Dikhawa Dhaba – Good food with panoramic views! — Reviewed!

"Dikhawa Dhaba" – Unique name with quirky, upscale, colorful ambience, comfortable outdoor seating, mellow music, checkboard flooring, swing seating, rooftop vibes, stunning views, and good vegetarian food. A total dhaba feel. Located on the Clover Hills, NIBM road, the place is lit and what attracts most is the colorful, tastefully done interior and the cool breeze blowing while you are indulging some delicious favourite Indian food.

Paid parking is available in the building.

Took a high seat and what a sunset view! Gorgeous. Servers are quick and will guide you through the menu. What you can expect is the classic Indian food with some street food. Many popular dishes are Chaats, Dal Makhani, Shaam Savera curry, Butter Naan to name a few. We tried the tasting-portions of the following....
  • Tamatar Dhaniya ka Shorba (3.5/5)
  • Dal Dahi Shorba (3/5)
  • Aloo Papdi Chaat (4.5/5) 
  • Sikandari Paneer Tikka (4.5/5)
  • Khade Masale ka Paneer Tikka (4.5/5)
  • Dahi ke Kebab (3.5/5)
  • Tandoori Bhuna Aloo (5/5)
  • Paneer Dumpling Makhani (4.5/5)
  • Banarasi Kofta (4/5)
  • Shaam Savera (4.5/5)
  • Khamiri Roti and Burgi Parantha (4.5/5)
  • Daal Baati Churma (3.5/5) 
  • Nariyal Ice-cream and Boondi ka Laddoo Ice-cream (4/5)
Shorbas on a cool evening is bliss. Tamatar-Dhaniya one was regular with a bit of tanginess and spice while Dal Dahi Shorba was creamy, thick and tasted average.

Street food is the most popular attraction on the menu. Wanted to try all of them but zeroed down on Aloo Papdi Chaat. Crunchy flat papdis loaded with sweet, spicy, tangy, hot flavour chutneys, potatoes, and sev. What could go wrong? This dish was burst of flavours in the mouth. Highly Recommended!

From the starters, we tried Sikandari Paneer Tikka, Khade Masale ka Paneer Tikka and Dahi ke Kebab. First thing first, super fresh, cottony, melt-in-mouth Paneer was used in the Tikka. Sikandari tikka had the marination of hung curd and cashews which was not too sweet. Loved the subtle flavours. As the name suggests hand crushed whole spices were used in the other variant of Paneer Tikka. Medium spiced, simple yet satiating appetizer.

Dahi ka Kebab was a bit let down. the filling needed more flavours and punch. Preparation was on point though. The chutney was yum.

One such dish for which I can come over and over again is the Tandoori Bhuna Aloo. Deep fried discs of baby potatoes slathered with sonth chutney, chaat masala, onions and tomatoes. Super addictive. A must try dish. Highly Recommended!

From the main course, we wanted to try the Shaam Savera but were insisted to taste Banarasi Kofta and Paneer Dumpling Makhani as well accompanied by Khamiri Roti and Burgi paratha. A good choice, I must say. Shaam Savera was eye-pleasing. Spinach and dry fruits stuffed cottage cheese kofta in rich makhani gravy. The koftas were soft and the gravy was perfectly balanced and medium spiced.

Next was the Banarasi Kofta. The regular potato and paneer based koftas in cashew curry. Medium sweet with rich tomato flavour. Though all the curries might have the same base, the taste and preparation was totally different. Very unique. Had it with the layered Burgi Parantha.

Paneer Dumpling Makhani was loved by one and all. Paneer dumplings (looks like rasgulla; but it's not) in the silky smooth, buttery, tomato and cashew curry. Looking at the texture, one can identify the makhani preparation. The best pairing was layered soft Khamiri roti. Oh so yum. Must try.

Was excited to try the Dal Baati Churma. But, it did not live upto the expectations. Panchmel Dal was thick and super delicious, no complaints. Roasted Baati would have taken the dish to the next level. Loaded with ghee the baati was soft. However, it is supposed to be hard from outside and soft from inside. Conveyed to the chef. Churma was too sweet and minimal use of ghee made me skip it.

Lastly, over to the desserts. Handful of choices for sweets, we opted for Nariyal Barfi Ice-cream and Boondi Laddoo Ice-cream. Both were unique and felt like eating the sweet itself. So well made.

Overall, a perfect destination for date, or get together with family or spending time with friends.

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The Great Railway Food Journey – Evoking Nostalgia at 3 Spices, Doubletree by Hilton!

What: The Great Railway Food Journey
Where: 3 Spices, Doubletree by Hilton, Chinchwad
When: All month long June 2019; Dinner only
Cost: A La Carte

What comes to your mind, when I say Rail Journeys? – Some might say chit-chatting with strangers, vacations with family, watch running trees out of the windows, peeping from the top berth and much more but majorly for all of us it is somewhere about food. Waiting for the stations and that sound of "chai-chai" and "cutlets" is still in our minds. However, most of our travel is now shifted from trains to flights but the train still retains its charm.

To relive those memories, 3 spices at DoubleTree by Hilton, Pune, is taking you on a nostalgic gastronomical journey through their ongoing food festival – The Great Railway Food Journey. The delicacies are from the three major railway routes viz. Northern, Eastern, and Southern including food from stations and canteen. The A La Carte menu ranges from Poori Bhaji to Peda to Luchi Ghugni to Kuli Paniyaram and if you find difficult choosing what to eat; they also offer preset, reasonably priced wholesome Veg/Non-Veg Thali (Rs.650).

3 Spices always surprises me with their brilliant concepts. Read about my best ever Rangeelo Rajasthan Food Festival in Pune at 3 Spices, Doubletree by Hilton.

We tried all the three thalis from different routes – Northern, Eastern, and Southern and some best sellers from A la carte as well. Northern railway route has some interesting dishes like Hare Matar ki Kachori, Moong Dal Mangodi, Agra ka Petha, Chhole with Tawa Parantha while the Thali had a scrumptious spread of all in one. The Vegetarian Thali had Tawa Parantha, Matar Paneer, Mixed Veg, Dal, Chawal, Papad, Gulabjamun, and Salad. I would say it was the best bet if you are looking for a delicious yet filling meal.

I have never tried anything from the Eastern Railway route but the dishes like Luchi Ghugni, Egg Cutlets, Gur Rasgulla were surely luring me. The Veg Thali had Luchi, Cholar Dal, Baigun Bhaja, Mixed Veg, Gur Rasgulla, Papad, Rice, Salad and Pickle. Every dish is unique in taste and texture. Loved the subtle taste of each element.

The Southern Railway menu too had fascinating dishes like Rasam, Paniyaram, Masala Dosa, Payasam, Pongal, Biryani to name a few. The wholesome thali had Poori, Aloo Bhaji, Mixed veg, Sambar, Rasam, Lemon Rice, Papad.

Highly recommended is the super flavourful South Indian Veg Biryani. Cooked with whole spices, one could feel the freshness and taste from the region.

Desserts too were authentic and regional. We had best ever Pedha, Petha, Gulabjamun and Payasam.

Ended our meal with the soul-satisfying Filter Kaapi. Replacement of jaggery made it a healthier version. Must not be missed.

What I liked most about this feast was the representation of unity in diversity which our railways are a perfect example of. The simplicity of the meal, presentation, the taste, and the textures were bang on. I am sure you would not want to miss it. Special mention to the Chef Balaji, GM Mr. Malla and the team for the brilliant concept and flawless execution. Cheers for this one and more!