When former banker Arti Bareja and business development manager Upma Arora met they were inspired by their childhood nostalgia for simple home-cooked food and decided it was time to become innovators.
They duo wanted an alternative to pre-packaged food, takeaways and curry menus, which didn't feature the simplicity they craved and saw a gap in the market. Hence ‘Dhaba Lane’ was born.
Dhaba Lane, say the ladies, is a fresh new way to grab a tasty, healthy lunch on the go – infused with the exotic flavours of India.
The company is named after the ‘Dhabas’ (roadside shacks) on the Indian and Pakistani highways, where truckers will stop for a quick bite and a cup of chai (tea). These shacks have garnered a reputation for the quality of their food and attract a wider range of customers from all social classes.
South Asian food is a cuisine Britain loves a lot and currently it simply has not been able to make its mark for lunchtime - due to the perception of it being heavy, greasy and unhealthy to eat regularly at midday.
“We’re here to change that perception and fill the gap that exists for lunchtime.
“For Asian people it will be the home-cooked flavours they so enjoy and for others, it will be a taste they love – all set out in an innovative, healthy and easy to eat manner,” says Arti.
The company aim to have their own permanent kitchen in London where customers can come and enjoy their simple, tasty and well-balanced meals.
In the meantime, they offer a fortnightly Wednesday lunchtime delivery service covering the City and Canary Wharf, bringing customers home-cooked lunch boxes made from scratch, with delights including a green bean and chicken salad with a moon dal soup.
You’ll also find Dhaba Lane’s stall at Venn Street Market, Clapham Common on the first Saturday of each month. Dhaba Lane also offer catering services, canapés and corporate lunches, encompassing Indian and continental cuisine.