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Sunday Brunch and it flopped #dhabha #foodfad


Yes, my idea of having a Brunch today flopped big time. A new restaurant has opened in our area (and calls itself a dhabha which it is not) with a lot of bling outside. I had been looking for a chance to go in and have some food to find out how good they are. Unfortunately though, the main ingredient itself flopped. Ambiance was nice, and looked premium. I eat vegetarian, so that kind of limits my choices of food. And for all you know, this restaurant may be serving excellent non-vegetarian food.

I am talking about Aangan, the shiney new restaurant that is opened on the Kalyan-Shil highway near the toll plaza. Took both my wife and the toddler there today for a Sunday brunch, and came back unimpressed. The quality of the food was okay, but not as good, not very good, not great, not fantastic, not awesome! I mean, you can eat it and earn yourself a PHD in expressions. To top it all, I saw flies all over and had a tough time keeping them away from the food we were eating.

We scanned through the menu and everything there was quintessentially Indian. Of course, they call themselves a dhabha and hence the menu. It is a trend these days. Tell a youth about having food at a dhaba and they sure are excited. This excitement though is shortlived – there is nothing like dhaba. It is a proper diner set up, which is really nice. We had ordered Dal Khichdi, just tasted like Steam rice and Dal Tadka that I mixed on my table – that is not how it is supposed to taste like. Buttermilk too, a basic drink, tasted wired. Sweet+Salt lime soda that I ordered was not stirred enough, and ended up wasting about a quarter of it after it tuned completely saline. Manchaow soup was edible enough.

Keep reminded that flies are a problem when you are out there sitting inside (non-AC) too. I did not see staff appear concerned how much I was trying to keep them away from the table. Though they appeared to be friendly and did not find anything else wrong with them.

This is the place where we sat and had our brunch today. Pic from Zomato. Credits at Zomato.
This is the place where we sat and had our brunch today. Pic from Zomato. Credits at Zomato.

I was in no mood to click any snaps of the place, was sure enough that I would not have needed any, until this post. 🙁

The overall set up is really nice though, and it does appear to be premium. However, I missed the food and that pissed me / us off today. As I said earlier, it may well have to do with the “Vegetarian” dishes we ordered. I made it up though by taking my wife to our favorite restaurant today for dinner.


  1. The Untourists says

    I find most of these pseudo dhabas serving very mediocre food. But that’s true for so many eating outlets these days. Difficult to find good, tasty food these days…

    1. Hemal says

      Hey Untourists, thanks for the visit and your comment. Yep, I agree that these pseudo dhabas are not that great!

  2. Amit Prakash says

    Good food is hard to find in this urban mess these days. But we always have our favorite restaurants:-)

    1. Hemal says

      Hey Amit, thanks for the visit and your comment. Good restaurants are indeed hard to find.

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