Truckers eat a meal at a typical dhaba roadside cafe in Rajasthan, India. The dhaba’s popularity has inspired restaurants in high-end hotels in New Delhi and Hong Kong. Photo: Shutterstock
Truckers eat a meal at a typical dhaba roadside cafe in Rajasthan, India. The dhaba’s popularity has inspired restaurants in high-end hotels in New Delhi and Hong Kong. Photo: Shutterstock

India’s dhaba restaurants, from scattered roadside truck stops to nationwide staple, and the high-end versions in India and Hong Kong

  • India’s humble highway restaurants began springing up during the mid-20th century interlinking of cities, and are known for tasty tandoor-cooked comfort food
  • They’re now ubiquitous across India, with some attaining legendary status. The format has also been reproduced at five-star hotels in New Delhi and Hong Kong

Truckers eat a meal at a typical dhaba roadside cafe in Rajasthan, India. The dhaba’s popularity has inspired restaurants in high-end hotels in New Delhi and Hong Kong. Photo: Shutterstock
Truckers eat a meal at a typical dhaba roadside cafe in Rajasthan, India. The dhaba’s popularity has inspired restaurants in high-end hotels in New Delhi and Hong Kong. Photo: Shutterstock
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