‘Babs in heart of Glasgow serves up ‘faultless’ food
By Sabuhi UsmaniHALAL STATUS Fully Halal food menu • Alcohol served
Unable to eat out during lockdown and though a bit apprehensive at first when visiting Glasgow, we were recommended ‘Babs by a friend after restrictions were eased.
We didn’t know what to expect. However, first impressions were great. We were asked to sanitise our hands on arrival. There were screens in between tables for distancing and we had to fill in our contact details.
The ambience was beautiful, with the restaurant having a lovely vibe to it. On busy days you have to book ahead so it’s best to ring the restaurant beforehand.
The menu looked interesting. We have not come across any Halal Balkan food in and around London so we were intrigued and quite eager to try it out.
Without ordering any starters, we jumped straight to the mains. We were recommended their Che Babs: succulent and juicy beef kebabs, accompanied by fresh salad, grilled Turkish chillies, pickles, and dips.
I had not had anything similar before and we got to taste the delicious beef as it melted in our mouths – it was phenomenal!
We also had Lamb Shish where the lamb skewers are cooked according to your preference. We asked for medium rare and that’s how we got them.
Once again, delicious and full of flavour. You could even smell the beautiful aroma of the dish. They were accompanied by Mediterranean vegetables and dips, such as beetroot humous and tzatziki.
Chicken Gyros were beautifully presented too with the chicken full of flavour and perfectly complimented by the sauces. I was super impressed at how fresh everything looked and tasted.
We couldn’t fault anything that we tasted and were blown away by the whole experience…
We also tried the Iskender Beef Kofte, which were mozzarella-stuffed beef kofte with garlic yogurt, Turkish chilli, and mint oil served on a bed of chargrilled pieces of pitta, dipped in a spiced marinara sauce. And again, we had not eaten anything quite like it and were pleased by the delicious flavours.
The Lavraki Platter consisted of grilled seabass fillets and spiced chargrilled king prawns, served with Mediterranean veg, harissa mayo, and charred lemon.
The fish was cooked to perfection and the prawns big and juicy, and cooked just right, with a lovely flavour, especially the chargrilled bits. You are also given soft flatbreads, which were perfect in soaking up all the juices and sauces.
For sides, we ordered Greek Salad and Chicken Gyros Fries. We couldn’t fault anything that we tasted and were blown away by the whole experience – from the ambience and the friendly staff, to the quality, portion sizes and presentation of food. One not to be missed!
49 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2PT.
T: +44 (0)141 465 1882 | W: babs.co.uk
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00-22:00