Pind Da Dhaba is an authentic Dhaba style restaurant serving the bold flavors of Punjabi cuisine. Comfort food with beautifully renovated Dhaba zeal -a true local favorite for fabulous Punjabi food fanatic. It’s quirky wall depicting old Hindi movie posters, Rikshaw like diner table and every other details of interiors screaming Punjab – creates a real sense of occasion, making it difficult at first to lower your eyes to the menu.
Basically a Dhaba is a roadside stall frequented by truckers in India. Pind Da Dhaba has long maintained a cult following among a decidedly non-trucker crowd in Dubai who throng in this Dhaba restaurant for the generous portions of Tandoori dishes and Curries sopped up with greasy & luscious laccha parathas.
Our Punjabi-licious Lunch
- Bubblegum & Passion fruit Lassi
Punjabi food is undefinable without an elephantine serving of Lassi in Kular (clay glass) to go down with spice kicked food. The lassis at Pind Da Dhaba traverse the entire spectrum with flavors like bubblegum, passion fruit, mango, strawberry, rose, lychee, coconut, and even kiwi. We particularly loved the bubblegum flavor lassi that was beautifully creamy and rich & tasted interestingly delicious.
- Shakahari Starter
The vegetarian platter comprising of Paneer tikka, Hariyanli Paneer tikka , Khumb kabab and Makki ki kebab. Paneer tikka was the highlight with succulent cottage cheese marinated in array of spices & tandoor grilled beautifully. Also,the natural sweetness of corn in Makki ki kabbab is offset to perfection by the rich earthiness of Indian spices. This platter makes a fantastic vegetarian starter that’s well served with crispy parathas as a delicious lunch.
- Mansaahari Starter
The non vegetarian platter comprising of kebabs like Murg tikka, Murg malai tikka, Tangadi kebab and Mutton seekh kebab were indeed fresh and succulent, with a nice amount of char on them. The Mutton seekh kebab, made with minced meat and spices was the best thing on the plate. The entire platter was healthily laced with tasty fat, yet, like everything else, grease less to a fault and making it a must order for all the crazy rotisserie junkies out there.I think it is only a matter of time before it is recognize that kebabs have overtaken any other dishes as Punjab’s national dish.
- Main Course with Punjabi Tadka
Our main course spread was fiery and lusciously rich curries like Dal Makhani, Dhaba meat and Murg Tari wala accompanied by assorted parathas. From creamy Dal makhani to overly spicy Dhaba meat, all the curries were highlighted with big flavors that came together rather than overpower each other and perfectly went well with Laccha parathas and Tandoori rotis. Apart from that the rest of the main course menu is all about rich Sarso ka saag and Kadhi Pakoda, unctuous and slow-cooked Lamb and Chicken curries, and other good versions of Punjabi staples likebuttery breads and juicy kebabs.
As we were almost in Punjabi food coma, our tummy has forced us to constrain the sweet course with Kulfi serving. With a few tweaks, Pind Da Dhaba has turned the plain kulfi into an edible celebration called Mango Kulfi. Back to origin, Malai kulfi was particularly rich, creamy and lip smashing good.
Pind Da Dhaba is a full-on and cheerfully Dhaba restaurant that enjoys mythical status among Dubaians. I recommend this Punjabi stalwart wholeheartedly because of the pocket friendly and unreserved boldness of the food.
250 AED for two persons.
Food – 4/5
Service – 3/5
Ambiance – 3/5
Al Karama, Dubai