Dhaba Lane - New age Punjabi Style Shack
Situated right opposite to Spinneys in one of Karama’s popular food lanes is the Dhaba Lane restaurant – a new age Punjabi shack-style restaurant serving lip-smacking Punjabi and north Indian street food and snacks.
The first thing that catches attention when you pass by that street are the colorful and funky store signs. As you step in, you are stunned by the life size replica of an Indian truck, which also serves as the cash counter and welcome podium of the restaurant. Interesting props like milestones, traditional water jugs and mood lighting inside add that milieu of a traditional roadside shack where truckers stop for refreshments.
The interiors are impressive, out of doubt and the fare is doubly so! I was served with a Kajur Shot– a date flavored condensed milk drink. The drink in itself was quite tasty as an amuse bouche and the presentation was interesting as it came on a treasure box fuming with liquid nitrogen.
This was followed by a glass of Santa Banta – a delightful and fresh orange mocktail which had me sipping it through out the dinner.
In cold starters I was served with some of the popular items like Purani Dilli Ki Papari Chaat, Dahi Ke Kabab and Tandoori Prawn.
Purani Dilli Ka Papari Chaat was a tangy mix of mint, yoghurt and tamarind served on an over turned umbrella like dish. It was pretty good as a cold starter.
Dahi Ka kabab – Crispy on the outside and totally succulent inside, this dish was a lip-smacking ball of Yoghurt. Thanks to the Panko coating – it had that light and flaky texture.
Tandoori Prawns – Grilled sized Prawns served with a hint of Lime seasoning. They were crispy and crunchy and had the right flavors to make for a palette enticing starter.
In the main course, I went for Pudina Seekh – a mint flavored kebab made from fresh lamb chunks. It was tender and packed with flavor. Enjoyed every bite of its crispiness and tenderness.
Gali Pani Puri Shot – A selection of Pineapple, mint and tamarind water pani pudi shots. It was for the first time I was trying out Pineapple and mint flavored pani pudis and they were just so good. It clearly showed how versatile the pudis are and we can definitely try this out with many other flavors. The best thing to happen is a Pudi with Ice creams!
Dhaba Chicken Curry – typical dhaba style chicken curry with slow cooked tender chicken pieces. The curry was so flavorful and delicious. It went quite well with the Indian breads.
Mast Wala Keema Aur Chaap – A lamb mince gravy cooked with ribs and Indian spices and served with Kafirlime pav. The texture was unlike anything I have tried before and it went extremely well with both Pudina Paratha and Butter Naan.
Dal Makhani Mar Ke : 36 Hrs slow cooked dal makhini with an absolutely creamy buttery texture. It was served on a miniature well.
Dessert : Finally in dessert, I was served with Chenna Cheesecake – a desi vilayati cheese cake with malai rabdi.
The dinner was overall amazing. Great ambiance and tasty Indian food at reasonable prices.