Just a few miles north of central Glasgow, Kirkintilloch is well worth a visit for its picturesque churches and canal, its bustling shopping centres and, of course, its lively culinary scene. In particular, it's home to some of the best Asian cooking in East Dunbartonshire – just the thing to fix you up after a waterside stroll or a morning of retail therapy. With Quandoo, it takes only a few moments to grab at table at one of the top restaurants in Kirkintilloch.
If you're into Thai food, there are restaurants in Kirkintilloch that are sure to tickle your taste buds. Just to mention one example, the Thai Cafe Restaurant in the Townhead shopping precinct immediately catches your attention with its vibrantly colourful décor, and it has a bold, flavour-packed menu to match. Look out for the jaiozi dumplings, delicate parcels of vegetables with a soy dipping sauce. There's usually a good selection of curries too, whether you prefer a mild, creamy massaman or something punchier like a sweet, salty phanaeng.
Kirkintilloch has some fine restaurants serving Indian dishes too – sometimes with a Scottish twist. For instance, Indian Cottage on Kilsyth Road immediately stands out from the crowd because of its location in a converted church, with plenty of room for large celebratory banquets. Curry houses like this often offer a selection of combo platters and set menus to take you on a guided tour of the subcontinent's cuisine. Alternatively, kick off with some pakora (deep-fried snacks) and puri (savoury crepes) before tucking into a fragrant chicken bhuna or lamb jalfrezi.
For even more choice, you can always head out of Kirkintilloch to the restaurants of Glasgow city centre. Aficionados of French cuisine might want to try Cote Brasserie on West Niles Street, which dishes up smart modern takes on staples such as onion soup, steak frites and crème brulée. Qua Italian on Ingram Street has long experience of blending imported Italian delicacies with local beef, lamb, salmon and seafood – just check out the succulent mussels in wine sauce or the veal escalopes with spaghetti napoletana. Meanwhile Red Onion on West Campbell Street is known for its contemporary Scottish menu, serving up the likes of seared scallops, sirloin steak and grilled sea bass alongside inventive veggie dishes.