Golgappas are one of the most favoured Indian street foods. But they could have slipped in the popularity charts had the vendors not slipped on plastic gloves and advertised the use of filtered water. Working on the same hygiene sentiments is Urbane Tadka,a modern dhaba that has recently set up shop in Sector 35 market.
There are many types of dhabas that line the highways of Punjab from the air-conditioned ones that offer tables and chairs,to the rustic ones with open-air seating,frequented mostly by truckers. Its the former category to which Urbane Tadka belongs. Styled like any fast-food joint with steely chairs and tables,including a view of the open kitchen,the dhaba reference comes across in the choice of tableware (steel again) and the Punjabi elements on the wall. Full credit to the artist who has made thalis and katoris look pretty as colourful artwork on the walls,along with Phulkari. As we settle in,the menu is handed over promptly.
Over the years,dhaba cuisine has been consistent with its offerings aloo paranthas served with dollops of butter,slow-cooked dal makhni,freshly made sarson saag,creamy butter chicken and the like. Reading the menu here,you realise that this modern version of a roadside eatery has its heart in the right place. Theres a robust non-vegetarian line-up including dahi chicken,butter chicken,saag meat,keema kaleji,chicken curry and mutton curry. Its hard not to notice that this place has kept its prices down to earth as well. The vegetarian section has quintessential dhaba fare paneer butter masala,dal makhni and karahi paneer. However,it was the baingan bharta that got our unanimous vote along with dal makhni,dahi raita and the much recommended mirchi parantha.
If you like your meats,opt for the mutton or chicken curry. The greasiness associated with dhaba food is thankfully missing here,and the spice quotient is fairly moderate. The meal portions were good and even though we were tempted to try the tilla kulfi,we decided to keep it for our next visit. Urbane Tadka is one of those places you would bring guests (especially the NRI kinds) to get a feel of dhaba fare without having to worry about the ambience.
Meal for two: Rs 400 (including taxes)
Location: SCO 409-10,Sector 35,