Dabbawal Jesmond celebrates 10th birthday with new look

Dabbawal Jesmond has undergone a transformation to celebrate its 10th anniversary, with the Indian street food restaurant sporting a new interior, brand identity, cocktail list and menu.

The Brentwood Mews venue boasts a more mature look throughout and new dishes like pan-fried seabass and smoked broccoli sit alongside revisited classics such as Old Delhi Butter Chicken on the latest menu.

The popular neighbourhood kitchen – three times the UK’s Best Casual Dining restaurant at the British Curry Awards – was opened by Jaf Ali in 2013. It was previously Franco’s Italian restaurant, and before that Silver Cobra.

“It feels great to reach 10 years,” said Jaf. “There are many fantastic restaurants in this city, and we are a little hidden gem off the beaten track so it’s an achievement we’re very proud of. It’s taken a lot of hard work and investment to keep patrons coming back time and time again.

“The staff have a crucial role to play in our success over the years and we’ve reached this milestone due to the environment they create.”

Speaking about the changes guests can expect, Jaf added: “We have been collaborating with our interior and branding agency to inject some fresh magic into Dabbawal Jesmond – and soon our High Bridge restaurant too. We’ve added some tactile extra decorative paint and wallpaper layers in rich neutrals and spice tones, softened with vintage accessories, hanging plants and gorgeously reflective mirrors bouncing light around the space.

“We’ve also installed some ultra-comfortable new banquette seating, creating extra special booths and group dining spots around the venue, to enjoy the collection of custom art created specifically for Dabbawal, featuring new takes on some of the brand’s best-loved motifs.

“Jesmond is already a wonderfully welcoming, much-loved neighbourhood restaurant, and we hope our guests feel the extra love being injected into the space. The new look and feel is fresh and inspiring, designed to harmonise beautifully with the new branding.

“The brand has matured, and our food has evolved. We look forward to being around for another 10 years.”

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