Sunday, 29 June 2014

Dabbawalla Restaurant Review

A week ago my parents informed me that they wanted to go out for a curry and asked for a recommendation, I was quick to suggest Dabbawalla on City Road following a great experience there with a friend a few weeks earlier. When my parents asked me if I wanted to join them for dinner I wasn't about to turn down the opportunity.

After spending the day at the beach I was hungry when we arrived, I'm not sure if the weather was impacting on the number of customers in the restaurant (we were the only ones on our arrival) with the people of Cardiff opting for BBQ food instead of curry but our welcome was a warm one and it wasn't long before my parents were commenting on how nice the restaurant looked. It's easy for an Indian restaurant to blend into the others but Dabbawalla stands out. Here you'll find Bollywood movies on the TV and walls covered in brightly coloured Bollywood posters, it's modern and fresh. 

I already knew what I wanted before I had even stepped a foot through the door, after trying the meat lovers thali on my first visit I was back for more. After explaining to my dad what it was and even getting my phone out and showing him a photo that The Plate Licked Clean took of the same dish he was hooked. My mum opted for the CTM (Chicken Tikka Massala), we also ordered a Channa Aloo Chat as a side dish.

The meat thali came with one lamb curry and a chicken curry, the meat in both was tender and the sauces going for taste over spice, which is how I like my curry. It also came with a frankly out of this world lentil dhal, this is the stuff dreams are made of. Alongside these dishes is a bowl of rice (I don't know how they cook it but it's the best rice I've ever eaten), a chapati and a mound of salad. I knew it was going to go down well when my dad was raving just about the rice, he continued to rave about his food throughout the meal. 

The CTM is a classic, you usually know what you're going to get when you order it...which now I come to think about it, I don't think I ever have. The guys at Dabbawalla were happy to put the left over curry and rice into a container for my mum to take away with her, not being one to waste food. 

The Channa Aloo Chat was as suitable moreish as I'd like, it's one of my favourite dishes that I could happily eat a plate of by itself. 

In all this was another great meal at Dabbawalla, I've promised myself that next time I go back I'll try something else off the menu so if the guys there read this: don't let me order the thali!



  1. This place looks amazing! I'll add it to my list :) Balti Cuisine on Woodville Road is currently my favourite curry house in Cardiff x

    1. It's seriously so good, and the guys there are really friendly :) x


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