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Restaurant of the week: Gluten free and vegan friendly Dakhin 89, Candleriggs, Glasgow

© SYSTEMSouth Indian eatery Dakhin is famous for its dosas.
South Indian eatery Dakhin is famous for its dosas.

Did you know that an estimated 8.5 million people in the United Kingdom now follow a gluten-free diet?

Location

Just a short walk from Buchanan Street, you’ll find the eatery on the first floor of one of Candleriggs’ traditional buildings.

First impressions

Bright, airy and bustling, the dining room is modern and stylish.

Service

With so many staff on hand, the service is first-rate. Warm and friendly.

Menu

The authentic South Indian restaurant is coeliac-friendly, so gluten-free diners will be in for a treat – and there’s lots of vegan options, too. As well as starters, classic curries and flame-grilled meat and fish dishes, the eatery is well-known for its dosa. The crepes are made from a batter of finely ground rice and lentils and served with a range of fragrant fillings.

Taste

Our table of four ordered a few starters to share (batata bonda, keerai bhajji and poppadoms) then opted for a chicken dosa, a herby lamb curry, the vegan kai kurma, and finally the batata keerai soung, and delicious potato and spinach curry.

The portions were ample, and the flavours outstanding. It took all our willpower not to lick our plates clean. However, we did get a bit jealous when we saw three-foot paper dosas arriving at other tables – the paper-thin rolled pancakes look incredible! Next time (and there will be a next time) we won’t miss out.

Ambience

We visited on Saturday night, and the restaurant was busy and buzzing. Staff were super-friendly and attentive, so we felt right at home.

Price

As well as our delicious dishes, we also enjoyed a bottle of red wine and gluten-free beer. The bill came to just under £140, which was very reasonable for the quality.