Curry Club Close-Up: Some Pilau Talk With Nicknameless Nick D

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 learning about the eating habits of the mighty wolverine in conversation with The Duke last time, we're continuing with Nick D, a well-travelled man to whom no Curry Club nickname could ever truly do justice. He might also be off to London in a bit, so we thought we should "grill" him while we had the chance ...

Nick D

Nickname (UPDATE): Now Nick's actually, properly aff, we've asked for a definitive nickname for him, but the best he's come up with is Slumdog Millionaire's Shortbread. Watch this space. 

Favourite Glasgow curry house: The Wee Curry Shop, Buccleuch Street. Intriguingly, I have never passed through its doors, but I send out a boy most Saturdays for the most exquisite mutter paneer. Actually, once or twice it has been pretty manky, a sorry shadow of its usual cheesy peas self. I can only assume this is the result of some idiot substitute chef being on duty. Perhaps I should get the boy to make enquiries.

Second favourite Glasgow curry house: Do you know, I think it might just be The Village on Nelson Street, in with a bullet. I would like to return soon and see what it's like without a stomach full of lassi and overordered starters.

Favourite Glasgow curry takeaway: I too pine for the Woodlands Road pakora emporium. I think the man sold up and went into corporate catering. Wanker.

All-time favourite curry dish: A delicately spiced butterfish I had in Kerala. I say "delicately spiced" because I can't remember the details, just that it was very tasty. Num num.

All-time curry idol: John Curry, just shading Glasgow's "Curry King" Charan Gill.

Rice or naan? Can I say ... paratha? [Editor's note: Yes]

Favourite curry lager: King's (only brewed and sold in the state of Goa). Kingfisher has glycerine in it – or it does if you're in India, which you never know, you might be. Glycerine can give you the runs, and I'm not having that.

What's the most exotic place you've had a curry? Up the bum.

Can you actually make a decent curry yourself at home? No way.

If you could enjoy a curry dinner-for-two with anyone, either alive or dead, who would it be? I think it would be Noel Edmonds, dead.

Favourite curry-related motto: You don't have to be Madhur Jaffrey to work here, but it helps!

What creature or object would you say best symbolises your personality? A top hat. [Editor's note: we thought a picture of just a top hat might be a little dull – hence the mutt]

The Man With No Nickname, there, baring his curry soul. Do you agree with his choices? Who should be "grilled" next? Speak your brains in the comments, mofos.


The Tramp said...

That's the second time that we've had mention of the old Pakora emporium on Woodlands Rd. Maybe it's time for someone to open up a new version? Would it be worth a change of career to open a TATTGOC Pakora house in Glasgow's fashionable westend? What pun would Trampy come up with for the name?

Excellent interview btw, a cracking read, enlightening too.

Trampy said...

it would be an Irish-themed place called Begorrah Pakora, so it would


Ewan said...

Up the Bum? I think I've heard of there. It's a little village in Sri Lanka, isn't it? Near the Jaffna Lagoon?

Yes, I hear the curries there are divine.