The Dhabba

The Dhabba
The Dhabba
44 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LE
  • Telephone 0141 553 1249
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2pm, 5–10.30pm; Fri noon–2pm, 5–11pm; Sat 1–11pm, Sun 1–10.30pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–6.30pm; Sat/Sun 1–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £14.95
  • Email
  • Website www.thedhabba.com
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Attention to detail and authenticity are the order of the day at this luxurious North Indian diner in the Merchant City.

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The welcome at the Dhabba is as warm as the two-chilli curries marked on the charming newspaper-style menu. Don’t be surprised if descriptions seem a little more poetic than usual (a lamb maas is suitable for “the most ferocious Bengal Lancer” for instance), the writer Jack MacLean had a hand in its compilation. A special section is devoted to the house speciality, dum pukht, a slow-cooked dish sealed in a bread crust. This is just one of several things that mark the Dhabba as a little out of the ordinary – a dahi bhalla starter features fluffy lentil doughballs in a calming yoghurt sauce; breads include a lightly spiced missi roti; puddings, which are more than just an afterthought, include a traditional aromatic chawal ki kheer rice pudding; and special mention is also given to matching wines. The cooking throughout is refreshingly strong on flavour and light on oil. All in all there is fine-dining attention to detail, in a convivial and canteen-like setting that very much evokes the feeling of a traditional Indian street-side dhabba. And with more than 100 covers it would be an ideal works-night-out spot.

The List's rating
8

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Andrea Pearson visited The Dhabba on 22 March 2019
  • High point: Friendly and fiery – a great combo
  • Low point: Food cools quite quickly in earthenware bowls
  • Notable dish: Dahi bhalla lentil cakes in yoghurt sauce
  • Average price: £9.95 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indian pop
  • Capacity: 102 (24 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 110
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £18.95 per bottle
  • BYOB: From £2 corkage