Dadar Gets A Regal Restaurant-On-Wheels; Dadar Darbar Offers A Diverse Menu At Competitive Rates

This exciting project is a prime example of Central Railway's commitment to innovation.

by Nikitha Sebastian
Dadar Gets A Regal Restaurant-On-Wheels; Dadar Darbar Offers A Diverse Menu At Competitive Rates

Mumbai’s culinary scene takes a delightful turn with the arrival of Dadar Darbar, a unique fine-dining experience housed within a revitalised railway carriage. This latest addition to Indian Railways’s innovative “Restaurant-on-Wheels” concept is a brainchild of Central Railway’s Mumbai division. Located at Dadar station, Dadar Darbar promises an unforgettable journey for your taste buds, all while offering a charmingly unconventional setting.

Regal Restaurant On Wheels – Dadar Darbar

Forget the typical cramped and utilitarian train canteens. Dadar Darbar boasts a spacious and elegantly designed interior, courtesy of a renowned Mumbai interior designer. This transformation allows for a comfortable dining experience for up to 72 guests, making it the largest “Restaurant-on-Wheels” under Central Railway.

True to its name, which translates to “Court of Dadar,” the restaurant exudes a palatial ambience, transporting diners to a bygone era of railway grandeur. But this regal feel doesn’t translate to exorbitant prices. Dadar Darbar caters to a wide range of palates with a diverse menu featuring delicious dishes at competitive rates, ensuring a delightful experience for both your senses and your wallet.

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Central Railway’s Commitment To Innovation

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This exciting project is a prime example of Central Railway’s commitment to innovation. The Mumbai division awarded the restaurant space to M/s Unique Enterprises through a competitive e-auction. The licensee will pay an annual licence fee of ₹ 58.11 lakhs for the next five years. Furthermore, a separate kitchen space generates additional revenue for Central Railway, fetching ₹15.59 lakhs annually. The transformation itself is a marvel of creative reuse. The retired railway carriage was given a new lease on life by the licensee.

Working with the renowned interior designer, they completely revamped the interior, creating a stunning and comfortable dining space that retains a subtle nod to its railway heritage. This isn’t Central Railway’s first foray into “Restaurant-on-Wheels.” Similar concepts have already proven successful at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Pune, Amravati, and Akola. These unique restaurants are a testament to Central Railway’s ability to combine passenger-friendly initiatives with innovative revenue generation strategies, as railway officials themselves have emphasised.

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So, the next time you find yourself in Dadar, consider skipping the usual eateries and embark on a unique culinary adventure aboard Dadar Darbar. This “Restaurant-on-Wheels” offers a delightful combination of fine dining, a charming railway ambience, and competitive prices, making it an experience not to be missed.

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