Dhaba By Claridges, DLF Cyber Hub
Dhaba by Claridges in DLF Cyber Hub is a popular fine dining restaurant. The restaurant has a widespread menu that offers a variety of North Indian delicacies. In the style of a typical Indian dhaba, the restaurant serves authentic and traditional Indian delicacies. The restaurant provides quality service along with delicious food. The staff is non obtrusive, friendly and well informed.
The rooted ambiance, Comfortable dining area and classic north Indian fares together makes this place a must visit with friends, acquaintances and family.
SoDelhi Food Expert
Dhaba by Claridges in Cyber Hub is the newest addition to the Claridges Dhaba family, a household name that has been ventured out in the form of casual dining restaurants from the eternal vaults of the original counterpart. This new eatery quintessentially remains a part of the same franchise, but more decently priced along with additions of quick-eats on the menu that are easy on the pocket and high on taste!
We visited the restaurant on a casual Weekday evening and much to our delight we were easily able to get a place inside, where the number of covers amounts to 50 and the outside section combines 90 covers.
The ambience was fully riveting, imbibed with a much needed Desi quirk! Whether its ceaseless Dhaba decorations of huge pans, pots and jars or a bar covered with actual car plates that has been replicated after a traditional Theka; coupled with appealing one-liners that have been handpicked by their team through a contest on social-media, it’s all remarkable.
We began our meal with servings of their delectably made signature cocktail ‘Somras’, a blend of fresh coriander, mint leaves, ginger, cumin and Aam Panna mix with a base of vodka. It was indeed a pleasant preparation served inside a traditional ‘tharra’ flask for re-creating the theka feel. It’s not just your average Mangaa but actually a drink bursting with flavour; a perfectly Indianized cocktail that can be savoured almost any time of the day especially during the blistering heat.
For appetizers, we ordered their Galouti Kebabs, followed by Tandoori Bhune Aloo, Dhaba Raan, Highway Chicken Tikka and a Vegetarian Kakori Seekh.
The Galouti Kebab was impeccable; a slow cooked chef’s special preparation that had spice-infused melting minced lamb that completely breaks on touch, and absolutely dissolves on your palate; just how a typical Galouti should be! The subtly spiced aftertaste faintly tingles your tongue for a faultless finish.
Tandoori Bhune Aloo is one of their hot-selling vegetarian favourites; an amalgam of sugar & spice that manages to profusely impress. The tandoor roasted baby potatoes were flash fried & then tossed with spices, onions and a light topping of Saunth Chutney; the sweet Indian chutney that is usually had with an assortment of chaats.
The Vegetarian Kakori Seekh was quite dry & not pleasurable at all.
Next was the Highway Chicken Tikka, a classic boneless preparation of chicken tossed in red chillies that was high on spices as well as high on taste! The chicken morsels were a little tough, but its flavoursome nature made them enjoyable enough too.
Lastly, we finished the starters with a final serving of Tandoori Dhaba Raan, an exquisite whole leg preparation of milk fed baby lamb marinated overnight with a set of in-house spices pounded in cast iron ‘imam dasta’. Every bite of the soft succulent lamb was heavenly; fulfilling us in the utmost of ways. The only lapse with the dish was its lack of spice, but then again; every palate is diverse.
Before our final course arrived, we indulged in one of their cocktails of the day; with today’s being the Aamya, a seasonal mango based cocktail that was made with mango pulp, mango puree and a base of vodka. This wild-hearted concoction was effusively mixed with a dry red chili and the glass simmered wholly with oreganos and chili flakes to get the best of both worlds! Though Aamya was very well received, Somras was relished way more, being poles apart in terms of flavour grouping & aftertaste.
Our mains comprised of a variety of dishes, including their famous Balti Meat & Dal Dhaba, Kanastari Baingan Bharta and the Tiffin Chicken.
The Balti Meat & Dal Dhaba were one of their special dishes, conceptualized long before at the original Dhaba, in Claridges. The unrelenting recipes have still stayed on & become one of their signatures.
While the Dal Dhaba is no comparison to the counterpart served at Bukhara, it is still a pretty neat indulgence. The Balti meat was quite delicately spiced, but flavoursome nonetheless, soft tenderized pieces of red meat copiously covering one’s palate with a serving of scrumptious Tandoori breads.
The Kanastari Baingan Bharta & Tiffin Chicken were their offbeat picks, named accordingly in the state they were served.
The Kanastari Baingan came inside a kanastar i.e. a typical steel box; a household classic preparation made with mashed tandoori eggplants mixed with a combination of royal cumin, tomatoes, ginger and green chilies. It was thoroughly savoured, and went well with almost all other dishes.
The Tiffin Chicken turned out to be one of our extreme favourites, a homely dish that would remind you of your childhood days; when school tiffins were packed with your favourite tangy chicken morsels in a medley of chilies and onions that would easily go down with any roti; just what one needs to completely satiate that hunger!
We were entirely full but we weren’t leaving without trying out some North Indian desserts!
The Phirni & Rabri were served sequentially; out of which we absolutely adored the Rabri, a rich dessert imbued with thick cream and a refined taste of munificent amounts of sugar while the Phirni lacked lusciousness.
Lastly, we finished our meal with an incredible sweet treat; the Meetha Paan prepared by the Panditji who set up shop outside the original Claridges in New Delhi decades ago. It was divine, exactly what we needed to really register this meal in our minds!
Dhaba by Claridges is an everlasting abode that has finally branched out of their comfort zones to effectively cater the larger crowds of the capital, swaying us all with their Dhaba versions which may never go out of style! If you haven’t tried it yet, make sure you do when in need of some mouth-watering Dhaba food!