Dhaba Lane Restaurant: Evoking memories of Indian highway food

Location- Garhoud & Karama
Price for meal for two- AED 100
Must try- Pani Puri, Papdi Chaat Dilli style, Dahi Kebab, Dal Makhani, Ras Malai.

For starters, here’s some info – Indian highways are typically scattered with tiny eateries especially targeted for long distance travellers for the purpose of food and relaxation. These eateries commonly known as ‘dhaba’ and are known to serve some of the most delicious, pocket-friendly food in rustic settings.

If there’s one thing that I have missed all these years in Dubai gastronomic scene is Indian highway food. My years of search ended with Dhaba Lane restaurant which caters to ‘dhaba-style’ food.  Serving its customers for three years in Karama, Dhaba Lane recently opened its new branch in Garhoud.

We visited, we ate and we were awestruck on all grounds- colourful interiors, delicious food, hospitality and above all, the mind-blowing food presentation.

Before I start my food review at Dhaba Lane, a warning- food will be the focal point of conversation at Dhaba Lane.

Dining at Dhaba Lane was like a whiff of fresh air. We were welcomed by mango pani shots, followed by some of the most stunningly- presented starters. The Pani Puris were served in variety of flavours ranging from pineapple, imli and mint- each equally tantalizing! These were the best Pani Puris I have ever had. Along with that came the tongue- tickling Papdi Chaat absolute Dilli -style, as we call It back home. Papad was served with Imli ka Chutney and Green Chutney.

While we were still savouring the delectably awesome Pani Puris and Papdi Chaat, Dahi Kabab and Alu Methi Tikki were served in the most visually delightful manner. Whether we compliment the taste or the presentation was a big dilemma, so we ended up doing both (and we were so happy doing it)! 

For the mains, we had the Amritsari Methi Wadi, Paneer Tikka, Dal Makhani, Raita and Biryani. The food was laden with taste and flavours. The closure to this delightful meal took place with mouth-watering Ras Malai. Though we were so full with the sumptuous meal, we couldn’t help treating ourselves to the Ras Malai, which was yummy!

Verdict- Highly recommended meal that will linger in your senses for a long time!

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