And Glasgow, being so often dubbed “cool”, could hardly not bypass having it’s own share in this pop-up culture. One of the Glaswegian pop-ups comes in the form of the Authentic Curry House, a pop-up restaurant which takes place once a month and which is as refreshingly unglamourous and unpretentious as the term “pop-up” might suggest.
To set things straight, if you’re expecting a waiter to be hovering at your elbow, serviettes that have been folded into exotic flowers, food brought to you artfully balanced on your plate, you should probably go elsewhere. That is definitely not what the Authentic Curry House is about. The evening is for those who are passionate about food (preferably Indian!) not the performance surrounding it. It’s for those who want a fuss-free, relaxed evening and to enjoy a 3 course Indian meal.
The Authentic Curry House was set up and is run by Alex and Sally, two curry enthusiasts who organise a monthly evening dedicated to Indian food. To give a general idea, this month, following the opening poppadoms and chutney there were not three but four curries to try, all vegetarian. Inevitably some tasted better than others: personally I could have passed on the green lentil one but the beauties of the smoked aubergine curry or the pumpkin, poppy seed and coconut one made up for it. And then when you’re at the point where you think you’re about to explode, the curries having been accompanied with rice, naan and lassi (and this also being the sort of place where it’s more than acceptable to have seconds), you go up to the food table to be served dessert. More food??? Well, yes, time for carrot halva. And let me tell you this – that carrot halva was something else. Sweet, goey, tasty it won over all the halva sceptics with the first mouthful. And that was helped down – not that it needed to be – with chai.
So, if you don’t fancy the standard Saturday-night chaos and want to do something different give the Authentic Curry house a whirl. It shouldn’t disappoint – I certainly wasn’t.
By Ginger Clark