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.
Lovely meal - Second time visiting this place and it was again very nice, though not cheap. Quality of food is very good, the manager was very helpful in finding us a table... read more without a reservation quickly, and looked after us all evening. Buzzy place clearly frequented by locals too. Easy walk along the river to Clarke Quay MRT.
July 16, 2023
Best butter chicken in Singapore - Firstly, just such lovely, welcoming, friendly, and attentive service.
Faultless service with smiles all round.
The starters were brilliant, and the curries for mains were dilislcuous, with the standout... read more being the better chicken.
Also, the best garlic nann we've had in Singapore.
Living 5 minutes from Little India, I was pleasantly surprised to now rate this our favourite Indian restaurant in SG.
If you live here or are visiting, you should give them a try.
July 1, 2023
ABSOLUTELY NOT WORTH YOUR TIME AND MONEY - Absolute rip off.Average food with terrible service & couldn't care less attitude staff. Save ur time & money - A BIG NO.
Menu is extremely over priced for the... read more kind of service and overall experience. The staff is rude and least bothered. One of the worst experience we had in Singapore.
June 24, 2023
As close as one can get to Delhi food! - Lip-smacking food and great vibe at this place. The service is quick and the servers are friendly. The food gives one a feel of Delhi food (well, close to it).... read more It's right on Robertson Quay, and a relaxing stroll after the meal is a given!
April 28, 2023
Costly with okay state - Location and ambiance is very good.
Quantity of servings for starters is small.
Cleanliness is okay. We saw bartender putting ice with his bare hands while making drinks.
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Staff is okay not friendly.
March 12, 2023
Decent, but other mid-priced Indian restaurants still better - pros:
- good service
- great naan and butter chicken
- ambience was ok; probably seating inside is better
- portions were big
- rice... read more was $8
- bombay frankie was too salty
December 12, 2022
Daughter loves Indian food. We loved it too! Reservation was made. We sat inside on high chairs. The staffs were friendly. Great food and taste good too! Will
Definitely visit... read more again.
October 5, 2022
Dabbawalla should revisit their menu and change their chef. Food was really tasteless and overpriced. Order lamb vindaloo, zaffarini broccoli and saffron rice. We could only taste the chili and... read more lamb had no flavour. the broccoli was soggy and bland as well. the worst was they charged $34 for lamb vindaloo and $22 for broccoli.
We have eaten at hawker stalls which had more flavour and soul than this restaurant. Don't trust the high reviews like we did. it doesn't match up. Adviced to give this place a miss.
July 16, 2022
Visited recently, the food quality detoriated over last 2years. Last visited the restaurant during 2019, food quality was very good.
Ordered tandoori pamphlet, they gave golden pamphlet at the... read more cost of silver one. Ordered Chilly chicken in starter, I got chilly chicken gravy one. Lamb chop was not tasty at all.
Service quality is still intact but overall no value for money
July 4, 2022
Definitely the favorite place for Indian cuisine. A warm welcome from the staff as we arrived. We don’t need to wait to decide for the dish that we liked as... read more we have been to this place a couple of times. We highly recommended their mixed meat platter, perfect for your appetizer and their butter chicken along with saffron rice and garlic naan. If you’re just a couple, those foods mentioned are good enough for sharing and still have space for awesome desserts.
Loved their wine selection as well. Their wine of the month is another must try. Actually if you're not sure just ask the brilliant staff. They know and will recommend the best stuff that suits your taste.
Overall, it is always a great experience to dine here. So, if you’re wondering where is the good place for a casual date or family dinner, you must include this on your list.
May 5, 2022
Underwhelming !! Pav bhaji contains peanuts, boondi and sev !!
Definitely not Mumbai style !!
Maybe I had high expectations but definitely underwhelmed after the experience.
Also wish they improve... read more the quantity !!
April 25, 2021
This place is a must for anyone who is a fan of Indian food. The Dabba Gosht is particularly excellent.
It is not the cheapest Indian food in Singapore, but... read more for those on a budget, there is plenty of street venders in Little India or local Hawker centers. This is a proper restaurant in a classy location, which I could not recommend highly enough.
The staff and management are also super friendly, always willing to try and fit you in, even when its busy.
April 21, 2021
Fun restaurant. Friendly service and upbeat environment. The food is very very good. We enjoyed the Samosa, Dahl and garlic naan. Yum.
March 27, 2021
Food too expensive, drinks hilariously overpriced. Food quality not good! Butter chiicken smokey, Fish Curry with battered fish, Samosas only potato, onion baji had no onion on there, old and... read more refried... Cucumber drink for 18$, Food nothing below 23$... There are much better places in SG!
January 30, 2021
Incredibly rude staff, arrived and when requested to use entertainer, was rudely told that they don’t usually accept entertainer during the weekends. Note that this was not listed on the... read more app and when asked if it was on the app they just said, ‘we don’t accept entertainer during the weekends’ with no explanation, the restaurant was basically empty and they were not apologetic at all. Walked straight out and will never bother visiting again. What a disappointment and failure of service!
December 11, 2020
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