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 £11.95
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Attention to detail and authenticity the order of the day at this luxurious North Indian Indian diner in the Merchant City

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The Dhabba is different from its rivals. Its menu, laid out like a broadsheet newspaper, quotes French philosophers and includes eloquent descriptions – the saffron-marinated tiger prawns, zaffrani nisha, evoke ‘a gust of the sea, of the very orient of Sinbad’. This lyrical confidence is evident in the preparation and presentation of the food itself. To start, from the chaat pakodi menu, the sheetal kachori – named after a celebrated Indian beauty – is a dry wonder, a spicy mix of bean sprouts and pomegranate, while the homemade paneer chatpatta is firm but crumbles in the mouth without resistance. Main course options include curries, tandoori, biryani and slow-cooked dum pukht dishes. Raan-e-sikandari, a leg of lamb cooked in dark rum and spices, is tender, and the king prawns of the baowli jheenga are big and plentiful, and wonderfully succulent to taste. As a side, the vegetarian bhendi do pyaza, is thrillingly hot, and the okra mouthwatering. The Dhabba's surroundings may not meet the luxury levels of the culinary offering – but for those on a higher budget it's an authentic, vital destination.

The List's rating






Craig Angus visited The Dhabba on 27 February 2018
  • High point: Carefully prepared seafood is exceptional
  • Low point: A visit could hit the wallet quite hard
  • Notable dish: Raan-e-Sikandari
  • Average price: £7.95 (set lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • 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: Assorted background music
  • Capacity: 102
  • Largest group: 110
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle

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