Every day for 29 years, Arlington’s venerable Delhi Dhaba Indian Restaurant has opened its doors on Wilson Boulevard and entertained grateful guests with authentic flavors transported from New Delhi.
But the pandemic finally put a temporary end to the restaurant’s whimsical philosophy of “khao, piyo, aish karo” — eat, drink and have fun.
There is good news for those who have missed the samosas, aloo tiki, butter chicken, lamb vindaloo and other longtime favorites: The owners have reopened in accordance to health and safety guidelines and are offering their traditional Indian meals on the spacious patio and for carryout.
As a bonus, Delhi Dhaba can sell their popular Indian beers — Taj, Flying Horse, Kingfisher and Khukuri — and other beverages to-go.
Even Delhi Dhaba regulars may not know what a “dhaba” is, but the word informs the philosophy behind the cooking. A dhaba is a roadside café, serving wholesome and hot Punjabi food to weary travelers in search of a hardy and inexpensive meal. That tradition continues, and has continued for nearly 30 years, at Delhi Dhaba. And they are very happy as a popular Arlington small business, owned by Arlingtonians, to open their kitchen once again.
The new “Family Meal” combination offers four samosas, two chicken entrées, a vegetarian entrée, two orders of naan and two orders of rice for $39.95, and is proving very popular as a carryout offering. As it should: It is one of the best deals in Arlington.