The Dhabba (Merchant City, Glasgow) : Review


44 Candleriggs
Merchant City
Glasgow G1 1LD

V: 7th March 2018      T:  0141 553 1249  W:

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card

The Dhabba were nice enough to ask me to come and pay them a visit, and try out their new menu which coincided with the 70th Anniversary of Indian Independence.

The menu is very cool as its designed to look like a newspaper, this for me was a very nice funky idea.


The Dhabba is situated on the corner of Bell St and Candleriggs, opposite Merchant Square. Here has been on my long list of places to try for a while, so when I got this invite I kindly accepted their invitation.

Before going I took a long look at the menu, but I was still undecided as there were a lot of dishes 1. I have never heard of and 2. a lot sounded very good.

On entering I was shown to my table, and I had a look around. For me The Dhabba has a classic but also modern feel inside, its very minimalistic but at the same time it works perfect as less is more right?


There was music playing in the background, but at a good level I didn’t need to shout over (pet hate in restaurants)

The Food…

Tonights waiter I have to say was very very helpful, he answered a lot of questions and guided me through the menu and what dishes would be to my taste.

To be honest I could have tried lots tonight, but I didn’t want to be greedy so next time I will try more.

Mini poppadom crisps served with sauces were brought out while the food was being made, these were very nice and extremely moreish!!


Gol Gappa £4.95 (Tonight £N/A)
Enhanced with spicy water – this crispy puffed bread filled with special potato, and chickpeas laced with freshly grounded cumin.


On arrived this looked very interesting, the waiter tonight explained how you eat these. First you pick them up, and then pour the spicy water inside then pop them in your mouth.

These were really really good, the burst of flavours from the water plus the puffed bread was perfect!!! and very refreshing!

This is a dish I could easily have again and enjoy.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Main Course

Peshawari Naan £4.25  (Tonight £N/A)
A sweet naan stuffed with fruits, nuts and fennel.


I love Peshawari naan so I had to see how The Dhabba did theirs, and I have to say this was really good so good I could probably say its now my favourite place for Pesawari Naan!!

I cant wait to have this again! it was perfectly sweet and very mmmmmmm

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Murg Maskawala £13.95 (Tonight £N/A)
Tandoori cooked chicken with cream, tomatoes, ground cashew nuts.


I told the waiter that my favourite curry was a Korma, and more recently a Butter chicken curry. I was recommend this dish as he said it wasn’t sweet like a Korma, but nice and creamy and flavoursome just like they are.

This was very good, it was creamy like both dishes and had really nice flavours. I would say I now have 3 favourite curries as it wasn’t better than one but just as nice as my other two favourites.

If you like a creamy non spicy curry give this a try.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Rice Pudding (Tonight £N/A)


Sorry guys forgot to take note of the actual name, and description but basically a rice pudding dish with cardamon to give it that extra flavour. If I am wrong I will update, this is what happens when your enjoying your food and evening you forget to take notes.

This was very filling, but then again I just had 2 courses.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A


Firstly I would like to say that even though tonight was free, it didn’t influence my thoughts on the review. Everything you have just read was 100% true, and I did really enjoy the food and evening.

Secondly a BIG thanks to The Dhabba for the invite and the food tonight, I really enjoyed it and will be back. The staff were also very helpful so a big thanks to them.

For me this is now in my top 3 Indian restaurants in Glasgow.

The Dhabba is not your typical curry place, its more for you to try something different than you normally would and I promise you going by tonights food you will not be disappointed.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5
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