Zune, at Hilton Hotel Janakpuri, hosts a dhaba food festival till the month end
Keeping in mind that west Delhi is largely dominated by the Punjabi community, Hilton Hotel Janakpuri has come up with a 15-day Dhaba Food Festival at its Indian specialty restaurant Zune. The food fest — on till the month end and available only during dinner time — has a menu that offers some lip-smacking highway style delights. Set in a décor that captures well the colourful spirit of the dhaba milieu, the fest features four variations each in starters as well as the main course in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian sections.
Chef de Cuisine Mohammad Irfan says he has paid special attention to not miss out on any dhaba special dish be it the traditional dal makhni, Amritsari macchi or the popular Lawrence Road di tikki.
I start my highway culinary journey with the popularAmritsari tawa macchi — shallow fried fillet of fish dipped in a gram flour batter. It comes out real tender. Even a delicate touch broke the fillet into two.
Highway da chicken tikka, spiced with crushed whole coriander, red chilli and black pepper corns, comes next. Served with a mint chutney, it is seasoned to perfection. Chef Irfan says, to replicate the dhaba taste, he has not used any grinders to grate the spices, they are all hand crushed and makes the taste of dishes like doonger de seekhan, bhein de kabab and Lawrence Road di tikki perfect. Bhen de kabab and Lawrence Road di tikki typically come with the four toppings — sweet sonth, green mint chutney, dahi and crispy aloo bhujia to sprinkle on the top.
Bharwan mirchan di kadhi is yet another yummy dish in which the chilli is stuffed with spiced potatoes simmered in a yogurt sauce. The combination of potatoes and chillies is enticing.
Simmered overnight, the dal makhni at Zune is a finger licking delight. It has the perfect colour and aroma which goes very well with lachcha parantha. I enjoy every morsel of it.
Chef Irfan’s kadhai murga made in a tandoor is also sheer ambrosia. The onion and tomato gravy cooked in the classical way with oodles of butter if to be defined in one word should be called divine.
Don’t forget to wrap up your meal with a meetha paan.