The Dhabba

The Dhabba
44 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LE
  • Telephone 0141 553 1249
  • Food served Sun–Thurs noon–2pm, 5–10.30pm; Fri noon–2pm, 5–11pm; Sat 1–11pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–6.30pm; Sat/Sun 1–6pm
  • Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £15.95
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A sleek merchant city spot with a well-selected menu of North Indian-inspired meat, vegetable and fish dishes.

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With its tiled flooring and sleek design, this Merchant City spot exudes a sense of calm and coolness that sets it apart among curry houses. The waiting staff, personable and solicitous, are eager to guide you on a path through their North Indian menu of pot-curries, veggie dishes and tandoori. Unmistakably, it’s a place that deals in the details: tandoori dishes are deftly spiced and cooked whether lamb kebab, chicken or curried monkfish. Elsewhere, lamb, chicken, vegetable and seafood dishes are each provided their own section in which to breathe. Chicken murg dum nizami, sealed in a pastry crust to lock in flavour, breaks open to reveal tender boneless chicken in a cardamom-spiced sauce with crunchy peppers. Bhuna gosht, meanwhile, sees succulent lamb nestled in thick, umami-laden caramelised onions. There’s also a selection of unleavened breads, veggie sides and salads. And with Indian lager on tap, and a well-chosen selection of wines and whiskies to boot, it’s evident the Dhabba has gone to long lengths to ensure there’s the perfect complement for top-class curry.

  • High point: Attention to culinary detail
  • Low point: Substantial portions can mean dessert unattainable
  • Delivery: Deliveroo
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 102
  • Largest group: 110
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle