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3.8 /6 Very Good 11 Reviews

Desi Dhaba

Melbourne CBD Indian $$$ +100
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About Desi Dhaba

A colourful and uniquely decorated restaurant, Desi Dhaba offers an array of Indian dishes hailing from as far south as Kerala, all the way to Punjab in the north. Ideal for vegetarians, with plenty of veg-heavy options and meat-free dishes, Desi Dhaba offers a welcoming space for diners of all shapes and sizes. Situated on Flinders Street in Melbourne’s City Centre, just steps from the Yarra River and Birrarung Marr Park, Desi Dhaba provides a fun Indian dining experience for the entire family.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 02:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 02:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 02:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 02:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 02:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 02:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 02:00
Desi Dhaba, Flinders St, 134, 3000 Melbourne

Further Information

With bicycles hanging from the ceiling and colourful furnishings, Desi Dhaba in Melbourne City Centre has created a whimsical atmosphere for enjoying their tasty Indian specialties. Dressed in traditional Punjab attire, the servers at this Indian restaurant on Flinders Street are as well-versed in Indian culture as they are in the cuisine. In addition to the restaurant’s charming decor, the sophisticated kids’ menu also pleases the little ones, featuring fish fingers, veggie spring rolls and chicken fingers, all served with fries.

Drank too much last night? Desi Dhaba’s got the cure – take the Desi Dhaba Hangover Buster and chow down on two aloo parathas, two fried eggs, dahi (yogurt), pickles and lassi. Or just sleep in and order up mains like Punjabi butter chicken, goat masala, paneer sag, or the Malai chicken tikka plate. If you’re looking for more of a fusion-inspired meal, be sure to try specialties from the restaurant’s Indo-Chinese menu such as chilli fish, chicken Manchurian and chow mein. Also available for takeaway and delivery, Desi Dhabi is one of the most popular Indian restaurants in Melbourne City Centre– make a reservation if you plan to dine in!


11 Reviews

3.8 /6 Very Good 11 Reviews
Food: tasty
Atmosphere: lively
Noise: quiet
Service: pleasant
Quality/Price: reasonable
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 08:26

Like the ambience and the staff. They are generous with the serving size and quality is not the best but enough to be contented with.

1 review so far 6
20.05.2016 07:45

Excellent food and the service was really good. The food wasn't too spicy but had the perfect balance. The service was also quick and courteous.

1 review so far 5
01.08.2017 06:34

Superb Indian food. We shared 6 mains all were exceptional. Fresh spices, cooked fantastically well. Pretty ordinary wine choices, and service a bit slow the only suggestions for improvement.

2 reviews so far 5
26.04.2017 08:38

While the atmosphere and food was great, it was disappointing to see that the staff hardly smiled and removed dishes from the table without asking.

2 reviews so far 5
23.11.2016 09:57

Get better take-away containers pls. It made it very hard to take the curries home because the boxes were too small. Otherwise, great food and great service

1 review so far 4
12.02.2016 08:18

People were nice and food was good. Only problem was the buffet was low and even top ups didn't really fill it up. Some dishes were all sauce and no chicken.

1 review so far 4
09.08.2016 18:50

Great environment with the eclectic Indian decor. But typical of many Melbourne Indian restaurants, the dishes had a bit of the same flavour to them.

1 review so far 3
13.03.2017 15:27

Food is average at best, will not be going back. The breads were thick and doughy. The paneer was too oily and a bit too spicy.

1 review so far 2
13.03.2017 23:49

Staff seemed disinterested to serve except the one who probably took our order, also with it being a one of the hot days no cooling provision was made. The food was good but the rest questionable.

1 review so far 1
27.08.2016 18:15

Terrible food, high prices. First and last visit. If you want to go to Indian restaurant there are so many around the city. Don't try this

1 review so far 1
11.08.2017 08:55

Not authentic indian place. Food tweaked for western taste buds. Set up is nice but no ventillation. Service was ok ok. Overall not recommended .