Garam Dharam – Only camera & no actionsmriti
Ouch! That hurts.. It opened with a big bang in the heart of New Delhi, inspired by veteran actor Dharmendra, ‘Garam Dharam: Dhaba te theka’ gained popularity soon after it was launched. After reading so much about it, we decided to visit the restaurant for dinner. So, here’s what we experienced but before you read on let me tell you, don’t be mistaken when you see the line up outside because:
- Some people have a wrong perception that it’s owned by Dharmendra. The owners are Micky Mehta and Umang Tiwari.
- Dharmendra fans are reciprocating the love they have for their superstar to the restaurateurs. However, if you have love for food then you may wish to think again.
- Friday to Sunday are worst days to visit.
Restaurant report card:
Ratings – on a scale of 1 to 10 (10- highest, 1 – lowest)
|Food & drinks||4/10|
|Décor & ambience||8/10|
|Value for money||0/10|
Let’s start with the good things first:
It’s a first-of-its-kind outlet in Delhi’s Connaught Place area.
It’s a bright place. Overall, as the name suggests ‘Dhaba te theka’ , the restaurant interiors are rustic, Indian, dhaba-like with Dharam ji being the central theme running in the entirety. The moment you walk in the restaurant takes you to the era of the actor’s superstardom. It has everything that a fan can relate to our very own Dharam paaji : right from the posters of his iconic movies to memorable dialogues, from cutlery to the desi daroo ki bottle, from Dharmendra’s popular songs to the classic bike from the movie Sholay, the entire place pays tribute to the legendary actor. If you are a social butterfly, then this place offers a lot of selfie and photo- moments, including a cool check-in.
Not so good things:
Food & drinks: The food is 100% Punjabi only in options that are listed but definitely doesn’t taste Punjabi at all. The preparations are served in huge steel-plate as the dhaba as the theme runs across each element of this outlet. We tried Dahi Chicken, Kurkure Bhindi, Kadai Paneer, dahi ke kebab, Daal makhni, Paneer Lababdar, Kadhai chicken, naan and tandoori roti. We were definitely not impressed by the food at all. No preparation was close to the mark.
On the drinks side, the restaurant offers ‘desi’ themed mocktails served in a big-glass and cocktails served in Indian style liquor bottles’, taking advantage of a big group we were able to try Balram, Shera, Parimal’s Paan Gulabo and Lassi. Only Lassi was good and rest all needed a lot of training and preparation.
Service: The staff is rude and they are unable to explain a preparation. The food is served cold and you have to wait for a long time before even your starters arrive. Average starters wait time for us was 40 mins.
Average spend : 1200 + service tax but it’s for sure not value for money.
Where: M-16, Connaught place, New Delhi, India.