Dhaba in a five star setting in Hyderabad
The idea of a drive-in dhaba in a five-star ambience struck me as a bit odd. Can it indeed serve the authentic Makai ki Roti and Masala Chaas one would usually find in a dhaba on say the highways of Delhi? But once I entered the Radisson Hitec City’s Horn Ok Please, and drove through the tunnel that leads to the restaurant I changed my mind. To start with, I am delightfully distracted by the fun captions on the wall inspired by dialogues of Hindi films. Also, there are posters that scream over the top Bollywood.
Vibrant settings prepare you not only for the spicy, desi delicacies but also for the loud Punjabi tunes that the in-house DJ starts plays post 7.30 pm. If your spirits need lifting post a drab day at work, this place certainly has the right ingredients. The charpoy and quirky paintings of Punjabi men dancing bhangra style add to the décor with ample pops of colour. An intricately painted autorickshaw and scooter adjacent to the truck-themed bar counter could serve as photo-booths if you are keen on selfies. The bar counter behind the truck is an interesting idea; a bartender stands right behind serving delicious drinks from their ‘Patiala cocktail’ section. However, a pint of beer usually goes best with the spicy, Punjabi delicacies one is about to order next.
Pegs and platter
First up on our gorgeous blue table was a plate of Dahi Kebab. Served with pineapple and mint chutney, this slightly tangy yogurt kebab is the perfect snack to go with a patiala peg of whiskey that’s on offer. Next up was the juicy Tandoori Kukkad (chicken) which would easily remind you of tandoori chicken one relishes at a roadside dhaba in Delhi. Cooked to perfection, this starter was mildly spiced. The Dhaba Jhinga (fried prawns) was slightly ho-hum but the delicious and wholesome Palak Paneer Seekh certainly made up for it. From the main course, we tried the Chicken Tawa Pulao. This rice dish with succulent pieces of chicken, golden fried onions and a hint of saffron served with curd is one of the best things this outlet has on offer and is certainly a must-try.
Horn Ok Please is open from 7 pm till 1 am. Price for two: Rs 600 ++