Choudhry dhaba (opposite Heritage Transport Museum, Bilaspur – Taoru Road (Major District Road 132) Off NH 8 (Bilaspur Chowk), Taoru, Gurgaon)


In a nutshell:

A real truck-wala dhaba that serves Real, Rustic, Robust & YUMM tastes & flavors.

Choudhry dhaba
Choudhry dhaba

Address & other details:  Choudhry dhaba (just opposite the Museum)

Meal for 2: Rs. 150 onwards

Cuisine type :  vegetarian

Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured / sponsored reviews. YUMMRAJ believes in going to a restaurant in anonymity, as a normal guest, experience everything & give a honest account of the same to you.

bill - proof of payment
bill – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Description:

Years back this dhaba wud have been like any other road side dhaba that we see beside highways. It has a covered area to sit, sleep, eat. At the corner of the covered area is a TV constantly dishing out Old Hindi movies. An open area has khatias & also few plastic chairs & tables. A bit far away is a ‘tanki’ (water tank) for truck drivers & helpers to take a bath from.

A view of the dhaba from the road
A view of the dhaba from the road

Ever since the Heritage Transport Museum opened up, this Dhaba has seen some flow of Urban folk.

Khatia seating for eating & sleeping
Khatia seating for eating & sleeping

We were pleasantly surprised to find simple village boys waiting on tables. Innocence surprisingly was still left in some of them.

A view of the closed dining hall from the open air eating area
A view of the closed dining hall from the open air eating area

Our waiter came to rattle off the menu in Rajdhani speed. I asked him to slow down. He tried but cud not, much. I asked him what is the best dish here? He said ‘everything is best’. I said’ If I give u money to eat here, what wud u choose from the menu? He said ‘sach batau, yaha ka daal sabse accha hai’. I said, Ok pls get us daal. I asked ‘Which daal’? ‘Both ‘ came the answer.

Another view of open eating area.
Another view of open eating area.

We figured there was a daal fry & a kaali daal. We ordered both. We also asked for missi roti & aloo paratha.

The aloo parantha had a separate layer of hand mashed aloo & the atta cover. Hand mashing led to uneven, lumpy & excellent filling. It was perfectly spiced – not too much, not too feeble.

aloo parantha
aloo parantha

The aloo parantha was made on the tandoor, the way it is done in some legendary shops of Dilli 6 (not talking about parathewali gali). It had a generous but not excessive butter topping. The outer layer was crisp and nice. The edges & mid part was soft.

aloo parantha
aloo parantha

Taste was excellent – perfect balance of salt, hotness with a tinge of sourness. Rate the aloo parantha 4/5.

aloo parantha
aloo parantha

The arhar daal fry was just excellent.  It was spicy, somewhat hot, had perfect balance of seasoning, had a flavor of desi ghee & masalas.

 daal fry
daal fry

Loved it beyond expectations. Rate it 4.5/5

 daal fry
daal fry

The kaali daal was another revelation due to its unique (by Delhi standards) garnish – a big lump of locally hand-churned butter. The butter had a mild fermented feel to it & was outstanding.

kaali daal
kaali daal

The daal was perfectly cooked & had just the right balance of taste & texture. Rate it 4.5/5

kaali daal with a generous dollop of hand churned butter
kaali daal with a generous dollop of hand churned butter

Missi roti was soft, somewhat brittle & tasted good. It was a bit dry. Flavors were very nice. Rate the missi roti 3.5/5

Missi roti
Missi roti

They also serve many dishes of paneer & vegetables. We cud not taste them coz the dishes were big in size.

Overall rating of food at Choudhry dhaba averages out to 4.12/5.

Kaali daal with a genrous dollop of hand churned butter (makhan)
Kaali daal with a genrous dollop of hand churned butter (makhan)

Must mention that the server boy came back to take feedback. When I said I loved it, he said ‘in case there has been any fault, pls let us know. That way we can better ourselves next time.’ I was speechless.

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3 comments

  1. Great ! I love reading your blogposts….. You are really a foodie. You eat at 5 Starts and also at Dhabas…

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