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Monday, 30 October 2017

'Big Yin' Gets Ready for Knighthood with an Indian Night Out

Glasgow is often called Britain’s Indian food capital so when Billy Connolly fancied a nice meal out with his family in his native city he chose one of its top Indian restaurants.

The 74-year-old, known in Glasgow as ‘The Big Yin,’ enjoyed dinner with relatives at Dhakin in the Merchant City district - perhaps celebrating his forthcoming knighthood. Buckingham Palace announced in the Summer that the comedian, actor and musician is to be knighted by The Queen for his services to entertainment and charity.

Dhakin specialises in South Indian food and was the first Indian restaurant in the UK to offer 100% gluten-free dishes. Billy’s choice was mamsam nilgiri (A herby lamb preparation with fresh coriander, mint and coconut with a hint of green chillies) with rice and shared with the rest of the table of five a paper dosa - a delicate crispy paper-thin crêpe spanning two to three feet.

For many years Glasgow has vied with Bradford for the title of Britain’s Curry Capital awarded by judges during National Curry Week. Indian food is the most popular cuisine in the city, accounting for two out of every five takeaways ordered.

Nav Basi, who owns Dhakin and its near neighbour The Dhabba in the city’s Candleriggs, commented: “It was an honour to serve Glasgow’s most famous living son. Staff were delighted to hear Sir Billy say on the night he’ll be coming back for a South Indian food encore.”

 

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