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It is one of the go-to places for authentic and traditional Punjabi meals in the city. Dera, the speciality fine diner housed in Taj Chandigarh is hard to miss when you enter the lobby. Designed in a circular manner, the restaurant is uniquely designed. Step inside and it is a warm ambience that greets you. The interiors are done up in grey and beige hues and you will notice small artefacts peculiar to the state dotting the place. We love the fact that their choice of music is absolutely in sync with the food and vibe of the place. Expect Punjabi folk songs, Sufi numbers et al. The menu is not just an ode to the art of slow cooking and cooking on stone but also offers traditional dishes from the erstwhile Punjab state before Partition. Meats may take pride of place on the menu but there are loads of vegetarian options as well. During summers, the 'Lassi' is the perfect starter and in winters, the warm 'Shorba'. There is a huge section dedicated to starters, and among our favourites is ‘Amritsari Macchi Tikka’, ‘Bhune Mutton Di Tikki’, ‘Mushroom Malai Galauti’ and ‘Tawe Di Dabi Arbi’. A trip here would be quite incomplete if you did not try the 'Atta Chicken' that is good for 2. A whole chicken is marinated in special spices and wrapped in flour dough and cooked in the tandoor. There are dishes straight off the tawa as well like ‘Tawa Brain Masala’, another speciality here along with ‘Tawa Ke Masaledar Kathal’. The menu is very extensive at Dera and you will need more than a single visit to do justice to it. We relished the ‘Dera Da Meat’ and ‘Mirchiyan Wale Aloo’. For those who can not take spicy food, proceed with caution as some curries are truly hot. They even have a live ‘phulka’ station that tosses fresh and soft rotis for you. The dessert section is truly robust and the ‘Malai Kulfi’ is perfect to cool down the fired up taste buds.
very good menu selection. the food was very good. the staff was good and courteous. prices are in moderate range.
The food served is authentic Punjabi. We had Sarson Ki Saag, Black dal, Paneer, Keban Platter etc. Everything was extremely tasty. Very good, attentive service. GReat meal
The food was so amazing , You have more options at Taj but DERA by Taj is best resto among all The food is very delcious and staff is also very humble and helpfull We had a great time there, A perfect place for dinner
Had the winter edition barbeque sunday buffet at the poolside.the setup was beautifully done with live music and live counters. Ranging from soups, salads, raitas, rice dishes, tandoori starters, tawa sabzis, saag makki de roti , veg. And non.veg. main course and lastly the desserts; they had a huge variety. Loved every bit of food especially the non veg. Part. The hotel organises the poolside buffet every 2nd Sunday of the month in winters. Also, ₹1650 is the cost per person for this dinner buffet. I totally enjoyed the experience.
A comfortable room, quietly, warmly lit. Good background music. I was made very welcome and good advice was available to help me with choices. The food was outstanding from starter to dessert. Service attentive. My only sadness is that I am moving on and shall not have the chance to dine here again tomorrow.