NH-44, a pan Indian diner is the brainchild of Mr Udit Bagga & Mr Udit Bhasin. The restaurant draws its inspiration from India’s longest highway and focuses on offering authentic flavors that are unique to each state touched by the highway. It aims to serve a variety of Indian cuisine at exceptionally affordable prices.
The interiors are tastefully done and showcases Indian highways. The decor includes big blue door at entrance, wooden floors, mud walls, hay shades, colourful banta lights, multi coloured window panes, teakwood furniture and Jaipuri quilts. Spread over an area of 3000 sq. ft, the place is rustic as well as contemporary at the same time.
I began the gastronomical journey with NH44 Special Pan Cocktail, which was a concoction of Beetal leaf, aniseed and vodka. Pan flavour was definitely potent but the consistency was a bit diluted. Absolut Pepper Chill, mixture of pepper vodka, green chilly, tobasco and lemonade, this is definitely for those who have a spicier palate. The chilly kick hits you in the throat. In mocktails I tried NH44 Special, which was made with guava juice, coriander leaves, green chilly and black salt. Fantastically spicy and tangy, this is one of the best drinks they have got to offer, recommended. Spicy Affair, another guava based drink with addition of mint, worchestershire sauce, tobasco, black salt and lime juice, this was a beautiful medley of flavours. This is a must try for spice lovers. I definitely preferred the mocktails over the cocktails.
In starters I ate, Surkh Lal Chicken Tikka, a bit on the spicier side with soft and juicy texture, it was quite a lovely dish. Amritsari Machchi, sole fish which was crispy fried from outside and was soft within, and the ajwain flavour was prominent, recommended this is. Palak Patta Chaat, crispy palak patta topped with ample amount of curd, mint and tamarind chutney and having elaichi flavour in abundance, it was again a dish that I totally enjoyed. Aamchi Mumbai Vada Pao, fresh pav filed with soft aloo patty, the only thing that I didn’t like was that they added coconut in this dish. I would have preferred this dish without the coconut.
Masala Dosa, crispy in texture and served along with coconut and onion chutney and sambhar. The sambhar was absolutely the best I have tasted in recent times. Perfect balance of spiciness and tanginess it was, not to be missed. The aloo filing within the dosas was good and same goes for the chutneys. Chilli Chicken Dosa, if the idea of a chicken dosa fascinates you then definitely give this a try. Spicy chicken filing in a crispy dosa is one of the unique dishes they have got to offer.
Kurkure Khumb, coated in besan and crispy fried this was truly a delectable mushroom dish. Bhuttian De Kebab, fried corn kebabs which were crispy fried from outside and had a soft centre. The flavour of Dal chini was quite prominent in this and it elevated the taste. Hara Bhara Kebab, made with spinach these had a soft texture and was good taste wise. Mutton Seekh Kebab, juicy and succulent these mutton kebabs were, quite a nice dish.
Moving on to the main course, I ate Dal Makhani which had a rich creamy consistency and was absolutely toothsome. Dum Mutton Biryani, the rice was flavourful and aromatic but the mutton pieces were a bit chewy. Masaledar Jalandhari Bhartha, it was spicy in a good way but sadly it lacked the smokey flavour which is the essence of any good bhartha.
In desserts I tried Gile Bahisht, one of their fantastic in house creation this is. It was a combination of Phirni, Kalakand and rabri, absolutely jam packed with flavours, a must try dish this is. Beetroot Halwa, again something different which is rare to find generally. Smooth in consistency these was a beautiful medley of flavours, again a highly recommended dish.
Ended the meal on a happy note with a nice cup of Cutting Chai and Kashmiri Kahwa. Both the drinks were perfectly made and proved to be the right way to end the meal.
NH44 aims at bringing dishes from every region and succeeds at doing so. Unique concept, delectable dishes and nice hospitality equals to a lovely dining experience.
Meal for two: Rs. 1000 inclusive of taxes
Address: Level 1, 13, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden, Delhi
Reservation details: +91-9821780644/ +91-9821780641
Ambiance – 5/5
Service – 5/5
Food – 4/5