Curry Club Close-Up: Some Pilau Talk With The Duke



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.

16 comments:

Hugh Jackman said...

Fans of the Wolverine? Then come see my new film Australia ... claws it's really good. Honest!

Duke Mitchell said...

Thanks for stopping by Hugh. I presume Russell was unavailable?

Russell Crowe said...

I was available, you big gallah. If I had a phone handy I'd chuck it at you.

RC

Bryan Brown said...

Rack off, Crowe. You're always such a dag. I may look like an elongated version of Jim Bergerac but at least I got off my behind to help out my countrymen in Baz's movie. It's the Oz Gone With The Wind, dontcha know? And I'm the baddie. Well, it was either me or Alf Stewart.

BB (out of FX)

Alf Stewart said...

Flaming gala!

Harold Bishop said...

I must say I find the level of debate on this blog preposterously juvenile. I shall return to my former favourite site - Holly Valance's World Of Vajayjay.

Harold

Rolf Harris said...

Hey Bishop, I thought we were supposed to be recording our new single this week? You said you couldn't make it to the studio cos you had the flu but here I find you hanging about on some pommy website. That's it, you're out of the band - we'll find another tuba player.

RH

Stefan Dennis said...

Hey Rolf, could I join the band? I feel like I'm in a bit of a rut at the moment. Be nice to get back into music ... I think enough time has elapsed since my 1989 smash Gonna Make You Feel Good.

Stefan

Rolf Harris said...

Hey Stefan, how are you with a wobble board? We're due to go on tour with Mental As Anything next month and we could sure do with an extra pair of hands.

RH

Stefan Dennis said...

That could be tricky, Rolf. I'm opening for Men At Work on their current tour, then standing in for me old cobber Craig McLachlan for a Check 1-2 renunion gig. With so many demands on my time, sometimes I wish I was twins, like those frisky Alessi sisters. As long as I wasn't the one with the wonky mouth.

Stef

Bouncer said...

Struth mate, the Alessi's... now that's going back a bit. It was Caroline that had the wonky mouth wasn't it? She made me look like a looker in comparison.

Rolf Harris said...

Fair dinkum Stef mate. Next year we might be supporting the Cosmic Psychos on their next big tour - if you and Craig are done by then maybe you'll consider joining us.

Bouncer - glad to hear your not dead mate, I nearly lost it when I was doing Animal Hospital and thought they'd just wheeled you in but it turned out it was Caroline Alessi.

RH

Steve Irwin said...

CRIKEY!

Helen Daniels said...

I must apologise to those still in the corporeal world for that last comment. Sometimes, after you've ascended, it's hard to let go. Isn't it, Bouncer?

Bouncer said...

woof!

Toadfish said...

where's the ladies? used to be I got more trim than a barbershop's floor ...

Toady