Lakhori (Haveli Dharampura, 2293, Gali Guliyan, Near Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Delhi)


In a nutshell:

A beautiful restored old haveli in a narrow lane of old delhi that has highly laid back lacklustre service, outstanding ambience, brilliant live performance and excellent food – an experience to remember

inside the haveli
inside the haveli

Address & other details:  Lakhori

Meal for 2: 800 onwards

Cuisine type :  vegetarian & nonvegetarian

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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.

Short description- in case u r in a hurry:

We were back in delhi after a year and wanted to have some good delhi food. Looked up ‘hidden gems’ section of zomAto and stumbled upon this century plus old haveli ( old mansion) restaurant.

narrow gali leading to the haveli
narrow gali leading to the haveli

We started off for old delhi from gurgaon in our car – reached Jama Masjid police station and realized that we had to get off. The gali ( lane) in which the haveli is situated is narrow and hence cars cannot enter.

framed pics of different stages of restoration
framed pics of different stages of restoration
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another one …

As we started walking in, we realized the lane was not properly lit. There were patches of darkness. At the end of the lane we were happy to see a signboard of the haveli.

end of gali
end of gali

We stopped to read the history of the haveli written on a stone plaque near the entrance.

history of the haveli
history of the haveli

We also saw an antiques showroom there.

grand entrance door
grand entrance door
ceiling near the lobby
ceiling near the lobby

At the entrance there was a traditionally dressed guard who let us in.

inside the restaurant
inside the restaurant

The haveli retained its original old wooden door. The small room at the entrance which is now the reception is beautiful- floral painting on the ceiling, chandeliers and a collage of framed pictures that showed the haveli in different stages of restoration.

one of the rooms
one of the rooms

As we walked in, we were awed. There was a courtyard surrounding which was the 4 storied haveli. Coloured glass, decorated doors, arches, beautiful balconies looked splendid. The restoration had been very tastefully done and the lighting done in such a way that it accentuated the features. Instrumental music was playing.

inside...
inside…

The haveli was made from thin kiln fired bricks and the restaurant gets it name from there – lakhori

lakhori
lakhori

Live dance session was also an awesome experience, specially in that setting.

a beautifully restored room
a beautifully restored room

The waiting staff were nice but they were like a flock of sheep without a shepherd. There was no rhythm to what they were doing. For the first 10 minutes no one came to give a menu card. People took some orders and then someone else Wud come and ask the same question. In short the management of the service team was a total failure. I realized today that they charged me for 2 veg meals but we had two nonveg meals!!!! That means the restaurant is losing money as well.

inside the dining hall
inside the dining hall

The kitchen team was outstanding I Wud say – from the food that came up on our table. The food more than made up for the irritating experience we had with the service team.

open dining in the courtyard & in room dining in the glass area
open dining in the courtyard & in room dining in the glass area

Menu card was a two pager with 1 veg fixed menu and one fixed nonveg menu

Menu card nonveg
Menu card nonveg

Loved the food.

Menu card veg
Menu card veg

Detailed description- in case u hv the time to njoy reading:

Shikanji – this had a very good punch, had perfect balance of salt, sweet, sour. Almost as good as my favourite- pandit ved Prakash nimbu paniwale of Chandni Chowk. Rate it 4.5/5

shikanji
shikanji

Chaach – buttermilk was fairly thick, creamy ( not like a lassi) and good to taste but it was low on salt. Addition of salt made the dish very good. Rate it 4/5

Chaach
Chaach

Fixed menu non veg had the following –

Welcome drink was kanji – they forgot to give us this. We asked for it and got it. The drink was chatpata and good. It was not like the ‘real kanji’, which has a slight fermented feel to it. Rate it 3/5

kanji
kanji

Palak patta chaat  – the palak patta was optimum in its crispness and was topped with the usual chaat toppings with perfect balance of taste flavour and textures. Rate it 4.25/5

Palak patta chaat
Palak patta chaat

Haveli ke galouti kabab had egg as the main ingredient. It was placed on a coin sized Warqi paratha. It was super soft, different from the mutton version. Rate it 4/5

Haveli ke galouti kabab
Haveli ke galouti kabab
Haveli ke galouti kabab
Haveli ke galouti kabab

Dahi ka aranchini was good to taste. Rate it 3.5/5

Dahi ka aranchini
Dahi ka aranchini
Dahi ka aranchini
Dahi ka aranchini

Haveli special dahi Puri was there in the menu card but not served to us.

Haveli special dahi Puri
Haveli special dahi Puri

Tamatar dhania shorba was very average. The one served in Rajdhani trains tastes as good or better!!!! (That was an exaggeration)…… rate it 2.5/5

Tamatar dhania shorba - served in a lovely pot
Tamatar dhania shorba – served in a lovely pot

Green salad was neatly cut and arranged in a wooden bowl. Loved munching on them.

Green salad
Green salad

Haveli special mutton korma was excellent- soft and YUMM pieces of mutton in a super tasty thick gravy. Rate it 4.5/5

Haveli special mutton korma
Haveli special mutton korma

Fatehpuri chicken bharta with aubergine- this one was pretty unique – served in the middle of a sliced aubergine, this was a bharta of chicken and aubergines. Excellent. Loved the smoky flavours. Rate it 4.5/5

Fatehpuri chicken bharta with aubergine
Fatehpuri chicken bharta with aubergine

Dharampuri special daal was lovely – that evening we had kaali daal, as good as if cud get. Rate it 4.5/5

Dharampuri special daal
Dharampuri special daal

Kinari bazar kofta dogala was interesting- intense kofta balls wrapped in leaf and served in between two thick gravies . Rate it 4.5/5

Kinari bazar kofta dogala
Kinari bazar kofta dogala

Pulao was average. The rice was suboptimally cooked. The taste and flavour was good though. RAte it 2.5/5

Pulao
Pulao

Daulat ki chaat is an old delhi street food served only in winters till 9 am in morning And after sunset ( else it melts). This one at the haveli actually tasted better and more intense than the street one. Rate it 4.5/5

Daulat ki chaat
Daulat ki chaat

Aloo paan roll was the second dessert – a small cylindrical mini samosa stuffed with aloo and a paan leaf from around. Needless to say there were chutneys and spices.unique dish and surprisingly good to taste. Rate it 4.25/5

Aloo paan roll
Aloo paan roll

Overall rating averages out to 3.9/5

A view from top
A view from top

This place is not just about good food but also the overall experience- highly recommended

 

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