In a nutshell
A large eatery with forgettable food, average service – a missed opportunity in the heart of the city.
Address & other details: Dalema
Meal for 2: Rs. 500
Cuisine type: vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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Short description – in case u r in a hurry:
Our friends suggested us to visit dalema when they heard we were goin to bhubaneshwar. We told the driver and we were brought here.
In hindsight we realized this one was not the recommended one. There are a few restaurants by the name Dalma / dalema.
The dining hall was Dark inside even in daylight
Service boys were indifferent. They seemed to be over worked.
I was surprised by the Dirty filthy loo
Food was just ok. Not all all worth a revisit.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
We decided to go for Dalema vegetarian thali and order some non veg dishes a la carte.
The thali Had Poori, Kanika and white rice as the 3 cereals.
For the uninitiated, Kanika is a yellow coloured sweetened pulao that is eaten with curries. The rice had independent grains, was soft and good in texture but tasted just ok. Rate it 2/5
We were surprised to see Soybean nugget curry in a traditional odiya thali. The curry was bland, did not have any intensity and wAs slightly low on salt. Rate it 2/5 too.
Dry (patal) Gourd curry was nice. It had unpeeled gourd slices and thick slices of aloo. Rate it 3.5/5
Aloo bharta was excellent – spicy, slightly hot, very YUMM, perfect texture. Flavor of mustard oil made its presence felt. Rate it 4.25/5
Green saag fry was also good. It lacked a punch though. Rate it 3/5
Chhena curry was very nice. The chhena ( curdled milk) balls were super soft and had a good chhena. They tasted very good too. The gravy was very nice. Rate it 4.25/5
Dalma ( dal) that we had here was the worst in the trip. It was again mindlessly cooked, with no passion. A signature dish from where the name of the restaurant has been derived was just ordinary. Rate it 2.5/5
Payasam made from rice, milk and jaggery was good to taste. It was a bit runny , yet good to taste. Rate it 4/5
We also ordered a la carte –
Patrapoda mutton – mutton cooked in leaf. This was excellent in terms of super soft texture of mutton, great taste, intense flavor and taste of dry gravy. However it suffered from excess salt. It wud hv got a rating of 4.5/5 but for the salt revised rating is 4/5.
Pohola besara curry was a fish gravy. Unlike most commercial places they did not over fry the fish. So It had good texture. The gravy tasted very good too. Rate it 4/5
Chicken kossa curry was very good. The meat was soft and good. The gravy was red, hot and good to taste. Rate it 4.25/5
Overall rating of food at dalema averages out to 3.4/5
Wud surely never revisit