Restaurant Review: Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen, London - UK

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This week I have come up with the restaurant review of Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen. Located at the Broadgate Quarter at the Snowden Street in London, Darbaar is a posh restaurant that mainly serves Indian food in a royal Indian way. I would say, a perfect place for fine dining especially to celebrate the weekend, any special occasion or just any day!


My husband and I had gone there on a Saturday evening for dinner and this time, it was a very special occasion. Those of you who are following me on Twitter might know but for the others, let me break the ice. This is my dear husband's birthday month so I wanted to treat him with a something special and thus, I began to search for some Halal posh restaurants in and around London.

Luckily, we were invited by Chef Abdul Yaseen of Darbaar to sample the Dawat Menu and I was happy much? It was SUCH a delight! Dawat is actually an Indian term that refers to a feast arranged for a dinner party.

Although it took us more than an hour to travel to the restaurant, I would say it was definitely worth! 


About Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen: 

The idea behind Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen in London is to offer a shared and royal Indian dining experience to the diners in a relaxed 5,500 square feet venue that includes a grill seating area, a private dining room for 20 and a chef's table for up to 12 people. 

The interior of the restaurant clearly reflects the modern day interpretation of the palaces in India, with an open kitchen, chandeliers, mirrors and drapes. The cuisine is inspired from different regions of India and the menu features grills, roasts, biryani and royal Indian gravies. 

Location & Parking: 

Now, you know I have a habit of reviewing the menu and parking spot prior to the visit to any restaurant especially if it's in London, so I did the same this time too. Google Maps are always the life savoir and helps me a lot! The parking search was not very difficult but the nearest ones I had come across were charging £10 for 2 hours and I was not much happy about it. So I kept on searching for other options and I was successful.

Makue sure to look out for the council car parks in Hackney. When I reached, there was ample space and to my surprise, the parking was free! They charge £4 per hour on weekdays from morning till 6:30 pm and 6:30 am till 1:30 pm on Saturdays. Otherwise it's free after that on Saturdays and free all day on Sundays and Bank holidays. Cool, RIGHT? This was a major TIP I have shared with you especially if you travel by car. Otherwise, if you prefer the train, there is also the Liverpool station nearby.

It hardly took us a minute from our parking spot to reach Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen. I love the location and I knew from outside, the restaurant would be grand! 



Seating & Interior:

On entering, we were greeted by a lady who escorted us to our reserved table after which the manager came to greet us.

Loved the ambiance and the interior! You can yourself see in the pictures below. Need I say anything else? 




The Dining Experience:

We started off with some sparkling water and the Hariyali Date & Samosa Chaat (tangy potato stuffed samosas with green spices). 



Now that is my husband's favourite and we have been trying to find a nice spot for it since quite some time so there would be no exaggeration when I would say that Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen does the BEST samosa chaat in the UK! It was a real treat having it. The flavours were beautiful and basically a love!

Next up was Tandoori Salmon Tikka with Kokum Berries and Sufiyani Lamb Seekh Kebab that were 
served on a small handle-less tawa kept on a small stove like thing and was served with a green chutney. 


The organic salmon had been marinated with tandoori spices and tasted delish. I could make out the chutney being fresh because of the nice green colour as when it gets old, the colour changes to dark green. This was the end of Part I, i.e. the starters. In between, we were served a palatte cleaner, that you can see below. 



Up next was the main that included Kadhai Spiced Paneer, Kerala Spiced Shrimp, Kasturi Butter Chicken, Kaali Daal, Naan Bread and Pilau Rice





Now that filled our table and I was thinking how will we be able to finish it all. All the food tasted good especially the Kasturi Butter Chicken and I will award double points to it. It was super! Loved how it tasted and the butter naan bread that came along were a perfect pair! 


I was so fond of it that I saved some to take home. It was nicely packed in a plastic box so there was an assurance that it wouldn't spill like it happens with the restaurants that use foiled boxes for curry takeaways. The last course was the dessert, of course! My favourite and something I never like to miss. It was a Spiced Carrot Cake that came along with Royal Indian Tea and Naan Khatai


Loved, loved the carrot cake and it was so soft that it just melted in the mouth. Have been trying to find a nice carrot cake nearby. Please let me know if any of the big stores (Tesco, Asda?) sell such carrot cakes. I know Marks & Spencer does, but they have walnuts in it too. 




End Note:

It was lovely meeting 'The CHEF,' Chef Abdul Yaseen himself and I would like to thank him for a scrumptious meal and since it was his birthday recently, wish him a very happy year ahead.

The Dawat Menu we tasted was £35 per person and I would say, worth every penny! I can't recommend it enough. All the meaty dishes mentioned in this review were HalalHowever, there is lots more on the menu, which you can see on their website, hereThey do have a separate section for the bar where all kinds of alcoholic drinks are served but for those wanting the drinks along with the meal, can be served on the table too. 




Ah! And do check out their powder-room. They have been designed to match a 5-star hotel with everything automated but rest I will skip mentioning for you to discover yourself when you go there for a meal! Also, the place is fancy enough to attract famous public figures as we also spotted a few BBC presenters on the evening. I'm sure it would be popular among others so the next time you're visiting you might want to carry your autograph book or rather your selfie stick! Definitely going there again! YES!


Rating: 8/10 

Have you dined at Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen? I would love to know about your experience or about your favourite Indian restaurant.

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Disclaimer: This review was made possible by the courtesy of Chef Abdul Yaseen, it is an honest review and all the views are my own.

50 comments:

  1. Wow!Yes, it's a great place to celebrate the weekend or a special occasion! It looks in the pictures like a very nice spot! ;-)

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    1. Darbaar by Adbul Yaseen is one of my personal favourite restaurant in London now.

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  2. Great review dear. When I was living with my Ammi jaan in Pakistan we use to go shopping in moti bazaar (did you heard of it?) It is a VERY busy place and in there a small shop Of samosa and fruit chart. We use to love eating after long shopping day. I miss samosa chart. Your post reminds me the time ♡ x!

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    1. I have heard of the Moti Bazaar but never been there. I never used to go to bazaars much. Don't really enjoy crowded places. Have heard of the food stalls though and that they taste yummy.

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  3. The food looked scrumptious. What of the waitstaff and I'm overly intrigued by the powder room ��

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    1. Hehe - You should go check tha out yourself! :-)

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  4. Looks like amazing food!! I have only been to the UK 2 times! I wish i could visit more :)
    great post

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    1. It be nice to treat you when you are here! :-)

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  5. Indian cuisine is one of my faveourite ones. If I have to pick up a restaurant I would definitely go for an Indian one. Lamb sheekh kebab is quite often my choice. Never had salmon tikka.
    That restaurant looks so nice, and your pics super delicious :)

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  6. You took some amazing pictures there. The restaurant looks great and 35 per person is not that much considering the amount and quality of food. Happy you enjoyed it:)

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    1. Yes! It's an excellent price for the quality of food and the entire dining experience.

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  7. The date and samosa chaat sounds so good, I adore Indian food it is one of my favourite cuisines.

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  8. The food looks lovely, I am a fan of butter chicken myself. The carrot cake looks home made, as the one you find in stores is not as dense. Plus, the icing looks very fresh, while on the ones in the stores is more like a uniform crust on top. However, i do like the Sainsburys carrot cake, if you want to give it a try :)

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    1. The carrot cake was delicious and very fresh. I recently tried the one from Tesco but it was too sweet because of the cream cheese fosting. I will try the one sold at Sainsbury's. Thank you for the recommendation. :-)

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  9. Oooo this restaurant looks absolutely delicious!!! Would love to dine here one day!

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    1. You should definitely try it out. Highly recommended!

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  10. This looks like a great restaurant. I agree, the interior design is nice and well-designed. Do they serve a variety of food?

    ❀ Kathryn from http://www.TheGracefulMist.com ❀

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    1. Yes. You can check out the menu. I have linked it in this post.

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  11. Lovely picks of dishes. I so love the Hariyali Date & Samosa Chaat!

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  12. Great review! I've never been, but the photos that you took and posted look amazing!

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  13. you literally got me drooling all over your pictures. Those dishes looks so good and I can only imagine the beautiful spices mix , the flavors and the hotness. Im craving curry right now

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  14. We love Indian food. Though we mostly go to the homey, hole-in-the-wall type of places here - they have the best food! :) This looks like a really nice place. And the food looks delicious. Perfect for date night.

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    1. Yes indeed. The perfect spot for a date night out.

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  15. This post makes me so hungry! I love Indian food.

    Love,

    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

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  16. This is on my to-do list for my next trip to London! I love Indian food. Looks like a fabulous meal.

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  17. I have to be honest I'v never been in an Indian restaurant before, but I've made a few of Indian recipes at home which I like very much. I love how you included of parking area around the restaurant. You take me dining in this lovely restaurant through your review and amazing photos.

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    1. For me, finding a suitable parking nearby is very important. That's why I always include it in my post.

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  18. What a beautiful place. I'd be so excited to try out some of those dishes. The dessert sounded good too.

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  19. Oh my goodness now I am craving butter chicken, this looks like a great restaurant.

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  20. The restaurant really looks clean. I love some clean restaurant :) I just started enjoying indian food and I'm on my summer euro tour. I'll check the restaurant out.

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  21. I love the way they serve food. it's so chic and simple at the same time!

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  22. Great review, very detailed! It has a very modern look which I like and the curries look fantastic. If I'm ever in the area I will be trying it out.

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    1. I love how it has been designed. Goes totally well with the theme of the restaurant.

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  23. Looks like a nice restaurant with good food! And your review is very detailed-oriented highlighting the restaurant!

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  24. Wow all that yummy food is making me super hungry!! An invite by the chef himself, how lucky are you I am so jealous. Looks like a great place and menu :)
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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  25. Wow, that's a very high recommendation. Seeing the pictures of the place and food it definitely looks like it would be worth dining at. I haven't tried much Indian food but I have been hearing about some of the dishes like the Tandoori.

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    1. Tandoori is also one of my peesonal favourites. I like mine hot!

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  26. Happy birthday month to bro :)
    The place really looks luxe!
    http://www.ThatGrlInHighHeels.com

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