89 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NP
  • Telephone 0141 553 2585
  • 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 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.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Authentic South Indian cuisine meets high-end dining at Dakhin. Elegant but unpretentious, the food is spicy, fragrant with coconut and curry leaves, and, since rice flour is preferred in South India, entirely gluten-free. Many dishes are completely unfamiliar to the Glasgow palate, so ordering comes with a sense of adventure that does not disappoint. Starters include batata bonda, tasty dumplings of potato and coconut, zinging with mustard seeds and ginger; and chappala urundai, crisp and fiery little croquettes of haddock mashed with spice. Main courses include erachi mapas, tender lamb chops in a thick sauce of coconut and onions that is surprisingly light and fresh. For a real piece of theatre, try one of the 3-foot paper dosas – wafer thin and stuffed with spicy chicken, lamb or vegetables. Naan breads are replaced with a range of rice, lentil and gram flour flat breads, such as appam, a soft, white pancake flavoured with coconut that is perfect for dipping, or uluva chilla, yellow chickpea bread robustly flavoured with fenugreek. Order the thosai thattu to try a taste of three. Unique, spicy and a must for more adventurous curry lovers.

The List's rating






PWH visited Dakhin on 13 March 2018
  • High point: Authentic, exciting food
  • Low point: A bit pricey
  • Notable dish: Three-foot paper dosa
  • Average price: £9.95 (set lunch); £24 (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
  • Capacity: 110
  • Largest group: 110
  • Open since: 2004
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle

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17 Apr 2018

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