Recently, I was invited for the menu tasting of Baba da Dhaba’s brand new outlet located at Yelahanka, Bangalore . Baba da Dhaba has run a very successful cloud based kitchen out of Central Bangalore and Indiranagar, and have decided to venture into a fast casual quick serve model with a commitment towards fresh , hygienic food made with all natural ingredients and no artificial coloring, flavors or preservatives. It is quite a difficult task to create Punjabi dishes in a short period of time and yet maintain the same level of taste as a traditional slow cooked meal, but Baba da Dhaba has managed to find the balance and is a perfect option for someone who is craving home cooked Punjabi food at an affordable price.
The place has a very vibrant exterior and gives the impression of a modern Punjabi fast casual , family friendly establishment. The decor is simple yet modern , and there is an option of both outdoor and indoor sitting . Like most fast casual eateries, the design encourages self service and is quite adequate in achieving the same. You feel welcome to an aesthetically simple yet appealing place.
For starters we had a plethora of kebabs and rolls with both meat and vegetarian options. The stand out dish among the kebabs was the chicken malai kebab. Lightly spiced marinated in cream and grilled to perfection this dish was definitely the star among the kebabs, I would definitely revisit the restaurant just for this dish alone! Additionally we were served a very delicious paneer tikka, assorted veg tikkis and the hariyali kebab. All kebabs were served with mint chutney and pickled onions.
They have three rolls, all made with whole wheat rotis rather than flour based hence is a healthier option if you are looking to skip the flour . They offer mutton sheekh , chicken tikka and paneer tikka roll. The mutton sheekh roll was a definite winner. The unique thing about the mutton sheekh kebab and the same used in the roll is a very high percentage of lean meat used with minimal fat. It is a challenge to ensure a lean meat mince doesn’t break easily and holds the shape in the kebab which they have executed quite well.
Baba da Dhaba has a variety of meal combos for it’s patrons, consisting of a combination of main course with rice, roti and dessert . We had a sample of the Paneer Lababdar ( paneer cubes cooked in a tandoori masala gravy) , Daal Makhani ( the preparation was very authentic using the traditional overnight cooking method, rarely seen in restaurants), and my personal favorite Daal Saath Salam ( split pigeon pea commonly known as Tur daal tempered with 7 different spices), Chicken Lababdar , Mutton Rogan Josh ( tender lamb cooked in a spicy gravy) and Saagwala Paneer( paneer cubes cooked in a spinach based gravy). The establishment also serves mutton and chicken Biryani which are worth trying despite the gazillion options in Bangalore because they have a very unique taste, not commonly found in other establishments in the city. Moreover, the mutton in the biryani is extremely tender and almost falling off the bones.
My regular readers would know I am not big into desserts, hence I wouldn’t be able to provide the best opinion on desserts. They have Phirni , Kheer (both are variants of rice pudding, with minor differences in ingredients and cooking techniques) and a house special Eggless Black and White cake. I personally loved the Phirni as the taste was quite authentic and had a subtle flavor of saffron while being the least sweet dessert hence automatically makes me more biased towards it! The chocolate cake was a bit too sweet for me, but those who love sweet tasting desserts would throughly enjoy it.
Overall it was a great experience, one which cannot be missed especially for travellers from the airport to the city. It’s in a perfect location to stop by for a refreshing grub which would make your stay in Bangalore all the more pleasant or a great way to say goodbye to the city.
Disclaimer: The new menu tasting was an invite and not a restaurant review under regular service hours. Images courtesy of the Baba da Dhaba Management.