By: Faiza Faaiz
For large city dwellers, like the Lahorites, dining at the Dera is a unique experience. The restaurant offers indoor dining at lunch time while in the evening, the spacious terrace outside the restaurant is turned into a Punjabi style bethak.
Dera opened around 5 years ago and ever since their business is booming. Although the restaurant caters to a larger number of guests in the evening, the indoor dining room is usually full even at lunch time. For desi food connoisseurs, this is the place to visit.
What makes this restaurant different from others is the way in which they prepare the food. Unlike other restaurants, Dera does not believe in overloading the dishes with unnecessary spices. The food is fresh and hygienically cooked, while the quality of meat in the mutton dishes is top class which makes them extremely delectable.
Their specialty is “sajji” and you can try it in chicken as well as mutton. Dera is definitely a meat lover’s dream come true, from mutton chops to chicken mughlai, you name it and they will serve it, cooked to perfection. To give variety to your taste buds, you can also try “mash ki daal” as it complements the meal.
For the younger lot, the restaurant also offers sheesha in a variety of flavors. From old style hookah to modern flavored tobacco, you can experiment with a wide selection.
The desserts section is quiet extensive with all time favorites such as warm gulab jaman served in syrup, freshly prepared sweet jalebi, the winter classic gajjar ka halwa and diverse flavors of ice cream. To polish off your meal, you can also get a hot steaming cup of green tea.
At Dera the food is excellent and the atmosphere is lively. This is definitely the place to visit if you are in the mood for an authentic Pakistani style eating out experience. It is ethnic, bustling and a refreshing change from the usual coffee shop hang outs.