“When baking, go by directions. When cooking, go by your own taste”-Laiko Bahrs
So, it really wasn’t a surprise when i immersed and imbibed myself in the meal put ahead of me. While my feet tapped to “Ankhiyon se Goli Mare”, my belly started adding girth, just because i couldn’t stop myself from taking that extra bite.
About Dhaba-Estd.1986 :
Dhaba, is your “I-want-some-hearty-punjabi-food ” kinda place. The place is filled with vibrancy and concentrates on simple and fulfilling punjabi dishes.
The restaurant is set up in a very “Dhaba” aka roadhouse kind of a way. They propagate the raw finesse of North Indian cuisine.
Ambiance & Decor :
The decor, is reminiscent of a Dhaba with loud and vibrant colour scheme. The pops of yellow and red and blue are ever so welcoming.
The ambiance just like the decor, is an amalgamation of peppy and buoyant.
I’ve had my fair share of restaurant hopping everywhere and hospitality is something that makes or breaks the meal. I, found Dhaba to have an immaculate staff, that kept us accompanied with quick service and a helpful demeanour. Special mention to “Mr. Asit”, who was a great “serveur” indeed.
The Grub Story :
The beauty of this meal was the way it flowed from one course to another. They also, have the #SardiWedsPunjabiKhana winter menu on, which will run till the end of February.
Here’s what me and the mister had :
- Gulabo Lassi : Certainly the kinda cooler you need to commence your appetite. Flavoured with delicious & gritty gulkhand, i adored this lassi.
- Choti Glassiyan : A well thought assortment of their signature mocktails. Shikanji, Aam Panna, Ganne ka Ras, etc. This way, there is always something for someone.
- Tandoori Bhune Aloo : The warmth of those tandoored baby potatoes, still lingers on my palate. What an excellent plate of spicy, sweet and starchy flavours. Highly recommended.
- Mushroom Hara Pyaza : Mushrooms have always been my favourite and I love them more so, when they are tossed in masalas. This one was high on the hotness meter and had an explosive burst of mirchi. Not my kind, but certainly will please a spicy palate.
- Dhaba Paneer Tikka : I kid you, not! This was one of the best Paneer Tikka’s I’ve had. Period. The succulent cubes of Paneer had the most amazing texture coupled with the spices that weren’t overpowering at all. Your fork, melted into the cube, no resistance from the Paneer. Bravo!
- Tandoori Dhaba Raan: While the mister, dug into his plate of meat, the way his eyes lit up says a lot. According to him, the meat was just tender, falling off the bone. Marinated so beautifully that the spices penetrated and had been tenderised by an imam dasta. When asked, the maître d’ said the baby lamb leg was left to marinate overnight and given a double fry treatment. The non vegetarian soul, must try this.
- Murgh Malai Tikka : Another, delicately spiced and well tandoored dish, which got a yes, from the mister.
- Sarson ka Saag: There is never a time, that i do not crave some Sarson ka saag. I had to have it, as it was on the winter menu and trust me.. I was smiling ear to ear. The flavour profile was earthy with the pungency of garlic and the heartiness of the puréed leafy greens. Coupled with Makkai ki Roti, this was match made in the realms of the connoisseurs heaven.
- Dilli ki Nihari : Light and unabashed. The Nihari was a hybrid of laal maas and Rarra gosht. Very surprisingly, it wasn’t a heavy goopy mess rather it was a light and went well with rotis. (as told by mister)
- Matka Kulfi : Sprinkled generously with bits of pistachios and almonds, the kulfi was a perfect way to end the meal.
Verdict : The food, really does do a good job and delivers to your expectations. The Dhaba Paneer Tikka was one of the best & I can vouch for it.
The menu is vast and has a carefully selected variation of dishes that personify a Dhaba. I, would definitely recommend.
Rating : 4/5