The Dhabba

Address: 44 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1LE, Scotland
Telephone: 0141 553 1249

- Expensive

4.4

Indian specialities come to Glasgow amid a whirl of saffron, spices and five-star service.

Have I mentioned that I love curry? Well I am obsessed about it. It’s hard not to love this place when you know its dishes have been crafted with labour and love for centuries. Loved by local media and even some of the big boys down in London, Dhabba sets the benchmark for fine Indian dining in the Merchant City. It’s so good the chefs have even been on the BBC’s Masterchef.

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Value for money
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Ambience
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Food and drink

With a mind-boggling array of curries, tandooris and tikkas, I find it hard to get past the first page of the menu: where there is an a la carte and a more adventurous Dum Pukht menu. The art of Dum Pukht cooking goes back to the days of the 'Nawabs of Awadh' (rulers of India’s northern provinces during the 18th century). Meaning 'to breathe' and 'to cook', the curries are sealed in a dish and cooked in their own juices to retain all their natural aromas and flavours. Trust me, it’s well worth the wait.

Recommended dishes

The talli hui masala machli – fillets of monkfish marinated in a spicy tomato and onion sauce – and raan-e-changeji – tender whole baby leg of lamb cooked in garlic and North Indian spices could easily be my last meals ever in the city.

Ambience

Upmarket and designed for an authentic Indian experience rather than a cheap curry, which is applicable to dozens of its Glasgow rivals.

Service

Enthusiastic and very helpful – especially when it comes to deciding what to order.

Location

Easy to find in the Merchant City. Merchant Square, with its long list of bars, is opposite.

Price advice

A huge range from modest £8 curries up to £22 jumbo grilled tandoori tiger prawns. Dum Pukht dishes are around £17. If you’re feeling extravagant take the £26 chargrilled lobster. A three-course lunch for just £9.95 available Monday – Friday from 12pm to 2pm is great value.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

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