Rajinder Da Dhaba is a legendary restaurant in Delhi
Beginning as a small roadside “dhaba,” or roadside street food restaurant, Rajinder Da Dhaba has grown to overtake an entire little strip mall shopping center. Its popularity is one of the greatest street food, rags to riches, success story in Delhi. And the best thing is that despite the popularity they have received, while some restaurants go down in quality, Rajinder Da Dhaba has continually served outstanding food, as one can easily testify as soon as arriving and seeing the crowds!
There are many different sections to Rajinder Da Dhaba, and I was honestly a little confused and I’m still not fully sure if I have it correct. But the basic is this: There’s a sit down nice restaurant, a lesser nice sit down restaurant, and the giant parking lot where customers takeaway or just stand around while eating. So there are really three (or maybe more?) branches of Rajinder Da Dhaba all in the same shopping plaza. Since eating is one of the top things to do in Delhi, Rajinder Da Dhaba shouldn’t be missed! We arrived and went into the nice dining room first, a small room with about 6 tables in it. Though Rajinder Da Dhaba primarily serves up huge platters of grilled meats, my friend, who is vegetarian, said, “they also serve some amazing vegetarian dishes.”
MIXED VEG ALOO GOBI
The mixed veg aloo gobi, a thick tomatoey stew full of potatoes and other veggies was wonderful.
MY VERY FIRST TASTE OF AFGHANI CHICKEN
I had eaten tandoori chicken plenty of times before, but my friend said that his meat eating friends had spoken very highly of the Afghani chicken at Rajinder Da Dhaba. Having never heard of Afghani chicken, I decided to go for it, and it was amazing! I’m not even sure what was all included on the chicken, but it was surely marinated in thick yogurt or cream along with the perfect amount of spice before being roasted in the tandoor oven. The Afghani chicken came out tender and juicy and absolutely bursting with flavor. One of the best plates of chicken I’ve ever had.
THE OUTDOOR MEAT STATION AT RAJINDER DA DHABA
I liked the Afghani chicken at Rajinder Da Dhaba so incredibly much, that after we finished out meal indoors, we went outside for another plate of the same chicken, but with a much different ambiance – the parking lot. Every night, especially on the weekends, there’s a huge crowd of mostly men standing around ordering plates of grilled meats while standing or sitting on top of cars. You walk up to the ordering counter, pay, and after your meat has been cooked, they’ll put it on a styrofoam plate. The aroma of grilled chicken is all through the air, and I was even more excited for my second plate as I was my first plate. Again it was incredible, the Afghani chicken had so much flavor. It was rich and creamy, combined with hints of spice and a smoky roasted flavor.
OTHER LIP SMACKING DISHES TO BE ORDERED
How to get there: The restaurant is located in the Safdarjung Enclave strip mall.
The closest Metro station is either AIIMS or Green Park, and from there you’ll have to take an auto rickshaw which should cost 300 – 500 INR.
Address: AB 14, Safdarjung Enclave Market, New Delhi Open Hours: 5 pm – 11 pm daily