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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Authenticity and finesse have allowed this Merchant City restaurant to carve itself a place among the greats.

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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.

  • High point: Lots of lesser-known Indian dishes
  • Low point: Can feel a little hushed at times
  • Notable dish: Shahi nihari – dum pukht style slow-cooked lamb
  • Average price: £7.95 (set lunch); £22 (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: 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