We Indians love our food and we can go any distance to enjoy a scrumptious meal. Most of us would agree that the food that satisfies our heart and soul is served in one of those modest highway dhabas.
So we bring to you a curated list of Dhabas of the twin city where you must stop by when you suddenly get an urge to have some lipsmacking Dal Tadka and Tandoori Roti or our very favourite Mutton-Rice.
- Nana Dhaba, Phulnakhra:
Probably one of the famous dhabas on the National Highway connecting Cuttack to Bhubaneswar, this tiny shack serves one of the most amazing mutton rice combos. Situated in Phulnakhra this place is a must visit on Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays.
Meal for Two : Rs 250-300
2. Behera Dhaba, NH-5, Just After Tamando
Probably one of those very few places in the twin city where there are cots in the dhaba and you get a dhaba feel. Give a miss to the not so praiseworthy cleanliness and the very rustic, the feel is worth it. Try the mutton thali, chicken thali, Chicken Dopiaza, Chilly Paneer and Anda Tadka. Best part about this dhaba is that it is open till late night and one is assured of good food even in the middle of the night.
Meal for Two: Rs 300-500
3. Yummyies DHABA, Phulnakhra
If you want the lipsmacking Dhaba food and at the same time the comfort of a restaurant then Yummyies DHABA at Phulnakhra might be your saviour. Their Garhwali Chefs promise to serve you food like no other and for fish lovers this place is surely pure bliss. Must try: Exquisite range of fish preparations, dal makhni, tandoor dishes and mutton kadhai.
Meal for Two: Rs 500-750
4. Jungle View Restaurant, Chandaka, Behind Nandan Kanan
In Chandaka this amazing get away from the hustle bustle of the city is a perfect hangout for a foodie. The sprawling property got open spaces, cubicles and lot of places to click some amazing pictures. The Chicken Pakoda which is served along with fried garlic is a must try. Egg Bhurji, Bamboo Mutton is a must try. If you are quite an adventurous foodie then you might even try the Emu Meat preparations.
Meal for Two: Rs 550-800
5. Bijaya Dhaba, Pratapnagri, Cuttack, NH-5
An iconic dhaba, en route Cuttack, this Dhaba stands tall quite literally. The tandoor keeps popping hot tandoori rotis and naans at a frantic pace. The chicken masala, mati handi mutton, chilly paneer sells like hot cake. The prawn masala is also pretty popular.
Meal for Two : Rs 400-650
6. Green Chillyz, Highway Restaurant, Khurdha
The new Green Chillyz Highway Restaurant is the definition of Fine Dine Highway Dhaba. Exquisite decor gives a new meaning to dhaba culture in the twin city. Biryani, Kebabs platter and Paneer Dopiaza is a must try.
Meal for two: Rs 500-750
7. Brother’s Dhaba, Lingipur, Sisupalgarh, Near Jagannath Petrol Pump, Bhubaneswar
Brother’s Dhaba a very popular modern decor dhaba serves a variety of dishes ranging from Tandoor to Sea Food and an amazing range of vegetarian dishes. The bamboo mutton is must try and you can pick the choice of your fish from their water tank.
Meal For Two: Rs 600-750
8. Barunei Dhaba, Near Barunei Temple, NH-16, Khordha
At the foothills of Barunei Hills, this dhaba serves amazing Pakhala during summers, mutton-rice, desi chicken curry, vegetable fritters throughout the year. A 20 min drive from Bhubaneswar this place can be a perfect weekend lunch getaway.
Meal for Two: Rs 350-500
9. Tara Tarini Dhaba, Rasulgarh, Bhubaneswar
One of the oldest and a very popular dhaba once upon a time still serves some really amazing prawn masala and chicken masala. The anda tadka is also a very good try. The food is not as amazing as it used to be but the fans still swear by its name.
Meal for Two: Rs 350-500
10. Hotel Aditya, Manguli, NH-16
Enroute Manguli lies this small dhaba which has its own set of fan following and they love the Vegetarian Thali, Chicken Masala and Mutton Curry that they serve. If you are driving towards Manguli you can definitely stop by this dhaba.
Meal for Two: Rs 300-450
11. Hotel Golden Park, Biribati, Kandarpur, Cuttack
Not many would be familiar with this dhaba which comes enroute Paradip. Not very far away from Cuttack, this modern Dhaba serves Maati Handi Mutton, Amazing Egg Bhurji and Tawa Chapati, Tandoori Chicken, Desi Chicken Masala.
Meal For Two: Rs 350-550
Well, here you go! You actually got Highway on Your Platter! Next time when you are whizzing your wheels through the meandering highways, do not forget to grab a quick meal at one of these roadside galleys. Happy Journey!!