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

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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.

5 comments

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

  2. Hey Yummraj,
    I was searching for Chilika Dhaba, when I bumped into your site.
    Nice catchy title too.
    Spent almost an hour plus, browsing through your experiences at various places .
    Good work, keep it up

    P.S – how about creating different sections for Fine dining / Street food / Dhabas / Home cooked food etc in the site ?
    Just a suggestion

    1. Hi RD, thanks. As of now there is an option to choose the category in search. All posts are tagged as mentioned by you. Have not been able to do a drop down though:)

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