Delhi Darbar, Barsha 1

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on December 3rd, 2016

About

It was more than 60 years ago, a one-time passion to serve the best Indian food has created Delhi Darbar as a world class and internationally renowned Indian restaurant brand.

It is not difficult to see why Indian cuisine has internationally always remained the first choice of many discerning gourmets. Over many centuries of occupation and intermingling, distant peoples and cultures have made India their home, each adding his own twist to local traditions, food and customs. Culinary, they unknowingly created a tantalizing match of available spices, both mixed with a large dose, of the urge to please the palate.

When the first Delhi Darbar opened in Bombay (Mumbai) several decades ago, all the food preparations were ceremoniously undertaken and mixed as were the original recipes from centuries ago.

Today they continue to keep these traditions sacred, to maintain the essential spirit and methodology  which goes into the preparation of their food. And that is what has made Delhi Darbar the most sought after Mughlai dining experience in the world.

Ambiance

A Mumbai Joint originally, Delhi Darbar is definitely all about the food than the faff. Have not been to the branches in Old Town Dubai, but the Barsha one is clean and squeaky! Ample seating available for 50+ people for sure! It is super easy to find via GMaps. 

Review

Delhi Darbar is EPIC. I need to say this and get it about of the way. We were honestly not so psyched about eating Indian food outside, because in our experience it is always over the top oily, or bland, or just not to our taste. But DD changed all of that!!! Their Resturant was clean and welcoming, their menu was quite extensive and guys, they have Indo-Chinese as well. We were accompanied by our fellow food enthusiasts, who are actually RJ's by profession, and they surprisingly are quite regular at a different branch of DD.

Our servers too were extremely helpful with making sure we try out EVERY "famous" dish of theirs, which basically translated into this whole experience enabling us into a food coma, and we literally had to crawl back home! Not eating, was just not an option because the food was finger-lickingly good! 

Beverages

It was so random when all of us ended up deciding the same drink to well, drink. Salted Lassi. From all the options available, don't know why we simultaneously decided on this one. It was good and thick, but a tad bit less on the salt, but it was rectified in minutes and was just how we wanted it! One of us decided to be bold and ordered a mango lassi, and needless to say, it was a perfect accompaniment to the spicy and thrilling food! 

Food

We ordered tons of food, so I'm going to be as precise as possible, to ensure we do justice to them and you as readers and do not bore the shit out of you.

Starters:

Non-Veg Kebab Platter:

This included chicken tikka, lamb chops, mutton tikka and mutton and chicken sheekh kebabs. It came on a hot grill and was one of the best starts to our dinner. The kebabs were so full of flavor and extremely juicy and soft.
​Chicken Lollipop/Drums of Heaven:

About 8-10 pieces of crisp fried chicken lollipops arrived with a sizzling hot sauce. An instant favorite at the table.
​Dynamite Shrimps:

PF Chang's started it and everyone tries to replicate it. Now, even though no one can do justice to the original, DD's version came pretty close and was a different kind of yummy! Not bad at all, and I would say a must order for anyone who likes shrimps! 
Main Courses:

​Butter Chicken:

One of the very good off-beat versions of Butter chicken I have had in a very long time. I was beyond pleased that it was not sweet or too creamy but instead marinated well-spiced shredded chicken pieces in an apt curry. I always order Butter Chicken at an Indian restaurant, as it is one of the dishes that I hold as a benchmark for a good Indian place and Delhi Darbar passed with flying colors.
​Tawa Chicken:

This was even better than the Butter Chicken and that is saying like a lot! Tawa Chicken is basically chicken shreds cooked in a semi dry masala or spices. It is a different option if you are bored of the same old gravies and still want the same kick. It is well made, and something we would try to replicate ourselves, or just land up there again for a fix. A must order if you are dining here.
Bread Basket:

Yes, a special mention to their bread basket, because guys their roomali roti is THE BEST, you will find anywhere in Dubai! Take my word for it and even their naan bread and garlic parathas are exceptional. Something about the dough or the freshness- it works! Too well almost. I could eat the bread just by itself. 
​​Mutton Biryani:

Mutton is their specialty, as it is really cooked tender with the meat almost falling off the bone. That accompanied with aromatic rice made for a perfect biryani. One of the best we've eaten, for sure. 
​Triple Shezwan Chicken:

My wife's  favorite. Being from Mumbai, she has eaten so many versions here trying to find that perfect one, that at least come close to that caliber and she thought Delhi Darbar absolutely nailed it. It was just how she liked it and more. ME, on the other hand, thought it was way too spicy but on her recommendation, it became perfect when i just used less of the chicken gravy! Magic. 

Desserts

Halwa:

Was too full to try this, but my RJ friends did vouch for it as the perfect sweet ending. Will try it out the next time round.
Caramel Custard:

Umm, YUM! Who is not a fan of caramel custard? Loved every bite of it. 
Shahi Tukda:

My childhood favorite, this one is essentially fried bread soaked in condensed milk and a sugar syrup! Guys, their version added some saffron too and was bit lighter on the stomach than my grandma's version and tasty, but unbeatable to her style! (or maybe I'm just biased).

Rating

​Interiors –
Excellent

Location –
Excellent

Ambiance –
Excellent

Value for Money –
Good

Service & Hospitality –
Excellent

Quality & Taste of Food –
Excellent

Cost –
About AED50-75 Per PAX

Cuisine –
Indian, North Indian, Chinese

Phone –
04 3972727

Address –
​Eros House, Behind Mall of Emirates, Opp Pearl Coast Premier Hotel, Barsha 1, Dubai

Verdict

Delhi Darbar has outdone itself in terms of food and service. Both of them are unbeatable as far as we are concerned. We are SO done with the gimmicky style of food, that we massively appreciated food for what it was and how it should be. It is, maybe not a very good looking place, but guys- if you have not tried this place, you are missing out! One of the best Indian food joints in Dubai. #PawApproved. 

Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


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