Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying ..

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8th Jul 2017
Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh
Day 1
Photo of Mohit Dhaba, Mall Road, Lawi Khurd, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India by Bhupender Singh

In case you are visiting Shimla & Chail by road from New Delhi/Chandigarh/Kalka, I am going to take you to an excellent place midway to treat your taste buds.

Mohit ji-The owner , sense of accomplishment ..

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

After entering Solan i.e. Saproon, take Mall road towards DC office; after about 200mts, you will find two famous restaurants, Paragon & Himani; skip both. Next you will see HP petrol pump, adjacent to that you can find a board indicating 'Mohit Dhaba' on Mall road itself.

Location-for your better understanding

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

I spotted it while walking past it, something clicked & I decided to take lunch in this Dhaba (having only 5 clean tables of 4 person each), with total 20 persons sitting capacity.

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

The food is served in Buffet/Self service. That day, the menu was as under:

1. Paneer butter masala

2. Alu matter

3. Kadhi

4. Daal Makhaani

5. Raita

6. Chawal

7. Roti (quarter, half & full), so that you do not waste

8. Salad

To avoid wastage, I did not pick other items on display in first serving

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

I relished the food! Must confess that it was at par with best restaurant in Delhi, where one will spend close to 1200 bucks for all this stuff and here I paid less than 10% of that i.e. only 99 bucks, YES you read it correctly, ONLY 99!

Buffet in place

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

The owner is Mr. Mohit, in his late twenties. I could not resist myself from asking, how he survives by maintaining such an excellent quality of food (I got the feedback from visitors comments with board marker on back side of front door) by getting only Rs 99/- in return. His answer was simple, "Sir, I still earn enough for myself".

Sincere Mohit on job

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

Out of curiosity, I enquired him how this idea was conceptualized?

This is what he said,

“I am from Naini Devi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naina_Devi . I started a restaurant at this very place 5 year ago. I was earning enough. However, I was concerned with the wastage of food that people used to generate, to the tune of 30-40 kg in a day. That did not go well with me. I tried to convince people to avoid wastage but there was no relief.

So I decided to retort to buffet system, thereby reducing the wages cost of staff by keeping one cook & myself to provide the service. I charge double in case wastage is there. Boards are displayed all around to educate about not to waste food. It has created an impact & now there is no wastage. People have started giving respect to food. I am very happy with this system as I am able to make a contribution towards the society & at the same time provide quality food in only 99 Rupees”.

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

I was fortunate to have walked past  his dhaba & then decided to have lunch there. One of best meal I ever had! Thought of sharing with all of you.

So give it a try.

Visit his dhaba with me through following pictures including comments of the visitors.

On each table

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

On refrigerator

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

Comments of vistors

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

Solan weather that day

Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh
Photo of Mohit Dhaba in Solan, Himachal: Worth trying .. by Bhupender Singh

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