It was a normal afternoon routine for the Delhiites at Connaught Place on 9th September, made special by the inauguration of a themed-restaurant Garam Dharam – Dhaba te Theka by Umang Tewari and Mickey Mehta and the presence of the veteran actor Dharmendra himself gracing the occasion. The restaurant is a first of its kind in the capital city and represents the vibrant personality of Dharmendra along with some Bollywood tadka.
The interiors and the decor is rustic just like a dhaba is but with a contemporary twist given to the food and drinks. The music is foot tapping numbers from Dharmendra’s movies and his legendary dialogues and scenes from the movies find their place on upholsteries and walls either in the form of graffiti or posters. One of the decor pieces is the iconic bike from the movie Sholay.
Talking about the theme and the idea behind the restaurant, Umang Tewari, said, “Fun, quirky, lively, innovative & foodies paradise are just the few words to describe first of its kind Dharam Garam. Bollywood veteran Dharmendra is everybody’s favourite and has been ruling heart since his young days, his movies, his dialogues and his songs are legendary, keeping this in mind I thought to give capital its first restaurant inspired by veteran actor.”
So if you are a Bollywood fan and love your food with equal passion then this place is definitely for you. Spread over an area of 4000 square feet, Dharam Garam is one stop place for all those who love good food, good music and quirky interiors. The quirkiness of the place starts right from the entrance where the posters of Dharmendra’s popular movies and renowned dialogues greet the customers. “Adding to the quirkiness quotient is an entire wall dedicated to the graffiti of his dialogues and of course Dream Girl, said Mr Tewari.
He further said that when it comes to food, Delhiites want to have it the best, so the endeavour is to make this place foodies’ heaven. By giving this restaurant a contemporary dhaba look the owners aim to raise the quirkiness and the fun quotient, as the entire ambience is of a Dhaba Te theka but right in the centre of the national capital. The ambience of the place is quite rustic with iron buckets turned upside down and used as lamp shades.
A true Jat and a simple man at heart, Dharmendra said that he never in his wildest dreams imagined that he would have a restaurant in his name and that too in Central Delhi. He said at the inauguration, “I am humbled by the idea of a themed-restaurant, as over the years I have acquired various tags including ‘Action Man’, ‘He-Man’ and even ‘Garam Dharam’, for which I am thankful to everybody,” Continuing in his jovial, no starry tantrums attitude, Dharamendra said, “I will talk to all of you present here like I would talk to my friend. I will share some memories from my past and you tell me yours.”
With that he proceeded to talk about his first visit to a five-star restaurant. He narrated how he asked for a whiskey from the waiting staff and the staff asked him whether he would like single or double malt. To this Dharamendra replied, “I don’t know about this single or double thing, I just want to have whiskey. So the staff went and got me whiskey in a glass and I couldn’t understand whether it was for drinking or to be poured in your ears, as here I was used to drinking whiskey straight from the bottle and here the staff is getting me a glass half-full of whiskey.”
Dharamendra’s simplicity again came forth when the same waiting staff brought him a knife and fork to eat the Indian cuisine he had ordered and he said, “I thought to myself, ‘desi khaane ka mazaa jo haath se khane mein aata woh kahan inn chhuri kaante mein milta hai.” (Indian food or any food for that matter is best enjoyed when eaten with your hands rather than eating with a knife and a fork).
He kept all of us entertained with his iconic stories from the past and expressed his gratitude for all the love audiences have ever shown him and is still showering on him. And invited all of us to Garam Dharam—Dhaba te theka for some casual dining with friends and family. Thus passing on the mike again to the owners who told us about the future plans of the restaurant oops dhaba! J
Mickey Mehta told the media about the unique Dhaba Dabbas, which the dhaba would soon be starting and they (the owners) are sure that it will be an instant hit, as there are several commercial buildings where such services are always needed. Another unique feature of the dhaba will be the take-away or To-go counters. Talking about drinks, the owners said in unison that the dhaba has ‘some quite interesting mocktails and desi drinks,’ which again will be loved by one and all.
Thus Garam Dharam is for all those people who just want the best at best prices! With the hope that they get loads of acceptance from the city crowd who love their food, the owners said, “We are sure we will get lot of acceptance for Dharam Garam, as there is no compromise on anything and thus ensuring to give our customers one of the best experiences that they will cherish. This is place suitable for all age groups. It is a warm, cozy, comfortable Dhaba Te Theka style restaurant where each meal is a treasured time to relax and share a bounty of wonderful food with family and friends.”
As a parting shot, Mr Mehta added that they are on the mission to numerous theme and concept based restaurants in Delhi and many of them within this year.
So what are you guys waiting for just head to Garam Dharam Dhaba te Theka for some good food, drinks, fun and entertainment.
So happy wolfing everyone!
Address & contact number: M-16, Connaught place, New Delhi, 9599084039, 9599084040, 011-23411928