Authenticity and finesse have allowed this Merchant City restaurant to carve itself a place among the greats.
Since its opening in 2002, the Dhabba has carved itself a place among the best in Glasgow’s celebrated Indian cuisine scene. The renowned North Indian restaurant has stepped up its game with a new menu launched in summer 2017, demonstrating that it still has a strong creative streak. The bhel puri, for example, is a simple savoury snack from puffed rice and sev, and an innovative departure from the more common starter selection elsewhere. Glazed prawns – a minimalist but mouthwatering appetizer – make it clear this is not your run-of-the-mill curryhouse. Tandoori dishes are coated with a carefully crafted combination of spices, and the tender malai murg that’s covered in an appealing cascade of condiments – cashew, cream and cardamom – is a rewarding surprise. Served in a hot, plump pot, the dum pukht-style slow-cooked lamb makes for a dramatic entrance and a wholesome dish. With elegant décor and an uncluttered interior, there’s a leaning to a more formal rather than intimate vibe, especially on quieter evenings, but the ambience feels like the right fit for the classy and engrossing food on offer.
- Delivery: Deliveroo, Uber
- 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 lounge music, Bollywood, Indian classical
- Capacity: 102
- Largest group: 110
- Open since: 2002
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle