The first thing that comes to everyone's mind when I bring up "Urban Tadka" as a place to go out for dinner is, hey man, what about the queue. Then I tell them, I usually get lucky and get a table in 15-20 minutes waiting. UT is known around by the regulars to not give in a table on phone reservation, you gotta walk up, get ur name on the waiting list and then hang around till you get your table. And there are scores of people waiting most days, infact, I have waited just about 1.5 hours somedays too to get my food. But all that speaks volumes about the place's patronage, and the good food we all love to have. Dont we?
Sanjeev Kapoor, the Master Chef once said that we need more "Good" indian restaurants than "fancy" indian restaurants. this is one of his dreams come true then. A restaurant which enjoys a very rustic look still , has a chef from delhi and achaar from punjab!
done up in white, the place is dimly lit. Inspired from the Ruby-tuesday's and the TGIF's of the world, they have tried doing the indian version (read, the punjabi version) by hanging a lot of village stuff like cart wheels and hindi movie posters around the place.
now, to the food.... you'll be amused to see the menu card. it actually comes on a slate. yeah, the kinds the village kids carry to school. though its a limited dish selection, everything on the menu is a MUST HAVE!
ask around anyone who has been there and you'll get to know the standard starter. trust me, in my 10 or so trips there this past year, every single time i have felt the need to start my meal with their so very well done and yummy NIMBU CHICKEN. these are chunks of chicken with bones and a runny gravy flavored lemony.
for your drinks, you have the regular jal jeera, iced teas, fresh lime and all that jazz. For the ones who love their alcohol, there is also the sugarcane-vodka drink called ganna singh, and another coconut water-vodka drink (the name i forget!).
on the main course, you gotta have their ambarsariya murgh. its yum! the lahori raan and the wah wah choley are also great. when i am still hungry after piling on those butter naans and the gravies, i usually call for the chole tey aloo di biryani. amazingly done this is the clincher in terms of satiation for me.
but wait, hw can u stop before a dessert. pat comes jalebi served with rabri. i specially remind them every time to have the jalebies hot and crisp, and they end up serving a small extra helping of rabri too... but, all in all.... its worth the time, effort and the money.
you must come here sometime! the food is very well done, and it aint too heavy on the pocket too. meal for 2 costs about 800 and meal for 3 about 1000 bucks.