Durham >Food & Dining > Dales Indian Cuisine
811 9th St, Durham, NC | Directions 2770536.011582 -78.922176
Monday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Old West Durham
Why does Indian takeout cost so much? – I just ordered some Murgh Makhani, Palak Paneer, and Naan bread for takeout after work. The food tasted really good but was not worth the $25.00 and change that I paid for it. The Naan bread was stale and hard. It seems to be a trend for Indian restaurants to over charge for their entree menu items. While Indian is my favorite food and I love it, I can't justify how much it costs for the little amount of food that you get. Why does a buffet cost $5-$7 and you can get all you can eat and try so many different items? I guess you should always get the buffet unless you want custom spiceyness.
Modest portions for the price, but great overall – Delicious food and excellent setting. I asked for my aloo gobi 'mild' (heresy in an Indian restaurant, I know) and managed to make it through the meal with out breaking a sweat... that's a first. The prices are typical for an Indian restaurant, expect to drop $8-10 a plate if you order naan. The portions were sufficient, but smaller than usual; I'm accustomed (i.e. spoiled) to having more than 2 meals worth of left-overs at most Indian restaurants. I finished this meal and then cleaned the final morsels of rice off the plate.. The buffet ($5???) would probably be a better bargain, as is usually the case.
Bravo! – My fiancee and I often order dinner take-out from Dale's. While we wait, they invite us to sit at the bar, perhaps order a glass of wine, and munch on complimentary poppodums (with a choice of sauces).
The food is absolutely spectacular (I recommend the Jal Frazie, and the rice and naan are among the best aroud). The service is great: the host and servers seem to compete with each other as to who can be the most polite.
A wonderful place for a quiet date: forget those noisy warehouse restaurants. It's also a wonderful place to eat outside when the weather's nice.
Authentic and flavorful – As someone who's spoiled by the authentic Indian food of Washington DC, I was pleasantly surprised by Dale's. The food was flavorful without being too spicy (we ordered 'medium'). The chicken tikka masala and the saag were top notched. The lamb, in particular, was exquisite. The dishes were as good as those we had in the Indian-owned restaurants in the DC area. Dale's is definitely for those who enjoy Indian dishes prepared in the authentic way.
Fresh – My refview is based only on having eaten their lunch buffet on three occasions. I can't speak to their dinner menu.
The food is not exceptional relative to other Indian restuarants but I find their food more fresh. It doesn't taste like it has been cooked hours ahead or reheated from yesterday. It also seems newer and cleaner (linen on the tables) that the other Indian restaurants. oh, and the service is frindly without being overbearing.
This Indian gives it a hearty thumbs up.
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