You might have certainly visited many restaurants in the city to taste the North-Indian cuisine but now it’s time to take a route to Dhaba by Claridges in Kondapur that serves purely authentic Punjabi food from the interiors of Punjab.
As I open the menu, I spot chef’s special with interesting names of the dishes added by Ravi Saxena, corporate chef of the Dhaba by Claridges. After taking a tour of dhabas on the highways of Punjab and the streets and by lanes of Amritsar, the menu is a creation of the chef who drew inspiration from the ingredients that the dhabas use in their dishes.
The menu is divided into four different categories – tawa (pan), tandoor (oven), sigdi (stove) and patila (boiler). I started my dinner with Veg galauti, Tandoori bhune aaloo which is a sweet and sour combination, Khade masale ka paneer tikka and then I tasted Tawa paneer which is the new addition to the menu.
Shifting to the main course, I got served Chitti aaloo gobhi, which is a must try for anyone who visits the place, as it tastes entirely different from any other aaloo gobhi sabji one must have ever tried, due to its one special ingredient, yogurt. The best Indian breads you can go for are – Dhabe di roti and Missi tandoori paratha. Apart from that, if you are a rice person you can go for Kanastari baigan Bharta.
Whereas, the non-veg category has lavish menu and every dish tastes entirely unique. Tandoori dhaba raan made with marinated baby lamb, Balti meat, Chitta butter chicken, Tiffin chicken are a must occupant on the plate.
The tasty food becomes even more worthy because of the customer friendly staff, who help their customers to choose the best out of the menu and also the ambience that offers the feel of a dhaba, with a posh and quirky touch of Bollywood theme.
In addition, what makes the place more special is its music, the purely Bollywood music to which the staff of the restaurant match their steps.
It is a surprise element because they start suddenly when a peppy Bollywood number comes.
It was a treat watching them dance to Badtameez Dil and London Thumakda, while I was enjoying my Dhabe da meetha which is exceptionally tasty add-on to the menu. The dessert is made of Vanilla ice-cream, Shahi tukda, Gulab jamun and Rabdi.
Remember to dip your spoon to the bottom and pull out with the dessert, so that you can enjoy all the four flavours.
To end you lunch or dinner, you got to order the very Indian mocktails and cocktails. Somras, made with aam panna and vodka and Toofan made with ginger, mint, guava juice and vodka are a must to gulp.