Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant in Bacolod City

A new location, a larger restaurant, a new chef, same fabulous Indian food and same great prices! Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant has moved to their new location, just south of their old location on BS Aquino Drive in Villamonte, Bacolod.

Indian Restaurant

Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant

We dropped by Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant last Sunday for a late lunch, after church. 

The owner, me and the chef

The owner, me and the Chef

The owner, the Chef and the wait staff were extremely friendly and we enjoyed the fellowship, as well as the food!



An open Samosa

An open Samosa

These samosas had cubed potatoes, peas, onions and a hint of ground meat. Ground lamb, goat or chicken is often used in the samosa.They are served with a wonderful hot sauce, which is just right for my taste. Not too mild and not too hot! You can also ask for a yogurt dipping sauce or a curry dipping sauce. We had all three dipping sauces.



For me, an Indian meal is not an Indian meal without roti. It is the bread made with stoneground flour. We ordered the plain roti but you can order onion or garlic flavored roti. We also had a curry dipping sauce with the roti.

Tandori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken

Wow! My favorite, Tandoori Chicken! Tandoori Chicken is Indian style roasted chicken. Traditionally, it is marinated in yogurt and seasoned with the spice mixture, tandoori masala. Turmeric is also used to give it the orange-red color. It has a nice red color! It is also fabulously delicious! Our order was garnished with hot green peppers and purple onions.

Biryani Rice

Biryani Rice with Chicken

You gotta have a rice dish with an Indian meal, in my opinion, and our favorite is Biryani Rice with Chicken. Many different spices go into this traditional Indian dish. Nutmeg, mace, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander, mint leaves, ginger, onions and garlic are commonly used in various combinations, depending upon the chef.

Inside the Restaurant

Inside the Restaurant

It was a great dining experience for us and we also made some new friends. The Indian Music in the background is just the right volume, not too loud that you can’t comfortably talk at your table and it is a good setting maker.

I had Indian colleagues and friends in the States but I never really got into the Indian cuisine there. I always enjoyed watching the local Indian TV show, “Roshni,” on Saturday mornings in south Florida, as it had all the latest Bollywood music and dance videos. Man, I wish I could really dance like that but it is fun trying. It was not until I moved to China that I really began to enjoy the Indian food. The Holiday Inn Hotel in one city, where we lived, had the Indian Kitchen Restaurant and the Food & Beverage Manager for that Holiday Inn was Indian.  In the last city where we lived in China, the medical university had more than 300 Indian medical students studying to become doctors at the Medical University. We made many friends among the Indian students. They trained a Chinese couple how to prepare all the favorite Indian dishes and they opened an Indian Restaurant near the campus gate. The Indian students kept the Chinese couple supplied with all the indgredients to prepare the Indian dishes. It was a great little restaurant.

My wife is also very familiar with Indian food since she lived and worked abroad for about 15 years and she agrees that Dhaliwal is by far the best Indian Restaurant in Bacolod City. It is as great as the ones we have dined in during our travels and work in China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

16 thoughts on “Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant in Bacolod City

  1. Great revue Gary,

    I’ve never eaten Indian food before but I think Marilu and I will give this place a try. Keep up the good work.

    Best regards
    Jim Custer

  2. Wow! Like your blog.. I was trying to search the web for fenugreek seeds and I found out that it is grown mainly in India. So I began searching for Indian stores here in Bacolod when I happened to read your blog. Liked it and spent the last minutes reading all your posts. Keep up the great work! Advance happy chinese new year..

    • Hi Gary! Great pictures (did you use picasa?) and great article! We haven’t gone to their newly opened store yet but I’m glad the food looks the same.

      How is business going for them?

      Hi Jim glad to hear from you too. Did you pick up your sandwich? 🙂

      • Hello Martin,

        Never got the sandwich but many thanks all the same. The seasonings were a gift for a friend I have yet to meet, thus no repayment is expected.

        How is your work in Manila going?


      • Hi Jim and Gary

        I’m currently reviewing for my medical board exams in Manila. Ive been here since october, the exams are this sunday!

        I’ve prepared articles in advance. (4 months worth) and set them to auto publish so my bacolodfoodhunters.com automatically publishes 3 articles a month.

      • HI Martin,

        Wishing you the very best on your Medical Board Exams in Manila. Prayers, too! That never hurts anyone.

        I had to take the Florida State Board Exam for Correctional Officers way back in 1995! I made 90% or above in all 5 categories. Of course, that is baby poo poo compared to what you will be taking on Sunday, he he. CPR and First Aid were on our exam but those was EZ. 1-1000, 2-1000, 3-1000,4-1000, etc. CPR. Never had to use it but did save a lady once from choking in a restaurant by using the Heimlich Maneuver. It works!!

        Let us know when you are back in Bacolod. Have a great weekend and we are sure that you will do well.

        ~ Gary ~

  3. Thank you much, Martin, for your compliments. I sent you an email about Picasa. I have all my photos on the software now.

    The business at Dhaliwal seems to be fine. They had other customers in and out while we were there, as we tend to dally when we dine out, take our time. We always seem to order another round or two of food dishes and drinks, too, after our initial order. The owner and chef were great, as they sent us over some small samples of other Indian dishes and also a yogurt shake for Garryl to try. Very nice people at Dhaliwal! I am ready for more Indian food! The tandoori chicken was really great and fabulous color, too.

    Have a great weekend!

    ~ Gary ~

    • Hi Stone,
      I learned last week that Dhaliwal Indian Restaurant is now out of business. There is another Indian Restaurant on Lacson Street, around the area of Robinsons Mall and the name of it is Spice N Bites. It is on the left hand side if you are going north on Lacson.

      Have a great day.

      ~ Gary ~

    • Hi Bel,

      Sorry to report but this Indian Restaurant is no longer in business. The only other Indian Restaurant I know in Bacolod is Spice n Bites on Lacson Street, in the area around Robinsons Mall.

      Have a great day!

      ~ Gary ~

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