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Merchant City
0.4 km from George Square
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Consistently Great Taste Food
1. Consistently Great Taste Food
"BEST Indian in Glasgow. Lovely curries and the Brianni was outstanding"
WorldSurf61
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2. Multi Award Winning Restaurant
2. Multi Award Winning Restaurant
"KoolBa holds an accolade very few others will ever attain"
The-travel-writer
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3. Fresh Real Food NOT processed
3. Fresh Real Food NOT processed
"The kebabs skewers are particularly good"
paul123512
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About
KoolBa is a warm, modern, and inviting authentic Indian restaurant in Glasgow, located in the heart of the Merchant City. We have worked hard and KoolBa has now become synonymous with quality Indian and Persian cuisine. We have achieved this with our commitment to using the best local produce, fresh herbs, carefully selected whole spices, but above all offering genuine appreciation and care to all of our customers. We are committed to providing freshly made to order dishes to Glasgow's diners. Some customers enjoy switching between our Indian and Persian dishes with each course, and in particular, many of our regular diners recommend our homemade chicken pakora as a firm favourite, along with
PRICE RANGE
$14 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Balti
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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We love everything about Koolba! The staff are all so friendly and genuinely care that customers are enjoying their food and having a nice time. You are always welcomed with big smiles and as locals, we love catching up with staff when we come back...in! Food is always really delicious and top quality. The raita is the best I have ever tasted! The poppadoms are light and crispy and vegatable pakora is so tasty. We always have chicken and king prawn dishes - huge pieces of lovely, lean, tender chicken and huge king prawns which as so meaty - delicious! Thank you so much, Koolba - we are already looking forward to our next visit! :-)More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2021 via mobile

Yet another excellent meal Been coming here for years and highly recommend it . If you try the food you won’t go anywhere else .Staff are so friendly and go out their way to help

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was unplanned visit, we were walking around city centre and find out the restaurant.. amazing service from the cashier he was friendly with good spirit. We have our newborn boy on trolley so the space for the trolley was not problem in the shop....We order pakora as starter very testy and fast serving For the main dishes we order garlic curry Sipas with mushroom rice and Iranian kabab Ohhh I can’t forget the garlic curry sipas it was amazing and delicious with mushroom rice For the kabab it was fine we could not finish it because we were full from the garlic curry sipas i really appreciate the free tea it was goodMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Abdul, General Manager at KoolBa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Meshal A We really appreciate your positive feedback. Koolba pride ourselves in providing the best service and fresh quality food. We don't use any food colouring or any food additives in our food. We look forward to see you again in future. Thank You...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Poppadom with dips were delicious as was chicken pakora starter however my lamb bhunna was not as tender as I hoped. Plenty of meat and tasty enough but found I was chewing too much which puts me off. Hubby had lamb in his South Indian...garlic chilli dish and felt his was ok. Surroundings nice but very very warm inside. Staff lovely, attentive but not overly in your faceMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Abdul, General Manager at KoolBa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Angsim68, Thank you for the review, we appreciate your opinion but we are really surprised our self for this feedback. Same table, same family, same red meat with different sauce, how can one dish be chewy, and another soft. The meat for both curries...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great and tasty food I had on my lunch. Prices are normal. I had vegitable biriyani.it was different than normal biriyani.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Abdul, General Manager at KoolBa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Suma S We really appreciate your positive feedback. Koolba pride ourselves in providing the best service and fresh quality food. We don't use any food colouring or any food additives in our food. We look forward to see you again in future. Thank You...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely restaurant , staff were very friendly and accommodating . Very knowledgeable about their menu . Food was amazing Wouldn't hesitate to go backMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Abdul, General Manager at KoolBa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear paulinehC167EH, We really appreciate your positive feedback. Koolba pride ourselves in providing the best service and fresh quality food. We don't use any food colouring or any food additives in our food. We look forward to see you again in future. Thank You for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the 2 course £14.95 lunch and it was very nice. Flavours good and all nicely presented. Slightly disappointed with the pakora portion...for all it costs I think that a fourth piece wouldn't break their bank I would go back though as the flavours...were really nice and that veg pakora came with very good yoghurt dip. I'll say a solid 8.5 out of 10.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Abdul, General Manager at KoolBa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Torrance Traveller, We really appreciate your positive feedback. Koolba pride ourselves in providing the best service and fresh quality food. We don't use any food colouring or any food additives in our food. We look forward to see you again in future. Thank You...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice surroundings and tasty food which was full of flavour and spice. Staff friendly and attentive. One criticism is the only draft lager on offer is Stella which was disappointing as its stinking and a nice curry deserves a nice beer to go with...itMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Abdul, General Manager at KoolBa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear 929lesleyannem, We really appreciate your positive feedback. Koolba pride ourselves in providing the best service and fresh quality food. We don't use any food colouring or any food additives in our food. We have many choices of global beer in our menu.. We look...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a regular to the Koolba, once again they surpassed my expectations! All the visitors to Glasgow throughly enjoyed the meal and are booking their return visit to Glasgow specifically for another meal at Koolba. The Lamb Royal Kebab was exquisite! Throughly recommend!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Abdul, General Manager at KoolBa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear V1387QNcharlesm, We really appreciate your positive feedback. Koolba pride ourselves in providing the best service and fresh quality food. We don't use any food colouring or any food additives in our food. We look forward to see you again in future. Thank You for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted the true Glasgow classic Chicken Masala curry. A friend recommended Koolba and she was bang on! I had a starter of Chicken Olivia. I had never had this before, it’s beyond subtle, creamy and lick the plate so good. The Chicken Masala was...so tasty, the subtle coconut milk carried the dish and the flavours of onions, garlic and perfectly done chicken made this the best I’ve ever had. The staff were warm and friendly, the service very prompt overall a great dining experience. So much so, I went back the next day for lunch to try another dish and see if they were consistent. No worries, they are! Once again I had the starter Chicken Olivia (I’m going to find a recipe for this!) and once again it was great! I asked for something different and spicy. I had Garlic Chili Chicken curry. For a relatively straight forward dish to make, this was one of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever had. The range of flavours was impressive and I wish I had the room for another serving. The staff at lunch were also very friendly, a big shout out to Adonis and Raheia. When I’m back in Glasgow I will be back to Koolba!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Abdul, General Manager at KoolBa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear LeGrandBateauxNoir We really appreciate your positive feedback. Koolba pride ourselves in providing the best service and fresh quality food. We don't use any food colouring or any food additives in our food. We look forward to see you again in future. Thank You for...More

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The a la Carte was more expensive than other curry restaurants but you get what you pay for and the food was delicious. Three of us had starters, main course with rice and Naan bread and wine plus liqueurs and we were £45... More
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toilets on the ground floor. I believe I did see a disabled toilet.
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Frequently Asked Questions about KoolBa

Yes, KoolBa offers takeaway services.

Yes, KoolBa is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

KoolBa is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5