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Dhabas in Chandigarh

Dhabas or roadside eateries which also serve as truck stops in India are a concept originating in Punjab. These rudimentary restaurants serve warm (read hot!), delicious food with a homemade aroma and are the best stoppages for every traveler in northern India. With their warm and boisterous atmosphere, the dhabas in Chandigarh give every tourist a relishing flavor of the local cuisine.

Famous Dhabas in Chandigarh

The dhabas in Chandigarh will offer you with fresh Punjabi food items. They are mostly simple local fare and you will find generous doses of cream and butter whipped into your dishes. Be ready to gorge-for that is what happens to every plate that is served here. Unique as a concept, the Chandigarh dhabas offer you not only warm, aromatic, and rustic, Punjabi vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, they also give an interesting insight into local cuisine and culture. At night, you may find some of these dhabas treating you to traditional Punjabi “bhangra” and “gidda” dance performances to the beats of their “dhol”, a musical instrument.

Dhabas in Chandigarh City

Dhabas symbolize communal eating, bonding over the aroma of mouth-watering dishes. Chandigarh dhabas are a must for any tourist who wishes to see local life from a close quarter. Dhabas may not correspond to your image of five star restaurants with their classy seating arrangements and posh ambiance, but trying its food is a must for all travelers for their home made feel, great energy and tempting dishes!

Popular Dhabas in Chandigarh are:

Here is an insight to all the popular Dhabas in Chandigarh:

Swarn dhaba, Sector 30

One of the best dhabas to be found in Chandigarh, you must visit it even if there’s little time in your schedule. Both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are exceptional and special mention must be made of its delicious mutton curry. In comparison to other dhabas, the spices here are added temperately. It is located very near to Hotel White Palace and Hometel.

Dhabas in Chandigarh

Pal Dhaba, Sector 28

Unlike other dhabas in Chandigarh which is dominated by a male clientele, the Pal dhaba is visited by families, thus making it more comfortable for women to eat and hang around here. It is an expansive dhaba with a lot of space. Some of the popular veg dishes are shahi paneer, malai kofta, palak kofta with varieties of tandoori like butter roti, missi roti, lachha parantha, cheese nan with gravy and others. Savour some of its non-veg dishes like butter chicken, masala chicken, mutton rogan josh, keema kaleji, saag chicken and many others.

Popular Dhabas in Chandigarh

Puran Singh ka Mashoor Dhaba

Situated on the Delhi-Chandigarh route, this is one of the best dhabas along the route across the Ambala bus depot. It is well known for its mutton curry, which usually gets over by the afternoon, so high is its demand. This dhaba in Chandigarh is quite old and has been present for the last three decades. It has a seating capacity of 70 to 80 people. Try its legendary chicken curry, with oven hot tandoori rotis. Its other delicacy is the tanddori chicken to be served with the green salad (a combination of onions, lemon and green chillies). If you are a vegetarian, try the delicious shahi paneer (or cottage cheese served in creamy tomato gravy), dal makhni and mixed vegetables. In addition to their taste, these meals are economical and thus hard to beat!

Pehelwan da Dhaba at Sector 15, Rehri Market

This dhaba is a favourite haunt of students from the nearby Punjab University and surrounding colleges. Perhaps not great on the hygiene factor, it is courted for its non-vegetarian food and congenial attitude of its owner, Ramji. It is located 10-15 inutes away from Shivalik View, Mountview, and the Taj. A traveler visiting it must taste its appetizing chicken dishes.

Other Dhabas in Chandigarh include:

Some other famous Dhabas located in Chandigarh are as follows:

  • Bittu Da Dhaba, 558, Manimajra, Chandigarh
  • Haveli, Phase 5, Chandigarh
  • Khalsa Dhaba, Phase 5, Chandigarh
  • Katani Dhaba, Phase 3BII, Chandigarh
  • Grand Lassi Shop, National Highway 21 (Zirakpur-Patiala road) 25 km from Chandigarh
  • Deluxe Dhaba, Sector 28, Chandigarh

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