Dabbawal – Newcastle


Dabbawal is an Indian street food paradise where vibrant flavours, the hustle and bustle of Mumbai’s dabbawalas, and the inviting warmth of an urban kitchen intertwine. Found on the historic cobblestones of High Bridge in Newcastle’s city centre, this eatery emanates a blend of retro Mumbai charm and modern, metropolitan vibes.

Embodying the essence of Mumbai’s street food culture, Dabbawal prides itself on delivering home-cooked, soul-soothing dishes that are truly authentic. These bicycle-riding delivery men, known as dabbawalas, transport tiffin boxes full of age-old recipes to office workers across the city, providing a taste of home amidst the fast-paced urban life.

As you delve into the culinary experience that Dabbawal has to offer, your senses are awakened by the aroma of freshly ground spices sizzling away, and the passion of skilled chefs following time-honoured cooking methods. The words “Hanjee Chef” echo throughout the kitchen, a phrase that encapsulates the dedication and respect for the art of creating these dishes.

The dining experience at Dabbawal is far from fussy. Expect a relaxed ambiance with food arriving as it’s cooked, served in a tapas-style fashion that encourages sharing and socialising. From small plates to big eats, there’s something for everyone here. Popular favourites include the mouthwatering lamb chops, the ‘Bombay Bomb’ and the delicious Bhel Puri, but rest assured that each dish would hold its own on the finest Indian restaurant dining table.

But don’t be fooled, the seemingly simple concept of street food and home-style cooking requires an exceptional level of skill and time. Dabbawal’s kitchen is home to an unusually large team of highly qualified and experienced chefs who pour their hearts into every dish, ensuring that traditional cooking methods are followed to the letter.

Dabbawal has earned the title of the UK’s Best Casual Dining Restaurant in the British Curry Awards of 2015 and 2017, making it a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, this neighbourhood kitchen has a place for everyone. Enjoy tapas-style street food combos, curry plates and sumptuous side dishes that are authentic and freshly prepared. Keep everything to yourself or share your culinary adventure with friends – the choice is yours.

Situated just off the iconic Grey Street and near the Theatre Royal, Dabbawal is also an excellent pre-theatre dining option for those seeking a unique Indian dining experience.