Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi, the king of Highway Cuisine, makes a Pit Stop in Pune

Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi by Azure Hospitality opens its first outpost in Pune. The award winning deliciousness carries forward the thirty year legacy with its 10th outpost in India. At Dhaba Estd 1986 Delhi, one not only experiences fabulous Dhaba food but from the moment you enter till the time of your exit, the ambience recreates unparalleled highway eatery nostalgia. Given a shot of new age fun and kitschy interiors with the legendary classics on the menu along with some nouveau beauties – Dhaba is set to recreate the same magic again – but with more full-on Punjabi flair.

With vintage collages and posters, the décor is a nod to the retro India of the 80s and 90s. Striking folksy artwork is displayed on the walls along with signature Dhaba posters completing the eclectic aesthetics of the 80-seater restaurant. The ambience effortlessly infuses the excitement of a highway meal; and in fact, takes it up a fair few notches! The creative chaos of colours, quirky desi quotes, revival of vintage black and white Bollywood posters and the signature truck art adds to the overall dining experience. The outdoor area is the highlight of the restaurant which is designed like an Akhaada for Pehelwans or a wrestler’s den as seen in the villages in North India. The mood of the restaurant is further enhanced by the mock façade of a building, which is designed like a small town.

But the real highway magic takes place in the kitchen which carries the legacy of over 30 years. Chef Ravi Saxena expertly helms the Dhaba kitchen narrative, recreating its legendary signature recipes bringing forth the best of highway cuisine and North Indian cuisine concepts. With signature Recipes Since 1986 and the new experimental Highway Specials, there are a whole lot of new and signature dishes for everyone to try.

The new redesigned food menu is inspired by travels down the highways of India and the eccentric by-lanes of old towns famous for unique age-old recipes. In addition to the age –old classics, the new menu experiments with newer flavors showcasing Highway specials, not only from Punjab but from all over the country. The essence and soul of Dhaba is Punjabi, however a whole range of regional dishes are now available for indulgence.

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.

TawaFrom the Tawa section under Recipes since 1986 we 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 we have Galouti Kebab; Amritsari Macchi and Chicken Tak A Tak made with succulent boneless cubes of marinated chicken cooked with onion, tomatoes and spices.

TandoorFrom the Tandoor section under Recipes since 1986 we 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.

PatilaFrom the most loved Patila section, for the vegetarians we have our 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 our 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

TawaThe 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.

TandoorThe 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 we have Murgh Malai Tikka and Mutton Seekh Kebab.

PatilaThe Highway Specials under the Patila section has the succulent Rarrha Gosht and Tiffin Chicken which is Chef’s special recipe of home style chicken served in traditional two tiered “tiffin” with ajwaini 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 we have enough and more variety for 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 Maharaajs of India menu celebrates the hot & sweet Khazaana of India- the wealth of its diverse flavours. Unique cooking styles and use of local ingredients here result 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 we have 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.

DessertsOne can’t miss the sweet endings while in Punjab, and we’ve got 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.

Mock-TharrasTo accompany these flavorful dishes Dhaba’s Mock Tharras is just the refreshment you will need. Our 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 our long list of Lassis; Teekhi Lassi, Chennai Express & Aam Sutra are a must try. Our 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!

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