New South Indian restaurant Madurai opens inside famous Glasgow landmark

Madurai has opened its doors in the stunning old Hatrack building on St Vincent Street
-Credit: (Image: Madurai)

Glasgow's newest South Indian restaurant has launched with Madurai taking up residence in a famous landmark on St Vincent Street.

Named for an Indian town known for its unique architecture, it's fitting that the exciting new eatery has opened its doors in the old Hatrack building.

The art nouveau building which came to life around 1899 is the work of James Salmond II, a contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and boasts a spiky pagoda-like cupola made of lead with finials resembling the pegs of a hat rack – hence the nickname.

Now, Madurai owner Rakesh Kandari is delighted to be taking up residence there and to offer all the delights people can expect from South Indian cuisine.

Madurai is the city centre's newest South Indian restaurant
Madurai is the city centre's newest South Indian restaurant -Credit:Madurai

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As well as tender lamb, chicken and seafood dishes including delectable grilled monkfish, the gluten-free restaurant offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes that are also nut-free.

Having previously catered for celebrities including Billy Connolly, Outlander’s Caitriona Balfe and even Liam Gallagher, Rakesh and his team of chefs have fine-tuned their dishes since having a soft opening three weeks ago.

Speaking about what's on offer at Madurai, he explained: “South Indian cuisine is richer, and you can taste more flavours. It is something very different and I wanted to introduce some of our original dishes to Glasgow including our tender baby eggplants in a coconut and coriander sauce.

“We wanted to do a soft opening so we could see operation wise how things went, because this is a new place. We are still awaiting our alcohol license but have a great selection of mocktails, non alcoholic beers and a special mango and honey lassi until it is granted.”

Madurai currently has an introductory offer of a £9.95 two-course lunch menu from 12-3 pm and a £15.95 pre-theatre menu until 6 pm as well as a £14.95 Thali lunch menu from 12-3 pm and an a la carte menu.

Rakesh said: “We are thrilled to open our doors and cater for everyone who loves food and we will have a more extensive menu with some very unique dishes in the coming months.”

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