The Dhabba

The Dhabba
44 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LE
  • Telephone 0141 553 1249
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 5–11pm; Sat/Sun 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 Half-price mains
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Merchant City plays host to a number of great eating and drinking establishments, with a strong Indian contingent. What sets the Dhabba apart, not only from its neighbours but from much of the city’s curry houses, is its original and creative North Indian menu. Nothing feels like an afterthought. Rices, breads and accompanying sauces have been given as much attention as main courses. You will find yourself wanting to hold on to the trio of dips that come with the complimentary poppadum crisps. The simple tandoori platters (partnered with your choice of suggested sauces) are a particularly good reflection of the quality of ingredients being used in the kitchen. The décor is sparse, serene and expensive. Chunky wooden tables are generously arranged over mosaicked tiles – no attempt is being made to cram in as many covers as possible. The glass frontage gives diners a noiseless view of Candleriggs’ busiest corner. Slightly higher in price than other Glasgow Indian restaurants, the Dhabba is certainly worth the few pounds extra for spice-lovers who are looking for some top-quality, unique cuisine.

  • High point: Extremely high-quality ingredients
  • Low point: Menu milder than standard
  • Notable dish: Tandoori sharing platters
  • 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: 105
  • Largest group: 105
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle