I’ve heard many mixed reviews about Garam Dharam from few of my blogger friends. I believe dining at a restaurant is a very personal experience and depends a lot on your expectations and the dishes that you try. Garam Dharam, which is created on the theme of our very own yesteryear Bollywood star Dharamendra, is owned by him in partnership with Umang Tiwari and Mickey Mehta. It has a very vibrant look and feel of a traditional Punjabi dhaba, something that I would associate with Dharmendra, or rather the entire Deol clan. My views about the place are below.
One thing I really liked about the place is that the entire ambience that’s colorful, rustic, lively, vibrant and bollywood inspired, is completely visible from outside and plays a great role in attracting the public. I could see queues waiting outside for more than an hour which is testimony to the fact that this place is doing great business. The walls are adorned with old photographs of Dhamendra as well as his movie titles. The furniture, though comfortable gives you a feeling of Punjabi roadside Dhaba, and so does the cutlery.
Their cocktails are very indianized and each one of them had a very different flavor. You get an option to choose your spirit as well as the quantity. We tried Veeru di Ghutti and Chulbuli and both were fantastic each having a distinct flavor of its own.
This place is going to be a huge hit among the heavy drinkers as the liquor prices are reasonable and minimum serving for almost every spirit is 180 ml. They serve only in portions of what they call Pawwa (180ml), Adha (360ml) and Khamba(700-750ml).
I was surprised to find the food something like you’ll get at a Punjabi Household rather than a dhaba. The Rajma Masala was less spicy but delicious. I like the fact that they serve tawa roti. There are a few Dharamendra’s favourite dishes on the menu. We tried Anokha Milan Seekh which were made from a mix of Mutton and Chicken. They were a little chewy but the flavor was really good. Fish Amritsari and Dahi Kebab too were well made.
Not So Good :
They have a vast menu but they must confine and restrict themselves to Punjabi fare and not venture out. They have few Lucknawi items on the menu like Galauti and Kakori Kebabs. We tried Kachhe Gosht ki Biryani. It had good Punjabi flavor and was full of spices, but not something which I expected from the name of the dish. Further, the Kesar Kheer was like homemade kheer, which is good, but was devoid of the flavor of kesar.
I like the fact that all their food is cooked in Desi Ghee which enhances the entire flavor of the food and gives them an edge over the others. The concept in itself is very entertaining and will prove out to be a huge crowd puller.
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.