Glasgow’s Little Curry House may be wee, but it has big ambitions.
After being closed since the beginning of lockdown, it’s reopening at the end of September after a £150k refurbishment, and with a new tapas-style menu.
The new direction has been devised by young owner Jasdeep Singh, 22, who hopes that the restaurant will soon be attracting queues again.
“Every weekend people would be lining up outside waiting for a table - there’s certainly no better advertisement for your restaurant than that”, he says. “ I can’t wait to get back to serving people indoors again - it’ll be like serving up a family-sized portion of normality”.
Customers can try their new selection of dishes, which include chicken tikka and potato pakora, butter chicken and lamb karahi. This place also claims to be one of the few Indian restaurants in Glasgow to make their own paneer from scratch, and it appears in dishes including the saag or mutter paneer, all served in small helpings, so you can try a bit of everything.
These will be presented in a plant-filled space that’s designed to be “classic but relaxed”. They’ve retained the open kitchen, to the left as you walk in, but everything else is new, right down to the cutlery. It’s a fresh start for the young restaurateur, who recently took over this restaurant from his father, Kulwant Singh, who was once the head chef of Glasgow’s original branch of Mother India and Mother India’s Cafe. Kulwant's owned the Little Curry House since 2013, and Jasdeep learnt the ropes as a kitchen porter, as well as with jobs in the restaurant after school and at weekends.
“I grew up here, and I feel like it’s the time to bring it forward, while not forgetting what made it great,” says Jasdeep. “Surviving the pandemic is the perfect opportunity to relaunch. My father is quite rightly a member of curry royalty in Scotland. It’s important to me that I do his reputation justice. I can’t wait to welcome our customers again and let them see how the space has been transformed”.
41 Byres Road, Glasgow, www.littlecurryhouse.co.uk