leave the place. We will NEVER set foot in it again and I would just like to warn anybody thinking of paying a visit DONT BOTHER! Im not usually a complaining type honestly but it was SO BAD I feel the need to warn people. Shocking disgrace to call itself a Tapas restaurant. Its a joke and a rip off. McD's version of indian food.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“You can almost certainly do better”
Reviewed 26 October 2009

The Red Chillis is very conveniently located and offers a fixed "tapas" menu, which comprises of a few starters and about 10 different dishes with either chicken, lamb, prawns or veg. Price varies considerably from £6 at lunch to £10 before 7.30pm to £15 after 7.30.

The place was empty apart from us, so we expected good service! The quality of the starters was average, but the quality of the main courses was excellent. Don't expect to come here for the usual curry experience though. They only have one kind of rice and naan and you're very much limited to what they have on the "tapas" menu.

Also, don't expect to be offered decent beer! The only beer they could offer us was bottled Budweiser, which is pretty poor - no Cobra or Kingfisher or anything Indian. They didn't mention the corkage charge - that might be the way to go.

At the end of the meal, they told us that their card reader was broken so they could only take cash. This wasn't a huge problem for us, but with the scribbled bill, it did feel like a forced "cash in hand" kind of transaction.

In summary: good curry, nice concept, average value, no beer and not much atmosphere. You can almost certainly do better.

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1 Thank po_bambino
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“tapas is the way to go”
Reviewed 19 October 2009

We have twice been to this little restaurant on Saturday night but it has never been busy (maybe Glasgow has too many curry houses to choose). Staff are very friendly though their accents are strong so I was having to listen hard, tapas is great as you get to choose more than 2 dishes and so try more curries. Price is good and this is a restaurant where you can bring your own bottle so it is cheaper and nice wine since you choose it yourself. the only thing I would say is that the atmosphere is not typical indian, in that the music is 70s 80s pop and the tables are modern. It is very central though!!!(Union Street near the central station)

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“great Indian restaurant”
Reviewed 21 July 2009

The restaurant is called Red Chillies, on Union Street in Glasgow, we went for the set lunch which was 5.95 for three courses, plus you can bring your own wine, a small charge for corkage. They do a variety of starters, I had potato fritters with a chilli dip, my mum had chicken chaat, her friend had onion bhaji. We then had a curry each, lamb bhoona and a traditional lamb curry. The portions aren't massive, but they are enough. The staff are friendly and helpful.
We went twice in a week. I don't usually like Indian food much but I was really impressed by this restaurant.

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“great tapas”
Reviewed 17 July 2009

a well hidden gem to come and enjoy some of the finest tapas you will find in glasgow, We were recommended to Red Chillies by friends in Glasgow and travelled through from Fife on 6th June. The quality of the food and friendliness of the staff was exceptional. I have been in numerous Indian restaurants over the last 50 years and Red Chillies is up there with the best of them. We will certainly be back with friends soon. Well done to Sami and his staff, incredible food and service. dont forget to BYOB, a good service to take advantage of.

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Thank david12321
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