Dabbawal: Indian street food done very well

After hearing great things we decided it was time to check out Dabbawal.

We visited Dabbawal in Jesmond, although there’s also another branch down High Bridge in Newcastle.

It’s easy to walk past the restaurant entrance, tucked away behind a row of other shops and eateries next to the metro line.  As you arrive, you walk through the outdoor eating area first, and then enter the restaurant.  Like the outside area, it’s all very tastefully decorated. The gorgeous smells of spice and sizzling meat and vegetables instantly greet you and get your tastebuds tingling.


The menu is made up of a selection of street food tapas, which you can have a few of to share between the table, or have as a starter if you prefer a curry as a main course afterwards.  Although the curries on offer all sounded great, we ordered around 16 tapas dishes to share between four of us.

There’s a good variety on offer; veggie options, salads, chaats and soups are all there alongside the street classics like onion bhajis and lamb samosas.  We found ourselves struggling not to order everything on the menu!


It was all absolutely delicious.  Our favourites were citrus king prawns, kurkuri lentil battered okra, punjabi chicken lollipop and sweet potato chaat.  But our opinion is you could order anything and not be disappointed.


Ordering around 4 dishes per person was about right we felt, as we were nicely full afterwards.  We spent around £30-35 each on our feast including a few drinks.

There service was fine, and the atmosphere was vibrant and lively.

If, like us, you enjoy a delicious shared eating experience, then pay Dabbawal a visit.  Both restaurants are open seven days a week for lunch as well as in the evening.


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