Mame da Dhaba (U 1/1, DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon)

In a nutshell:

Some Super YUMM, someYUMM & some not so YUMM Vegetarian Punjabi Dhaba food in Gurgaon at unbelievable prices, with the owner & his family at the shop floor at all times to attend to customers.

Long shot of Mame da Dhaba - the front side is the dining room & the hind side is the kitchen.
Long shot of Mame da Dhaba – the front side is the dining room & the hind side is the kitchen.

Address & other details: As u enter the one way road of DLF Phase 3 from beside Gateway tower (Jahajwali building), u come across a building on the left that has RBS. Take the road on the left as soon as the RBS building ends. Mame da Dhaba is just less than 50 meters into that road.

Superb Paneer Tikkas freshly tandoored & served
Superb Paneer Tikkas freshly tandoored & served

Meal for 2: Rs. 150 onwards

Cuisine type: vegetarian

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

This tiny eatery looks pretty unimpressive from outside. However, it is pretty neat & clean within. There is seating for 10 persons at any point of time – One has to share tables with strangers. Might sound odd but believe me, once the YUMM food arrives, people just stop talking & eat till they r full.

Aloo methi
Aloo methi

Outside, near the road there is a juice counter. The tandoor is also right beside the entrance.

Service is pretty fast. The owner is on the shop floor at all times & so is his family (most of the time). The owner supervises , takes home delivery orders on phone, manages the cash box, at times lends a hand to serving & at times to clearing plates as well. Staff members r quite good & r experts in fast service.

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The owner supervising the open Kitchen – standing in the Dining Hall

The 3 page menu card has a real long list of items. I wonder how they manage it. Stock-outs however happen ‘ aaj ye item khatam ho gaya ji’.

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Menu card with home delivery numbers as well

Some of the food items we had were extraordinarily good. Others were just good. One of the six dishes was suboptimal.

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Indus Flavour (2510, Ground Floor, Hudson lane, Kingsway Camp, Delhi University, New Delhi)

In a nutshell:

Master of curries, paneer & vegetarian Kababs, one of the best of its kind in Delhi NCR, with scope for improvement in Indian Breads & rice section. Worth a 1.5 hr metro ride for me to get here, hoping that some day they will open a restaurant in Gurgaon.

The logo of the restaurant
The logo of the restaurant

 Address & other details: Indus Flavour

Meal for 2: Rs. 700 onwards

Nicely done interiors
Nicely done interiors

Cuisine type: vegetarian

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

The concept of food in the restaurant is ‘Food from the different places around the Indus River – From Rajasthan to Afghanisthan, North West Frontier food, etc.’ Though the river does not really touch Rajasthan or Afghanistan, some of the cuisines of those places have been included. Tibet & Ladakh have been left out.

Indus Daal - served in a balti
Indus Daal – served in a balti

Leaving Geography aside, the names of certain items are quite ‘for the sake of naming’. E.g. Harappan Aloo – Harappan Civilization existed approx 5000 years back & aloo came to Indian subcontinent as late as less than 250 years back.

A side of the Restaurant’s wall has a very well made Off white colored Mural map of the Indus Valley. The seating is bright Red high sofas, dark brown wooden tables & red seat chairs arranged in a row.

Mural Map of Indus Valley
Mural Map of Indus Valley

Tables are a bit near to each other & there is chance that u wud hear the chat in the next table. However that practically is not possible due to piped instrumental music in the right volume – not loud enough to disturb a chat at one’s own table but loud enough to inhibit clarity of chat on the adjacent table.

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Other part of the dining Hall

The service is good & it takes a while for them to get the dishes ordered. The finishing (if not fully) of every dish seemed to be done post placing of orders. That helped the food taste ‘freshly made’. The staff were constantly running around from table to table but they were keeping an eye on all tables as well.

The place was fully packed most of the time & I recommend doing a phone booking in peak dinner hours.

All the above aside, Food is the King here. I have never had so good paneer in Gurgaon so far except in very very few places in Delhi. The only vegetarian Tandoori platter I have had is the one at Bikanervala Gurgaon – The one at Indus Flavours is multiple times better than the Bikanervala version. I was told that Paneer is made inhouse & that makes a difference. It left a lasting impression on me – Anything paneer was good.

Staff at Work inside the lit area
Staff at Work inside the lit area beside beautifully laid out Dinner table

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Kake da Hotel (67, Municipal Market, Outer Connaught Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi)

YUMMRAJ demytifies the legend of Kake da Hotel

In a nutshell:

Perfect value for money proposition with some super YUMM, some just about YUMM & some ordinary food.

Kake da Hotel

Address & other details: Outer circle CP

Meal for 2: Rs. 160 onwards

Cuisine type: nonvegetarian & vegetarian

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

As most of my Indian readers wud know, ‘Hotel’ here refers to a restaurant.

keema kaleji at kake da hotel

If good ambience is a must for u stepping into an eatery, Do not go here. U might come across uncomfortable scenes like swarms of flies, a guy lying down in the first floor corner, loud co-diners , heaps of semi processed onions or worst, even a rat. However, if u wanna have good to great food at prices lower than imagination, check this place out.

A restaurant that has been around for 80 years, Kake da hotel has quite a following. Situated in the outer circle of Connaught place, the hotel, like its neighbours (National Restaurant, Royal Restaurant etc), has a tiny seating area on the ground floor & has a slightly spacious first floor. The first floor is supposedly for ‘family’ crowd but I prefer the ground floor as that shows the real character of the place.

A section of the Ground floor dining room & the stairs for going to 1st floor

Very Few ladies cud be seen on the ground floor that is usually packed with individual / groups of men. Unknown people share tables due to lack of space. The area is quite crammed – u can hear almost every word that is being spoken in the table next to u.

The entrance to the Restaurant is beside a Glass front that has become smoky. Behind the Glass wall are a row of 8 – 10 dekchis (huge metal containers) on which meats of different kinds r constantly being slow cooked.

People walk in, order a curry, eat that with as many rotis they want, ask for just gravy coz that costs less (than ordering a full repeat of the dish with meat).

butter chicken at Kake da hotel

As soon as order is placed, the curry is picked up from the dekchi to serving plate & served immediately. The gravy is usually all over the plate & no one bothers to clean that up before serving to the customer.

There are several types of rotis on offer & Roti takes a while to make & serve – ‘garma garam’.

All food is made from pure desi ghee – proclaims a writing on the wall. In some dishes that comes out very clearly, in some others it does not.

By Delhi standards the prices r a steal. Price of the curries is approx. INR 130 – 140 per plate & rotis start at INR 5 per piece!!!

Menu card on the wall of Kake da hotel (click on the picture to see enlarged image)

Service is as fast as it can get. Waiting staff have been around for years & some of them have become numb. They r obviously not ‘Hotel Management trained’ like their swanky restaurant counterparts – just being a normal nice human being yields good results. I tried asking our waiter for a recommendation. ‘All is good’ was the answer. I tried 3 times with interval of 10 – 15 minutes. Answer was consistent. He was however very attentive of the way we were finishing up. As soon as we were left with 25% of the roti, he wud appear – Do u want another one?

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Paramjeet Machi wala (near Fun Cinema, Motinagar, Delhi)

In a nutshell:

Excellent fish preparations & tandoori / fried chicken at this takeaway / ‘eat in the car’ joint.

Paramjit Machiwala

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Address & other details: Paramjeet

This is located on the main road between Motinagar Metro station & Ramesh Nagar Metro station. If u r facing Motinagar, the shop is to ur left.

Meal for 2: Rs. 250 onwards if u eat fish & Rs. 100 onwards if u restrict to chicken.

Paramjit Machiwale’s fried Fish

Cuisine type: Nonvegetarian

Description:

I am yet to forget the taste of tandoored fish at ‘Makhan Fish’ in Amritsar. Years back, that was my first introduction to Punjabi style fish shops. Then we discovered Pappu fish in Gurgaon & found it very good till two days back my friend mentioned Paramjeet. We did not waste time & the next day we were at Motinagar driving all the way from Gurgaon. Unlike Pappu fish who sells fish in the winters onlty, Paramjeet’s fish is available round the year.

……………… & let me tell u – it was worth it.

The shop has a chicken shop, a chai shop, a liquor shop & a paan – soft drink shop as its neighbours – As perfect a symbiosis as it can be.

The row of shops

We stuck to the fish menu only as the portions were large + good chicken is available in many places but good fish is hard to find.
The minimum order size for fish at Paramjeet is 250 grams. That meant two dishes between the two of us = half a kilo of fish!!!!

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Amritsar Da Dhaba (Khar Telephone Exchange, Khar , Mumbai)

Contributed by Guest Blogger Rakesh Kumar In a nutshell: Awesome taste at a great price. Food served off Tawa and directly on your plate. Address & other details: Amritsar da Dhaba Meal for 2: Rs. 300 onwards Cuisine Type: Nonvegetarian & Vegetarian Description: If hygiene and great food can be separated …and strictly so, head to this typical street food joint in Khar, Mumbai. I … Continue reading Amritsar Da Dhaba (Khar Telephone Exchange, Khar , Mumbai)

Bajwa ka Dhaba (opposite Highway King, 60 km before u reach Jaipur from Delhi, on NH8)

In a nutshell: One of the best rustic, authentic, lipsmacking Dhaba food that I have come across in a while. Cuisine Type: Vegetarian Meal For 2: Rs. 80 onwards Detailed Description & the story: We had read about this place in a book called ‘Highway on my plate’ by Rocky & Mayur. The book says ‘wander here no faint of heart’. It’s a true blue … Continue reading Bajwa ka Dhaba (opposite Highway King, 60 km before u reach Jaipur from Delhi, on NH8)