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Beyond Kebabs: 9 Halal Restaurants to Check Out in Glasgow

On days that I’m craving hearty halal food, I sigh in relief that Glasgow has an uh-mazing Middle Eastern food scene. 

I remember one chilly evening, after a long day, I stumbled into a cozy little spot that served the most aromatic biryani with flavors that were bursting in my mouth. I’m drooling just thinking about it!

Glasgow has a ton of delicious halal restaurants serving warm and comforting Middle Eastern flavors that I cannot keep a secret for any longer. Let me take you on a tour of my top picks that will leave you wanting more! 


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Address: 74 Trongate, G1 5EP

Contact Information: 01412219251

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday to Saturday: 12PM – 9:45PM
  • Sunday: 2PM – 9PM

Reasonable prices, central location, copious servings, and artistic food? Charcoals is a well-loved Indian restaurant known for its wide selection of halal and vegetarian offerings.

In fact, it has even coveted the title of The Best Indian Restaurant at The Food Awards Scotland in 2015.

Authentic Indian cuisine right at the heart of Glasgow, Charcoals caters to its loyal patrons daily, even offering collect options for additional convenience.

Pro Tip:

Make sure to check the fine print on their menu, as some dishes are only available at specific times throughout the day.

Bread Meats Bread

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Address: 65 St Vincent St

Contact Information: [email protected]

Operating Hours: Daily: 11AM – 10PM

What else can you expect from Bread Meats Bread then, well, bread and meat? Off the bat, it’s a Glaswegian staple, offering a multitude of halal dishes from plant-based burgers to good ‘ole grilled cheese sandwiches.

We definitely suggest checking out Bread Meats Bread’s website for their allergen, vegan, and halal guide.

Bread Meats Bread is conveniently located both in the city center and the West End 

But if you’re too busy to drop by, they also offer easy to use Click & Collect services.

Pro Tip:

Bread Meats Bread offers can’t-miss promos so be sure to follow their social media to be the first to know.

Chaakoo Bombay Cafe

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  • City Centre: 79 St Vincent St
  • West End: 61 Ruthven Lane

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Operating Hours: Daily: 12PM – 10PM 

Discover the best curry in Glasgow at Chaakoo Bombay Cafe, an award-winning restaurant known for its authentic Indian and Persian cuisine, including many halal favorites.

Speaking of authenticity, the entire ambiance is reminiscent of the Irani cafes of Mumbai circa 1950. And let’s not even get started on the mouth-watering flavors – using only the most fresh and traditional of ingredients.

So, whether you’re in the City Centre or West End, you’ll be pleased to know that Chaakoo Bombay Cafe has branches in both locations.

Pro Tip:

Every Tuesday and Sunday, Chaakoo Bombay Cafe presents The Full Bhana for just £22, which includes an 8-piece starter thali tray to share, followed by your choice of three curries and a Daal Makhni. 

Additionally, you can select either Jeera rice or Masala fries as a side. 
Please note that this offer is available exclusively at the West End and Edinburgh locations.

Ottoman Coffeehouse

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Address: 73 Berkeley St

Contact Information: 0141 588 5982

Operating Hours: 

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday: 9AM – 7PM
  • Friday: 8:30AM – 1PM

As their name suggests, Ottoman Coffeehouse is primarily a coffee shop, offering great-tasting, authentic Turkish coffee made from the finest beans sourced from around the world. However, their menu extends far beyond just coffee and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Their grilled selection includes delicious kebabs made from lamb and chicken, handmade lamb burgers crafted daily from scratch, and refreshing salads prepared with the freshest ingredients. 

These are just a few of the must-try items on their diverse menu. If you have more dietary restrictions, they also have gluten-free and vegan menu items.

Pro Tip:

There is street parking by Ottoman Coffeehouse which you can book via Ringo 20348.

Nippon Kitchen

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Address: 91 W George St

Contact Information: 0141 328 3113

Operating Hours: Daily: 12PM – 10PM

Nippon Kitchen is an authentic Japanese food and sushi bar offering a variety of fish and vegetable-heavy menu items, leaving you spoilt for choice. While not fully halal, they do have several halal options, including noodle bowls (with four noodle choices), donburi, sashimi, and sushi rolls.

If it’s your first time trying Japanese cuisine, don’t worry—their dishes are packed with flavor and come in generous servings at budget-friendly prices.

Pro Tip:

Securing a table without booking can be difficult so be sure to make a reservation beforehand. Alternatively, you can simply collect your order or opt for take away.

Shish Mahal

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Address: 60-68 Park Rd

Contact Information: 0141 334 7899

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday: 12PM – 2PM; 5PM – 10PM
  • Friday to Saturday: 12PM – 11PM
  • Sunday: 3PM – 9PM

Shish Mahal prides itself in taking their patrons on an adventure – quite literally so as their menu items take inspiration from the best meals across the world, from Persia to India.

Among one of the oldest eateries in the city, their most popular dish to this day is chicken tikka masala created by Mr. Ali, the owner of Shish Mahal and the one and only mastermind behind this finger-licking dish back in the 1970s. 

Their menu features a diverse array of options, ranging from a sophisticated five-course banquet to hearty street food fare. If you’re lucky, you might chance upon Mr. Ali himself while dining.

Pro Tip:

Shish Mahal takes their spices seriously, so be sure to inform your server of any specific spiciness preferences you may have.


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Address: 48 North Frederick St

Contact Information: 0141 237 6750

Operating Hours: Daily: 3PM – 10PM

Standing strong for over thirty years, Pasha has been a beloved favorite renowned for its award-winning halal cuisine. Notably, it clinched the Best World Food in Scotland for 2019/2020 (Halal) and the Best Multi-Cuisine in Scotland in both 2017 and 2018.

From succulent kebabs to delectable hummus, Pasha’s founder and chef is deeply involved, from the kitchen to personally welcoming guests. This hands-on approach is another reason why many patrons keep returning for more.

With a good amount of seating, it’s unlikely you’ll have to wait for a table, even during peak hours which is a godsend for grumbling stomachs.

Pro Tip:

If you find yourself too full from the generous portions, ask the staff for a container to take your leftovers home. For hygiene purposes, you’ll need to pack the food yourself.

Chillies West End

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Address: 176-182 Woodlands Rd

Contact Information: +44 141 331 0494

Operating Hours: Daily: 4PM – 10PM

You don’t have to go far for authentic Desi cuisine; it’s right here at Chillies West End, where a team of expert curry and tandoori chefs serve customizable curries. 

Diners can choose from a variety of spice levels and meats, including minced chicken and lamb. For seafood lovers, there are options like jumbo tiger prawns and lobster.

Since 2008, Chillies West End has enjoyed a loyal following, with many patrons returning for their delicious halal meals, tantalizingly spiced and cooked to perfection.

Pro Tip:

Chillies West End is only open from 4PM to 10PM daily so be sure to phone in to book a reservation to ensure you get a seat.

Wing Rush

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Address: 26 Minard Rd

Contact Information: 0141 632 4922

Operating Hours: 

  • Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: 12PM – 11PM
  • Friday: 12PM – 11AM

For halal food on the go, be sure to stop by Wing Rush, where they can cook your chicken in no time.

Enjoy chicken bites covered in an irresistible sauce and served in a soft and delectable brioche bun. If buns aren’t your thing, they’ve also got regular chicken wings and chicken fingers.

These are best enjoyed with their tasty fries and milkshakes that will definitely satisfy your sweet cravings.

Pro Tip:

Wing Rush’s takeaway is only available Tuesdays to Sundays, so take note to avoid disappointment!

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