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14 reviews of Papa-Doms in English
What a fantastic place! I’ve driven past it may times so i thought i’d try it out. Glad i did because the meal was fresh, authentic and the prices were very reasonable. I think i have found my new favourite Indian carry out.
I heard some mixed reports about Papadoms when i moved to Shawlands but the first time i went i really liked it so i thought i would try them a few times before i done a review and i am impressed.
Its not a kebab shop and surprisingly there is quite a small menu compared to other takeaways as they only do curries as their main products. The chicken and lamb is always tender and lean and its all presented quite nicely. The flavours are excellent and they have some refreshing options, prices are very good and the service is good so I would highly recommend it.
I travel down from St Andrews to Glasgow often and one of the highlights is the visit to Papa-Doms. The establishment is clean and modern, the staff are exceptionally attentive and helpful and the food, of course, is well worth the petrol money!
Would highly recommend it.
Utter dreadful, i had the unfortunate experience of ordering a horrible “Chicken Kickler” which was an odd version of the traditional chicken tikka kebab.
This consisted of two pieces of chicken in pitta bread with mayo-type sauce. It was cut in two & served like a sandwich?? I presume because its cheaper and easier to serve like this.
The pita is out of a pack, nothing cooked here fresh or inshop, chicken tasted like it had be reheated in the microwave?
Veg Pakora was pretty poor too, the sauce tasted like it was straight out of a bottle, like chinese chilli or something? (this is what really made me hate the place - no effort at all)
It’s clear they want to make this into a indian mcdonalds but i don’t really see that happening when the food is as poor. I certainly wouldn’t go back nor would i recommend it to anyone.
It would be fair to say that the owner was intent on creating something he could franchise out but at the expense of the food, therefor it was probaly the worse meal i’ve ever had in Glasgow, anyone living here knows subpar restaurants don’t last, i think they will either have to rethink their priorities here and start making food that doesn’t taste like its from a microwave.
I think i might actually have a pic on my phone that ill post a link too, the other reviews don’t seem genuine to me with the exception of Emma who mentioned their stingy portions.
GwenMcD, 3 June 2009:
emmar, 4 June 2009:
Glad to see Im not the only one who wasn’t too impressed. We had pondered trying them again, but everytime I pass it’s empty and I don’t reckon the other reviews are too genuine too :)
GwenMcD, 4 June 2009:
I went past it a few times times and it was quiet but i heard mixed reports about this place. Some people in the local pubs were saying there food is really good and some people say its really bad. Makes me wonder ;) x
emmar, 4 June 2009:
Hi Gwen, food was ok, nowt brilliant more like a good sainsburys curry (they are good try one!) than a carry out curry. Portion was a bit small for a share too. I’ll stick to my local :)
rabyburns, 5 June 2009:
Yeah, i was really dissapointed to be honest.. I think they have focused on the 'franchise’ part rather than the 'food’ part. The idea behind the food seems to be make in ways it can be franchised out easily, cheaply & quickly rather than tasting good.
Being fair i havn’t been in months so i might try again some point in the future and see whats on offer, but his reply to your review about the small portions puts me off, i don’t understand a 2 curry meal he claims isn’t for 2 people? that confused me a lot!
That was similar to the chicken tikkler, i was left shocked when i seen it had 2 pieces of chicken in it with a little mayo sauce, lol, it was like a sandwich, that just won’t do in Glasgow, especially in that area where they is a lot of compitition.
The reason i was suspicious of the reviews was that the Shish Mahal in the West End which is a glasgow institution didn’t even have that many 5* reviews.. That was the main reason i wrote it, i didn’t want people ordering thinking they were getting something they weren’t
Emmar seemed to sum it up though in a single sentance when she said 'sainsburys curry’ - thats what its like, not what you would expect from a takeaway.
Papa-Doms, 5 June 2009:
Thanks you for all the feedback. We listen to our customers response very carefully and since we opened have now made over 250 improvements. I apologise if you thought our portions were not sufficient but your comments were actually the trigger for us re-thinking our whole strategy.
We now offer curry portions in a tapas format starting at £2.49. The menu has been revised to include full descriptions of the products including Lite Bites i.e. Tikkler, Fillet Wrap so people know exactly what they are getting for their money and we also offer a Free Delivery service with decreased waiting times for orders.
One thing that we have done from the start and will continue to do in the future is cook all the chicken from fresh. It is one particular aspect of our business that we are very proud of and we would welcome any of you to the store to see for yourself. We will personally run through a free taste testing session with you to show you how our products differ from others. We have no doubt that some people may find the taste peculiar for this very reason as it is common place amongst carry outs and restaurants to boil the chicken at the beginning of the shift and re-heat it to order, you may be tasting freshly made curry for the first time from a take-away.
We can’t apologise for the other reviews because we dont have any control over them. We were actively saying to our customers “If its good tell everyone on Qype and if its bad tell us and we’ll try our best to sort out any problems.” But we cant be held responsible if these people dont review other places and take part in this site. We believe that good reviews are good for marketing but the bad reviews are the ones that build your business as it gives us a real reason for change.
We are very passionate about our business and not just the franchising side of it because if that was our goal we would have had five other outlets by now. We are passionate about our food and thats what drives us to get better. We hope you give us a second chance.
The Papa-Doms Team.
Casel, 6 June 2009:
Well, mine was genuine! We’ve had about 4 takeaways now from Papadoms, I really do like them better than other places , except for a rather odd raita that is now off the menu. I love the desi sag, with paneer. Have never been to the Shish Mahal, so can’t compare. My other favourite in Glasgow is the Dhabba. Oh, now my mouth is watering…
GwenMcD, 6 June 2009:
Oh this place is causing quite a stir. A bit like Marmite… you either love it or you hate it. I’ll just have to try it now because the suspense is killing me! x
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After shopping in Glasgow with my family we passed pomadoms, I liked the look of the place and decided to try it. To my amazement the food was absolutely fabulous even the kids enjoyed it and they are quite fussy.Its nice to know there’s a food outlet which serves fresh food and the service is 5 star.I live in livingston and would definitely go back. RECOMMENDATION 5 STAR.
Papa-doms food is amazing. I had the chicken pakoras and they were delicious. Alot of thought has gone into the preparation and packaging of the food. I can honestly say, i have never tasted chicken pakoras like these. I will definately be going back and spreading the word.
Being inside the premises i felt that i was not in glasgow, but somewhere upmarket.
Excellent Indian Takeaway, the lamb was probably the best I had ever had and my South Indian Garlic Chilli Chicken was great too. The Pilau rice size was more than adequate for one person - can’t wait to try the share size curry next!
They even send you a text when the driver has left the shop to deliver to you (free delivery within 2.5 miles on a £7 spend), which is excellent service.
Will come again soon!
I’ve known the guy that runs this place since his family opened up India Quay in Glasgow city centre a few years ago which is excellent so i decided to give this place a try too.
I have to say that i was pretty blown away by the look of this place and it only got better. Really fresh food and good service. In-fact i liked it so much im buying a franchise and thats not an easy decision to make.
I’ve been going to Papa-Doms since it opened and after a few teething problems this place has really come good.
They have changed the menu a few times but the latest format(and i’m told the last) they have decided on is tapas style. Chicken Korma for just £2.69… ridiculously under-priced as the quality is amazing. Must try the Khati Mhiti but at these prices you can try just about anything.
By far the best take away i’ve ever been to.
This isnt the kinda thing I usually do (reviews on websites) BUT me and my 2 pals just enjoyed the best currys ever…just like top notch restraunt quality at really good prices. We are hooked now! Also makes a nice change to have really nice friendly staff serving you.
Good work guys….see you soon lol
Wow what a cool looking place! Drove past in the taxi a few times and just needed to stop off. Had a Chicken Tikkler meal and it was delicious. The staff were all very friendly and actually looked like they cared about what they were doing compared to the usual “salad and sauce with that?” filthy take aways. I am totally hooked!
Just moved in to Shawlands and i have to say this place was a nice surprise. Looks really nice compared to normal 3 in 1 type takeaways. We got 2 large curries, 2 nans and 2 rice for £18.29 so good value especially considering the food was so good.
After waiting an age for the fit out to finish Papa Doms eventually opened. It looks like a fast food restaurant with chaps kitted out in their polo shirts and smiley faces. We ordered Veg Pakora ( 6 pieces for £2.49) and a share size Lamb Bhoona (£6.99) and Garlic Naan (£2.49) and Boiled Rice (£1.99). The meals were tepid at the best, esp the veg pakora which seemed to cool pretty quickly (i live a 5min walk away from the restaurant). We were disappointed with the share size, not that big - the usual plastic box that takeaways give you - certainly not the usual two meals out of the one carry out that we are used to with other establishments. All in all good food but I won’t rush back. There are other warmer, larger portioned establishments nearby.
If you’re looking for a tasty curry where you can actually taste the spices and herbs, free of food colouring, not swimming in oil, get down to Papa-Doms! We didn’t have to wait long, it is all fresh and tasty, but still the lamb was lovely and tender. I’m looking forward to working my way through the menu over time- having been rather disappointed with several other Glasgow Indian Takeaways. Here’s one you can eat and not feel ill afterwards, and , I would say, having visited India and Pakistan, more authentic than most.
Papa-Doms, 5 January 2009:
I just wanted to personally thank you for the glowing review. It is extremely satisfying to know that all of our hard work is being appreciated by our customers. It is also motivating all our staff to do even better. We have made over 40 changes to recipes, processes and service since we opened, all to offer our customers a quicker, tastier and fresher meal. So again Thank You from all the team at Papa-Doms.
fender1, 17 January 2009:
India & Pakistan don’t actually do Authentic Curries, as there is no such thing. Herbs, Spices, Cream + Yoghurt were added to Meat by the British, in the days of the Raj, as the Meat had a bad taste and the additives covered this up.
My Doctors, who are both of Indian & Pakistani Origin, say there is no such thing as an “Authentic” Indian or Pakistani Curry and don’t recommend that we eat what is offered as such.
I also have several Indian & Pakistani friends who tell me Indian & Pakistani People wouldn’t touch this stuff with a Barge Pole.
Read up on this and find out the Full History !!!
Papa-Doms, 17 January 2009:
Who actually cares why, what, where and when it started. The food tastes superb and it is one of the most popular foods for sale in the world today.
You say Indian and Pakistani people wouldn’t touch this stuff with a barge pole then why are 40% of our customers asian. We eat dishes like Saag at home regularly so i suggest YOU get a full history instead of asking your “Doctor”.
Casel, 17 January 2009:
When I said it was more authentic, I meant the food from here tastes more like the food I ate in India and Pakistan, than most stuff I have bought elsewhere in Glasgow. They might not call it curry in India and Pakistan but they do eat food. I am a doctor as well however so perhaps you shouldn’t listen to me either.
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