Phone: +91 7878802988, 079 48953404
Address: 101, Dynamic House, Vijay Cross Road, Opposite Child Care Hospital, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Time: 12 Noon – 4 PM, 7 PM – 11 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 600
Cuisines: North Indian
Facilities: Home Delivery, Vegetarian Only, Indoor Seating, Table Reservation Not Required
Dhabagiri is a restaurant brand known for its dhaba-inspired Punjabi, Rajasthani and other Indian food but also offering modern variations to Punjabi cuisine. They have recently opened a new branch.
Dhabagiri, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad: Decor
The garishly colored signage of the restaurant is clearly visible over the windows of what was earlier Cafe Alfresco. The youthful interiors of the casual Cafe Alfresco has now been blended with some elements of the Punjabi dhaba theme. Well lit with large windows allowing natural light to flow through, it has multiple dining areas you can choose from. You can even ask for a table close to the kitchen which is partly visible.
Dhabagiri, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad: Food
It expectedly has street food and dhaba-style dishes, some with variations. We started with chaats – the kadi kachori chaat is a signature dish with Rajasthani-style kadi and kachori, dal and chutney and the regular Delhi papdi chaat and dahi bhalla were also nice and piquant though some may find the curd a bit thick and viscose. There is a good collection of street food inspired dishes like the Sindhi dal pakwan, Rajasthani pyaz kachori, Bombay bhel, chole samosa chaat, palak patra chaat, among others.
For the mains, the restaurant offers a range of combos. We tried the chur chur naan with dal makhani, with black lentils well-cooked to achieve the required creamy consistency and rich flavor. Dal batti, dal dhokli, rajmah chawal, moth dal chawal and other classics are also part of the combo menu, and the Alfresco specials like thotha are also included here. The restaurant also has a range of thali meals and a la carte Punjabi dishes.
It is also known for tandoori and ghee-rich tawa fried parathas – besides the regular stuffed parathas like aloo, paneer, gobi and acharithere are house specials with fusion fillings. We tried one of their Tex Mex inspired pizzas but think that the thickness of the deep-fried paratha subdued the filling of salsa and cheese that should have shone though for the Mexican flavor.
For dessert, we tried the rabri barfi paratha which was rich and creamy with luscious rabri oozing out of it when we cut into the paratha.
The signature dessert called badshahi pudding was creamy, and laced with cardamom and dry fruits.
Plus & Minus:
This is a good restaurant for chaats, parathas, kulchas and combo meals but some of the experiments with global fusion takes on Indian food have not lived to expectations.