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This is now a successful chain but here, at the Claridges Hotel, is the restaurant that started it all many years ago. The idea was to recreate an ambience of a roadside dhaba and serve slightly tarted-up versions of the cuisine that truck drivers love. They even have a truck as one of the props. Do not be misled by the name. These are not dhaba prices but hotel rates!
It can be hard to find a restaurant which serves alcohol in some parts of Delhi, so we chose to eat in our hotel so we could get some beer with our curries! There was a guest chef so our meal may (or not...) have been representative of the usual fare. Our dinner was delicious but very very pricey. We were 4 and had several appetizers and main dishes; mostly vegetarian but a few meat dishes too. They were good but not spiced enough for my taste (although had I realized that would be the case I would have asked the kitchen to up the spice quotient). Was it worth it? Probably not but we did enjoy ourselves.
The food, particularly dal at The Dhabha, Claridges has to be had to know the taste. It is hard to describe in words. Thanks to eazydiner we all got a glass of wine/ house drink complimentary. It was an amazing experience
This restaurant is in The Claridges hotel. It is themed on Indian street food. We ate vegetarian and lamb on two consecutive nights. The service was attentive and helpful, the food excellent and the ambience just right.
We went here for lunch. The mashed eggplant entree was amazing and I would go back for that again!! The only reason I am giving four instead of five is because the prices are much higher than you would pay outside the hotel, but given the location high prices are to be expected.
Our first meal in India, and it was so delicious too. Service was timely, and the aroma of the restaurant proved it was 5 star
Dhaba by Claridges have acquired fame for the parent branch at the claridges hotel. And now they have launched the sister restaurant at saket, DLF place. Unpretentious and fun Dhaba is a casual restaurant that delivers what it is known for, great food in traditional Punjabi surroundings. Mounted tyres on the walls, khaat style chairs, kites and the focal point of the restaurant, a huge truck. The management has left no stones unturned to bring life into the design. Dhaba is as it should be, colourful and filmy. Lip smacking north indian food served at the restaurant saves the name of the hotel it is associated with. The service is so much friendly and quick. Barnis and brass utensils bring authenticity to earthy food, rich with colours. Take your pals and go sit in the truck while you wait for the food. The standalone truck is used as a booth by the restaurant and letâ€™s admit it does add something to the experience.
The food menu is no nonsense, simple collection of north indian recipes that have been favourite part of every indian kitchen. Galouti kebab, tawa surmai, tawa mutton, tandoori bhune aloo, tawa mushroom hara pyaaz, amritsari fish serves as the first course. The menu is short and means business. Mains page states the dhabaâ€™s signature dish Balti meat (lamb curry), butter chicken, amritsari chole, mushroom matar, amristsari wadi aloo, yellow dal, lassoni palak, paneer makhni and matar paneer. Delicious steaming chicken biryani, tawa vegetable pulao, mutton biryani and steamed rice are the rice selections. Loads of people prefer their chicken or mutton with good old indian breads so garlic naan, butter naan, laccha paratha, roomali roti, dhabe di roti and tandoori roti gives perfect company to the spicy curries.
Dhaba has given desi names to the drinks menu. The signature cocktails like lal pari, santari, basanti, somras, toofan, gulaabo are under the title of tharra. The mock tharras as you must have guessed are mocktails. The serious drinkers will find heavier options like rum, cognac, wines on the bar menu too. But nothing can compete lassi where Punjabis are concerned. The menu maybe short but it packs a punch where flavour is concerned. The recipes are old favourites that are cooked well with lot of love. The restaurant though in DLF place mall, is affordable. So if there is a dinner pending on you then this is the place to go to.