I love my Indian food, perhaps too much. I could eat it all the time and not tire of it. I’m quite habitual with my Indian restaurants and generally I don’t bother trying new ones – I already know what I want and which restaurant I want it from! My friends and I found ourselves in the Merchant City area of Glasgow and had a hankering for a curry. We took a look at a few restaurants and almost missed The Dhabba – it looks like a corporate building! After a quick look over the menu we realised that it was a North Indian restaurant and was serving some new and unfamiliar Dum Pukht dishes!
The restaurant is a grey building with shiny silver signs with the name, and inside the place is vibrant and modern. The staff were really friendly and helpful – I had a good feeling from the start! We started with poppadoms served with a trio of accompaniments. I do kind-of like raita but in general I don’t bother with it as it can be a little bland. I really loved this one and couldn’t get enough of it.
Chat Putta Murg
Here we have chicken pieces marinated in ginger, garlic, mint, coriander and lemon juice. The flavour from the chicken was beautiful – mild but tangy. The chicken was really tender and tasted beautiful when dipped into the sauces. My only complaint is the side salad: I’m not a fan of the lettuce/cabbage side salad that’s just thrown together. They’re typical of indian restaurants – they don’t taste interesting and remind me of a kebab! So I left that – I’d prefer a little kachumber or something equally tasty to match the chicken.
Gosht Kathi Roll
This was like an Indian take on a sausage roll! It is made by sautéing lamb with peppers and wrapping the mixture in a roomali roti (similar to a tortilla wrap or flatbread) and cooking it in hot oil. I really liked it despite its appearance! The meat was cooked beautifully and was full of aromatic flavours, and it was encased in a lovely flaky, crispy envelope.
You’d be fooled into thinking these were just pieces of mushroom pakora, but to an extent you’d be right. What makes them better is that the mushrooms are filled with paneer (cheese) and chopped nuts. They’re coated in a spiced batter and deep fried to give a spicy, creamy, mushroom. Yum yum yum.
We ordered some curry, rice cooked with cumin seeds, naan bread and some Tandoori Roti which is a wholewheat flatbread baked in a clay oven.
Daal Palak Gosht
The description of this curry reminded me of a yellow lamb curry I tried in Chaophraya last year so I just had to try the Indian version. Generous chunks of lamb were stunningly flavoured and tender cooked in the sauce made from yellow lentils and shredded spinach. The sauce had a kick of spice as well as being wholesome and tangy. I absolutely loved it.
Chicken tikka pieces simmered in a rich and smooth sauce of tomato, cashew nut, butter and cream. This is very similar to a Tikka Masala in the sense that it is a sweet and creamy curry, but it has a nice tomatoey depth as well as more of a spice kick to it. As a Dum Pukht dish, the chicken was really tender and had absorbed the curry flavours.
Oh, Gulab Jamun! I love this dessert. I first tried it years ago in a restaurant that sadly no longer exists. The waiter was a lovely, young shy boy who told us he’d made it himself and asked if we wanted to try it. We were SO full and uncomfortable but we couldn’t say ‘no’ to him. It was love at first bite.
Soft and rich reduced milk dumplings soaked in sugar syrup and garnished with chopped pistachio nuts. They’re like syrup saturated spongey balls which are served warm with vanilla ice cream. They’re quite heavy, so if you’ve eaten loads then share a portion. Or if you’re a beast like me then just go for it!
All in, we had a great lunch here and it was fantastic value for money. I’ll definitely come back to try out the evening menu, or their sister restaurant which specialises in southern Indian dishes.
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