DHABA--Curry Hill Indian--plea for recommendations..
- erica May 24, 2010 09:35 AM
I've read the reviews (on the whole, not very encouraging) here in preparation for dinner with a small group.
Are there any stand-out dishes on the a la carte menu? Please chime in with your favorites (not buffet items) and with any dishes to avoid.
Do they actually have a tandoor? If not, can any of the tandoori dishes be recommended?
some dishes i like (oh the delight of cut and paste):
Fresh fenugreek leaves fritters
Crunchy okra, red onions, lime, chaat masala, chili powder
Fresh fenugreek leave
GOAN FISH CURRY*
Coconut, tomatoes, dry red chilies, malt vinegar
Dry red chilies, garlic, soy sauce
there's more , but that's what popped in one pass on the menu
here in my review on yelp, after my 1st visit:
You're listening to the wrong people - Dhaba is very good. A few recommendations - the seekh kabob, chili chicken, Bhuna Lamb mirchwala, butter chicken, lamb vindaloo, methi chicken, the chicken kali mirch, and the batata sev puri.
Everything I mentioned is from the a la carte menu - I *never* eat buffets. (How many poor reports of buffet menus at dozens of restaurants have you read about over the years? I don't care if it's cheap - I figure it's worth if to spend a little more and get fresh food rather than last night's reheated leftovers.)
I haven't had any of the tandoori dishes but considering the overall level of the other dishes I'd expect them to be good as well. If there are dishes that appeal to you should just go ahead and order them.
PS - The breads are great too.
Bhel puri and papri chaat are very good starters. Poori and parathas have mixed results, but naan is standard and fine. Goat rogan josh is good; biryanis are also deeply satisfying. Vindaloo was appropriately spicy, but full of flavor.