Peep peep let’s eat! The best thing I’ve heard in 2017!!
Dhaba by claridges, a Delhi based Punjabi joint opened in Chennai a month ago and how?
Located inside the Ispahani centre on nungambakkam, the place is hard to miss.
The USP of the place lies in the decor. Done up in proper Desi Dhaba Ishtyl, the place is rocking.
The Quotes on the wall, the funky chandelier make with beautifully colored tea glasses, the truck tyres on the wall, the movie poster, the Big Red lorry, the charpai fixtures on ceiling, the pickle jars( I can go on and on) adds a DhinChak feel to it.
Foot tapping Punjabi and Bollywood hits blaring out of the speakers, the decor, the aroma of Desi treats wafting out of the kitchen, on whole, theplace is plain energizing.
The tables, set with Dhaba styles cutlery and crockery, look very inviting.
Now coming to food, what we tried and loved, a brief:
Drinks : We tried Ganne ka Ras, Kala Khatta, Shikanji and Rangeela.
Ganne ka Ras – Sugarcane juice was sweet and delicious. Rangeela (a blend of lime and passion fruit) was tangy. Shikanji, a indianized version of lemonade was refreshing. Kala khatta, I’m not a fan of the flavour but my friend seemed to love it.
Galouti Kebab : Made with minced lamb, spices and rotated chickpea, this Awadhi delicacy is my personal favorite. Oh so flavorsome and delicious, These kebabs simply melt in your mouth. It’s also available in veg form. We tried both. I likes the lamb one though.
Highway Chicken Tikka: Soft, succulent, flavoursome and hot from the tandoor. These well marinated beauties are plain heavenly.
Palak Paneer ke Sheek: Minced cottage Cheese and palak blended together with spices and cahsewnut, skewered and cooked in tandoor. Totally different.
Tandoori Bhune Aloo: Tandoor roasted baby potatoes shallow fried with onions and sides and tossed in chatpata sauce. Crispy and yumm!
Amritsari fish: Deep fried fish coated in gram flour batter with a prominent flavor of ajwain seeds that one can’t miss. Only draw back – the fish used is basa.
Balti Meat : This was the highlight of the evening! It’s their Signature dish. Cooked in chefs secret recipe, the meat was cooked to perfection. Tender, succulent and plain scrumptious.
Dal Dhaba : The soul of Punjabi food lies in the dal makhani. Rich yet very homely. A must try.
Breads : Along with the gravies we tried Tandoori roti and Garlic naan. Hot from tandoor and fresh and oh so soft. Nothing to complain here!
Desserts: We tried Rabri, Matka Kulfi, Firnee and Badam Halwa.
The Badam Halwa, not too sweet, was perfect. The Rabri and firnee, both rich in flavours and served perfectly chilled, were awesome. The Matka Kulfi was really rich but a little too frozen in the middle for my liking.
A meal for two can come up to 1500+Tax. Total paisa vasool!!
The impromptu dance by the crew, garbed in colorful patahni suits, to foot tapping beats of Punjabi song made my day. Dhaba by Claridges is my happy place. Make it yours..
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