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“Baisakhi mela”
Review of Dera

Dera
Ranked #13 of 1,579 Restaurants in Chandigarh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$1,000
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Dera, the elegant Indian restaurant, presents an inviting ambience with its split level design, warm lighting, show kitchen and interactive counter. The menu showcases an array of traditional delicacies from the Punjab with specialities from Amritsar, Lahore and Peshawar yet with a contemporary touch as they are cooked in virgin olive oil. Mobile trolleys serving fresh phulkas (Indian breads), as well as delicious dal-tadka (tempered pulses), add to the enjoyable dining experience. Open only for dinner.
Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

The small little happiness in life resides with the simple things we love the most. Getting up, getting ready, setting your hair for almost half an hour just to visit a well-established and rather expensive restaurant is something we strangely avoid to enjoy the simple food that brings happiness back in our lives by taking us back to the days when things were simple yet delightful.

Ironically it was Taj Dera that was able to deliver on that premise. The baisakhi food festival at Taj Dera invoked that feeling of being able to enjoy food with the comfort of tasting all that you love.

Starting from the ambience which reminds you that you're back in the streets trying out food as you go; yet there still is an uptown feel about it. It's looks pretty and tasteful. I can even imagine myself going on a date there just soaking the goodness there was. 

Since it was a baisakhi food festival, you would find everything there that made baisakhi great. Including the delicacies from mailnly the North end of India. 

Jumping quickly to the special live food counters because it was everything I love about food! Seeing the food being cooked live, as you see it teasing you with the aroma... There's nothing better than that!

I hogged down on lassi, gola, Chaat, gur, ganne ka juice and my mouth is watering as I am writing this. It was delicious and much more! The chefs did a really good job in enhancing the already perfect dishes and drinks!

The snacks like always are meant to be had in abundance and I left nothing to chance. The perfect chakhna snacks like the fish tikka, chicken Tikka, mutton kebab, veg kebab, paneer tikka were all beautifully done. It was smiles all around. They all tasted beautiful and since I'm by default a paneer lover, it wins in my book.

The salads and the main course was next next and they literally saved the best for the last. The live counter for veg and non veg dishes was for me the highlight of the evening. Great presentation, great food. Veg and non veg biryanis and the murg makhni made us eat the non veg down to the very bones! It was insanely good! 

As Desserts we were brought Faluda, rabri, malpua and we ended the night with a neat paan. They just know how to squeeze the word perfect out of you. It is how I love my food sessions to end. It's perfect down there. I would recommend everyone to try the Taj Dera! 

Thank Rahul M
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SinghSS1, General Manager at Dera, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Dear Mr. Miglani,

It was a privilege to have you dine in with us. Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback on the Baisakhi food festival.

I am glad to know that you liked everything about the festival from the ambiance, to the service and the menu variety.

It will be my pleasure to compliment the concerned Chef and the entire team on your behalf.

We truly look forward on your next visit soon and promise you a memorable dinning experience with us as always.

Warm regards,

Surinder Singh
General Manager

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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

The food is served here with taste and quite enterprising, nicely served and ofcourse the taste is delicious n

Thank anshulaagnihotri
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SinghSS1, General Manager at Dera, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Dear Ms. Agnihoti,

Greetings from Taj Chandigarh!

Thank you for sharing your feedback on trip advisor.

I greatly appreciate your positive feedback about our India speciality restaurant Dera.

Assuring you of our best services at all times. It will be our delight to be at your service again. We all will look forward to having you back for more dinning experiences with us and promise you an enjoyable experience every time you dine in with us.


Warm regards,

Surinder Singh
General Manager

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Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

D E R A - Taj Chandigarh. I would say- “Bas naam hi kaafi hai”. I visited Dera recently for the lunch and trust me, I am in an awe of this place. Be it the ambience, service, staff, sitting and most importantly a QUALITY food. Dera has a concept of serving traditional cuisines borrowed from the cuisines of undivided punjab, namely called “the Lehnda-Punjab” and they have nailed it ! A place serving food full of flavours !

So the serving started with a crunchy, crispy platter and a Chaunkey Wali Chaas. The Crispy Platter was a perfect thing to start with as it was light yet able to calm my hunger down ! The Chaunkey Wali Chaas was something new and flavory for me- a thick, a bit salty and full of odor !

It was followed by another amuse bouche- Masala Dahi Quenelles With Mushroom Kurkuri. Another perfect yet flavory dish on the table.

Then I had the starters -
1. Mushroom Malai Galouti- soft, mouth-watering and of enough size to challenge your appetite. My favourite !
2. Masala Malai Chaamp- for all the chaamp lovers this one delicacy is for you.
3. Hari Mirchi Ka Paneer Tikka- something very new for me and it totally blew my taste buds. Such strongs flavours and softness of the Paneer. WOW !
4. Cheese Malai Chicken Tikka- perfectly cooked, tender, juicy and flavory.
5. Dumbey Di Tikki- another luscious serving by Dera (non-veg).
6. Raan-E-Dera- a non-veg started served without any complaints.

This next things was completely out of the box for me and the taste of it took me by surprise. I am talking about “Santrey aur Adrakh Ka Raita”. Can you believe such an out of the box combination. It was sweet Raita for me giving me the flavours of Adrakh and Santra. This is a must must at Dera.

THE MAIN COURSE-
In Veg-
1. Pukhtan-E-Chaman
2. Handi Di Daal
3. Choley Martaban
4. Mirchiyo Waley Aloo
5. Churan Wali Bhindi
Choley Martaban and churan wali Bhindi both took my heart away. The main course will delight your taste buds with the cuisines all over from the Lehnda Punjab.

In Non-Veg-
6. Nalli Gosht
7. Handi Murg
8. Banana Leaf Fish
Banana Lead Fish served in a banana leaf is a spicy, tangy and soft serving- ravishing your taste buds with utter delightfulness.

In rice I had Zeera puloa (veg) and Yakhni Pulao (non-veg). Both of them cooked to a perfection and nothing short of flavours.

In breads I was served with the assorted Indian Breads. I loved all of them. Breads are my favourite part in the Main Course. Indian Breads at Dera are again inspired from the cuisines from the Punjab in Pakistan aka Lehnda Punjab.

Concluding a ride full of flavours, delightedness and quality food I had “Masala Jalebi with Rabri”. A combination made in heaven I would say. The jalebi was crispy, sprinkled with a bit of Masala over it. And the Rabri was in a perfect taste to make its jodi hit with the jalebi. A super hit dessert at Dera.

So guys, honestly speaking, I had a great great over all experience at Dera. Their chefs were kind enough to greet you and ask about the food. Their staff was so chivalrous and the food as I have explained above was something I would recommend HIGHLY.
Loved this place for the food it served. ♥️

Thank 400bhavyag
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SinghSS1, General Manager at Dera, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Dear Ms. Gupta,

It was a privilege to have you dine in with us. Thank you for sharing your lovely feedback on trip advisor.

I am glad to know that you liked everything about the restaurant from the food to the ambiance and the services delivered by the Dera team. I am pleased to know that the Chef specialty dishes especially the mushroom malai galauti , masala malai chap, Raan-E-Dera, churan wali bhindi, Handi Di Daal and many more were savored by you.

It will be my pleasure to compliment Chef Yogesh and the entire Dera team on your behalf.

We truly look forward on your next visit soon and assure you a wonderful dinning experience each time you dine in with us.

Warm regards,

Surinder Singh
General Manager

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Reviewed February 27, 2018

On my recent visit to DERA made me fall in love with it totally !
The interiors are top notch , the music played is pleasing to hear and the food is just amazing !

DERA serves the cuisine of undivided punjab and the chef has done wonders to each and every dish he makes ! A lot of thought and perfection goes into makes such wonderful and amazing dishes !

I got to taste a lot many dishes like :
CHAUNKEY VALI CHAAS
MASALA DAHI QUENELLES WITH MUSHROOM KURKURI - The dahi quenelles amazed me with perfection and balance in the spices .

STARTERS :
MUSHROOM MALAI GALAUTI - The star of the day was this dish . The galauti kebabs were cooked to perfection and were succulent . They melted in the mouth and this dish is highly recommended from their menu .
MASALA MALAI CHAAMP - Not really a chaamp lover but this dish was beyond perfect .
CHEESE MALAI CHICKEN TIKKA - Marined perfectly this chicken tikka is a delight of chicken lovers.
HARI MIRCH KA PNEER TIKKA - The prominent flavours of hari mirchi and not yet overpowering the flavour of the whole dish.
DUMBEY KI TIKKI
RAAN-E-DERA

RAITA :
SANTREY AUR ADRAK KA RAITA -Amazed by how perfectly the combination was set and indeed it a unique and flavourful combination.

MAIN COURSE :
PUKHTAN-E-CHAMAN
HANDI DI DAL
CHOLEY MARTABAN
MIRCHIYON VALE ALOO
CHURAN VALI BHINDI
NALLI GHOSHT
HANDI MURG
BANANA LEAF FISH

RICE:
ZEERA PULAO
YAKHNI PULAO
The main course was well presented and served . My favourite from the mani course was handi di dal , banana fish and nalli ghost .

AASORMENT OF DIFFERENT INDIAN BREADS

DESSERTS :
MASALA JALEBI WITH RABRI - My favt. part of the meal is desserts and i absolutely enjoyed the masala jalebi and rabri .
SHE-E-DERA

Overall experience - All the dishes i tasted were perfect , well cooked and beautifull presented and served . The staff is courteousand the place has a very happy vibe to it.
YOU SHOULD SURELY VISIT THIS PLACE .
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KEEP TASTING :)

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Thank arshya r
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Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

A recent visit to Taj Chandigarh led me to this absolutely beautiful restaurant called Dera. This a place serving authentic Punjabi cuisine. This is not actually just Punjabi, it serves food from the ages-old undivided Punjab. The Punjab that once covered the entire Pakistan as we know it today. So, there are a lot of authentic flavors here that are bound to transport one in the old Punjab full of vibrancy and vigor.

Let's talk about what all I had.
I started with the crispy platter which is basically a platter of fried Poppadoms with a yummy dip. It was a great appetizer and complimenting it was Chunkey Wali Chaas. This was a drink like none other. It was a rich and thick Chaas that was salty and had superb flavors. This is highly recommended.
Next up was masala dahi quenelles with mushroom kurkure. I delight for mushroom lovers like me. This was one hell of a snack.

Next were the show stoppers- Mushoom Malai Galouti. These were so soft and tender and had a very earthy flavor of mushroom that hit all the correct notes in the mouth. This has become my favorite dish without a doubt.

Another great starter was the Masala Malai Chaamp. Another mouth watering delicacy.
One more thing I would like to recommend would be the Santrey aur Adrakh ka Raita. Now this was an innovation by the very talented chef like all the other dishes and this was a superhit. The flavors of ginger and orange blended superbly and made me love this combination.

In the main course was Handi dal, Churan wali Bhindi and Choley. Everything was delightful and well prepared.

My dessert plate had masala jalebi with rabri and shan-e-dera. Masala jalebi is very different from normal jalebi because it had some uniue masalas topping it. Shan-e-dera was a rasmalai of sorts but it was extremely soft and tender. Very enjoyable indeed.

The restaurant is beautifully done up and the glass exterior allows one to gaze upon the plants and natural foliage on the outside. The service is par excellence and much appreciated. Overall a lovely experience and a must visit place.

Thank VageeshaBahel
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