Sherman's Food Adventures: Dhaliwal's Lounge

Dhaliwal's Lounge

Yes, I've been to Dhaliwal's Lounge a few times now and I believe they offer some really solid Indian eats for a reasonable price.  Really like their interior decor as well, especially the entrance with all the flowers.  I've been invited back to highlight some of their lunch specials that are under $14.00 each.  I don't know about you, but to find a complete meal for that price these days is rarer than Taylor Swift tickets. In addition, we had a few other dishes too because they are just so tasty!

So about those lunch specials, we had both the Non-Veg and Veg Platters. For the Non-Veg ($13.95), there is a choice of appie: Chicken Tikka, Seekh Kebab or Samosa Parcel.  For this one we had the Chicken Tikka and it was juicy and well-marinated.  Good spice and earthiness.  For the Entree, there is a choice between Butter Chicken, Dhaba Chicken Curry, Goat Curry or Chicken Tikka Masala.  We chose the Goat Curry and it had some strong fall spice flavours combined with tender morsels of goat.  Each platter also includes Dal Makhni (which was plenty buttery and smooth), Garlic Naan, Naan, Tandoori Roti, Rice and Gulab Jamun.  Wait, it gets even better as you also get a choice of Masala Chai, Pop or Sweet/Salted Lassi.  These are available Monday to Sunday from 12:00pm - 4:00pm dine-in only.

For the Vegetarian Platter ($12.95), there are choices of appie including Paneer Arancini, Samosa Parcel or Vegetarian Pakora.  We chose the Paneer Arancini for this meal and they were crispy with soft crumbled paneer in the middle.  For the entree, the choices are: Rara Paneer Masala, Shahi Malai Kofta, Palak Paneer, Methi Paneer or Shahi Paneer.  We chose Shahi Paneer for this plate and it was creamy with mild spiciness.  It was loaded with squishy paneer.  Naan was solid being blistered an crispy on the outside and soft & chewy on the inside.

Since Jackie had never been to Dhaliwal's before, we ordered some dishes off the regular menu including the Non-Veg Appetizer Platter consisting of Chicken Tikka, Lamb Chops, Fish Pakora, Malai Chicken Tikka and Sheekh Kebab.  Pretty solid array of food here with the lamb chops being my favourite.  Tender and well-charred, these were marinated perfectly with a smoky nuttiness.  Fish pakora were crispy and flaky while the malai chicken was saucy and really soft.  Sheekh kebab were also juicy and fully spiced.

We had a few items from the Happy Hour menu including the Desi-Style Nachos with chicken, black beans, jalapenos, banana peppers, olives, bell peppers, green onions and cheese.  So really, this was a pretty typical plate of nachos except with some Indian-spiced chicken.  In this way, the nachos ate much less "wet" than some of the other Indian versions I've had (that usually sports butter chicken on it).  Therefore, the chips were crunchy and could be dipped into the side of sour cream and salsa without falling apart.

Staying with appetizers, we tried one of their new dishes in the Szechuan Prawns featuring tiger prawns dressed in a sweet and spicy sauce, white wine, ginger and garlic.  This was a pleasant dish where the prawns were perfectly cooked.  They had a meaty snap with plenty of natural sweet prawn aroma.  As for the sauce, it was definitely garlicky and gingery with hits of spice and also sweetness.  I liked how they weren't overdressed.

Another new item we tried was the Honey & Orange Chicken with fresh orange, soya sauce, ginger, garlic and green onions.  Unlike the usual versions of orange chicken out there, this didn't feature aggressively-fried chicken.  Rather, these pieces of chicken sported a rather light batter.  The chicken itself was tender.  I found the sauce to be fairly sweet with only small amounts of tanginess.  Definitely tasted the ginger though.

Onto some mains, we had the Chicken Korma, Butter Chicken and Chicken Biryani.  As usual, the curries were on point with the korma being creamy with a background nuttiness and earthiness.  Butter chicken was balanced in terms of creaminess and tanginess.  Lots of spice and the chicken was tender.  As for the biryani, it featured fragrant and chewy basmati rice that had taken on all the flavours of the earthy and fall-type spices.  Lots of depth and also sweetness and spice.

Onto the sweets, we had a trio of items including the Gajar Ka Halwa, Rabri & Faluda with ice cream and a Chocolate Lava Cake.  I've always enjoyed the sweet spiced carrots with pistachio in the gajar ka halwa and this one was good.  Just sweet enough and aromatic.  Creamy and sweet, the fabri & faluda of course sported the classic noodles.  Lastly, the most non-Indian dessert was the lava cake and it was moist and sweet with molten chocolate throughout, not just in the middle.  So another solid meal at Dhaliwal's where we got to sample their lunch specials.  Such good value.  But the rest of their menu is great too and also well-priced.

*All food and beverages were complimentary for this blog post*

The Good:
- Solid eats
- Nice dining space
- Lunch specials are an incredible value

The Bad:
- Love their cocktails, but a few are very strong though (well, unless you like strong, then it is good)


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