I have previously reviewed the Dakhin’s sister restaurant The Dhabba and after a long day of shopping and bar crawling we both fancied some Indian food and thought we would give Dakhin a try.
The Dakhin is a traditionally Indian restaurant serving South Indian food so don’t come in looking to find your usual Indian takeaway curries here. Instead you actually need to read the menu to find what food you would like and its a great way of discovering new food. The menu is large and covers all manner of meats, styles and vegetable dishes.
We climbed the stairs and were quickly shown to a free table in the restaurant. It was quite quiet for a Sunday night so we had a table at the window allowing you to people watch on the street below. We settled quickly on a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio which was served nicely chilled and for £20 had a nice depth of flavour and crisp finish that wasn’t going to detract from the food to come. We had already decided that we would have the mixed starter to share so we could get a taste of a number of the starters. Mains were an entirely different story as there were so many on offer that sounded great as well as a lot of new things. In the end I asked the waiter for his recommendations for us both. After asking what kind of meat we would like (I wanted fish so went for Monk fish and my wife wanted chicken) he said he would cook us up something along with a side of rice and I asked for a Dosa since Nan bread doesn’t exist here. I also had no idea what a Dosa and had seen a whole section on stuffed Dosa’s in the menu.
Another waiter arrived in short course with a basket of poppadom pieces and three “dips”. One was quite a sweet red sauce, the middle some kind of spicy pickled vegetables and the last was a dry mixture of what appeared to be coconut and various spices. All three were delicious and I particularly liked the spicy veg one.
The starters arrived while we still had the pre starters and the dips made an excellent accompaniment to the mixed starters. These were nicely cooked and appeared to be freshly done and consisted of a chicken, haddock, vegetable, potato and a lamb starter. All kind of resembled a pakora in its own right and the haddock one was a standout for me. The plates were polished off and we waited for mains to arrive…
Which didn’t take long at all and we were presented with our mains in traditional copper effect pots along with what the waiter said was lemon rice. The rice was excellent but didn’t appear to taste much of lemon so it is possible my slightly drunken ears misheard. Both the Monk fish and chicken dishes were dark and I hoped they wouldn’t be the usual Indian curries that are really heavy on the stomach. They were not, despite the appearances they were both light and absolutely wonderfully spiced and fragrant. If anything I though the sauce with the chicken was better than mine, it was lighter still and quite fruity,. I mentioned the Dosa earlier and it came with the main course:
It was longer than the table! It was quite similar to a crepe, slightly sweet and made an excellent substitute to a nan bread allowing you to shovel sauce without the heavy full feeling of a thick doughy nan. I recommend you get one!
I don’t normally take a picture of the bill but wanted to so that even I had a reference to what i might have eaten though looking at the names doesn’t really throw any light on it. My Monk fish dish I guess is the £20 one and since it was full of meaty chunks of fish I’m quite happy with the price. £75 over all was a good price for the quality. I would happily go back to the Dakhin.
The Dakhin Restaurant, Merchant City, Glasgow