9th Jan 2011
Indian food lovers with a wheat or gluten intolerance can come here and not feel persecuted. The restaurant's speciality is dosas. These are crepes made of fine ground rice and lentils which are cooked on a flat griddle and stuffed with a variety of delicious fillings such as spicy minced chicken or lamb and vegetables, accompanied with coconut chutney. These babies are ENORMOUS and actually spill over the edge of the plate. They're also extremely filling and not one of us at our table of four managed to finish theirs. But then we did have starters of Meen Parichathu - that's swordfish marinated in ginger, garlic and indian spices then rolled in gram (chickpea) flour and fried - to you and me. We can also recommend the king prawns in tomato and garlic.
The restaurant itself is on the first floor of what looks to have been a large former storehouse. This means there's plenty of elbow room and a feeling of space. The waiting staff are attentive and happy to explain the menu. The house wine is good too.
The Dakhin differs from other Indian restaurants in the city in that the meals all originate from South India.
It's award-winning sister restaurant, the Dhabba, is across the road and specialises in North Indian dishes. Both are worth a visit - so you're getting two reviews for the price of one here! In fact, ask any knowledgeable foodie in Glasgow which are the best Indian restaurants to try (and as the curry capital of Europe you're spoiled for choice) and many of them will mention these two. What do you mean you haven't been? What's wrong with you??
I'm trying to think of a downside and can only come up with one but even then it's tenuous. The lovely Dosas aren't exactly cheap, being priced around £10 each. But then once you've tried one we don't think you'll be bitching about the price.