Dakhin South Indian Kitchen

Dakhin

There was a time when the inhabitants of Glasgow’s Merchant City were all too familiar with the world’s exotic foods and spices, with the wealthy merchants importing wares from all four corners of the globe. Today, the Merchant City hosts some of the city’s more sophisticated bars, clubs and restaurants, and visitors continue to enjoy the world’s ingredients introduced by the area’s stylish and cosmopolitan eateries. Dakhin is located at the heart of this – it prides itself on specialising in authentic, south Indian cuisine and certainly offers something a little different from Glasgow’s thriving curry scene.

Walking down the city’s Candleriggs, you’d be forgiven for almost walking by the restaurant’s single door entrance. But on entry, you will be pleasantly surprised by an airy, contemporary and stylishly decorated venue. We were welcomed by a friendly member of staff who assured us he’d find a space for two in the lively and atmospheric dining room. Concise and comprehensive, the menu was clearly laid out into starters, seafood, lamb, poultry and vegetarian dishes, including bread and accompaniments. Each dish had a well-defined description of the ingredients, which certainly made choosing a little less complicated.

Furthermore, the friendly waiter had a fantastic knowledge of the menu which made for helpful, educated recommendations. Starters included Keeraj Bhajji (a delightful mix of spinach, green chillies and onion fried to a crispness yet retaining moisture) and Batata Bonda (a light and fluffy potato dumpling mixed with curry leaves, ginger and coconut in a delicate batter) which we chose for our starters.

The wide variety of main courses made it difficult to choose but notably there was a broad range of vegetarian specialities in addition to the meat options, should that be your preference. The Kori Mangalorean Kari (a mild tomato and onion curry sauce) was light, delicate and not swim

ming in oils as some curry sauces are. The chicken was tender and succulent and the ingredients complimented each other well. The Royyalu Vepuda ( king prawns in a thick sauce of caramelised onions and tomato) included garlic and ginger which added a bit of bite but did not overwhelm the taste of the prawns. The Paper Dosa speciality bread was a great sharing side as well as the rice. For dessert we shared a Malai Kulfi, a densely creamy, custard like dish infused with cardamom.

Overall, Dakhin had a nice relaxed atmosphere, the food was excellent and authentic and the staff were friendly and efficient. If you’re looking for a quiet, candlelit dinner for two, then this is not your place. However for a relaxed and informal night out, as a couple, with family or friends, then you will not go far wrong here. It’s not the cheapest night out at approximately £45 per head for three courses including wine, but the quality of the food fully justifies the cost.

89 Candleriggs, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1NP | 0141 553 2585 | dakhin.com

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