Hip yet traditional, Modern yet authentic – Dabbawalla, our Mumbai inspired restaurant is high on energy and the bold flavours that typify the food of Mumbai. Located next to the Singapore River, in the tony Robertson Quay area, the Dabbawalla, with its distinct Mumbai inspired ambience, specially concocted cocktail and street food menu is a foodie’s experience like no other in Singapore.
Dabbawalla means “one who carries a box”. Dabba means a box, usually a tiffin, and walla is a holder of the preceding word. Therefore, the meaning of the dabbawalla in English is “he who gives food”.
Dabbawalla catering is all about authentic food. It is a one-stop shop for customizing all your needs – be it a gala wedding, a birthday party, corporate lunches or a simple gathering with friends – the team can arrange for everything, be it a belly dancer, a DJ or a magician.
The Dabbawalla team is renowned as much for making guests feel extraordinarily special and welcome as it is for its depth of knowledge about Indian cuisine and beverages. The belief and culture of the team is to ensure that every guest is treated as if he has come to dine in an Indian home. The warmth, professionalism, enthusiasm and panache of the team ensures that every dining experience is a truly memorable one.
The Oakham Curry Club (OCC) is a well-respected Institution with multiple international franchises. This review of ‘Dabbawalla - Curry & Cocktails’ being the (sort of) latest by our Singapore branch.... read more The OCC takes pride in searching out the finest Indian restaurants and providing impartial reviews of Curry Houses all over the world.
Members vote anonymously without being influenced by other members (we call this “no swaying”) on 5 categories, and an average score out of a maximum 10 is given to each restaurant we review.
On Thursday 20th Feb 2020 – The OCC visited Dabbawalla - Curry & Cocktails; Robertson Quay.
For full transparency, see below scores (out of 10). The voting is based on the votes from OCC members. Restaurants must score an average of 7/10 or above to receive the OCC sticker of recommendation. All OCC members have been through a rigorous selection process to gain entry into the Club. In short, we all know our curries.
Customer Care: 9.1
Dabbawalla IS AWARDED the OCC badge of recommendation and achieves the highest score to date. Value is slightly below par but they smashed everything else, especially customer care.
Hip yet traditional, modern yet authentic – Dabbawalla, our Mumbai inspired restaurant is a high on energy and the bold flavours that typify the food of Mumbai. Located next to the Singapore River, in Robertson Quay, the Dabbawalla, with it’s distinct Mumbai inspired ambience, specially concocted cocktail and street food menu is a foodie’s experience like no other in Singapore. Dabbawalla means ‘one who carries a box’. Dabba means box, usually a tiffin, and walla is a holder. Therefore the English meaning is ‘One who gives food’
If you’ve ever found yourself propped up at the bar waiting for your Guinness to settle, you’ll be reminded that good things come to those who wait. Full disclosure: I’ve had two pints of Guinness in my entire life, and hated both of them, however I am a true believer in procrastination. The act of pondering over something long enough that when it comes to execution you are quite sure that the result is the ultimate best you can give. And so it is with this that I am proud to present the review for Dabbawalla Curry & Cocktails in Robertson Quay. An establishment visited by the OCC in February, and resulting review perfected a mere seven months later.
Let us take you back in time to one month BCE (Before Coronavirus Era). A time before curry consumption was changed the world over. You will find the OCC trickling into Robertson Quay on a quiet Thursday evening to form the congregation that will accept the curry and cocktails being prepared. Many good vibes were ahead. This part of Singapore is heavy on tourist and expat trade, and so full of surrounding bars and pubs. The aforementioned trickle of attendees was so slow that one member had saddled up to the bar opposite the restaurant and in frustration began to consume several early beverages plus some unauthorised snacks that would not form part of the evening’s meal deliberations. But the team assembled in time for proceedings to start promptly as we crossed the not-quite-as-bustling-as-usual footpath to Dabbawalla.
The vibes from the Dabbawalla team were warm. We were shown to our table promptly, even though we could see from a distance that an OCC logo had been placed on the pillar next to it. They had researched their guests and had concluded that the 5-star treatment was to be rolled out. Although pleasantly received by the OCC, this was not going to work as a sway mechanic.
The table was outside (yet undercover) and we were handed menus and offered refreshments in good time. Comfortable seating arrangements, vibrant in colour and lots of scatter cushions. I remember many cushion vibes. With a strong emphasis on the ‘cocktails’ in the restaurant name, and with a large contingent of members having taken in pre-beers, a middle ground was agreed on where half of the team would experiment with prosecco to the meal and the other half remain on beers for consistency. The beers were solid Kingfishers, and the OCC is yet to find a restaurant serving the elusive Cobra.
On to the food. And all we can collectively say is….yes! The food was wonderful. Flavours and spice vibes were cracking across the board. We would have ordered everything again, with maybe the exception of the tandoori mushrooms (unless you were veggie...or potentially vegan). We could go into the specifics of certain dishes, but on this occasion the review takes a much more holistic approach with the passing of time, one remembers that the whole experience is one that will be revisited with gusto. Good food vibes.
One thing to note on the price. Given the skew towards cocktails and bubbles, and given the location of the establishment, it is not totally surprising that the final bill came in towards the top end of previous OCC expeditions, hence the drop in scoring regarding value. But when looking for a trip to a curry house which will deliver on food, service and vibes (at a price) we couldn’t recommend Dabbawalla enough. You, your other half, or your visiting in-laws will appreciate it.
Good food. Service was also friendly. However, they seated diners in close proximity to each other and not in line with the governments social distancing guidelines. I warned them when... read more they seated two diners immediately next to us, they took no action, so eventually we had to move to an inside corner to avoid fines. Restaurant risks the ire of Ministry of Health if they continue to disobey social distancing guidelines. Go at your own risk.
Went to Dabbawala as a part of our date night.
Ordered the Tandoori platter for appetizer, Prawn Biryani for main course and the brownies with ice cream for dessert.... read more
The food was super tasty and flavorful, the staff was also super helpful and friendly.
The prawn Biryani was to die for, definitely the best I have eaten in Singapore as it is made spicy and the North Indian way.
Enjoyed all the meats on the platter as well.
Would definitely be back.
A great find. Felt like Indian food after a couple of nights of Chinese/Singaporean. Amazing food, atmosphere and service. Give it a go.
Came for dinner after craving good Indian food - Loved every bite.
Started with drinks - which were fantastic and refreshing - had some snacks and then finished with... read more two curries.
Everything was very good - flavours were rich and had levels - every meal that came out for other tables had us looking over to see what they had got as it smelt so good.
Three years later and we still go back week after week. The food is fantastic but the staff make it special! I would dare anyone say it’s not worth the... read more time, it is worth it!
Staff sent me a video (so wish I could attach) singing birthday wishes! Where on earth would you get that? Made my year!
Staff are special, very special, and the food is great without the expense.
We chose Dabbawalla after walking past earlier in the day. Mostly under cover outside seating, the food was amazing with s selection of dishes that I've never seen before. The... read more staff were helpful and friendly and everything was clean and tidy. Loved it, wish we were staying longer because we'd definitely go back. Great evening.
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