Review: Horn Please
91B Berkeley Street, Glasgow West End G3 7AR
When there's a new restaurant opening in Glasgow, my ears always prick up and I get very excited. What makes me even more excited is when it is a restaurant doing something different from anywhere else in Glasgow, and that's just what Horn Please is doing with its modern, Indian street food menu. I love Cubatas and knew that Horn Please would deliver something amazing with the same team behind it.
I had tried the food at their soft launch night and was really impressed, so we headed in for a late lunch on Saturday (they open from 2pm on the weekend). We ordered a couple of favourites from the soft launch - the poppadums and the bread pakora as well as some new dishes to try. The poppadums are served with pretty much the best dips ever and we kept them even after we'd finished the poppadums to have with other dishes. The bread pakora is something I've never seen or even imagined before - it's literally a toasted sandwich, dipped in pakora batter and fried. We tried both the ham and cheese, and salmon ones and they are so unusual but works so well and is really delicious.
Here's the other dishes we tried on Saturday:
- Masala spiced aubergine
- Lentil and rice croquettes
- Chicken tikka breast with cream and fenugreek
- Grilled scallops with peppers
- Gram flour yoghurt curry
- Stuffed naan
The highlights for me were the chicken tikka breast which was so rich and totally heavenly. I actually considered ordering a second portion as I liked it that much and wanted to have it to myself. The scallops were also lovely and came with quite a spicy sauce which was nice for a punch but could be a bit much for some people. The stuffed naan was a cute little parcel the size of my palm, stuffed with mushroom and fried. Just delicious.
For me, the other dishes were good but I don't know that I'd order them again - the aubergine and croquettes were both a little bland I'm sad to say. We were trying to order different things from the soft launch night and so next time I would definitely get the beef steak with pâté and the crab cakes which we'd tried and loved.
The restaurant space itself is a little unusual - it's in the basement around the corner from Cubatas and has a rustic look to it with lots of decor from India. The seats are wicker and the place is bright and colourful.
Our bill for lunch for two (4 dishes each) + soft drinks came in at just under £50 which is a little more pricey than I'd normally like to pay for lunch. So normally I'd probably conclude with a 4-star rating for Horn Please but I'm giving them the extra star for the inventiveness of the menu - it really impresses me and I'm excited to see somewhere trying something so different. Don't go with the expectation of traditional Indian curries - expect something different and exciting, and you'll love it.