Do you remember the last time you experienced the flavour of a Dhaba? The rustic essence intertwined with an open air dhaba-style restaurant, and its august ambience spiced up with mouth-watering dishes and the aroma? When in a dhaba, it is not just the food that one looks out for, but the whole experience that makes dhaba food much loved by all. While far-removed from a highway, NH 37 Dhaba in Pune has a unique mood, which makes it worthy for a visit. It’s a place where could hang out with friends and family both.
Located on Range Hill Corner, near East Square, this places when entered, makes one feel transported to a totally different place. Although there is a numbering system to availing a seat, the wait is worth it. With the vastness of the place, there are a number of gazebos with different kinds of seating arrangements. While one could find wooden cut-out logs that serve as benches, there are also regular plastic garden chairs.
Though NH 37 Dhaba does not qualify as a proper Dhaba, the place has a rural touch to it. Decorated with greeneries, branches, vegetable (yes, you read it right!), bamboo, straws, this place has a different charm. One gets a feel of being in a cottage. A pond with ducks around, and the waterfall, adds to the beauty of the place. One feels completely taken by the inner construction, fashionably designed roof tops with hay, lanterns and the trees. NH 37 Dhaba has many hidden talents to keep you entertained.
This is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Pune, and has great food quality. The menu here is well laid out with a good selection of both meat and veggie dishes, and dishes from foreign lands too. Before you start with your meal, they give you a plate of complimentary small papad, with pudina chutney to keep you occupied till your food arrives. The service is generally quick, but has chances for improvement. The tandoor items here are the ultimate. One can witness the tandooris cooked to perfection, while already biting on to a piece of lemon grass grilled chicken. For non veg, Badshahi Tandoori chicken is a must try. It is unique and yummy. The starters range from something as simple as Pahadi Panner Tikka and Tandoori Mushroom with Cheese, to spicy dishes like Ajwani Machhi Tikka (fish tikka) and Chicken Nawabi Kebab. The Achari Aloo, and Fish Tikka are just a perfect combination. For main course, I would suggest Chicken Tikka Curry, Peshawari Panner Tikka, Smoked Butter Chicken, Butter Naan, and Chicken Biryani. While you might not associate seafood with a Dhaba, this restaurant offers a whole lot of seafood dishes, like Red Pepper Pomfret and Prawn ka-Seang, this make its unique compared to the usual Dhabas. All of them were cooked delectably.
While this place also offers Bengali cuisine, but as a Bengali myself, I must say, this place is a huge disappointment. Neither they have a collection of menus, nor is the food flavoursome.
However, the real surprise was the tandoor and north Indian cuisine, quite different from all the tandoori places. This is the place you have to go, if you want to unwind in greenery filled place inside the city!