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Dhaba India Restaurant *new* Tempe AZ

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Minx Jun 27, 2008 07:48 PM

Looks like this place just opened last week..

The appetizer section had some new stuff I have not seen before (Street treats)..

Guess I'll have to try it out.

http://www.the-dhaba.com/index.htm
1872 E Apache Blvd.,
Tempe, AZ 85281

  1. silverbear Jun 28, 2008 09:32 AM

    If this is where I think it is, it's in all-Indian shopping center on the north side of Apache b/w McClintock & Price. There has long been a sign there promising Indian food, but no signs of life inside. I'm glad to hear that someone has finally done something with the space.

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    1. re: silverbear
      johnseberg Jun 28, 2008 10:11 AM

      It looks like you're right. Google street view pointed me right toward the sign of the India Plaza. Also, the website to which Minx referred has a "Click here for Grand Opening Coupons" link that indicates it's in the India Plaza.

    2. Firenza00 Jun 28, 2008 01:09 PM

      http://whatandydoes.blogspot.com/ went there last week and said the food was great. It was a group thing, so he didn't get specific about what they had.

      1. johnseberg Jun 28, 2008 02:16 PM

        I popped in for a quick lunch, today. I had the Bhatinda Special Thali (Lamb). The food was very similar to my typical lunch at Tandoori Times (which is good). The modest portion of lamb was very tender. Everything was very fresh. The naan was excellent. Service was a bit over attentive. I will return for dinner, soon. There were a lot of vegetarian options.

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          ratan Jul 18, 2008 09:18 PM

          i agree with johnseberg about the quality of food at the Dhaba.its really really good-if this is 4to5 star,the food and atmosphere at Tandoori times pales by comparison.
          the people at Dhaba have raised the bar.I have since returned twice.

          1. re: ratan
            silverbear Jul 18, 2008 10:17 PM

            Agreed. I've been there twice and plan another visit soon. They're working on a license for beer and wine, which should make the place even better.

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            The Dhaba
            1874 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

          2. re: johnseberg
            tastyjon Jul 20, 2008 10:57 PM

            We had lunch there today and I also had the Bhatinda lamb special. Very good. As mentioned, the portion was modest (but fine for the avg. appetite in context with the other stuff), and the price included naan, rice, and a couple of other sides.

            My friend ordered a vindaloo dish, which was a tad more in price and was just the curry. For him, the rice/naan was an add-on. It was a larger serving, but I think he felt a tad confused as to the different offerings served to me. Also, he felt it was pretty mild, though the menu and waiter mentioned it would be spicy hot. We mentioned this to the manager and he said that requesting more heat was an easy thing for them to do. So if you like to sweat when eating vindaloo (and other Indian fare), just be sure to make it clear when ordering.

            In any case, it was a first visit so I'm not sure which are the best things to order and if ordering a combination - what is the best plan. I would venture to guess, however, that it would be a great place to go with a small group who'll order a variety of things and share.

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              Maggie Kramer Jul 22, 2008 12:22 AM

              Looking sooo forward to trying this place. So happy to see good Indian cuisine coming to AZ! Are they BYO? The menu sounds so good with beer or some big red wines!

              1. re: Maggie Kramer
                silverbear Jul 22, 2008 06:33 AM

                An application for a license to sell beer and wine is pending. The staff told me they expect it in just a few weeks, although these things sometimes take longer than forecast.

                I don't think they have obtained a BYOB permit for the interim while the license application is pending, so for now enjoy a mango lassi with your food, or head over to the nearby Four Peaks brewery and have an IPA before or after.

                BTW, I just published a detailed review on my blog for anyone interested in learning more about the Dhaba:

                http://www.phxrailfood.com/2008/07/dh...

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