Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi is a dhaba themed Punjabi restaurant in Marathahalli. Located just below Foxtrot Gastropub, this place is well known for its dhaba style Punjabi cuisine.
Ambiance: A dhaba style ambiance with an open bar, live dessert counter, chat counter and parantha counter. They have a separate lounge for ala carte. There are pictures of Punjabi wrestlers, actors, some movie posters on the wall. They have a big LCD where they regularly play music and sports. There is always a live Gidda performance which is the main attraction of this restaurant.
I visited this place on a Friday afternoon with some of my friends.
Appetizers: Veg Momos, steamed momos marinated with spices and served with Green Chutney. It was good.
Tandoori Bhune Aloo was roasted baby potatoes, pressed, shallow fried and tossed with spices, onions, and saunth chutney. Loved it.
Veg Galouti were slow cooked vegetarian version of “Galouti Kebab” but the base parantha was overcooked and a bit hard. Tough to tear. Needs improvement.
Mushroom Hara Pyaaza were button mushrooms tossed with green spring onions. It was good.
Dhaba Paneer Tikka was one of the best paneer tikkas I have ever tried. The paneer was so soft and it was homemade so it brought great taste to this dish. I recommend this as a must here.
Drinks: Somras was a cocktail made in heaven A raw mango flavored cocktail which was really refreshing. I recommend it.
Gulaabo was a Kala khatta vodka-based cocktail which was good.
Virgin Mojito was good too.
Main Course: Amritsari Chhole cooked in ‘Amritsari’ style. It had well balanced spicy taste and it goes well with kulcha and missa paratha.
Dal Dhaba was Dal Makhni in Dhaba style, which was thick, creamy and delicious. I recommended it.
Kanastari Baingan Bharta; baingan cooked in tandoor mashed and finished with tomato, ginger, cumin and green chili. Served best with Amritsari Kulche.
Amritsari Kulche were stuffed with paneer, pyaaz, aloo and mixed veg.
Dessert: Matka Kulfi: It was good.
The service was good, there was no delay in the service and the person who served us Mr. Asif was a very courteous man.
Overall, This place was worth visiting. This brand has won many accolades throughout India. I would say, this brought the dhaba culture to a new level. I would love to visit again to have some more of their delicious treats.
Written by: Akhilesh Math
Edited by: Lipi Gupta