Desi Dhaba

Average price $20
36 reviews

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Desi Dhaba's hangover buster

Two aloo parathas served with two fried eggs, dahi (yogurt), pickles and lassi

Poori Choley

Two pooris served with chickpea curry and pickles

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Tandoori chichken, goat curry, butter chicken and garlic naan

Ratings & Reviews

based on 36 reviews
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Quality of food :8.8/10
Service :8.2/10
Setting :8.3/10
  1. Priyanka S.
    Priyanka S.
    • one review

    We were there to celebrate our anniversary and it really went well, awesome food.

  2. Jayne H.
    Jayne H.
    • one review

    Lovely bustling quirky restaurant with great authentic food.

  3. Indah I.
    Indah I.
    • one review

    The food is always authentic and really good tandoori chicken and the garlic naan was a winner. The butter chicken is succulent and goat curry has a hint of spice which was just wonderful. Tried the Indian beer for the first time. And it goes well to tied the entire dish.

  4. Ashish S.
    Ashish S.
    • 7 reviews

    Food was ok, nothing was outstanding. Few of the dishes were just ok and we had to wait for appox 1 hour to get the food as it was busy during lunch time.

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 252 reviews

    The food was average and it took approx. 45-50 minutes to deliver the food to the table. None of the food items was great in taste. All the food was below average in taste and the presentation was worst with, fish and meat served were frozen.

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 259 reviews

    Excellent food. Somewhat downmarket environment.

  7. Seta K.
    Seta K.
    • 2 reviews

    Great Indian food!

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews

    Didn't expect much given the location in the CBD but the food was really yummy especially the veggie dishes. Highly recommended for a low-key, no-frill meal out.

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 262 reviews

    Nice and excellent food.

  10. Vikram H.
    Vikram H.
    • one review

    Saturday dinner at 8pm Food was above average, our order was serviced in good time. Service was very laid back and casual; staff seemed dis-interested in their job. The place was quite busy being a Saturday nite. People were still lining up outside when we left at 10pm, so I guess it’s popular. Decor and ambiance was average; water dripping from overhead near kitchen entrance making it a trip hazard. A bucket was kept underneath which added to the eye sore factor.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews

    Value for money! Food tastes great

  12. Peter J.
    Peter J.
    • 14 reviews

    Had a great meal with a few mates. The place is low key in terms of atmosphere but based on the number of Indian customers already seated and smells from the kitchen the first impression was good. between 4 people ordered 2 tandoori meat platters (bone in chicken, bone less chicken, kebab), 5 curries (the Goat Bhuna was excellent and Chicken Tikka was very good), 6 naan (peshwari coconut was quality) and rice. Ate a massive feast and left very satisfied. The serving size of curries were decent but the naan could have been a bit bigger and generous but still tasted fine. The service was friendly and efficient. Food was serviced quick too. Very good meal and would come back again.

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 280 reviews

    As soon as you enter the floor is very slippery so be careful. We had a table for 12 people, service staff had no idea about how much food will there be in a plate, quality of food was ok. This place lacks consistency in quality and quantity when it comes to food and service. Sometimes it could be good and sometimes it’s very bad.

  14. Vivek J.
    Vivek J.
    • 5 reviews

    Service could have been better. Food is ok.

  15. Stuart L.
    Stuart L.
    • 2 reviews

    Lovely food and friendly staff

  16. Vipin M.
    Vipin M.
    • 16 reviews

    Nice menu,will recommend friends to try Indian food

  17. Christopher R.
    Christopher R.
    • one review

    Great tasting Indian food and very reasonably priced. Friendly service. We've been before and will definitely be going again.

  18. Sophie C.
    Sophie C.
    • 3 reviews

    Went on Good Friday, unfortunately they were serving only a limited menu which was quite disappointing as a first experience. Ordered the Butter Chicken, Lamb Saag, Lamb Masala and Chilli Garlic Chicken, 3 Butter Naan, 1 Roti, 4 steamed rice and 3 Kingfishers between 4 people. I'm more of a Korma girl myself but it wasn't on the limited menu so the Butter Chicken had to suffice. It was actually really tasty. The Lamb Saag was also good, not too spicy and the lamb was very tender. The bill came to $35 per head which is pretty good! Would recommend, and I shall definitely return on a non public holiday evening to sample the full menu.

  19. Amy S.
    Amy S.
    • 2 reviews

    We thought we'd try Desi Dhaba before heading to a gig at the Forum Theatre. Although the service was a little chaotic and several staff came to clarify our order, staff were friendly and the food was delicious. There was an error with our order which was proactively rectified without us having to ask - always a nice touch! I would eat here again.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 247 reviews

    Excellent venue for pre-football dinner!

More information

How to get to the restaurant

134 Flinders Street, 3000, Melbourne (VIC), Australia

Directions to get there

Melbourne CBD, Melbourne City

About the restaurant

Late Night Curry Cure Street-style Indian food (along with some quirky décor) — that’s what you’ll find at Desi Dhaba on bustling Flinders Street in Melbourne. With a range of seating options that make it ideal for small or large groups, Desi Dhaba is open late and always lively. There’s a banquet menu and a function area, making it a good fit for your next big gathering. You’ll find a selection of affordable and tasty wines along with mouth-watering dishes. Starters include Amritsari fish, which is marinated rockling fried in spiced chickpea batter and served with chutney. There are ample options for vegetarians and vegans with everything from charcoal-roasted eggplant curry to slowly simmered lentils or homemade paneer cooked in a flavourful tomato sauce. There’s enough curry to keep you coming back for weeks without ordering the same thing twice, plus there’s a children’s menu. If you’re looking for friendly late-night dining on Flinders, check out Desi Dhaba. Best dish: Punjabi chicken



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