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Delhi Darbar

ColabaSouth Mumbai  

  • 02222025656, 02222020235, 02222825858, 02222845152
  • Shop No. 10/14, Holland House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Near Regal Cinema, Colaba, Mumbai
  • Mughlai, Chinese
  • Meal for 2 - 800
2.7

46 Reviews / 47 Ratings

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The Best Roomali Rotis in the World

Some people would know what I mean when I say 'Muslim Restaurant', for the uninitiated Muslim Restaurants are characterized by the overuse of maida, oil/ ghee floating on top of food, the gravy (almost used in everything), certain standard dishes and location of the restaurant itself.

While there are probably hundred of Muslim eateries, spread across certain localities of Mumbai, out of which one is Delhi Darbar. The ambience here is last century. The service though is from a category above with helpful staff which know the line between intrusiveness and helpfulness, and the useful portable serving table which really frees up place on the dining tables.
The food here for vegetarians is standard fare, the same generic dishes, all of which pretty much taste the same with only minor differences brought about by ingredients which mainly serve to change the texture and not so much the taste.
I assure you that most people will not be able to tell the difference in a Paneer Makhani / Kadai / Palak Paneer from other restaturants. But in the sea of generics comes a blockbuster drug.

The roomali here is illegally good, if it weren't for the completely legal ingredients, I am sure the church could have banned it for enticing gluttony. The egg infused (pure vegetarians beware) goodness is hard to match anywhere in Mumbai (one of the contenders is its namesake Zaffer Bhai's). The words that come to my mind when I stuff Roomali after Roomali down my throat is the clichéd "melt in your mouth". If you love roomalis (and I am not talking about the once legendary but now ho hum and egg free ones at copper chimney), then you have to visit this place. Order any dish and request for the thin gravy, and 1+1+1+1....Roomalis and let the game begin. The rest of the menu is standard fare, the Daal is something I like with lots of yummy ghee floating on top.

If your eggetarian and love roomali than this is a place you cannot miss.
If your vegetarian than keep reading my reviews for further guidance.

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4.0

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Mughlai at its best

A wide assortment of typical Mughlai curries and kebabs, and some interesting additions not always found on menus like paya, brain masala, and laccha paratha. The curries can be a bit oily, but fine when eaten with steamed rice or biryani. We usually avoid the non-traditional items on the menu. No alcohol is served, and I suggest you stick to bottled water and cola. The best dessert, by far, is the kulfi - my favorite is the malai kulfi. The service is quick, competent and your waiter has good suggestions if the menu seems baffling. There is a page for daily specials. Love the finger bowls with warm water and a lemon slice after the meal!

The food was very good but too oily n spicy. Loved the juice there, service is very good n the waiters polite too, atmosphere good too, they have lot of varieties in their menu so couldn't make our mind. Vegetarian Menu is a bit limited but the food is good. Make no mistake. It's just better for the non vegetarians due to the extensive menu and the predominantly Mughlai cuisine.

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Bad food . Bad service. Highly disappointed.

Bad food.
Bad service.
I've been to a number of North Indian cuisine restaurant but this restaurant was by far the worst.
Food was quite tasteless.
I was given a soft drink which was not cold.
They have spoons & forks on their table but not knife.
I went there with high expectations but was highly disappointed.
:-(:-(:-(

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Good Indian Food

We were 6 of us who went here, for a treat. The tables are smaller for a such a crowd. They cannot have more than 6 on 1 table. neither can they join table in case of larger groups. Anyway, we ordered food and the service was quick enough.

Daal Ghosht was the best and later the biryani was awesome too. Veg Hara bhara kababs were good. Though cant say veg paneer tikka masala was any good.
We ordered cold drinks which took some time to come. But overall we enjoyed the food.

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Poor experience, ill mannered staff Trashy

We arrived at 07:30 pm, for an early dinner after driving over 40 kms from Powai. The Restaurant was empty barring a couple sitting here and there. We were directed to the mezzanine floor above by the captain at the entrance. We were informed that the area above is cleaner and has better ambience. When we reached up, there was one steward who directed us to the table at the far corner of the floor, we declined as the corner was next to the Kitchen and the wash basin and it was dark and dingy, not the best of places to sit and eat a good meal , especially when you are there with the family for a nice quiet dinner. we obviously took the table of our choice as the restaurant was empty. Once seated, we asked for some Water to be served, the steward did not pay any heed and did not serve us despite several reminders. Finally we were served water after the captain was asked again. The Captain also informed us that the steward called MISTER was a rude fellow . We wondered, Why they had hired a person who is not suitable for the job he is asked to perform. All through the time we were there , this steward continued to be inattentive and not interested in his work. Then again here was No one to take orders, so we were kept waiting and wondering , apparently the captains only take the orders and they are busy in kitchen (doing what ?). Finally the food is served after much wait of 45 minutes . We Ordered the following :
1. Mutton Roghan Josh - absolutely an average concoction, a lot of oil floating on the top, the meat used is bad quality, full of fat and no meat. The Onions were burnt while the dish was being cooked, which lent a bitter taste to the gravy, hence the taste was bad too.
2. Mutton Biryani - This is layered Biryani, Came in an open Pot, the rice on the top was cold, the meat and masala was in poor taste, the white rice on top of the Pan is sour due to excessive lemon juice / Kewra water (screw pine essence or pandanus flower essence). The meat pieces had lot of fat attached to it, meat was badly cut ( machine chopped maybe) It was uncooked and smelly but was falling off the bone due to excessive marination. Below average in taste.
3. Tandoori Chicken - The size of the Bird was very small, maybe less that 400 gms, chicken was not cooked well, the meat was pink and oozing of blood at the bone. Chicken turns white when fully cooked, here it was translucent and pink, which indicates that the temperature in the tandoor was very high, hence the outside of the chicken was cooked and the inside was raw. This was also a disaster. 4. Tandoori Naan
All in all a very bad experience , I visited this restaurant after 10 years, Can never recommend this restaurant to anyone , I would like to ask for my money back and swear never to go there again. I did speak to one Masood Mansuri, probably the owner of the restaurant, who did not show much remorse for ruining my evening and the waste of my monies. There were people lined outside to get in, all ignorant of the fact that the food dished out inside was all trashy and i would say inedible. If you are a lover of good taste then this is not the place for you, otherwise you can go go and eat anything anywhere, it doesn't matter. For the ignorant the difference between Good, Bad and terrible food is not obvious, hence they lap up whatever is served to them. My experience was pathetic. Never ever again an I going to this substandard restaurant !

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extremely obnoxious

extremely pathetic food, bad service... no hygiene and sick ambiance...
do not visit this place unless you want to screw up your evening.
being located in the heart of the city of city and holding such fascinating name its major target customer are foreigner... with such bad food and service this place draws poor image of India for foreigners..... this place should be bought down...

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Hopeless and indecent food and staff.

I stumble upon the this restaurant because of its hype and mughlai speciality.

I did the worst mistake of my life by visiting this place and relying on the reviews. I should have visited this place before getting the precious guest to this place. it was a total disaster and embarrassment for me.

I am utterly discouraged by the food they serve. The pathetic service and the rude staff. I just don't want to spend too much time for this restaurant.

I would advice you not to visit this place even if you die out of hunger. The menu is too exaggerated and over priced like hell.

don't go by its attractive name and fame. They are just fooling us.

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Famous for the Indian Mughlai fare, since over yea

The food is slightly overpriced as the quality is definitely NOT what it was till a few years back. However, so often, when one is craving Indian spicy chicken butter, chicken biryani, seekh kebab or mushroom masala, you end up here! Their delivery service is good - at times they unnecessarily delay I feel, even with smaller orders. The same taste has been surprisingly maintained throughout the years though!

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Ravi

10 Reviews

August 17,2013

1.0

Namesake

Hi Guys,

Well, who will not visit DD by its name, but this time I was really disappointed with the food and the service at the colaba outlet. First of all the place smells of food (so it becomes a no-no for vegans on Mumbai. Over that they use the same gravy for almost all their main courses, I was like really. The food is average as compared to the hype raised by its name. The service is below average and I think they care less about retaining a customer coz prolly by now they know that people visit by its name. Its a no-no for me as per my experience goes. Cheers

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Good

I so happened to go to this place on a Sunday. To my surprise the waiting didn't happen to be much luckily.. Wr decided to go for the days special dish and being a sunday, chicken nargisi was on the menu so we decided to call for that alkng with roomali roti. The chicken nargis was just amazing and probably the best roomali roti i ever had. Was not happy with the quantity that was served. Between 2 of us we had to order another one. The ambience of this place is just ordinary and service is pretty slow. Well if you guys happen to go on a sunday then must try chicken nargisi.

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Not The Same Anymore

Used to be a fan of their mutton and chicken biryani sometime ago but alas, that's not the case anymore. The taste, quantity and cost of the biryani has deteriorated and there seems to be no signs of it being resurrected. Just hope they pull up their socks and put their old act together. All the best.

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Anub!s

2 Reviews

April 17,2013

3.0

delicious kebab @ pathetic service n rude staff

was looking forward at hogging here, and finally it happnd earlier this month.
the ambiance was pretty decent, well lit nothng gr8, but the music was
horrible they were playng instrumentals of bwood cult movies from 80-90s!!!

we were offered a table ryt away and soon came a waiter wid the menu

i ordered for reshmi kebab, cheese naan, prawn chilly and romali roti
ma frnd orders for mutter paneer and butter naan to which he asked
"mutter panner veg/non veg ??!?!?!?"
we were surprised and repeated its mutter panner and again he asked me
veg/non veg... we did chk the menu for a "non veg" mutter panner
and it seem like the guy was new so we told him to get us "veg" mutter paneer.

aftr 10 mins somone who seems to be frm kitchen approchd our table to chk if i wanted the chilly prawns in gravy or dry
and he suggestd to go wid gravy as i wud not need to ordr nethng else
for the rumali rotis whch was wise

after a wait for 45mins arrives ma kebab...
and the wait was worth it the kebabs were awsmly delicious and specially the mint chutney i was delighted wid the kebabs.
but however it did not last for long as i cleaned ma plate quickly n again the wait began. and the rest of our order comes aftr anothr 15-20 mins.
and dis idiot places the naan basket in the middle of the table in such a way that it touches ma plate in whch i had kebab and i asked him not to serve the naan to ma frnd as he is a veg to which he arrogantly said "kuch nahi hua hai" n places it on anothr naan
i was very pissed of at this and asked him to take it away he refused stating "kya prob hai "
i had to pick up th naan n show him yahan gravy lag gaya chicken ka dusra naan chhaiye
which he did wid great frustration and anger.

however the prawn chilly was decent spicy and nice the cheese naan
was quite thick wid sum traces of cheese but the romali roti was killer soft and just perfect
but my friend was disappointed with his order the "veg" mutter paneer was very sweet.
i so wanted to try thr biryani and seekh kebab but then again it wud result in a wait for ages for thm to get it to ma table so we left for mcd ryt across the street.

but i wud still like to go thr somday to try sumthng else in non veg and definitely
relish on the reshmi kebab.

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Best Dabba Gosht

10/10 for the Dabba Gosht served here, probably the best made anywhere. Not baked but "dum" cooked in a pot. Great with naan. I'm going to drive out 20+km just to eat this again.

Ambiance and service are strictly average but the food is amazing. Mutton Biryani is very richly flavored and cooked in Ghee/clarified butter. Authentic Mughlai food, highly recommended.

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1.0

Below average

Uninterested waiters, crowded, cramped, oily and tasteless food (especially veg) , just another muslim joint in colaba. Not a nice place if you are planning a perfect evening with friends, family. Not recommended.

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Ibrahim Leo

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December 27,2012

1.0

food is ok ok but staff over smart and very slow

yesterday i was there for lunch. staff there thinks that too smart and funny. they wont listen to you and try to be funny with girls. order comes after ages and that also they forgot what i order. over all not worth for a try also.

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3.0

Good Biryani and Kebabs

Overall a decent place. Biryanis are good and the kebabs were just ok. The place wasn't too clean.

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3.0

okay at best

surviving strictly because of the 'brand name'! serves hopeless biryani ( mutton /chicken) , as well as other mughlai dishes. always overcrowded , extremely noisy, stuffy! uninterested waiters.

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Aditi Naik

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September 29,2012

3.0

Delhi Darbar - Mughlai all the way!

I remember the first time I visited was years ago and I still go back occasionally, just for the food that is. I'm not too fond of the place otherwise.

The place is located on a busy Colaba Causeway stretch. The interiors are slightly dim. Fine ambiance, nothing out of the world. A little snooty staff and slow service owing to busy evenings. The place smelled damp on the last two occasions I visited, I wonder why.

Coming to food...if you want to know what Mughlai food is, you must eat here. Lip smacking! We ordered for Mutton Samosas and they reminded me of Md Ali Rd Ramzan feast. Mutton Seekh Kebab, Tangdi Kebab and Chicken Angara took us on a fantasy food trip literally. Chicken Angara was so tasty that we parceled back some for the next day :D Mughlai food without Biryani is incomplete, so we called for Arabic Mutton Biryani, and it was a perfect mix of flavor, texture and ingredients. Absolutely nothing wrong here! We gave a neat final touch by calling for Phirni (just fine compared to the mains).

This place is not too extravagant in ambiance nor in price. We paid about 1100 bucks (rounded off) for 3 of us. Very reasonable for the stuff we had! I highly recommend this place for their food.

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Good place to have non veg food.

Hi First of all please let me tell you this delhi darbar is different from Jaffer bhai delhi darbar so consider this as seperate restaurant though both the owners are real brothers but have separated over time.

While coming to food and service, This restaurant is good for normal food and would say have better quality as compared to jaffer bhai and ambience is good but they are not having many branches across city ...I suppose this one is the biggest one.

You can expect delay in service but overall food is good....dont try biryani here its a waste...so avoid ...you can go for normal tandoori chicken, fish tandoori and khichda ...


cheers..

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3.0

Strictly for non-vegetarians

If you're a vegetarian, this place has practically nothing good for you. For non-vegetarians, worth a visit. Though quality is not as good as it is hyped to be.

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Food is OK OK but Staff are over-excited

The Food is OK OK but the Staff/Waiter are over-excited or at times their sense of humor in order to please Guests can be misinterpreted... Needs to be more updated with Management keeping in the mind the area it serves in.....

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2.0

Overhyped....pathetic food!

Over the years, this place has lost its charm. Of late, the food is really bad and tasteless topped with slow service. During my last visit, I did find an insect in my mixed raita! This place was known for non-veg food; don't think it is any more. In desserts, I think, amongst all, Phirni is still giving worth a try.

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Overall a good experience

There is no valet but if u find a parking infront of the hotel then the doorman will keep an eye. The place has a very basic ambiance - looks like some muglai food place from 20 years ago. We found a seating on a Saturday noon without waiting.

We ordered a non veg platter which was very good. Also they brought it out in no time. We ordered for chicken angarey which was butter chicken with cashew paste flavouring. The food was good.

We ordered punjabi kulfi and ras malai for desert which took longer than the appetizer. Punjabi kulfi was good but not the authentic thing and the ras malai was rasgulla in skimmed milk. That was bad.

The service of the staff was fast and courteous. Overall a good experience.

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1.0

Pathetic Obnoxious Table Policy

This review isn't about the food, because the restaurant didn't offer me a table when there we plenty of them available. Reason? We wanted a table for 7, but only 3 of us had walked in first. The guy at the door asked us to wait outside till the others joined us, even though i spotted some 8-10 free tables.

So far so bad. I could understand why they wouldn't want a big table to get blocked up till all of us arrived. So i offered to take a table for 3 and order starters immediately, and then shift to a bigger one when the others arrived (who, I told the obnoxious door captain, were in Colaba winding up their shopping in the next 15 mins max). But no. The guy at the gate would have none of it. He wanted us to 'wait outside'. Since i had already asked for a bigger table, i was seemingly ineligible for a smaller one even if i ordered food.

So be it. Stepped out, went over to Bade Miya's restaurant opp Asiatic Library. Enough of Delhi Darbar for me.

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A meat lover's heaven!

So it was Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings this past weekend at Wankhede Churchgate and this was a last minute option to go in for good dinner after a few drinks at the Sports Bar Cafe next to Regal Cinema.

Ambiance:
A wait of 30 minutes and I was telling myself that the food better justify that wait period. We were 7 people and we got a table for 6. No place for an extra chair in the gangway, which is just about 2 feet wide. The place smelled kinda weird to me. it was like stale milky rubbery smell. Just weird. Lighting was just about OK.

Food:
We called for their mutton Seekh Kebabs and boy oh boy! Never had them this good before. Next was a special of Murg Nargis. Orangish gravy with capsicum, shredded chicken and lots of ginger. Again, definitely not disappointed. Their rumali rotis were to die for and I haven't had softer rumalis like this before. Their Chicken Tikka Biryani was something I had 3 servings of and was good! Just that the chicken was a little too dry and there was no raita served with the biryani, which was weird. Meal ended with 2 caramel custards. They just melted in the mouth and weren't too sweet and were just right. Maybe it needed a little more milk which would've made it even better, but good nonetheless

Service:
Quite slow. And it was justified. The number of people is just too high for 1 captain to manage and 3 helpers to serve the food around. Food usually takes about 20 minutes to come to your table. Call for extra rotis before hand. Might as well have a cold-ish roti than to wait for 10-15 minutes for the fresh roti to arrive at the table.

Overall, definitely not disappointed. The Chicken Nargis and the Rumali roti were the perfect combination, alongwith the Mutton Seekh Kebabs with Rumali Roti and their mint chutney.

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Delhi( Darbar ) Belly

This used to be a pretty famous restaurant in South Mumbai, but now is just another Mughlai cuisine restaurant. Nothing exclusive about it anymore. The spread is lavish and the menu will surely tempt you but once it arrives, theres going to just one place and you know which :D The chicken samosas are great and so are the kebabs. We had chicken patiala for the main course and told the waiter to make it spicy but what arrived was something else entirely! The service is lousy and you have to find the waiters and call them out literally! The dals are best not had and just in case you come here to have the biryani, ask them first and many times they 'run out of stock!!'..cant get ridiculous than this. The dishes take long intervals to arrive so I suggest go in a group to avoid getting bored to death! The desserts are the saving grace and the phirni and the gajar halwa feel as if home made. But avoid the 'cough-syrup' faloodas..highly overpriced for the quantity and taste you are served..which left us with a sore throat and the food made sure the tummy was upset the next morning!
if one is having a full meal, then average price will be around 500 bucks which is worthless for food which is not value for money at all.
The service gets so lousy and slow that even for the bill I had to call the waiter and ask him, are you giving the bill today or should it be delivered to us tomorrow?!
I would rather head to Khyber instead. Delhi Darbar please get away from giving us Delhi bellies!!

Overall:
Service: 4/10
Ambience: 3/10
Food: 3/10( 1 for the phirni, 1 for the halwa and 1 for the reshmi kebabs)

VFM: Does not score high and dont bother even thinking of heading here.

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Samar Smr

1 Reviews

February 14,2012

1.0

Manager needs manners... bad attitude and service

So Today for Lunch Service 2/14/2012 I was there. I saw couple of tables from NGO kids and people with them. At end of service, Manager gave extremely bad treatment to them. He behaved like those guys will not pay bills and run away while the NGO lady already paid the bills. Manager was unruly and was yelling and screaming at guest. I have never seen this kind of behavior before even at road side restaurant. It was very disheartening to see an Elite restaurant treating customer like dirtbag.
Pre-judging guests is something only manager at this place can do. He needs to learn some manners on how to talk. Everyone at our table was quite puzzled over this kind of treatment.
I personally am very unsatisfied with what happened and I Do Not recommend this place looking at how they treat guests. “-1” from me.

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Pathetic Service......Never go to this place......

I had been to Delhi Darbar, Colaba on 9th Feb 2012. I was very excited to go there as I had heard a lot about it........But was dissapointed to the core.......

First Dissapointment: The waiter asked us regular or mineral water? We already had a bisleri with us which we bought at the kala ghoda festival. So we said regular, however we asked them whether the regular water is filtered from aquaguard or not. The waiter said that the water is filterd. As soon as he left the guy who server water said that this is plain tap water and is not filterd.........BAD IMAGE.....

2nd Dissapointment: It took almost 20 mins to serve the main course after the starter.....we were frustrated...the waiters and the guys who serve were arrogant....

3rd dissapointment: I asked for a coldrink and I was served wth the same after reminding them for the 4th time.....

4th dissapointment: We had to wait for the 2nd round of Roti for almost 5 - 10 mins.....the food went cold.....all the excitement to eat it was lost..

5th dissapointment: The chicken tikka biryani we ordered was tottaly dry and tasteless....i had expected much more from such a famous hotel.......

6th dissapointment: We asked the waiter to parcel the remaining portion of the biryani as it was not passing through our throat........he gave us such a pathetic look as if we asked half of his salary.....

I had lot of expectations from this place but seriously not worth going to this place....there are a lot of places much much better than this.........

I would never go to this place again.......

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Must Visit

This place is the place for Indian food in Colaba, from the nice ambiance to the good service and the fantastic taste of the Food. This is certainly a good place to ear at and there always McDonalds across the street. just incase you want to eat junk.

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Rahul Singh

2 Reviews

September 01,2011

5.0

Best Kebabs & Biryani.

Eating there for around 30 years. Good food. OK service, but taste of the food makes up for service. Must know what to order. Kebabs, Biryani, and chicken dish are best available at this price. Do not go for fish.

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4.0

Good old taste, authetic taste @ very cheap price.

been there after long 15 years and the taste is same, authentic..

Rating 3/5 for place & ambiance

Rating 5/5 for food taste & quantity

Rating 4/5 for service and cleanliness

Rating 4/5 for Billing, for couple bill amounted just Rs. 400 for couple for main course lunch..very cheap at cost with authentic taste.

If you want to try mughlai dishes, must visit.. foreigners also visit a lot for reason of the service and taste.

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paradise lost

The charm and name Delhi darbar once stood for is lost, the biryani is dissapointing.... the famous gosht dabba walla let me down....

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Jaykay

13 Reviews

January 23,2011

3.0

Delhi Durbar on 09-01-2011

Our Menu was as under:
Paneer burji, Nan, Roti, Dal fry, Rice, Sweet lime with water.
The total bill was Rs. 533, Good service. Food was not bad.
This place is known for their non veg dishes. Vegetarians are aliens here. Still worth a go once.

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ripmyheadof

3 Reviews

December 18,2010

2.0

Re:DD

Ambience : 2/5

Food : 2/5

Service :2/5


I'd dined here on the 11th of December 2010 with my family and we found everything to be below average.
If you find yourself in Colaba and only if you are in dire dire need of the "Naan-vegetable curry-dal fry" fare I'd recommend you to come here.
Or head somewhere else

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5.0

Amazing Biryani !!!

Having travelled extensively wordwide, never had a better Mutton biryani than Delhi Darbar at Colaba Main road. Had it ages back in the late 80's but they have the same flavour and aroma. Amazing and just the best....a must try...

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tully

6 Reviews

November 11,2010

1.0

It's really bad, seriously!

Three problems
1. The waiter got us a non-veg dish when we ordered veg and they charged me for it.
2. There were cockroaches in the restaurant.
3. When he did get us some veg food after that, the taste was pretty messed up.

Many better restaurants in colaba, don't get why anyone goes here.

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Nonplussed

Delhi Darbar, since 1973 serves an exotic taste of Mughlai and Indian cuisines at its Mumbai (India) and Dubai (UAE) Restaurants. Executive Chef Atif Mansuri brings the most relishing, aromatic, and exotic tastes of Mughlai cuisine onto the tables of Delhi Darbar at Colaba Causeway. Having skilled in culinary schools in Switzerland, London and Dubai, the third generation chef and restaurateur blends himself into the world renowned Kitchens of DD.

One of the most sought after dish at DD is the Original Mutton Biryani, where semi cooked rice and mutton are cooked together in the same pot. The Famous Delhi Darbar Biryani is then put to cook using the traditional Dum technique whereby steam and pressure is created in the vessel which is strictly overseen constantly to enhance the flavor. This ‘Dum’ cooking is performed under intense uniform heat using charcoal. Besides Biryani, Butter Chicken, Khichda and Dabba Gosht are most connoisseurs’ favorites.

As far as the causeway DD resto is concerned, it’s a quaint establishment where you’d notice old furnishings, antique lamps, the roof’s sun mica looks sogged, the AC ventilators are made of vintage wood and the mirrors seem to have not been changed since incorporation. I sat for lunch at the 1st floor where everything looked antique but the ground floor is a bit more spacious and well lighted and not as old fashioned as the 1st floor. The menu card has a separate section transalated in Arabic language for Arab guests and also includes brief description of vintage kitchen collectibles along with a pictorial image. To name a few were Arabib, Spice Chest, Sarotha, Afaba, Grain measures etc.

Phew!!! Ok now, enough of surveying the ambience, its time to feed my famished stomach. I straight away began with the starters for my stomach juices were craving for solid food, so no soups this time. I ordered for a Chicken Seekh kabab (4 pieces) costing Rs.135, it’s a dry spicy kabab where the chicken is nicely minced and threaded on a skewer and charcoal grill. Next, on my plate arrived the Shami Kabab (4 pieces) which consists of nicely golden fried and crispy egg layer kababs and has packs of garam masala. Chicken Tandoori (4 pieces) costing Rs. 165 was the best among starters. Something for veggies, try out Paneer Chilly Rs.200. Among gravies I suggest you try Paneer Kadai Rs.110 which is a red gravy, Chicken Tikka Masala Rs. 155 and Murg Badami Korma Rs. 140 is sweetish in taste. All these curries go well with Tandoori, roti or Naan. Just a note of caution, do not try the Tava Poratha, its unpalatable where the corners are rock solid and hard to chew. DD being known for Mughlai food, I chose to feast my taste buds on some chicken biryani Rs.115, unfortunately the look of the dish was not appealing and I bet your nearby Dabha would serve better biryani at a cheaper price. The Kashmiri Raita Rs.40 was a saviour which eased by disappointment over the biryani. It’s a sweet raita with fruits like apple and pineapple in sweet yoghurt.

Few of the major put offs are poor services where the waiters seem to be busy always though there are not many customers around and their attitude is not very welcoming, your glass is empty until you ask for water and long waiting periods between every course of food. Also the fennel seeds(somph) are not served at your table, you can pop in a few at the gate as you alight. I had great expectations about DD but came out nonplussed.

My rating for Delhi Darbar is :
Ambience 6/10
Value for money 8/10
Service 3/10
Taste 6/10

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1.0

Good Food, Pathetic Serivce

I went to this place with some of my friends on a sunday afternoon after hearing reviews on various sites. Even though the food was tasty, a big put-off was the attitude of the waiters. When we ordered a particular dish, he wasn't too inclined to get that strangely and kept on suggesting that we take any other thing for no reason and this went on and on for 5-10 mins. This was very strange and something that you don't expect at a restaurant of this nature. Also the guy didn't bring 2 dishes we ordered and started blaming us for "not reminding him". This was completely uncalled for and ensured that we are not going to this place again.

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4.0

generally better than most.

burrp should allow fractional stars.. this would be 3.5 for me.

the regular food choices are average. Nothing to rave about, or cry about either. infact, on my last trip, i thought the food was a bit too spicy and oily.

however, this is the place to go for their weekly specials like khichda (wednesday's)

the service is fine, the ambience is a lil tacky, but over it is the straightforward choice for kebabs, kormas, and good moghlai food.

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Very Good Biryani

Really good Mutton biriyani.The mutton pieces just meltes in your mouth. Mildly spiced, not all heavy.

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Amazing...Moghlai

True and authentic moghlai food. Chicken biryani, dabba gosht and kababs are the things to have here....Excellent value for money, ambience is bit of a let down here..

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Good Food at Good Rates...!!!

Well to start with delhi darbar the first thing that comes to my mind is BLACK FRIDAY movie...lolz
yea i sow tiger memon eating in delhi darbar and i had decided to go to this hotel once...yea...
but rilli food is very nice...delicious and worth paying for...
so if you havnt been der, b der adleast once...

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Really good!

I went there a month ago with my mum & I truely loved this place.

We had butter nan, chicken kadai, veg pulao, gulab jamuns & gajar halwa..all of which were delicious. The chicken kadai was perfectly spiced with succulent chicken. The gulab jamuns had an amazing flavour of saffron. The gajar halwa was good but too rich..definitely not for diet-conscious ppl.

Service is decent but it was quick for the firangis & rather slow for us aam aadmi....I wonder why!

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Makhanwala Craving

These guys have home delivery and is a regular quick fix option when i need to get a quick meal in. I did this for lunch today and was not disappointed with the Chicken Makhanwala I ordered. Still oily as heck and the most frequently ordered dish, this staple from the mughlai age is always a welcome meal.

May i recommend the roomali roti instead of the naan as it becomes rubbery by the time it reaches home...

All in all, 150 bucks for the makhanwala and two butter naans, you can't go too wrong...

One thing I will say... by the end of it, the meal had me burrping!!!

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good chicken biryani

went there a few days ago, used to be good at one point yesteryear - but now its gone to the dogs.Bathroom is worse than the public urinal!
Good food for those in a tight budget. Chicken in the biryani is not boneless - so its a bit annoying.
waiters seem half stoned so their suggestions cant be taken seriously.
gajar halwa was nice :)

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Very average!

Wanted to get Indian food delivered to Wellington Mews and this was the closest restaurant I could find who would deliver. Tried Moti Mahal at Nariman Point but could not get through and wasn't sure if they delivered anyway.

Ordered Chicken Briyani (average), Dal (average), paneer masala (poor), bengan bartha (average) and naans/rotis. Bill was Rs 550 which was very reasonable but overall experience was poor-average. Doubt if I will order from them in the future.

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