Restaurant Review: Dhaba By Claridges, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon – 4.5/5 Stars

The first Dhaba by Claridges has been around for 30 odd years and has been loved and cherished by everyone. I am no exception. I love the food. It is hard to achieve simplicity. There is so much precision required in simplicity. 

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The newest fun commercial venture of Dhaba by Claridges at Cyber Hub is simplicity personified. The recipes are simple yet delicious. It caters to the needs of all age groups. An 18 year old would have just as much fun at the Dhaba as a 60 year old. 

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The staff breaks out into dancing and Badtameez Dil is playing in the background, it is fun and festive. I love the ambience. I love the signs that say, “Buri Nazar Wale Meetha Kha Ke Ja”. The decor is so young and fresh. I am not conscious when I’m dining because the decor is so chilled out, it compels me to relax and have a fun lunch. 

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We had a lot to eat but as promised by Chef Ravi we weren’t stuffed. After most meals, I feel like I’ve given birth to an alien, but not at DBC. The food isn’t very rich and oily, it is just right. 

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I am not much of a drinker but the Theka style cocktails did catch my fancy. Cocktails served in Tharra bottles, where else in Delhi NCR would you ever find that? I was so happy that I could actually experience what I only saw in the movies!! Laal Pari, Somras, Basanti, Toofan and Saantari, I was really savouring my cocktails. What I did love the most was Somras. I just had to finish it all. 

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I love my meat and I don’t think I can even survive a day without it, but, when I tried the Veg Galouti (₹195) at DBC, I really couldn’t believe it was not meat. The texture was quite silken and it tasted really good for a vegetarian kebab. I was really quite impressed with the Chef. 

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The Tandoori Bhune Aloo (₹195) were just as good. I did not like the chopped onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves sprinkled on it though, because they seemed to divert me from the great tasting aloo. I would have probably liked to have the chopped vegetables on the side. The Sonth Chutney went beautifully with the Aloo. 

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Conversation, tharra and dancing, I was loving my experience at DBC. Then came the mains, Amritsari Chole (₹275), Kanastari Baingan Bharta (₹325), Butter Chicken (₹345), Balti Meat (₹445), Tawa Chicken Pulao (₹345) and Dal Dhaba (₹275)… by now I was lost in the pleasures of lunch.

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I still cannot forget the taste of the Amritsari Chole with the Tawa Chicken Pulao. I was loving everything I had ordered. So, as the afternoon progressed I contrived to order everything. I told myself I am doing this for my review but I knew I’m loving every skerrick. 

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I am a big believer in the fact that simplicity comes from the attention to detail and the Balti Meat was an excellent example of that. The meat was perfectly cooked and surprisingly tender. And the Kanastari Baingan Bharta – have you ever had Baingan and not known it was Baingan?…. because it did not taste like it? Fabulously cooked. I loved the presentation too, it was served in a “kanastar ka dabba”, hence, the name. 

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On to the desserts, that began calling out to me right from the beginning of my meal. They called out to me – really. I begin looking at desserts on the menu before I even bother to look at the drinks, starters or the main course. Some of my friends say that I eat my main course because I know it would lead to dessert. If you read my reviews, you would know I am obsessed with Cheesecakes. However, I have found new love. The Phirni (₹175) at DBC – it was nothing like the Phirni I usually have. It was thick, creamy, smooth and moreish. I would walk back to DBC every day for that Phirni and I live quite far from Cyber Hub! 

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I love dessert, so, I obviously tried everything I could. The Rasmalai (₹175), I would recommend it to rasmalai lovers. It was really good rasmalai. I am not a big fan of Badam Halwa (₹175) but the one at DBC was quite good, quite rich, obviously, but that’s how Badam Halwa and Moong Dal Halwa are prepared. 

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The perfect end to the hearty meal was the famous Pandit ji ka paan and the Railway Station Type Weighing Machine in which you stick a coin to get an exciting message about your future, much like a fortune cookie. 

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It would be easy to mistake DBC for just another North Indian Restaurant. And, of course, it is that. But there is so much more going on at DBC. 

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Being a part of a large foodie group is fun because you get to try the best places in town. I hardly ever try a restaurant that isn’t amazing so check out this space for a lot of interesting recommendations and do not miss the Dhaba.

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