Garam Dharam- Review !

When Bollywood’s yesteryear’s superstar Dharmendra lends his name to a venture alongwith leading restauranteur Umang Tewari it’s bound to be as explosive as his reputation. Aptly named Garam-Dharam this modern style dhaba is sizzling hot which was apparent from the hordes of people standing outside trying to get inside. It was unique to witness such gripping mania and that too in CP which is bustling with culinary hotspots. Once inside you step into a double level eatery which brings alive the dhaba theme with traditional Indian steel buckets for ceiling lights, rear-view mirrors on a wall, a scooter and even a tree that lends authenticity.

The food is Indian period- no fanfare- but they do get it right. This in itself is something. They have some amazing mock-tails and cocktails on the menu served in quirky bottles with labels on them. I recommend Veeru ki ghutti which is a tantalizing combination of sandalwood, cardamom and kaffir lime. But do explore the other interesting options as well. We started with dahi ke kebab, hara bhara kebab & tandoori paneer tikka were which was cooked to perfection. The Tandoori soya chaap had a nice chewy texture and was well coated with spices making it extremely flavourful 

.The mains we tried were  Aloo gobhi, kurkuri bhindi, veg biryani and rotis which for me was comfort food after a long day of hopping from one place to another. The aloo gobhi was cooked just right with a slight bite, it was greasy and masaaledaar as Indian food should be. The kurkuri bhindi was really crispy and delish. The veg biryani although was the typical fare served under the garb of biryani, I won’t complain. In the end what matters is whether it tastes good and this thing scores very high on that scale. All in all, the portions were good and the tastes authentic to the theme.

Despite being too tired or full for any dessert, greedy me went ahead with a gulab jamun which did not disappoint. There were some service issues but in my opinion it’s not easy to please everyone when the place seemed to be bustling at the seams especially on weekends. The staff tried their best to provide as quick service as they could. Vaibhav, who attended us and other hosts were going out of their way to provide a very personal and customised service to the patrons. Some of the detailing like the warm towels given at the end of the meal try to give an enhanced experience which is rather pleasant. Overall, Garam Dharam is garish; it’s loud and in your face just like Bollywood.


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