- Telephone 0141 553 1249
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 5–11pm; Sat/Sun 1–11pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–7pm; Sat/Sun 1–6pm
- Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price Half-price mains
- Website www.thedhabba.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
What’s on offer in this upmarket eatery is far removed from the rustic style of cooking you’ll find in any roadside café after which it is named. The chefs have previously cooked for India’s rich and famous bringing with them a majestic, refined knowledge of North Indian cuisine and an ability to harmonise ingredients with an acute balance of flavour and thoughtful, nuanced spicing – dispelling the idea that highly spiced, hot curries are definitive of a vast nation’s palate. Many of the sensibly portioned dishes on the menu defy the norm, so the shuruaati thal is a good way of trying a range of distinctive starters, while the tandoori sangam offers appetising, sizzling, clay oven cooked chicken, lamb and monkfish for two. With regal origins, dum pukht dishes are a highlight and the closest link you’ll find with roadside cafés nowadays, where thin layers of roti bread are used to create a sealing lid to pots in which curries are slowly oven cooked – the gosht dum nazakat deliciously offers succulent lamb within the warmth and creaminess of a saffron and cardamom sauce.
- High point: Sophisticated North Indian cuisine, contemporary Indo surroundings
- Low point: Indian desserts need more attention
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Classical indian, fusion
- Capacity: 115
- Largest group: 115
- Open since: 2002
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle
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