One thing I miss terribly in Bangalore is a good Dhaba joint to eat good old Punjabi food. Dhabha By Claridges seems like one stop solution for it! Good old North Indian food, located in Indiranagar and great drinks too. Just what you need for the indulgent Friday!
Dhaba by Claridges is now open in Bangalore, bringing with it the taste of my childhood in delicious creamy gravies and crispy naans.
I grew up in Delhi, with the best of the dhabhas in the driving distance of the city. And that assured a constant supply of butter chicken and garlic naan as cliche as it sounds. And then once we grew up a little, I remember those very special occasion meals at Dhaba in Claridges Hotel, an attempt to bring roadside food to an upmarket upscale restaurant. Clearly targeted at tourists and growing upper middle class segment of Delhi, it was a delight while growing up and would be reserved for special occasion diners.
Then I moved to Bangalore, where I struggled to find a naan which is crispy yet soft, a mutton curry where I could taste anything apart from cream and garam masala, oh may be a bit of ghee and butter. Like any good Punjabi girl I like that stuff but dude, I want to taste my food beyond these. As a result, I stopped eating out Punjabi/North Indian outside completely. I would cook at home or I would have my fill when I go to Delhi. Occasionally if the cravings got very high, I would go get a take away from good old Treat in Indiranagar and that’s about it.
But then I heard about good old Dhaba by Claridges opening in Bangalore and I secretly prayed that it doesn’t let me down and boy IT DIDN’T. Sure, some things could have been better but on the whole it felt like I am having a good North Indian meal in Bangalore after what seems like forever !
Come, let me take you through what we ate that day in pictures and captions (yes this after writing 350 words 😉 )
A meal at Dhaba by Claridges is rich but delicious and I for sure know that if I have to pick a mid level North Indian place in town where am I heading
PS: All pictures by the very talented friend of mine Swapna from The Food Porn Diaries