Desi Dhaba

3.9
10 reviews
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$40 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Child Friendly
  • Cosy
At Desi Dhaba the food is cooked the way Indians would want to eat it. Authentic, tasty and flavored with true spices to come up with original and unique dishes that come from the street eateries of Indian Highways. The service is prompt and efficient with staff dressed in bright Punjabi apparel. Staff is attentive and interested in what you would like to eat, rather than pushing things down your throat. The walls of dining room are decked with extensions of countryside huts and there funny captions on them which come from the Indian truck drivers. An authentic, tasty and flavored with true spices to come up with original and unique dishes that comes from the street eateries of Indian Highways. The service is prompt and efficient with staff dressed in bright Punjabi apparel. Staffs are attentive and interested in what you would like to eat, rather than pushing things down your throat. We also serve Indian breakfast which you won’t get anywhere else.
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
Food
3.7
Service
3.4
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
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1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was good! The ambience was good but was more authentic to a Dhaba (highway pitstop in India) than I was expecting. Good service but Their EFTPOS machine was not working and we literally had to empty our last pocket change to pay for our food which was a big put off

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BM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Last min thy cancelled the onljne table booking which made us disappointed during mid nite 11:45pm we roamed around for food at mid night along with little kids (3 family’s).

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I
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good night, food was excellent. Tandoori platter was excellent as was the keema naan and roti.

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I
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Second visit, food is authentic, not excessively spiced, but loads of flavour that is well balanced. Enjoyed a selection of meat, veg and lentil dishes - all excellent. Only negative (slight) was the roti and paratha which were firm and a little tough. Staff friendly and work hard to keep food and drinks flowing. Nice atmosphere.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

For our first trip to Melbourne what a lovely find of quality Indian food. The service was a bit slow but efficient and friendly. The food was quality from start to finish. Would highly recommend it to others to try.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Nice food. We had to ask multiple times for requests...so service could be improved.

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Dined on 7 August 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food is excellent

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Dined on 20 June 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

My wife & I had seen this restaurant on a travel/lifestyle show & it was talked up a lot. Was disappointed with the quality of the food. Service was great & ambience ok but the prawn vindaloo was too sour & the balance of flavours was amiss. The naans were soggy too. Alright for a one time eat out but I don't think we'll go there again.

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Dined on 8 June 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed our lunch very much. It was delicious and of high quality. More importantly, the staff were very friendly.

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Dined on 3 April 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The food is very good and very Indian.I think the best Indian non-veg restaurant in CBD.The ambience is also good with lesser noise inside. Easily reachable in tram. Those from docklands etc can come to city for a team outing too.

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