Delhi, the Capital of India is known for it’s great culinary scene, especially on the snacks, sweets & paratha front. The iconic Dahi Bhallas, Samosas, Aloo Tikkis, Gol Gappas & Jalebis have made inroads in to the daily lives of people across the world. A small lane called Parathe waali Galli ( A street serving stuffed flat bread/parathas) is another landmark must do visit in itself. Chatori Gali which translates to a street selling Chaat/snacks is an attempt to recreate the snacking scene of Delhi in Dubai.
Ambiance: It is located next to Oud Metha station, easy to locate. The interiors are dimly lit & the place is designed like a sweet/ snack shop with Counters of sweets & a place where you can stand & get your dose of Gol Gappa. The open kitchen gives a peek in to the Jalebis being fried up which you then end up ordering inadvertently.
Service is temperamental. On weekdays, with less crowd you can expect attentive service. On weekends, with full tables and waiting people, service turns into ” order, eat, Next… I don’t have time to ask if you need repeats” type.
Parathewaali gali k parathe are fabulous.
The Chhole/ Rajma accompaniment is done typical delhi style. The pumpkin is delectable with a slightly sweet taste to it.
The winner however is the fresh vegetable pickle that reminds me of the pickle i had tasted in the hill stations of India.
Jalebi: Arguably the best Jalebi ever!!! Crisp, light, freshly prepared hot & bursting in your mouth with ghee and sweetness…. I honestly want someone to give me a Jalebi that beats this.
Their Veg Thali is also a 1 set fulfilling meal.
The let down are their chaat which are always missing something or overdoing the Green chutney/spice.
Kachori Aloo : This is 2 Kachoris served with a potato gravy. The disappointment was the cold kachoris that leave that greasy after taste in your mouth.
Jammu Poori is like the Parathas replaced by Puri, deep fried against the griddle parathas.
Kulfi lacks the milky malai texture & the Malpua is too thick for my comfort. The Rabdi on the Malpua is amazing though.
You can get fresh Sugarcane juice/ Shikanji / Badam Thandai etc which are perfect accompaniments to the meal.
Pricing is slightly higher than other chat places of Dubai
Final Verdict: Finish the parathas & hit the Jalebi, repeatedly.