Usha's - Indian Street Food

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 10 reviews )

2 Byres Rd, Glasgow, Scotland, G11 5JY

Serves meat, vegan options available. Opened Jun 2014 as a pure veg restaurant, and then in Jun 2015 added also a meat menu. Food serving is more small plate style. Previously named Usha's Indian Vegetarian. Open Mon-Thu 12:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 2:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

10 Reviews

First Review by craigmc

Nice food, but... - Edit

While this is by no means a negative review because Usha's has excellent, tasty food on offer (which is the priority when you're deciding on where you go to eat), I also have a couple of problems with this place.
Firstly, it's a bit pricey considering that most of their dishes are only tapas-sized. But fair enough, you pay for the food's quality, which was top-notch every time I've been.
What bothers me more is that staff don't always seem to know what "vegan" means. We didn't have any problems ordering from the veggie menu (as everything vegan is clearly labelled), but when we asked if they had any vegan desserts, we were presented with the regular dessert menu without any further explanation. When prompted, the waiter wasn't able to tell us which treats had eggs and/or dairy in them. To be fair, at that point we decided to skip dessert; I'm sure they would have been able to inquire for us what we could order.
To end on a positive note, I really like the atmosphere in the restaurant, and I would encourage everyone to give Usha's a try.

Pros: great food

Cons: a bit pricey, staff not always "in the know" about veganism

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Excellent Restaurant - Edit

I have visited Ushas multiple times and each time I have been welcomed with friendly, eager to help staff members. Each time I have been there, staff have made the effort to ask which menu I'd like (meat or veggie) and have promised they would be happy to alter any meal if I needed it. I'm pretty sure the veggie menu has vegan options too! They also cater those who are for gluten intolerant too at no extra cost.

Pros: Delicious food, Helpful staff, Lots of varied meals at a good price

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Large veggie and vegan menu - Edit

Nice atmosphere, the food was lovely, it took me ages to decide what I wanted. Ended up ordering too much food, but the waiter let me take the rest away for my lunch the next day. They were very busy for a Tuesday night so the service was slow, but most tables were full so I totally understand why. Also, we had not booked, and despite being busy we were accommodated.

Pros: lots of vegan options, tapas size dishes

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sad it's not wholly veggie anymore - Edit

This is a really good Indian resturant in Glasgow which recent transitioned to serving meat. Although this is a dissapointment there is still a whole menu of veggie options with vegan food clearly marked including Dosa which are my favorite.

Be careful and mention to the wait staff that you are vegan as one of the poppadom dips was mislabelled as vegan however the wait staff were apologetic and helpful giving information on what was in each dish.

Pros: delicious , big menu, vegan food labeled

Cons: now serves meat, miss labeled vegan options

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So good we were back twice in one week - Edit

Great food, variety, staff and atmosphere. Will be back soon.

Pros: variety of food, flavour of food, lovely staff

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Not sure about this - Edit

We went here expecting wonderful things. The place looked great and they had a decent menu for vegans.

We asked about the food, as someone else mentioned it is in small portions and it wasn't clear to us how much we needed to count as a meal. We ordered a mixture of starters and mains (4 as was recommended), each dish around £5.

It came out and I couldn't believe how small some it was, I left hungry I'll be honest, but I am a little greedy. We ordered a couple of things that I didn't really like, but that is just my taste, I had thought they'd be different as that is what I had eaten in other establishments, but upon looking it up actually know something that looks like a burger in a bread roll is how it is supposed to be, and a dhosa is a big stodgy pancake. I had another dish that we did actually complain about as it just was horrid and they kindly took it from our bill.

We had ordered popadoms and asked them to come before everything else but they all came together so our hot food sat while we ate them. The waiter didn't know what our dishes were, my partner is omni but luckily the non-vegan items he ordered were obvious, otherwise I would have had to ask for someone else.

It all hopefully will get better, but the food wasn't to my taste, I'm not saying it was bad (other than the one dish we didn't pay for) it just wasn't for me. I wouldn't go back to a non-veggie restaurant I didn't enjoy so it's doubtful I will return to this one, but if someone is interested in trying it I don't think they should be put off.

Pros: looks pretty, good vegan selection

Cons: the chinese tofu

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Slow but nice food - Edit

I really wish that I could give Usha's a higher rating as their food was really very good (plus around 2/3-3/4 of the menu is marked vegan or vegan option available) and their staff were very nice and helpful, but the incredibly slow service really let them down, especially considering there seemed to be a lot of staff working and relatively few customers eating. As an example, it took nearly an hour for our starters to arrive! This was partly due to the fact that they took a very long time to come and take our order once we were seated, but even after then it was still a long time before any food arrived. As others have mentioned, the main dishes also come in very small portions, more like tapas style dishes than full main courses, and unfortunately the price does not reflect this. It's a lovely space and a great concept with good food, but unless the service and speed of the kitchen improves dramatically in the near future, I wouldn't put money on this place staying open long.

Pros: Lovely space and atmosphere, Nice food, lots of vegan options, Friendly staff

Cons: Unbelievably slow service, Expensive for small main course portions

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Teething Troubles? - Edit

On the positive side, the menu is extensive with vegan and gluten free options clearly marked.
The food we had was really good, but my main course was probably a smaller portion size than my starter. The naan I had was excellent.

The staff were all very friendly and pleasant. However my partner's main course arrived with our starters despite being asked if we wanted it all together or as separate courses and choosing the latter. It was not until a good 15 minutes after my partner had finshed all her food that my main course showed up. There were several other niggles that I would put down to inexperienced staff that had an overall negative effect on the experience.

Still, certainly worth a visit and we will come back again.

Pros: Good food, Nice environment, Friendly

Cons: Left hungry, Inept service

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Bland - Edit

Hopefully since this place is just started up it's finding its feet as the food is pretty bland for the Glasgow palate. Glasgow has hundreds of indian outlets and ushas won't survive like this.

Pros: Veggie , Location , Staff

Cons: Bland

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another decent option in Glasgow. - Edit

You can see some money has been spent on the new Usha and it looks fabulous. They have even made an option for private dining upstairs.

The menu has plenty of options for vegans and is a mixture of small plates and sharing dishes. You can find all your Indian favourites here as well as some Indochinese dishes and a good selection of tandoori dishes. Everything I had was good, however it was letvdown by a few issues which I think can be put down to it just having opened.

The proprietor explained the menu will be developed and become larger quickly and may change in style.

I look forward to visiting in the near future and I'm sure Usha will get better and better. Its been over twenty yearz since Glasgow has had a veggie Indian, and Usha want to be regarded as highly as kalpna and bindi in Edinburgh, which are a good level to aim for.

Pros: location, large choice, great decor

Cons: inexperienced staff

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