I am sure by now you have all heard me talking about new restaurant Horn Please, which I was lucky enough to have visited a couple of times before it opened for a sneak peak.
In case you didn’t know I have been raving about this food for weeks and being the type of gal who likes to put her hard earned money where her mouth is, I naturally booked a table for Mr G and I to pop along opening weekend with our friends Stuart and Louise to try it out.
Horn Please has been opened by the same team who brought us Cubatas…and we all know how I LURVE Cubatas! It’s safe to say that expectations and hopes were high for this new kid on the block and I was so excited to finally get in and try a full meal.
Located on Berkeley Street, the decor in Horn Please is stylishly run down – exposed brick walls, painted concrete floors, funny messages painted on the walls and little nods to India style – I especially love the cool wicker chairs which are mega comfortable. The vibe is relaxed and casual with a large emphasis on tongue-in-cheek fun
Many of the staff at Horn Please I know from Cubatas and I always find them super friendly, really helpful and always lovely. If I had to pick one tiny niggle it would be that I had quite a wait for my cocktail, but I wasn’t that upset about it. It was opening weekend and they are finding their feet, I know this will become faster and slickers with time.
Right let’s talk food – this is not in any way your normal run of the mill curry place, in fact there is not a curry to be found. Instead you will find modern Indian tapas dishes with the odd Scottish twist.
The concept for Horn Please was born while at a family wedding in New Delhi at the start of the year. After sampling this style of food in some of the fresh modern restaurants popping up in the major cities of India, they knew that Glasgow would be a great place to introduce this style of contemporary Indian cuisine.
I think in total we ordered 14 plates and there wasn’t one that I wouldn’t happily order again. I feel tho that’s too many dishes to talk about so I am going to just pick out a few of my highlights for you.
Bread Pakora with Meat and Fish Fillings (aka toastie pakora!) now you may have seen a few other bloggers talking about this, and it’s no wonder because it is fecking amazing. Although I have discovered this dish is a bit like marmite – you’ll either love or hate it. I most definitely fall into the first camp.
The batter is crispy, the bread is soft, and the paneer and ham filling gives it a creamy smoky taste. Not gonna lie, I was kind of raging that I had to share this with everyone because I loved it so much. This is definitely going to be a must order dish every time I eat at Horn Please.
Grilled Duck Breast in Butter Sauce. The duck was beautiful – tender, flavourful and cooked well. But dear lord the butter sauce was so incredibly good. It was light and silky with an underlying rich buttery flavour that tasted sinful. I was just eating the sauce with a spoon it was so lovely.
Grilled Scallops and Peppers. This was up there with my favourite dishes of the night, the scallops were large plump sexy little numbers, topped with chopped peppers and served with a delicious, lightly spiced, rich tangy tomato sauce that I wanted to smear all over my face and bathe in.
Spiced Seared Haggis with Fennel and Mango Chutney Salad. I love haggis anyway in all forms and styles so this was right up my street. The dry spice rub gave the soft crumbly haggis a real kick of heat which I enjoyed. Now, when you see the plate you will want to discount the fennel as just a bit of salad on the side…..don’t! It’s actually a really important part of the dish, it gives the haggis the bite and texture that I think it needs. A great dish
Potato Stuffed Paratha. My friend described it as the best potato scone you’ll ever have…and he’s right. It was slightly doughy on the inside, flakey on the outside, really well seasoned and slightly greasy. It was the perfect vessel for hoovering up all the extra sauces.
For what it’s worth I would also massively recommend the Crusted Lamb Rack with Spinach & Potato with Tomato & Coconut Sauce, the Chicken Tikka Breast with Cream and Fenugreek Sauce and Crunchy Bits and the Turkey, Potato and Pine Nut Filo with Beetroot Mayonnaise.
Even after all this food naturally we couldn’t leave without dessert. In the end I settled on the Chocolate Cream, Spiced Sand and White Chocolate rocks, which I enjoyed massively.
The cream had a velvety soft texture and a moorish dark chocolate taste. The spiced sand goes wonderfully with the dark chocolate – be warned tho don’t eat the sand on it’s own because it’s a really dry powder. And the white chocolate rocks were white chocolate covered corn flakes which were bloody amazing – they gave the dish the all important texture which it needed.
Price wise I was pretty happy with what we paid for our meal which worked out at £37 per person including a couple of drinks. Although I do need to mention that a few dishes are a bit on the expensive side, usually the ones that included meat like lamb, duck, venison etc which isn’t really that surprising. But I felt it had to be mentioned because if you go in and only order the meat dishes it will be a more expensive meal.
I absolutely loved my first proper visit to Horn Please and I know already that this is going to be just as big a favourite as Cubatas is.