Contemporary Indian Food at Dhaba Lane!
We were invited for an Iftar preview and super excited to try out the place since we had heard a lot of good things.
Located right behind Park Regis Hotel is Dhaba Lane with bright colors like red and yellow and the signature truck theme for the dhaba experience but of course in Dubai style which up-scaled the whole atmosphere. For the Asian crowd, a bonus point would be the Punjabi music playing in the background.
The restaurant is always packed and by the time we came on a Thursday night, it was a full-house too indicating the quality of food being served! There was enough seating to accommodate large groups but booking in advance might be a better option since the place has a queue of customers waiting for their turn to indulge.
Rating: 10 Golden Nuggets
The evening started off with amuse bouche serving the Naan Khatai Chaat to set our palates.
There were three options to select including Roohafza, Strawberry Mojito and Mango Tango. We went for the strawberry mojito and mango tango both of them were quite refreshing and complemented our meal.We felt there could have been more
selection for the drinks.
The appetizers were split into three categories with the cold, non-veg and small plate.
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Crispy Pattie Chaat @dhabalane.dxb. It is part of the cold #starters on the #SetMenu of a 10 Course Meal reasonably priced at AED 59. We loved ❤️ everything we tried and made for a great start to our weekend 🥳. A special shoutout to the chef and the team for the hospitality!
Cold: We tried the crispy pattie chaat which is a combination of potato filling with crispy bhel. Cannot go wrong with this one and this was just the beginning to an amazing dinner went ahead along the night.
Non-Veg: There were three options to choose from pepper pink fish, bihari boti, and ronakh seekh. The ronak seekh (mutton) kebab was our favorite because it was cooked well and the meat was juicy that we could have had a million pieces and still keep craving for more. Also, the bihari boti was perfectly cooked and went along with the mint chutney that was served in a mini pressure cooker, so extra points from us for the presentation.
Small Plate: We were served with the chef’s special Hare Moong Dal Ki Tikki, so this is not your regular batter fried base but instead made with daal. Kudos to Chef Negi for the creativity, a must try for the vegetarians.
The non-vegetarians could choose from Malwani Fish Curry, Chatpatta Gosht, and Dhaba Chicken Curry for the gravies, whilst for the vegetarians could pick Tawa Paneer, Dal Makhan Marke and Makkai Matar Khumb. Also, it is served along with a bread basket, and biryani or plain rice so that sorts out everything.
We loved the tawa paneer as it totally melts in your mouth and has a delicious surprise waiting to be revealed when you reach the center of it, that is the roasted cashews and walnuts which take the dish to the next level and the rich gravy of the palak, the classic combination have been beautifully weaved by the chef to bring out the best in terms of flavor and presentation.
Our favorite from the non-veg would be the Chatpatta Gosht, the flavors were well balanced and the meat was so tender. We paired them with breads and made for a delicious meal.
The daal was so rich, and well presented as well. It was so good that you could eat on its own just by scooping it on to your spoon.
Save the best for the last! Our expectations were on the roof after all we had, and guess what? We were not disappointed at all. Yes, fellow folks the food was that god plus a dessert being done right seems for a roadway to success for us.
Kunafa Chenna Malai keeping true to the Iftar season and blending the two classics from Arabic and Indian cuisine. Sounds too much? But no, this marriage was made in heaven! It had the right amount of sweetness and made our dinner experience truly satisfying.
We had the opportunity to meet the Chef in person the gem of a person who is behind the scenes and creates magic on our tables. The staff was very efficient and on their feet making sure each patron was well taken care of.
The Iftar menu is priced at AED 59 plus VAT for a 10 course meal, we don’t think we have come across such an irresistible deal until now. It is definitely worth the buck.
We will definitely come back soon to enjoy more of Chef Negi’s creations.