Delicious food, good service, didn't feel bloated or like we'd over-eaten. To be recommended.
Had a really lovely meal here with friends a while ago. All the food was delicious, we had never ending poppadoms while we waited for our food which was ideal as we were all very hungry!
The curries tasted fresh & delicious, service was friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back again.
So em Yummmmm!!!! This was another Pakora Passport night out arranged by 'mischievous' Joe H. I have my reasons.
We had a spot on deal for £15 per person which included samples of pakora, curries, rice and naans.
I had my lovely auntie with me who reigns from the south west of England. She had never heard of pakora so seems it's a Scottish decacy. She only knows of onion bhajis and samosas as an Indian starter. The pakora was lovely although not keen on the mushroom, not my bag.
We had four different curries to try from monkfish, lamb, chicken and veg. Surprisingly to me I liked the monkfish best, having never tried monkfish before. I did find the chicken too spicy for me but the rest was lovely.
It was good banter as usual especially as there was pure like loads of us. My auntie thoroughly enjoyed it and I have opened her eyes up to the world of not only pakora but Yelp too.
Awesome wee night, thanks to Joe H. and Fiona M. for arranging. That Joe can be no bad sometimes. Hehe!
I have visited sister restaurant Dakhin many a time so was happy when pakora passport gave me an excuse to visit the Dhabba. Thanks to Joe and Fiona for organising, the restaurant obviously appreciate your regular custom and really went out of the way for us yelpers!! The pakora to start with was delicious, although I see they don't actually have pakora on their regular menu - they have a few options which are similar however. We were then served 4 curries, and a selection of rice and naan breads, all beautifully cooked. I am a big fan of the monkfish served in Dakhin, and so was delighted a monkfish dish was included in our selection! It's usually really pricey (around £18 if I remember rightly - a dish for a special occasion) so it's great they included it in our £15 yelp menu!
I'm looking forward to going back to dine from the a la carte menu, and got some great tips from Fiona about pre-theatre deals to check out.
Disclaimer: our meal was a special banquet organised by the amazing Joe H and some dishes are not usually on the Dhabba menu. From looking at their website they don't seem to offer a set menu like we tried. The closest I can find is a 3 course lunch set menu for £9.95.
Ok, so onto the review. The lovely Joe H organised a meal for the Pakora Passport here and we were lucky enough to be treated to a real feast. There was a large table of us, about 20 people and between groups of 4 were served:
- A selection of pakora. Chicken, fish, vegetable and mushroom.
- A selection of curries. Chicken, lamb, vegetable and monkfish.
- Sides including rice (white and brown) as well as naan breads.
Pakora doesn't normally feature on the Dhabba menu but from having a look there are a few dishes which resemble pakora. All the pakora we sampled was lovely but the chicken was definitely my favourite and seems to be the chat putta murgh on their usual menu - chicken marinated in ginger, garlic, coriander, lemon and mint. Yum!
The mains were also a delicious selection. My favourite was the vegetable curry which I believe is subzi jalfrezi. It is quite a dry curry compared to what I am used to, without much sauce. This was a real taste sensation (even being a totally vegetable based dish) and I would go back just to eat this again. For the pakora and curries we were charged £15 per head which was incredibly cheap for the amount of food on offer!
For dessert we shared a mango cheesecake - allegedly this is Joe H's recipe! It was delicious, even if he was pulling my leg (I can never be sure).
Service was excellent throughout the night and the restaurant had a great atmosphere.
Thanks Joe for organising such an amazing outing!
We were there on a Tuesday night for some yelpiness! It was a special menu put on just for us. Starters were pakora (fish, chicken and vegetable). The fish pakora was particularly lovely and moist.
We then had 3 different types of main courses to share, naan and rice. Special mention needs to go to the monkfish curry....it was sublime. It was wonderfully moist and well cooked and the lovely (not too spicy or creamy) curry sauce complimented it.
The naan bread also deserves a special mention. It was really thin and crispy, with a wonderful flavor. Only weird thing was that it had some sort of yellow dust on it which did not taste of anything. It didn't detract from the taste was just a bit weird!
Best Indian food I have had in Glasgow! the Mango lassi was awesome!!!! the food was incredible...the service was very nice!!! I would go there again.. a little on the expensive side..go during the half price hour...the food is worth every penny!!! The quantity is very good and I liked the breads.. definitely recommend.
Dhabba is traditional authentic Indian restaurant placed in the heart of the merchant city. Parking is aplenty, its a open and spacious diner type inside and not fussy or stuffy. Staff wer attentive and offered advice, which is needed due to the more authentic type dishes on offer. No bad thing. Out of our group of 4 however I found my main way over salted. I did taste the others which although different, didn't suffer from this. Maybe just a blip there, Food is priced okay its not expensive just in the middle. I liked the fact tables had space also and your not jammed together. Overall if you havnt tried it I would certainly give it a go.
Naan is so so so sweet and so so so tasty!
Although it is all about curry, but I'd like to give full score for the yummy yummy naan
Over 10 years of coming here & never had any inconsistency in taste, or quality.
Service is fantastic & friendly (okay, coming for 10 years does make a difference!), but all the staff are just as attentive with new people coming & advising them on what dishes to try. I bring a lot of friends/work colleagues here & they come back themselves. Who needs fancy advertising, when the food should do the talking & it does here, every time.
Casual to dressier - you can feel comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, to wearing a dress/suit.
It is very traditional North Indian food, so prepare yourself that you won't see a chicken tikka masala etc. If you want something different & a little more of a special occasion as a curry experience, this place should be in your top 3, without fail.
You Gotta Eat Here.. for sure :-D
This is my go-to place for Indian food in Glasgow.It sets a bar that several London establishments fail to reach.
The North Indian style is a great cuisine and if you go at the right time, it can be very affordable.,
Not sure what to say about this place, except WOW. Myself the the pregnant female Canadian type one popped in here for dinner on a rare Saturday when baby sitting was offered... rare.
Having been confused and under-prepared for this event, we stumbled un booked into the Merchant City and proceeded to get knocked back by a few of our first options. In checking this place out, it appeared that we'd found our place to go. Turns out we beat the rush as the place got jammed after about 20 mins.
Decor wise it's nothing to write home about. New, fresh but still Indian in vibe etc. TBH I'm not a big fussy pants when it comes to decor. If a place looks awesome then I'll appreciate it, but I won't dislike a place if it's just ticking the boxes and no more.
Grub wise, well first impression is that it's pretty pricey. And despite the arrival of some truly tasty meals, it still feels a tad on the steep side. Maybe that's just me though. In all fairness, I suppose 52 notes for two mains, garlic bread, a started platter, two drinks and two coffees is fairly reasonable. Aye, it's probably just me. Must be used to hunting out 2-4-1 offers!
Back to the grub and I have to say, my lamb and lentil dish was just awesome. Tender lamb that just melted in the gob.
I like this place. Friendly and efficient staff, good grub and reasonable (ish) prices. A good shout for an Indian restaurant in the MC.
Overall, the food was quite good. Portion sizes were appropriate and everything had excellent flavor. My one critique would be that there's more meat under the average Scotsman's kilt than the amount served in the dishes here, especially for the price paid (the Scotsman's meat probably comes cheaper, too). I can't recall exactly what we ate, but feel free to check out the pic I snapped [yelp.co.uk/biz_photos/c5… and see if you can figure it out (might as well, as photographing the food cost me the respect of my dining companions).
Atmosphere was "quite nice" as my friends on the east side of the pond would say. The staff was very friendly and accommodating; however, when they're ready to close shop, they're ready to close shop. I'm not going to say they kicked us out, but as we were finishing up, the guy with the vacuum may have run it over my toes a couple of times.
Situated in the heart of Merchant City, which is filled with an array of restaurants, you're truly spoilt for choice. This North Indian restaurant aptly named "The Dhabba" was one that I had yet to try. I technically had dinner plans with some girl friends later that evening, but I came here with Lumberjack, his work colleague (who's Indian) and his son who were taking a break from a setting up a gig at the Ramshorn Theatre up the road.
For a sunny Saturday evening, Merchant City was heavin', and the Dhabba was quite busy. Luckily, we were able to score a table without a booking. The service was friendly and attentive. My nut allergy spurred on paranoia of Lumberjack's work colleague, but I assured him that as long as I don't eat the meat of the nut, I'm A-OK. Being somewhat of a newbie to Indian cuisine, I just ate whatever was being ordered. Between the four of us, there was a quite a selection presented in front of us, which came out in no time. All the food was so fresh, flavourful and tasty. The more Indian food I eat; touchy tummy tendencies seem to reduce. The food wasn't overly spicy for my wee belly, so I was content. I only had a chance at a quick nibble of everything on the table, before I had to peace out and meet my girl friends.
Bottom line: Oh. My. Dhabba! That was good! NOM!
I love the Dhabba: it has a good vegetarian range and in a Glasgow that is filled with over-coloured curries with the consistency of soup, it is a treat to get chunky portions with real vegetables.
The tastes are unfamiliar enough to be intriguing, and the portion sizes are sensible. The breads are excellent: well, baked, soft and beautifully spiced.
The service is spot on, the atmosphere relaxed and the attention to detail exquisite. It feels a little on the formal side, but that is all to the good: it suits the food.
It is a bit more expensive than most curry houses, but worth it: no need for starters, and the quality of the ingredients is the highest. I would go for the specialities of the house, split a nan and a portion of rice with a guest, and enjoy.
Take advantage of the knowledgeable staff and you will experience excellent dining. Cannot rave enough about this establishment. This is North Indian cuisine, and so a little different from the average fare, but be adventurous and you will enjoy!
After two visits to 'The Dhabba', I've finally talked to myself out of merely procrastinating about writing a review. It's much easier to write about a meal you have detested than something that blew you away. But here we go!
Firstly, The Dhabba is edging slowly out of my price range. Main courses start at around £10 and escalate from there (charcoal-grilled lobster, anyone?). However, there is a very nice pre-theatre deal which allows for half-price mains (anything on the menu as far as I can determine), allowing for a very reasonable price indeed - instead of the fairly extortionate standard. Said deal is available Monday - Friday, 5-7pm.
So now that the price isn't an issue - let's discuss setting. The Dhabba is relaxed, clean and contemporary. I find it sophisticated enough to feel special, but not too edgy that it might become uncomfortable. Its location in the Merchant City sets it away from many of Glasgow's more deafening roads.
The first time I visited, I considered choosing a korma, or maybe even the standard vegetable bhuna which I so enjoy. And then I opened the menu and had to prevent tears of joy from running down my cheeks. Most of the dishes were unfamiliar, fresh, exciting - and all well described! I chose Kesari Paneer Tikki, elated that the tandoori portion of the menu had vegetarian options (a rare occurrence in restaurants). The dish arrived, cubes of paneer marinated in yoghurt and spices and roasted in a tandoor, accompanied by morsels of bell pepper and onion. It had a wonderful barbecue-y aroma and bright, jewel colours.
My dining partner and I shared a naan bread, a portion of delicately fragranced rice, and one of the carefully differentiated tandoori-accompanying curry sauces with our separate tandoori dishes. His chicken-based delight was equally well-received. This smorgasbord proved to be quite enough food even for two large appetites.
Helpful too were the complimentary popadoms, accompanied by chilli and lime pickle and two interestingly different sauces. I also found the waiters to be polite and responsive, without becoming overbearing.
It was truly delightful to have the opportunity to peruse a detailed and extensive (but not overwhelming) menu with some unfamiliar surprises. The vegetarian options were many, and for me, the highlight was having a chance to try something new. Although the price is the only reason I'm not giving The Dhabba five stars, pre-theatre is well worth it!
I want to like The Dhabba. I really do.
However, with so many Indians to choose from, I feel this one falls a little short.
I've eaten in here on many occasions - including a free lunch at the hands of IRN-BRU - and enjoyed every single meal. Dishes originate from the north of the country, with my particular favourites being the pilee daal tadka and aloo methi.
Unfortunately, I still think the food lacks that bit of 'oomph', especially compared to some other curry houses.
Don't get me wrong. It's nice. But I've raved about meals in Balbir's for weeks, and stood in the pouring rain just so I can have another taste of Mother India's pakora.
My other complaint lies with the seating. It's a little rigid, and not conducive to private conversations. Thankfully, the same can't be said of The Dakhin - Dhabba's southern counterpart - which is further up the street.
If it were up to me, I'd try there instead.
After many years of indifference to Indian cuisine I recently woke up and realised the benefits of life as a curry connoiseur, and a recent visit to the Dhabba highlighted how I've certainly made an astute lifestyle choice.
This place prides itself on being more authentic than the Korma and Tikka Masala fraternity, so the menu at first can be a bit daunting as you'll probably not have heard of much on it. The starters we got were tasty enough but the poppadoms really stood out for me. Tasty, crunchy, and accompanied by a top drawer bright green dipping sauce of unknown origin.
My Bhuna Ghost looked quite small when I got it, but was of the highest quality and as I was completely stuffed after looks were decieving. Dickie didn't deliver quite as many superlatives about his Rogan Josh but ate every last morsel so I've now doubt it still gets a big thumbs up.
It's quite pricey compared to other Indian places, but did seem to go that extra mile with the quality. Excellent.
This was a really nice evening (group of 8) made nicer by the attentiveness of the Matre d' (although sadly not by the rest of the staff) and the lovely food.
Service was quite slow, with around 10 minutes waiting time between ordering and receiving drinks, and a total of two courses lasting 150 minutes Saying that, it was worth it as the food was splendid. The Monkfish didn't taste fishy at all (is that a good thing? Yes for me!) and was excellent, chargrilled chicken starters were lovely and the Dum Pukht (standard curry with an Indian-bread lid) was great, but probably not worth the extra £4.
Definitely recommended if you're trying to impress, but there are other, better Indian restaurants that come in much cheaper.
Price for a starter, main and two drinks was around £30 a head.
Pretty average food did not make up for rude service. Had heard good things so was disappointed. They were also very bad at dealing with allergies - having been told I had an allergy they put a dish down telling me it was fine and came back five minutes later to tell me it wasn't, which I found rather reckless.
There's a sign outside of The Dhabba which reads, 'Yaba Dhabba Do!'
I was really impressed with The Dhabba. We had a party of 22 people for dinner (yes, we made a reservation ahead of time). The staff were expertise. They swifted and swayed about, making sure everyone was ok, refilling drinks, bringing water, clearing plates; it was like watching a finely honed ballet.
Also, I was impressed because with such a large party, there is always going to be a question about rice and naan, and extras. The head waiter (at least OUR head waiter) gathered our attention from the beginning and explained: Rice, naan and starters would be provided.
We got to try a little of everything from the starters menu, and it was share-share-alike. Beautiful tandoori cooked lamb chops, grilled chicken, tandoori fish, roasted veggies, etc. It was all so fantastic, I couldn't believe they'd just donate it.
It did make things a whole lot easier though.
They treated us like gold, and I must say that it was well-appreciated. I never had to ask for another drink after the first. My guy was on it from the get go. As soon as it looked like I might finish it, he brought me another. Not only is that type of service appreciated, but it's good business, too.
The food was fantastic, and the presentation was ideal. A friend of mine ordered a whole fish, and it arrived, still grilling on a double-plated cast iron dish. It looked and smelled amazing.
The menu was a bit daunting at first, but after I looked it over, I realised it was separated into sections based on the type of food you're after, 'Lamb, Chicken, Veggie, etc'.
Nicely done, Dhabba. Yabba-Dhabba-Do, indeed.
Wonderful Indian restaurant specialising in North Indian cuisine; had the best monkfish ever and delicious king prawn dish. Spicy is really spicy so beware.
Neutral but stylish contemporary decor and good service.
Great food and servers who understand their menu!
As some of the other reviews have said, if your wanting a tikka, masala, korma etc etc then avoid this place, but if you want to try some authentic indian and try something new this is the place you want to be!
Like shopaholic I had the monkfish and it was gorgeous!
The Dhabba is different from your standard Indian restaurant. Don't go expecting to find the usual takeaway suspects on the menu. This is far from a bad thing. They specialise in authentic North Indian dishes that are bursting with flavour.
Don't be afraid to ask for a recommendation from your server, the staff are very knowledgeable when it comes to the menu and will be able to offer something to your taste.
A great restaurant if your looking to take your Indian dining up a notch. Not ideal if your just looking to satisfy your tikka masala cravings.
This is a wonderful restaurant where we held our latest networking night. There were around 40 of us and we really enjoyed the poppadums with spicy sauces followed by lamb and chicken and gorgeous fluffy rice. I couldn't resist asking about the food and was told that a Dhabba is a friendly and welcoming roadside cafe in North India and the foods cooked there are all fromhand-me down from generation to generation recipes. This is reflected in the restaurant where the service was exceptional and the decor is easy on the eye. The bar is well-stocked but was unfortunately only open until 10pm but we did enjoy some lovely chilled wine. We would definitely go back again and plan to do that very soon.
It had been too long since we last visited this authentic North Indian Restaurant. The day before the administrator and I returned to work and with the sun shining on the second city we resolved to call again on a half forgotten favourite.
The spices that hang on the air sang 'welcome back' as we stepped through the door. The special three course lunch would do us nicely: lamb and pepper meatballs for the Administrator's starter while I began with Amritsari chicken. I'd go on to lamb curry while wok fried spiced chicken would devour the focused attention of my wife of 33 years.
Before the starter arrived we were served with a delightful amuse bush of poppadums with three relishes. Already remembering the delights that this comfortable space contained our expectations soared as the starters arrived.
A problem with high expectations is that disappointment can be crushing. Happily, we found our high expectations exceeded by the fare that was carried to our table.
Without hesitation I'd rate The Dhabba among Glasgow's best Indian Restaurants.
I prefer the north Indian cuisine to the southern, and Dhabba excels: delicious spicy aromas and flavours. The £9.95 three course lunch menu is well recommended.
Overpriced pretentious Indian
The Dhabba has really set a new standard in Glasgow for Indian cuisine. The sleek, contemporary exterior sparkles at night and you'll find it hard not to be drawn towards the tasty menu.
I'm sure, like any job, the staff want to be back in the comfort of their own home but they will at least make you feel as if they are delighted to see you.
Everything on the menu was interesting. Don't come expecting to get a yellow Korma paste.
The quality of the food, presentation and atmosphere makes this one of the best places in Glasgow for Indian. Pay a little more for your curry and get what you deserve.
I have heard amazing things about Dhabba but was rather underwhelmed on my only trip there. The food was good, but it was also expensive, so on a bang-per-buck scale it just didn't live up to expectation.
The lamb was only okay flavour-wise and was average on texture. The king prawns were again okay but didn't have the required bite to hold against what was a rather mild sauce. The spiciness of the dishes was not particularly hot, though other tables asked for extra chillies in their dishes so it seems the restaurant is catering for the middle ground and allows for some adjustment for taste, which is a good sign.
The service was very good. The clientele mostly groups of business men & women.
Overall, the meal was a 7/10 on quality, but at £20 a head before drinks it should be better.
This is a unique dining experience. My brother and sister in law took me here and it was fantastic to say the least. I had never heard of most of the dishes, this is authentic food you get here. Don't go looking for a chicken tikka, it isn't on the menu. It is out of the way, upstairs so you might miss it. It is expensive but it is definately worth trying, I would go again.
The Dhabba catered for my mates' wedding last year and they invited me out recently to try the restaurant experience. It's mainly North Indian and the menu has a vast selection. Pete is the main man at the Dhabba and a real gent, taking the time to chat and make us feel very welcome as did the whole staff. With a menu of such variety we needed talking through the dishes and the recommendations were spot on. Try the gosht kathi roll starter (like posh lamb sausage rolls but brilliantly spiced) and my favourite main from our group of three was the chickpea chole. There were also tasty breads and I think there was a dessert but things get fuzzy from here on because there was definitely lots of Kingfisher followed by a bit of a bar crawl through the Merchant City. I took to this a bit too enthusiastically as I'm never normally to be found hanging out in the MC with all the beautiful people. The hangover was definitely memorable. But, in summary, if you're thinking of trying the Dhabba then Dhabba, Dhabba Doooo! (Oh God, I'm sorry..., so very sorry).
Came here for a work dinner. There was 12 of us and they had a table ready and set up for us, brought us a selection of delicious starters before taking our orders for mains. The curry I had was hands down the best I've ever had (normally I don't eat all the chicken in a curry and just dip naan in the sauce and mix some rice through, but the chicken was demolished!).
The staff were very attentive - topping up wine glasses with a ninja like stealth meaning our conversations weren't interrupted, and the waiter taking our orders wouldn't take it unless we at least attempted pronouncing the name of the dish from the menu which was a nice bit of banter, especially for such a large group when waiting for others to order can be boring. We were all very happy with out mains, and the deserts were also gorgeous. A few of us went for the syrup soaked dough-balls with ice cream - like a very light syrup sponge pudding, but 10 times taster. Those who had the cheesecake and chocolate cake were also delighted.
I am desperate to bring my boyfriend here, and pretty much everyone I know as the food is top notch and really decently priced. Next time you are considering getting an Indian takeaway for dinner, jump into town and come here instead. It won't be much more expensive and it will definitely be tastier!
Totally unexpected menu but is apparently the real authentic indian food. Good deals on 5pm.co.uk. We had a lamb dish for 2 people which was well worth the money and totally delish. Staff were great, really friendly and patient while I tried to pronounce the dishes.
Looks great but quite cold inside. Decor is nice but i dont think the heaters are working. Service was good but the food wasn't up to standard. Ordered a Thali but overall i didn't enjoy the cuisine.
buy far the best indian meal ive ever had! love that they havent gone down the usual korma and masala route. yummy food,great service. couldnt rate this place enough.
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