The word ‘dhaba’ brings to the imagination a shed-like structure along the highway with charpoys strewn around the place, a tandoor somewhere around you, trucks parked close by, truck drivers sitting on charpoys gorging away at some dal tadka or butter chicken and tandoor roti, maybe a bottle of ‘tharra’ beside!
Luring aroma at the Dhaba
What you cannot ignore is the appetizing aroma and the flavorful unpretentious food that you get at the highway dhaba. And, does it draw you to the shed regardless of who may be there!
Now you needn’t travel along the highway to taste food served at a dhaba. You have a ‘Dhaba’ at the Pavillion Mall serving you mouthwatering dishes that can beat any roadside dhaba…and the ambiance is an explosion of colors tastefully done!
1986 saw a ‘Dhaba’ at the Claridges Hotel on Aurangzeb Road, one of the famous roads in Delhi. A restaurant that had recreated the highway dhaba feel in its décor and food.
‘Dhaba’ at the Pavillion Mall is the 10th outlet of the chain in India.
The Dhaba Feel in its decor
Bright and varied colors welcome you as you enter ‘Dhaba’ at the Pavillion Mall. Vibrant colors are the hallmark of Indian interior design. One can go crazy with a huge colorful palette. However, ‘Dhaba’ does it in its own style not creating any visual chaos yet maintaining the ‘Punjabi Flair’.
Vintage collages and posters, artwork that represents the Punjabi culture, desi quotes, and Bollywood posters displayed on the walls and of course the ‘signature truck art’ all add to the dining experience!
There is an outdoor area that can be compared to the Akhaada for Pehelwans or a wrestler’s den as one sees in the villages of North India.
The Highway Specials at the Dhaba
The Dhaba menu is crafted in History. Chef Ravi Saxena has recreated the best of the highway cuisine and North Indan cuisine concepts. He has added to the signature recipes of 1986 the new experimental ‘Highway Specials’ which have been inspired by travels down the highway and the bylanes of the old towns. These specials have the flavors of the age-old recipes and the new from not only Punjab but all over the country!
Ravi Saxena the chef has maintained the original Tawaa, Tandoor, and Patila history besides the new Highway Recipes that carry the old narrative. Flavors to indulge in for the young and the old… best described by the Directors of Azure Hospitality that drives the chain… Rahul Khanna and Kabir Suri.
“We are thrilled to share that Pune’s young and vibrant corporate market is about to get struck with Dhaba’s dildaar Punjabi love that has been warmly accepted in Delhi NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad & Bangalore. Each Dhaba is designed to take you through an ode to the Indian highways that have always served as fantastic food memories for everyone at different points in their lives. Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi is all set to present a delightful and satisfying dining experience to the people here. ” – Rahul Khanna & Kabir Suri, Directors, Azure Hospitality.
Check the list below and don’t wait to indulge.
Āpaṇē khāṇē dā ānada māṇō
Highlights of the New Menu
As Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi makes new pit stops, what remains same is the quality and consistency of the food.
RECIPES SINCE 1986- Age-old formulas tested and served at Dhaba since it was born.
From the Tawa section under Recipes since 1986 you have Tandoori Bhune Aloo which is tandoor roasted baby potatoes, shallow fried and tossed with spices, onions and saunth chutney and the traditional Veg Galouti. For the non-vegetarians you have Galouti Kebab; Amritsari Macchi and Chicken Tak A Tak made with succulent boneless cubes of marinated chicken cooked with onion, tomatoes and spices.
From the Tandoor section under Recipes since 1986 you have Amritsari Kukkad made with chicken marinated with curd and has a dominating smoky flavour of ginger and garlic; Tandoori Prawns and Highway Chicken Tikka for the non-vegetarians. For the vegetarians we have Tandoori Bhuni Sabziyaan made with yogurt marinated vegetables with hint of ajwain and Dhaba Paneer Tikka.
From the most loved Patila section, for the vegetarians you have the signature Chitta Butter; the quintessentially famous mutton curry of Dhaba, Balti Meat and Butter Chicken 1986. For vegetarians we have Lahsooni Palak; Paneer Makhan Maar ke and Kanastari Baingan Bharta which is the signature preparation of eggplants cooked in tandoor, mashed and finished with royal cumin, tomato, ginger and green chilli. Daal Dhaba, Chitti Aloo Gobhi and Amritsari Chole are age old favourites from this section.
HIGHWAY SPECIALS- Innovative dishes for those who experiment beyond the traditional
The Highway Specials under Tawa section has Mushroom Hara Pyaza; and Tawa Chili Paneer for the vegetarians. For the non-vegetarians there is Mutton Tak A Tak and Tawa Punjabi Kukkad Masala made with spicy chicken joints in thick tomato and onion gravy cooked on cast iron tawa.
The Highway Specials under the Tandoor section has dishes like Palak Paneer ki Seekh; Khade Masale ka Paneer Tikka and Malai Soya Chaap for the vegetarians. For the non-vegetarians, there is the Murgh Malai Tikka and Mutton Seekh Kebab.
The Highway Specials under the Patila section has the succulent Rarrha Gosht and Tiffin Chicken which is Chef’s special recipe of homestyle chicken served in traditional two-tiered “tiffin” with ajwain paratha. The original Bhatinda Chicken Curry and Punjabi Kadhai Jheenga are some of the other must-try dishes from this section. A great deal of effort has also gone into ensuring that there is enough and even more variety for the vegetarians, hence this section offers quite a lot of options like Amritsari Aloo Wadi; Kadhai Paneer; Daadi ka Dhania Aloo, which is Grandma’s traditional recipe of potatoes tossed with cumin, turmeric, green chilli and fresh coriander; Malai Kofta and Kadhai Mushroom.
Dhaba’s new National Highway Maharajas of India menu celebrates the hot & sweet Khazaana of India- the wealth of its diverse flavors. Unique cooking styles and use of local ingredients here resulting in contrasting regional specialties; from Mutton Rogan Josh, Kashmiri Dum Aloo, Rajasthani Dhoongar Lal Maas for meat lovers to Gatta Curry, Papad Ki Sabzi and Baingan Bhaja for Vegetarians. Not forgetting our eastern friends, who have developed finger-licking good recipes there are Momos, Manchurian and Chowmein; street food that has become everyone’s favorite. Macher Jhol which is fish simmered in mustard oil and Egg Biryani followed by Roshogulla and Chena Payish are a must try from this menu.
One can’t miss the sweet endings while in Punjab, and there are some amazing new flavors to satiate your guilt trips! End your meal on a sweet note with options like Badam Halwa, Rabri, Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai and Kesri Phirnee.
To accompany these flavorful dishes Dhaba’s Mock Tharras is just the refreshment you will need. The twist on the traditional beverages includes Ganneka Sa Ras, Jal Jeera, Shikanji, Kala Khatta & Aam Panna. For the complete Punjabi experience you can pick from the long list of Lassis; Teekhi Lassi, Chennai Express & Aam Sutra are a must try. The beverage menu also includes a variety of fresh juices, shakes, and aerated drinks.
‘At Dhaba we believe whether it is a quick break from work or a family feast; lunch should always be hearty and wholesome. Dhaba’s delicious Lunch Buffet provides a new menu each day of the week. From starters like Mutton Kofta, Fish Kohliwada, Tandoori Mushroom and Mirchi Vada; to exciting main dishes like Chicken Kohlapuri, Masala Fish Curry, and Mirchi Baingan Ka Salan, along with side dishes and dessert, there is something for everyone. Come during the week for a lunch meeting with colleagues and enjoy a full course meal at just INR 549(veg) & INR 599(non-veg) all-inclusive; or plan a weekend get-together for the entire family with Dhaba’s satisfying lunch buffet for INR 599(veg) & INR 649(non-veg) all-inclusive.’
‘Dhaba is all about fun times and great food in true Punjabi style- so don’t hold back, roll up your sleeves and as we say, enjoy swag anusaar!’