Dhaba Indian restaurant tops all other Madison options

Plate of food
Dhaba food

I am not going to claim to be an expert on Indian food but I do really enjoy it. I love everything from the standard chicken tikka masala and samosas to less traditional options like my favorite dish, malai kofta. I have reviewed a couple other Indian restaurants in the Madison area, but Dhaba¬†is by fay my favorite. It opened in 2012, and doesn’t offer a buffet. When I first went I was disappointed they didn’t a buffet, but now I love it. The food you get at an Indian restaurant that isn’t off a buffet is a lot more fresh, and you can customize the spice level.

Dhaba Indian Bistro
Dhaba Indian Bistro

At Dhaba they offer a bunch of different chicken, veggie, meat, lamb and seafood options. When I went with a friend we got to try five different dishes, and all of them were amazing. The veggie korma is basically vegetables in a creamy curry sauce. The tandoori mixed grill is a plate of chicken and seafood grilled with curry seasoning. The spinach paneer is a cooked spinach sauce with chunks of paneer (paneer is a firm cube of fresh cheese). The chicken tikka masala had perfectly tender chicken in a slightly spicy masala sauce. And then my favorite was the malai kofta, because I absolutely love the tender veggie meatball in that same flavorful masala sauce.

Veggie korma
Veggie korma
Tandoori mixed grill
Tandoori mixed grill
Spinach paneer
Spinach paneer
Chicken tikka masala
Chicken tikka masala
Malai kofta
Malai kofta

FOOD NOTES: There is probably not a single dish Dhaba serves up that isn’t good. I love that they don’t have a buffet because it guarantees the food is fresh and hot. Not having a buffet has also convinced me to start experimenting with the different spice levels they offer (so far I’ve only gotten up to Medium+). If you’re in the Madison area there really isn’t a better place to get your favorite Indian dishes and try something knew. Oh, and their naan is fantastic, especially the garlic flavor!