89 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NP
  • Telephone 0141 553 2585
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2pm, 5–10.30pm; Sat/Sun 1pm–10.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–6:30pm; Sat/Sun 4–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £15.95
  • Email
  • Website www.dakhin.com
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Amid Merchant City’s luxurious venues, this South Indian restaurant stands out with a unique menu and classy ambience.

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In a town where Punjabi influences dominate, a restaurant solely dedicated to South Indian cuisine is a welcome exception. Add to that a streak of charm and elegance, and you get what makes Dakhin special. The descend southwards into the subcontinent comes with a gradual turn towards the typically Southeast-Asian spectrum of aromas, such as the ubiquitous coconut, coupled with coriander, mint and chillies or lemon. The overall result is a menu rich with lighter, less buttery dishes that come loaded with strong, fresh flavours. This is well exemplified in the pan-fried sea bream fillet, covered with turmeric, lemon juice and red chillies, and rolled into a banana leaf. The curry house devotee will immediately notice that the usual naans, rotis or chapatis were dropped in favour of rice and pulse flour-based items, such the dosas, wadas and idlis. The use of non-wheat breads and batter, more common in the southern Indian states, allows the restaurant to boast 100 per cent gluten-free food. A menu replete with rarities, served up in the classy but unpretentious interior make Dakhin well suited to a romantic dinner or special occasion.

  • High point: Rarely found rich South Indian offerings
  • Low point: Quality comes at a cost
  • Notable dish: Pan-fried sea bream fillet in a banana leaf
  • Average price: £9.95 (thali); £22 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Fusion of eastern and western music
  • Capacity: 110
  • Largest group: 110
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Take Three: Regional redoubts

13 Nov 2008

Dakhin 89 Candleriggs, Glasgow 0141 553 2585, www.dakhin.com Not just another Glasgow curry house but a discreet Merchant City venue dedicated to the food and cooking of south India, with dosas as a mainstay, some lovely seafood dishes from Kerela…