Have been to Pratap da Dhaba a few times already. My last few visits have been well documented here, here and here! I realised that I have yet to post pictures of this place and this time seems no different except for a few pictures but I hope that doesn’t disappoint.
The last time I went, we were disappointed but thankfully, that experience was a one-off. This time around, we went on a weekday and got the benefit of great service, courtesy relaxed waiters. Pratap da Dhaba has a good Dhaba feel to it and one can see all sorts of people here including families, friends and couples.
We started off with drinks including the age-old Lassi and the Panna Goday Naal. The later was an extremely tangy drink with pepper and salt mixed with lemon juice and water. It was a one of a kind drink and we loved it!
The drinks kept us going for a while after which we ordered for a Macchi Fry Amritsari. The Amritsari was ravas cooked in North Indian masalas and wasn’t as spicy as fish starters are in Maharashtra. The starter was excellent and the accompanying chutney was good as well.
While raving about how good the starters were, we went ahead with our order for the main course which was a Kukkad Dhania Adraki. A bit disappoint with the adrak which had a strong flavour but overall the dish was good. The Ginger-Garlic paste was liberal but so was the white chicken which was tender and juicy. We also ordered for a Lachha Paratha and again was a bit disappointed here. Prefer my Lachha Paratha a bit thinner than a Tandoori roti but that wasn’t the case here.
The place is a bit on the higher side but the food and the ambiance makes up for it. Pratap da Dhaba is highly recommended by http://talkreviews.wordpress.com!
Got an opportunity to try out a new place with friends over the Diwali weekend and so here I was at Sheetal Bukhara which is located in the same building as H20 club. From the ambiance its quite evident that this place is expensive (and it is!). It has a chilled out feeling to it, as if saying that you can spend all the time you want to here! Order a couple of drinks and spend the rest of the afternoon with your friends gorging on the many starters available here!
Anyways, we ordered a few starters ourselves along with a few non-alcoholic drinks. I had a Kash ma Kash while the rest drank Shahi Samundra, Coca Cola and Masala Chaas. I must say the drinks were wonderful especially the Chaas and so was the Kash ma Kash. Infact, I think they make awesome Chaas, even though it is a bit pricy it is still worth having! Complimenting the drink were the starters which included the Murgh Hariyali Kebab and Paneer Seekh Kebab and some Masala Papad. I cannot comment much on the Seekh Kebab as I didn’t get to have much of it and besides Seekh Kebabs aren’t my specialty either! The starters were good with the Chicken Hariyali Kebab as green as it gets! The chicken was well cooked and wasn’t spicy or bland but just about right!
Next up is the main course which consisted of Veg Bukhara Biryani and Murg Bukkhara Masala. The chicken dish was much like Chicken Kolhapuri without the hotness attached to it while the Veg Biryani was very rich in spices.The Murg Bukkhara Masala was accompanied by Kulcha and Butter Paratha which were both oven fresh when bought to the table.The biryani here isn’t the Dum Biryani but more of like a Kashmiri Biryani with a mixture of Awadhi spices to make a mix variant!
Finishing of the meal was the Rabdi which tasted very much like the one my mom made over the Diwali weekend. Good stuff! The food at Sheetal was exceptionally good and it seemed clear that the chefs were very particular of the way they made their food. The kulchas weren’t burnt a bit, the masala wasn’t overdone and neither was the food coloured! I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone with a taste for good food!
Here are the prices:
Shahi Samundra – INR 125
Masala Chaas – INR 65
Kash Ma Kash – INR 125
Coca Cola – INR 100 (Just realised we were charged a good INR 90 more than the street price!!)
Masala Papad – INR 20
Murg Hariyali Kebab – INR 200
Paneer Seekh Kebab – INR 165
Murg Bukhara Biryani – INR 185
Murg Bukhara Masala – INR 210
Kulcha – INR 28
Butter Paratha – 29
I have been to Pratap da Dhaba quite a few times for its one of those places which offers a killer combo of punjabi food and hard drinks all at an affordable cost. So it was without a flinch that me and my friends decided to go to Pratap da Dhaba for dinner at 8 PM! We were surprised at the crowd turn out at that time on a Saturday night (but it got full and had quite a few people waiting outside by 10PM). One inside we got down to business, ordered for 2 kingfisher mild initially, followed by 3 more later on. Besides the drinks we had a full tandoor chicken which was good but disappointing for its small size! For the main course we had chicken kadai and butter rotis. The Kadai was damn spicy and for me, spicy food just doesn’t go down with drinks. I was praying in hope that I do not puke and make a fool of myself which thankfully I did not! Phew!!!! We paid approximately 500 per person including the drinks which was a fair deal I though.
Somehow, I dont know why, but I thought the food could have been better which is what made me write the review in the first place. Ah well, matters not, we enjoyed, that’s more important.
Address: Shop No 31 & 32, Link Plaza, MHADA Complex, Next to Punjab & Maharashtra Bank, Oshiwara, Andheri (W), Mumbai
Tel: 26322323, 26342323, 26362323
Full Review: I was here on Sunday hoping my friend would give a birthday treat but he didn’t.. sucker..
Anyways I’ll get straight to what we ordered.
Starters – Reshmi Kabab and some Paneer dish (Excellent both of them)
Lassi – err not as great as what I had in Grill Cottage.. and the quantity was almost half of the half glass lassi there!! A big disappointment
Main Course – Chawla’s special.( didn’t want to order a special but my friend insisted so we did) Now this was a big big big let down! The gravy sucked, and was too thin, almost watery!
The chicken pieces were nice and juicy though.. (must be the water that seeped into em lol).
We also ordered a Paneer dish which was way better!! We almost finished that dish first before even starting with the special and to say we we were all carnivores (Except for one)!!
We had rotis didn’t order any rice.
The food was good overall but it was pretty costly too, came to 1.2k for 4 of us!! There are a lot more places where u can get better food and its a lot cheaper too.
Address: Shop No 3, Kailash Shopping Center, Jn. Of 16th & 33rd Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai
Tel: 26002164, 26004395, 26005206
I had for long time wanted to try out Mini Punjab and finally got a chance this week when my team decided to go out for lunch on a pleasant Wednesday afternoon.
From the outside it looked like a good enough place. From the inside, well, it was small and claustrophobic. The construction of the place is rather weird and one gets the feeling that most of the space is occupied by walls! Funnily, looked like a restaurant cum bar to me though offcourse the place does not serve alcohol. Anyways, we had to switch on the A/C (yes we did it ourselves) and it finally felt like we were inside an A/C hall.
Moving on to the food, we were 7 of us so it was going to be a big feast! We quickly ordered for starters, main course and drinks in that order.
Starters constituted of Paneer Chilly, Paneer Tikka and Pahadi Kebab. The Paneer Chilly was the best starter dish any of us have had in a while. It wasn’t very spicy, but just about enough to make me take a few sips of water. The Pahadi Kebab was a bit weird. I think it was cooked in mustard oil (or whichever oil it was, it was too much oil!). The chicken wasn’t tender and quite dry as well. It looked liked it was burnt rather than cooked in some masala. Paneer Tikka was a let down as well, it was quite bland and hardly any flavour other than that of bland paneer.
Moving on to the main course, we ordered for Chicken Kadai, Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Kadai, Jeera Rice, Dal Fry, Rotis, Naans and Aloo Parathas.
Starting from the Best: Paneer kadai. Absolutely lip smackingly delicious. The Jeera Rice was very good. Not too dry, not too oily, just right. I cannot eat rice without a side dish such as dal, but this one I could. The Dal Fry, was delicious as well, once i had that, I forgot all the chicken in my plate and hogged much of the remaining Dal Fry.
Sadly, it was the non-veg dishes that weren’t so good. While the Chicken Kadai had four pieces of chicken and water thin gravy, the Chicken Tikka Masala had a sparse quantity of chicken with thick gravy which did not taste like chicken tikka atall.
The rotis weren’t so good either. Lots of butter on em which is sure to give someone a heart attack. The Parathas on the other hand though were very very good. Again, not very oily and stuffed with mashed aloo and herbs.
Next up were the drinks, I had the lassi which I thoroughly enjoyed. The rest ordered for fresh lime water.
On the service part, we were served well until the place got packed with some women after which the waiters just didn’t come to our table! It took more time to call them for the bill and subsequently collect the bill than the time taken to bring the order!
On the pricing front we paid Rs.1286 overall. Here is the breakdown:
Aloo Paratha – Rs.30 (Worth very penny)
Butter Naan – Rs.25
Butter Roti – Rs. 15
Roti – 12
Chicken Kadai – Rs. 150 (Not worth the price)
Dal Fry – Rs.80 (Extremely good)
Fresh Lime Water – Rs.25
Jeera Fried Rice – Rs.85
Lassi – Rs.30
Paneer Chilly – Rs.120 (Good but expensive)
Pahadi Kebab – Rs.150 (Too expensive)
Paneer Kadai – Rs. 130 (The best of the lot)
Paneer Tikka – Rs.120 (Again, too expensive)
The pricing of some of the products was ridiculous considering the fact that the food was not tasty and the quantity was less as well. They are taking advantage of their location.
Overall, not really a recommended place for its high prices and not so good dishes.