Step off the bustling Brentwood Avenue and into Dabbawal Jesmond, a contemporary urban oasis inspired by the legendary dabbawalas of Mumbai. As you enter, you’re welcomed by quirky props like a painted bicycle and a fire bucket that evoke a sense of authenticity. Vibrant pink and mustard hues accent the wood-lined walls, adorned with large black and white photographs of Indian street scenes and colourful vintage posters. This neighbourhood favourite brings the flavours and aromas of Indian street food right to the heart of West Jesmond.
Sit down at a table or booth and prepare to be transported to the streets of Mumbai, where dabbawalas deliver thousands of home-cooked meals each day. The passionate team of highly qualified cooks in Dabbawal’s kitchen ensure that every dish is made with the same love and care as if it were prepared at home.
Embark on a culinary journey through the Indian subcontinent as you explore the menu. From tapas-style small plates perfect for sharing to satisfying big eats, there’s something for everyone. Veggie lovers can also rejoice, as the menu offers plenty of variety, from the spicy mixed veggie grill to the Dabbawal signature salad of mango, crushed peanut, and spring onion.
If you’re not quite ready for the full meal experience, indulge in some popadoms and chutney to tide you over. Wash everything down with a refreshing mango lassi or a classic Cobra Indian lager, both of which pair perfectly with the bold flavours of the dishes.
Though the focus is on street food, the approach in the kitchen is anything but simple. Traditional methods require skill, time, and attention to detail, ensuring that each dish is bursting with flavour and authenticity. Imagine enjoying the rich taste of mushroom masala or the satisfying crunch of okra fries, covered in Bombay-style batter, each meticulously prepared and brought to your table fresh from the pan.
Don’t forget to save room for dessert. The Indian-inspired sweets are not to be missed, with options like the pistachio kulfi, a tower of flavour made from evaporated and condensed milk, or the delicately flavoured banana ice cream with tiny ribbons of banana. End your meal with a cup of sweet and spicy, milky chai tea to round out the experience.
Dabbawal in Jesmond offers an enchanting atmosphere, exceptional food, and impeccable service. It’s no wonder the restaurant has gained popularity over the years. Whether you’re new to Indian cuisine or a seasoned connoisseur, Dabbawal invites you to savour the authenticity and diversity of Indian street food in a relaxed, contemporary setting.