Everyone in the Glasgow of Curry brotherhood loves curry – but wouldn't it be intriguing to discover more about the men behind the menu choices? In this occasional Q&A series, we'll be journeying into the curry-obsessed mindpans of prominent members. After possibly too much information about The Tramp in the last Close-Up, we're continuing with one of the few Curry Clubbers whose nickname predates TATTGOC ...
Name: The Duke
Favourite Glasgow curry house: Shish Mahal, Park Road.
Second favourite Glasgow curry house: Chandigarh, Vinicombe Street. Don't look for it, it's not there anymore.
Favourite Glasgow curry takeaway: The much-missed Pakora shop on Woodlands Road which may or may not be near the petrol station. A mind-boggling selection of Pakora on offer and all of it delicious. There are still some charlatans operating off the premises but the previous owner obviously took his magic ingredients with him.
All-time favourite curry dish: Lamb Karahi from the Shish.
All-time curry idol: Tim Curry.
Rice or naan? Difficult choice. Peshwari naan or chickpea rice, why not have both? But a decision must be made so I shall have to go with naan (as long as it's not cut into triangles).
Favourite curry lager: Refreshing, cooling but not too gassy, it has to be Kingfisher.
Where's the most exotic place you've had a curry? Betio Harbour on the island of Tarawa, in the central Pacific. I forget what it was, but I'm guessing fish was involved.
Can you actually make a decent curry yourself? I can produce a pretty good dhal, which, although soup-based, is still in the realm of the curry.
So can we all come round for our tea? Of course, as long as you like dhal and have better table manners than the elusive S Phelan.
If you could enjoy a curry dinner-for-two with anyone, either alive or dead, who would it be? Kinky Friedman, occasional crime novelist and quite probably the only Jewish country singer to hail from Texas.
What creature or object would you say best symbolises your personality? I think the fact that a wolverine is renowned for taking on meals three times its own body weight says it all ...
The Duke bares all in terms of curry, there. Who do you think should be profiled in the next Close-Up Pilau Talk? Comment to let us know.