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