A Day at Garam Dharam - Unique Concept, Inspired Menu

As a food blogger, one gets to visit a lot of new stand-alone restaurants and hotels. But only a few properties stay with you long after you leave. In this blog post, I am going to cover one such property that still continues to woo me with its unique concept and inspired menu.


Last Sunday I attended a bloggers table at Garam Dharam, a newly opened Punjabi food outlet at Rajouri Garden, Delhi. Brainchild of famous restaurateurs, Umang Tiwari and Mickey Mehta, Garam Dharam 'Dhaba Te Theka' is not an unfamiliar name for food aficionados of Delhi. 

Umang Tiwari

Having created quite a stir in the bustling M Block market of Connaught Place last year, Garam Dharam is expected to recreate the same success story by catering to foodies in West Delhi.

Garam Dharam
Garam Dharam
Garam Dharam

Already a rage with families, Garam Dharam in its new avatar is spread over a magnificent 3000 square feet, offering glimpses from the life of the yesteryear Bollywood veteran, Dharmendra.

Dharmendra

Umang's huge admiration for Dharmendra can be seen in full view at Garam Dharam. The restaurant has full-blown posters of Dharmendra's most popular movies and murals depicting his equally famous dialogs. Not only that, you'll also get to hear iconic Hindi songs from all his blockbuster hits.

Dharmendra's Most Popular Bollywood Movies
Entrance of a washroom at Garam Dharam
Menu at Garam Dharam
Dharmendra's Most Successful Movie - Sholay
Dharmendra acted with his current wife, Hema Malini, in Dream Girl
Way out at Garam Dharam

As a special incentive, the restaurant also features a replica of the classic bike from Sholay - yes, the very bike on which Dharmendra and Amitabh sang "Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge". Needless to say, if you're a Dharmendra fan, Garam Dharam has it all to keep you entertained.

Classic bike from Sholay at Garam Dharam
Classic bike from Sholay at Garam Dharam
Classic bike from Sholay at Garam Dharam

Coming to food, Garam Dharam intends to promote Dhaba food from every nook and corner of Punjab. It's the kind of highway food that you'd specially stop by to eat while traveling long distance. In that sense, Garam Dharam is truly a Dhaba inspired outlet.

Garam Dharam - A Dhaba inspired outlet
Garam Dharam - A Dhaba inspired outlet
Garam Dharam - A Dhaba inspired outlet
Garam Dharam - A Dhaba inspired outlet
Garam Dharam - A Dhaba inspired outlet
Garam Dharam - A Dhaba inspired outlet

The restaurant is hailed for serving 'desi' themed mocktails and cuisines, reminding patrons of Dharmendra with each sip and every bite.

Desi themed mocktail at Garam Dharam
Strawberry Lassi at Garam Dharam
Desi themed mocktail at Garam Dharam
Sweet Lassi at Garam Dharam

When Garam Dharam opened up in CP last September, there was a waiting of nearly 100 people on a daily basis just to grab a glimpse of the place. As a matter of fact, the restaurant was even endorsed by Dharmendra himself, given his huge liking for Punjabi food. The actor also provided valuable insights on the decor.

Decor at Garam Dharam
Decor at Garam Dharam
Decor at Garam Dharam
Decor at Garam Dharam
Decor at Garam Dharam
Decor at Garam Dharam
Decor at Garam Dharam

Here are my top recommendations for food and beverages at Garam Dharam.

Tandoori Items

Tandoori Paneer Tikka (INR 255)
[My rating: 4 out of 5]

Soft, succulent chunks of paneer marinated in flavorsome Tandoori masala, and then grilled with veggies. Served best with pickled onions and lemon wedges.

Tandoori Paneer Tikka

Chicken Seekh Kebab (INR 325)
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

Prepared with chicken mince, poppy seeds, and Indian spices, these delicious kebabs are grilled on skewers and then cooked in a Tandoor. Served best with green mint chutney.

Chicken Seekh Kebab

Fried Items

Fish Fry (INR 425)
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

Made using Basa or Singhara fish, this delectable fried fish leverages a variety of Indian spices like turmeric powder, red chili powder, carom seeds (ajwain), chaat masala, etc.

Fish Fry

Tawa Items

Tawa Bheja Masala (INR 325)
[My rating: 3 out of 5]

Usually made of goat brain, Tawa Bheja Masala contains a unique mix of tomatoes, finely chopped coriander leaves, coriander powder, bay leaves, black peppercorn, red chili powder, garam masala powder, ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric powder, cloves, milk, and oil.

Tawa Bheja Masala

Rice and Biryani

Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani (INR 425)
[My rating: 4 out of 5]

Classic Hyderabadi biryani prepared using spiced marinated lamb, basmati rice, fried onions, mint, and cilantro leaves.

Hyderabadi Lamb Biryani

Rotiyan

Amritsari Kulcha (INR 195)
[My rating: 5 out of 5]

These classic, hot baked kulchas are stuffed with potatoes, onions, paneer, and Indian spices. Served best with curd, pickle, or Punjabi chana masala.

Meetha

Phirni (INR 165)
[My rating: 3 out of 5]

A classic North Indian dessert made of rice and milk, Phirni is served on festive occasions like Diwali or Karva Chauth.

Phirni 

Very soon, Garam Dharam will be accessible to those traveling on the Murthal highway, as talks are underway to open a new outlet on the famous GT Karnal Road.

Piyush, Prayag, and Me at Garam Dharam
Piyush, Prayag, and Me at Garam Dharam
Piyush, Prayag, Gargi, and Me at Garam Dharam

Until a few years ago, who would've thought that a Dhaba and a Theka could coexist together in Delhi; in that aspect, Garam Dharam is a trendsetter of sorts, beautifully blending rural with urban. 

[Address:  J 2/12, BK Dutta Marg, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi.
Contact Number: 8010699999]

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