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!

Samosa

Samosa

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.

Roti

Roti

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.

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A Weekend in Bacolod City

Looking Out My Front Door

As the weekend was approaching, it looked like more rain from Tropical Storm Marce all day Saturday. I took this photo from our house when the rain was driving and the palm trees were swaying.

Our son had a late afternoon Birthday Party to attend, of one of his classmates, at Pizza Hut on Sunday, so we planned to hit the road on Saturday. We were blessed in that Saturday morning was clear, sunny and no rain.

Spice’s Bite

The first stop was at Spice’s Bite, a new Indian Restaurant, located across the street from Robinson’s Supermarket at the Triangle in Bacolod. Thanks to Pepe, a reader and poster on the Bacolod Food Hunters right here on Word Press, for telling everyone about the new Indian Restaurant!

Inside Spice’s Bite

Spice’s Bite is the second Indian Restaurant to open in Bacolod in the last several months, so of course, we were making comparisons. There is a great atmosphere inside Spice’s Bite. Indian pop music is piped in their sound system but it is not too loud. It is tolerable and one can talk comfortably at their tables.

Lamb Curry

I highly recommend Lamb Curry at Spice’s Bite. You get a very generous portion for P54. I ordered the mild spicy lamb curry. It was great!

Chapati

Chapati is the Indian bread on the menu at Spice’s Bite. An order of six pieces is P60. Chapati is great for eating with curry dishes. Chapati allows one to eat by hand without getting messy. Just dip the chapati in the curry and enjoy!

The next stop was at Aribu in the Mandalagan Art District, located off Lacson Street and past Robinsons Place Mall. Aribu is a deli specializing in cold cuts, sausages and cheeses.

Outside Aribu

There are tables outside Aribu where on can sit, relax and enjoy an ice cold beverage. That is exactly what we did before actually shopping.

I was focused on one thing at Aribu and that was Sausage! There are many sausages to choose from but I decided on their best seller, as the friendly staff informed me.

Kielbasa

The best seller at Aribu is also one of my all time favorite sausages. Kielbasa. P378 for this package of Kielbasa, which is one kilo. I see 12 sandwiches on a baguette for me in this one kilo! Nope, I am not greedy but my wife and our son do not share my love for Kielbasa! It is all for me.

Kielbasa on a baguette

You got it right! I could not hardly wait to get home and try a Kielbasa Sandwich! The Kielbasa is fried with yellow onions, the baguette is toasted and I added French’s Horseradish Mustard and topped with Libby’s Crispy Sauerkraut. Wow! It was great.

Just One More Time!

Time to dig in and enjoy!

Every Sunday is groovy. Sunday is always the best day of the week for me. One can go to church and still have more fun afterward. Last Sunday afternoon was Birthday Party time at Pizza Hut in Gaisano Mall.

Game Time!

Pizza Hut Mascot with the Children

With a large extended Filipino family and with many Filipino friends in the Bacolod Area, there seems to be a Birthday, a Wedding, an Anniversary or some special activity or event in different people’s lives every month. And that is the truth!

A birthday is not complete in the Philippines without spaghetti.

GG Spaghetti Special

Please don’t get excited and run down to your nearest Pizza Hut expecting to find this pasta on their menu because it isn’t there! This GG Spaghetti Special is prepared at home by Grace and Gary. Ground round beef, mushrooms, eggplant, Italian style spaghetti sauce and Parmesan Cheese. I eat pasta at home several times a week and I never tire of it. I think the Kielbasa from Aribu will also work nicely in the next spaghetti we prepare at home.

It was another great weekend for us in Bacolod City. I hope to see you one day, all around Bacolod because we will be here.