Well, it took me a few months to visit Garam Dharam – Dhaaba te Theka at Rajiv Chock, Delhi. So when I was invited to come to the latest heat wave created by Dharam Paaji in Rajouri Gardens, I quickly agreed and reached the eatery during the very first week of the launch.
Located in the food section of B K Dutta Market, I was welcomed by the smiling manager at the dhaaba and I made myself comfy on the corner table made out of a Trunk.
Well, a lot has been said about the quality and goodness of food and drinks served at the Theka at CP. My review also was a mixed one, and here too we had almost the same menu. I did not expect anything different though, and you should also not.
The interiors here too are awesome. The natural lighting in the corner where I was sitting and also the semi-dim lighting elsewhere along with interesting interiors made me like the decor instantly. The decor was that of a typical roadside dhaaba on national highways and the walls had Dharam Paaji all over them.
Divided into two floors, it is spread out like an open area on a paddy field along a highway – the environs are truly made up like a dhaaba. The DJ Console in form of a highway truck installation, desi (country) liquor bar, quirky dialogues from Dharam paaji’s films on the back of the waiters, bucket/kadahi/kettle lamps, village styled brick walls, Dholki, all add up to the mesmerizing atmosphere. .
The typical dhaaba style cutlery, glasses and big steel plates made me very happy. The menu has everything that a simple man would like to eat at a dhaaba. Tikkas, kebabas, makhani daal, and a lot of vegetarian options along with desi styled drinks.
We started with few flavoured lassi to cool us down. We tried Mango and the Water Melon lassi. Perfectly thick but unfortunately, they were made out of soured yoghurt. They should not have served it.
We then tried all the four variety of mock-tials in desi theka styled quirky bottles (desi pavvas). Pyaare mohan, and Verru ki Ghutti are certainly worth trying.
Though I feel they should improve the quality of drink in these pavvas also. Paan Gulabo was nothing but a liquefied version of a toffee and too high on chemical contents. Other pavvas were also just OK.
Appetizers soon started coming in and were served in tits and bits on our tables. We had Soya chaap, Tandoori Paneer Tikka, Dahi ke Kebab, and Hara Kebabs. First of all it was the evergreen Tandoori Paneer Tikka. The paneer was soft, was perfectly marinated and tasted awesome. Then came the Garam Dharam Special Soya Chaap, I liked it. The Dahi ke kebabs were better than what we had the CP outlet. Still they were a bit dry from inside. Hara Kebab was the best among the appetizers.
For the main course, I ordered for some authentic Punjabi food, Dal Panchmela, Kurkury Bhindi and Paneer Bhurjee and also the Amritsary Pindi Choley. For breads we had Lachha Paranthas, Butter Naaans, and Amritsary Kulchas.
I really liked the authentic looks of the servings and also the fact that there was very less oil used in the food here. Now it was time for my favourite dishes – the desserts. We had Dharam Veer Kesar Kheer, Phirni and Gulab Jamun.
Décor : 4/5 Ambiance : 4.5/5 Food : 4/5 Service : 3.5/5
Location: B K Dutta Market, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi
We were invited by the management for a review. The pictures are of actual size servings and no monetary returns were received by us. The views expressed are entirely based on our experience on a particular day and it may vary with one’s own likings and also the time of his visit.