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Korma, Kheer and Kismet: Five Seasons In Old Delhi is a record of the food experiences offered in the streets of Old Delhi. Pamela Timms came down all the way from Scotland to enjoy the tastes and flavors of Indian food, which she found it in the street food stalls.

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Pamela Timms decided to get away from the dampness of Scotland and enjoy the sun and heat in India. She came to Delhi and her mission was not just to enjoy the tropical climate but also to discover the heady flavours of Indian foods.

Initially, Pamela Timms found it difficult to sample the genuine taste of Indian food. She then decided that Old Delhi was probably the best place to find it. She began exploring the side streets and by lanes of Old Delhi and discovered the wonderful street food stalls, offering a mind boggling variety of foods.

She soon discovered the taste of korma, kheer and jalebis and began exploring even deeper into the heart of the old city. She made friends and was invited into the homes of the people who prepared the delicious foods sold in the food stalls.

Celebrating festivals with them and enjoying the delicious sweets and spicy foods, she soon began collecting recipes for many of the wonderful dishes sold in the streets. She is now a part of the community whose food traditions she set out to discover.

Rupa Publications has published this hardcover edition of Korma, Kheer and Kismet: Five Seasons In Old Delhi. This is the first edition.

Key Features:

  • This book is a delightful record of the year the author spent discovering the culinary delights offered by Old Delhi.
  • It contains tempting description of the delightful fare offered and directions to the best eateries in which to enjoy them.
  • Each chapter in the book also contains detailed recipes for the delicious dishes that she discovered, enjoyed and then learnt to cook.

What readers are saying..

Lovely. I have gifted this book to umber pus friends who have all loved it and followed in its footsteps, every delicious step. Can’t wait to return to delhi and follow the trail.

I purchased this book with some misgivings, to be very frank. Here is yet another “firang” giving her two bits worth about Indian food, I thought dismissively. So, i first downloaded a sample, and on Christmas Day, while my wife was busy preparing a lunch of Mutton Rogan Josh for me, I started on the sample. Beforte lunch was served, I had purchased the book, and was well into the intricacies of Ashok and Ashok’s Muton Korma recipe ! Pamela writes with a sure touch about the a subject she obviously loves to a fault – good food. Her writing is witty and sincere, and she brings a Westerner’s eye for detail into her recipes. And her descriptions of the bylanes of Old Delhi are charming and so evocative, that you can actually feel you are there with her as she dashes off on a cold winter dawn in search of the elusive Daulat ki Chaat, or understanding the mysteries behind Bade Mian’s creamy Kheer, or the simple delights of a coal roasted shakharkandi. Her accounts of life around the dusty alleys of Jama Masjid, or the cubby holes in and around Chandni Chowk, reveal a gourmand’s true love for food belonging to a bye gone era. The book is a must read for lovers of Delhi street food at its best.

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Ottimo at West View – ITC Maurya – Ready to host Royalty

The charm of the location, the view, the knowledge that who’s who of the world dine here – ensures that every evening spent here, is going to be an evening of lifetime.

ITC Maurya has been part of Delhi’s Landscape for around 40 years now. Though a slew of modern and luxury hotels have opened in Capital and NCR, they have not taken any charm away from this luxury hotel, located in Diplomatic Enclaves of New Delhi. Well known for hosting executives, ministers, leaders and head of states from all over the world – the hotel is equally popular with denizens of City of Delhi – thanks to many culinary aces that they keep up their sleeves including Dum Pukht and probably the most famous restaurant in India – Bukhara.

West View been a part of the hotel for couple of decades, it never was as busy or famous as other restaurants in the same hotel, however it always had its cult following – a dedicated audience who swear by the place as well the lavishness of their Sunday Brunches.  Infact when ITC wanted to introduce Ottimo to this property, which has been a great success at their hotels in other cities, they decided to keep the ‘West View’ name (unlike other properties) where Ottimo is a standalone brand, here it became Ottimo at West View.

I have been told that Ottimo means excellent in Italian and is  lead by Chef Vittorio Gecco – who after working for several Michelin Star restaurants around the world, joined ITC and started Ottimo at ITC Chola – their signature property in Chennai.

Now that you know more about the place, let me start at the start. West View has been fully redone and we were invited by team ITC Maurya to experience what they have worked really hard on.

We landed their at 7 pm – just the start of their Dinner service. Walking into the restaurant it felt like a drawing-room or just an extension of the kitchen – a very classy one at that. Occupying a table for two on the west windows of West View – the view and the location started to dawn on us. When you can see a sprawling green forest and a setting sun on horizon, it becomes hard to believe that you are bang in the center of a City like Delhi. We jumped from our seats and leaped towards the terrace area – now called an Infinity Theater and a sky bathed in colors of sunset was out there to welcome us. The terrace now has a few tables along with some greens, which technically are their kitchen garden, also housing a pizza oven in a corner.

Coming to food offered – it can primarily be divided into 3 parts –

  • Ottimo’s Italian a la carte menu- Pastas, Pizzas, Soups & More.
  • The Grill – Array of meats and vegetables for you to choose and ready to go on the grill.
  • Cold Buffet spread – with choicest of cheese, meats and salads.

Rs. 1200 gets you to the cold buffet, while you can order other things A la carte, then comes Rs. 2500 option where you get access to the Cold Buffet Cart, choice of one Soup and choice of a pasta. For Rs.3500 you get access to the Cold Buffet, Soup, Pasta, Grills as well as the desserts. All the prices are exclusive of taxes and service charges may apply.

We started off with assortment of cheese, olives, sparkling wine, bread basket and some goodies from their Cold cart. As expected from an establishment of such repute – all of them were of highest quality and set our tummies for gastronomical delights that Italian Chef was about to dish out for us.  A special mention to the Pesto sauce served to us with our breads – it has to THE finest and most aromatic pesto I have tasted till date, closely followed by Naturellement in Auroville, Puducherry. No wonder both of these restaurants are growing their own basil.

We started again, this time with Risotto – topped with crunchy asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes. Simple but robust flavors and beautiful texture defined this European Rice preparation. In pastas, we chose Ravioli – and were served one stuffed with wild mushroom and ricotta and truffle – topped with Parmesan reduction which added the magic to this dish – definitely among the finest that I have laid my fork on.

How can visit to an Italian restaurant be complete without trying their Pizza? – we decided to go for one with Mascarpone Cheese, Tomato, Mozzarella and Parma Ham. Very simple combination, made exotic by availability of  Mascarapone and Parma – both of them still a rarity across pizzerias in town. By this point we were at the end of our appetites, however succumbed to our taste-buds, which demanded more food. Still curious to try the main courses, we went for the lamb chops.

Tender lamb chops stuffed with Parmesan and truffle crusted with almonds and bread crumbs, served with vanilla mash potato, spinach and sautéed vegetables. That is the literal translation from menu – wonder how they managed to get cheese and truffle inside the chop. The texture definitely felt that it has been worked on – reminded of a very fine hand pounded gustaba – coated with crispy  goodness of nuts and bread most probably used as a binder. Beautiful texture of meat was accentuated by the rich nutty crust, while the the potato mash served with it was as creamy as they come. The way zucchini was ‘buttoned’ and served, talked a lot about the art that went behind this dish.

We ended the meal with couple of desserts – Handmade Mango Icecream topped with cherry compote and a Tiramisu – came in a jar and was served with three different chocolates on the side. Not the most bitter or intense Tiramisu, however light, airy and still full of flavors. That said, would expect the Italian chef to produce a show stopper – which this definitely was not. In Mango Cherry ice-cream would love to see more play with the cherries, instead of being a compote or sauce.

As detailed as I have been about the main dishes, I would say that this place is more about a relaxed dinner experience. The kitchen type setup of the restaurant is very inviting, very casual, still exuding that classy feel. You can just go for the cold buffet and the amazing assortment of ‘Tapas’ made of produce from their garden, meats and cheese would keep you great company while you nurse your favorite wine or champagne. Add to that the charm of the location, the view, the knowledge that who’s who of the world dine here – ensures that every evening spent here, is going to be an evening of lifetime.

SanaDiGe – Coastal Fine Dine – Restaurant Review

The USP being the nice central location, abundance of parking and super exotic food – which is starting to find favor with us Dilliwalas, however is still not very common.

SanaDiGe is a restaurant that has recently opened up in Malcha Marg Market in Diplomatic Enclave of Delhi – Chanakya Puri. It opened in the building that housed Schengen – Deli & Cafe, which we incidentally visited last year itself. Walking into the same building we were expecting some elements of familiarity with the last restaurant, however was surprised by the way the place has been completely made over. You are politely ushered in and directly towards the hydraulic lift which takes you to the next floor.

Though the menu had lot of options however we decided to go with the Thali or fixed meal platters on offer as that would give is a chance to try multiple things without ordering a lot of different dishes (Thali is on offer only from Monday to Thursday in lunch hours). There were 5 types of Thali to choose from – Veg, Chicken, Mutton, Fish and Prawn.

We ordered for Veg and Chicken versions however wished that restaurant would have done some mix and match of the meats. The Chicken Thali comes with three chicken dishes, prawn one with 3 prawn dishes and so and so worth – it would nice to have a thali with one chicken, one mutton and one fish dish or whatever combo the restaurant decides. Unless of-course there is some logic that says you should only be eating one type of meat in one meal.

A welcome drink of Kokum Kadhi along with some crackers was served to us, followed by assorted condiments – pickles, chutneys and sauces was placed on or table. The chicken thali came with Sanna & plain rice for carbohydrates – sanna can be described as a cousin of Idli – quite similar, still very different. The Veg thali came with two chapatis and a very small portion of what I would call Veg Biryani.

Assorted Chutneys
Pickles and chutney placed an all tables.
Kokum Drink with crackers
Welcome drink and crackers.

There were three chicken items in my Thali – Chicken Pepper Fry, Chicken Masala and Chicken Curry . Chicken Curry was well made and reminded of my meal at Manglorean restaurants down south, where I enjoyed the curry with Kori Roti – which thankfully was available on the menu of SanaDiGe and was promptly served, at additional cost of-course.  Chicken Masala did not seem right – the flavors has just not got inside the meat and left a bit to be desired.

Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry
Chicken Masala
Chicken Masala – scope for improvement there.
Chicken Pepper Masala
Chicken Pepper Fry – BEST dish of the lunch.

Chicken Pepper Fry – I guess that was the name was highlight of the meal for me – juicy and succulent morsels of chicken tossed in spices including pepper and overload of curry leaves – flavors that took me straight back street carts of semi-urban Chennai – a taste I have not found anywhere else till date.

Thali also came with Rasam, Salad, Coconut Chutney & Pickle – two of those items are anyhow available as condiments on the table and serves no purpose in the Thali – infact can leave you feeling like a fool as they seem like items just to fill the space in the platter, while adding no real value to the meal – same was the case with their vegetarian Thali as well. However my dining companion who is a moderate eater found the Veg thali at Rs.350, super bang for the buck and full of flavors. And honestly speaking the Chicken Thali at Rs.450 was not bad value for money either.

Incidentally table next to us was occupied by 3 gentleman, one of them Rajiv Talwar is also one of our readers. Thanks to him got to taste their Chicken Ghee Roast – which was well made and rich in flavors – the taste of spices tingling in the aroma of Desi Ghee were enough to make sure that I find my way back there and have more of it with their Neer Dosa. Our friends ordered Mutton Thali, Prawn Thali and Fish Thali – and only the Mutton Thali was able to satisfy them both in terms of quality and quantity. A Calamari side dish ordered by them, did not get favorable review aswell.

The Payasam served in Thalis worked as a fulfilling dessert and ended our meals with their filter coffee, which though not served in traditional apparatus  was still right on spot. Our total bill was around Rs.1300-1500, which also included a massive portion of Kori Roti.

Overall a very pleasant experience full of rich flavors and considerate hospitality, just what you would expect from a fine dine establishment. The USP being the nice central location, abundance of parking and super exotic food – which is starting to find favor with us Dilliwalas, however is still not very common.

Kake Da Hotel- Best Butter Chicken, Really?

If you ask anyone or check any of the listing sites or Google where to have best Butter Chicken in Delhi or unearth the of list top ten Butter Chickens in Delhi, invariably the much famed Kake De Hotel will crop up!

Delhi is synonymous with Butter Chicken! And the true blue Delhite I am,  I constantly crave good butter chicken & butter naan! It has to be one of my favourite comfort foods especially when I want to drown my sorrows in some butter 😛

The comfort food
Butter Chicken- the ultimate comfort food
If you ask anyone or check any of the listing sites or Google where to have best Butter Chicken in Delhi or unearth the of list top ten Butter Chickens in Delhi, invariably the much famed Kake De Hotel will crop up!
So yesterday was one of those when I needed some sinful indulgence and landed up at THE Kake De Hotel during the early lunch hours!  As I walked up the stairs, I noticed the wall was lined with framed certificates and wasn’t surprised at all to find lots of travelers seated there who sure where there to tick this in their bucket list! There were some locals as well who were enjoying their fill.
*Warning*  If you aren’t comfortable with dirty dingy places, don’t when bother to go for a meal, like most dhabas the sights aren’t very pleasing! Oh but the good part is they have some full power air conditioning! Nonetheless as soon as we were seated, a plate full of onions topped with green chutney and some masala was placed on our table- even before the water 😉 Well dhabas are your real QSRs- quick service restaurants.
Fresh & Tangy
Fresh & Tangy

We had a clear agenda and ordered half plate butter chicken  (Rs 340+) with butter naan and tandoori roti without without batting an eyelid! And within couple of minutes the food arrived, the breads looked fresh & crispy. The Butter Chicken looked sad with no trace of butter or that gorgeous creamy gravy- it almost looked like the humble dhabha style chicken curry! First bite and i was heart broken, the gravy was watery with boiled tomatoes & onion with some oil thrown on top! Well that is not how butter chicken is supposed to be. It lacked the tangy kick or the silkness that is achieved by cooking it well with butter or cream! The chicken was tender and well cooked though.

By no standards it can be called a butter chicken- to make sure it wasn’t the chicken curry we checked with the server who told us that  a big pot of the dish is made in one go and they serve from it throughout the day, so no customisation was possible. Also that they do keep the dish non spicy or bland purposely- which i wasn’t surprised to hear as the places is very popular among the tourists.
Feast
Feast
Best Butter Naan ever
Best Butter Naan ever
Tandoori Roti
Tandoori Roti – very nicely done.
Lacha Parantha
Lacha Parantha
Seeing that we weren’t happy with the food the server quickly asked if we would like to have something else instead of the butter chicken – without wasting any time we  ordered dahi meat which was listed as Rogan Josh( Rs. 200+)  and Dal Makhni (Rs. 90+)
The Dal Makhni was kickass in one word, well cooked and utterly creamy without the heavy use of cream & butter- a consistency that is achieved if the lentils are simmered with spices for a long time! It has to be one of the best dal makhni i have ever tasted. I will for sure go back for my Dal Tandoori Roti combo &  pyaaz chutney  fill!
Dal 2
Look at the beauty
Since we had no high expectations- the dahi meat tasted decent, the meat was tender & it had that dhabha curry type of thin gravy! Again there was nothing Rogan Josh about it- neither the taste nor the colour!
Dahi Meat
Dahi Meat
I wonder how can people recommend KDH for butter chicken? Has the place lost its sheen over the years and now banking on the inflow of the tourists who clearly have no idea what a good butter chicken is about? The meal left me questioning what makes a good butter chicken, is there any standard recipe or every restaurant/dhabha  over the years has developed its own style?

Where to eat Chhole Bhature in Delhi? Top 35 Places you MUST Try

Chhole Bhature are the National Food of India, and you get them around every corner in the city. Though Chhole Bhature can never be bad, however there are some which are better than others. Here is a list of 35 places divided by the region to help you savor nothing but the best from the City.

Chhole Bhature are ‘National’ food of Delhi and to celebrate our love for the same we mark 2nd October of every-year as International Eatlo Chhole Bhature Day, with 2016 seeing the third year of celebrations. As lot of you know that we organised Eatlo Eatups – where a bunch of us got together and went to out eat and/or explore the food scene.

However for this day we put together something called #VirtualEatup – where people from all over the world participate by eating Chhole Bhature and sharing pictures on Social Media.

International Chhole Bhature Day : How to participate?

1. You can cook the bhature at home and post a picture and/or recipe.
2. You can go out to eat Chhole Bhature and post a picture with your feedback.
3. You can eat Chhole Bhature from your favourite joint and just share a picture.
4. You can get them packed and bring them to eat and share a picture.
5. You can organise a Chhole Bhature Party, cook Chhole Bhature and invite your friends over. Or order in maybe.

For those in Delhi, which happens to be home of Chhole Bhature, we have put together a list of our favourite places from all over the town – have visited all of them personally and can recommend the wares. This list is not comprehensive for sure, however still the most comprehensive you will find.

Not putting complete details, a quick google search for names would guide you better. The map mostly is for illustrative purposes, just search for the name of google maps and they shall guide you better.

Info-graphic with Chhole Bhature joints represented on Delhi Map.
Best Chhole Bhature Delhi Map

Best Chhole Bhature in North Delhi :

  • Chache Di Hatti, Kamla Nagar (read more)
  • Om Di Hatti, Shakti Nagar
  • Rawalpindi, Malka Ganj, Kamla Nagar
  • Cycle Wala, Outside NDPL, Hudson Lane (read more)
  • Chacha di Hatti, Model Town (Not related to Kamla Nagar one)
  • Gopal Jee, Rohini Sector 2
  • Ashu Bhature, Rohini
  • Hari Om Bhature, Rohini / Prashant Vihar

BEST CHHOLE BHATURE IN West Delhi

BEST CHHOLE BHATURE IN South Delhi

  • Kaka Ji, Amar Colony
  • Baba Nagpal, Amar Colony, Lapjpat nagar
  • Anand, Lajpat Nagar
  • Sharma (cart), Moolchand Metro Station
  • Durga Sweets, Nauroji Nagar
  • Gopal Jee Chhole Bhature, Govind Puri

BEST CHHOLE BHATURE IN East Delhi 

BEST CHHOLE BHATURE IN Central Delhi

Central Delhi is where the heavyweights of Chhole Bhature operate from..

This list was originally published in October 2015, on occasion of 3rd International Eatlo Chhole Bhature Day, and has been revised on 2nd November 2016. The recommendations remain the same, however we have been able to document a lot more about these places in last 1 year and have updated the recommendations with relevant links to our posts on Foodiye.

Where to eat finest Kebabs & Biryani in Delhi?

Those are the really small structures on the pavements of Central Delhi selling Chai, Sutta and Snacks to the Babus working in those corridors of power. Most of those NDMC stalls are quite basic – Chai, Samosa, Kachori, Bread Pakore, Fruits, Biscuits, Cold-drinks, Juices etc. However not too far from palatial Presidential Estate in Delhi, next to Assam Bhawan, right in the diplomatic corridors is located a small stall, that does not bear any name, is poorly lit and is something that is very easy to miss. Nothing that would separate it from those quintessential stalls in Central Delhi.

And the answer is NOT Old Delhi. Read on… 🙂

Those who are familiar with Delhi, would know what NDMC stalls are. Those are the really small structures on the pavements of Central Delhi selling Chai, Sutta and Snacks to the Babus working in those corridors of power. Most of those NDMC stalls are quite basic – Chai, Samosa, Kachori, Bread Pakore, Fruits, Biscuits, Cold-drinks, Juices etc. However not too far from palatial Presidential Estate in Delhi, next to Assam Bhawan, right in the diplomatic corridors is located a small stall, that does not bear any name, is poorly lit and is something that is very easy to miss. Nothing that would separate it from those quintessential stalls in Central Delhi.

However if you are there in the evening hours, and pay close attention, you will find a beeline of cars standing next to it. Fancy cars are not very uncommon in that part of the town, however spend a moment or two, and you will see a steady stream of food flowing from the ubiquitous looking stall to those cars. Welcome to Al-Kauser. Or rather one of the outlets of Al-kauser which has developed into a much bigger chain now which has successfully spread its kebab fueled wings, atleast in Delhi.

A closer look at the stall of Al Kauser
Inside the stall
Making Varqi Parantha

We will let the chain do what it does and focus our energies on this particular outlet, you might call me a romantic, but this little stall selling kebabs and Biryanis has managed to charm me..

Some of the dishes I have tried and liked there :

~ Galauti Kebabs : As melt in mouth as they are supposed to be by virtue of their name, they serve 4 round (tikki type) kebabs in a plate, and I doubt if its possible to make them any finer. Aficionados might draw comparison from here and there, but that would be matter of individual taste. Tunday Kebabi from Lucknow (they now have a chain in Delhi), Rajendra da Dhaba and some of the finer restaurants in town can only claim to touch this beauty served by Al Kauser. That said, I would not be surprised if Alkauser guys manage to beat everyone else in sheer finesse of flavors and spices.

Galauti Kebabs

~ Kakauri : Again, melt in mouth, they serve 2 of them seekhs in a plate and are just slightly different from the Galautis in the way they are spiced. Personally I am not able to find much difference in their texture. The kakoris that I have eaten here are at par with best in business from Delhi – Al Quresh and Aap Ki Khatir are the other two names that come to my mind and the line separating them three is so thin that it is virtually non-existent. Honestly speaking would not be surprised if someone told me that Kebabchis working at these three eateries are fruits of the same tree or trained under the same Ustad, the Master Kebab maker.

~ Varqi Parantha : This calorie bomb is a perfect companion for those kebabs, Layers of shallow fried goodness, it has slightly sweet flavor, which surprisingly goes very well with both the above mentioned kebabs. Calorie conscious brethren can always opt for roomali rotis.
Varqi Parantha

~ Biryani : Now this can be a show stopper for many. They serve Chicken and Mutton Biryani in a Handi, complete with a lid, sealed by dough. I am assuming that they put partially done rice and meat in the handi, seal it and then put it inside a tandoor or in a bhatti, where it spends some time. The process is called ‘Dum’ lagana, where various flavors from meat, spices and rice infuse among themselves. The lid is sealed with dough allowing nothing to escape from that handi. Ask then to serve you the Handi itself as opening it would release the aromas of extremely hot and well made delicacy and it is something that one must experience. Here let me warn you – they do not serve any salan, or raita with their biryani, and honestly speaking I have never felt the need for one too.

Handi of Mutton Biryani
Mutton Biryani served in a plate
Sealed Handi of Biryani

~ Chicken Malai Tikka : Generally Malai Tikkas are white in color and creamy in taste, however the ones I have eaten here are more on the charred side, slightly overdone to give that taste and colors but just enough to make sure they still have some moisture left in them.

I was really surprised when I was told that people have been coming here from 70’s and now feel that the place is way past of golden years, but then that is something that I have heard about every legend. I feel generally when people get bored of someplace OR there are slight changes, that is when that accusation or tag of being past the best comes.Honestly speaking have never really paid attention to the prices so cannot comment on them, however last time I was there we had 2 portions of kakori, 2 paranthas and a biryani – we paid close to Rs. 800, which would not put it under cheap category, however with the kind of food they serve, I do not mind paying that kind of money.

Talking about service, I doubt if they know H of hospitality. If you are in a car, blow your horn and one of the boys would be there to fetch your food. If you are outside the car, then do not expect them to listen to you, seems like they are just too used to horns.

Kebabs and Tikkas being roasted..

That said if you go there in colder months, make sure you step out of your car, or otherwise put your air-conditioner to external mode just to get a whiff of those goodies being roasted on coal fire. Very rustic, Very delicious.

PS : This post if of my experience of the Malcha Marg outlet, cannot say much about other more shiney branches. And much thanks to Nitin Seth paah ji for introducing me to this joint.

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Lahori Gate – Where my Bade Mian Lives : Restaurant Review

Lahori Gate is a restaurant which has recently opened up in Meherchand Market, and when we decided to go on a food hop in the same market, Lahori Gate came up as strong contender, as it has recently featured in writings of some of the prominent columns of mainstream Media. However to set the record straight I have not read any of them and stepped into the place without any expectations and open mind.
Walking into the place we asked for a table for 11 of us and we were told that they were packed and we needed prior reservations. A level of activity that was hard to believe from the entrance which seemed quite. Went up to check out the dining area on upper floor and found reserved boards on 2 big tables, while one of them was about to get empty. After a fair bit of waiting we did manage to get the table and now was the time to place our orders.

Mutton Burrah
Dahi ke Kebab
Dahi ke kebab from inside – can you see the foliage? 😛
Mutton Burrah
Shammi Kebab

Dahi Ke kabab, Mutton Shammi Kebab & Mutton Burra – 2 portions of each were ordered for the starters. The Shammi kebabs were well made, but the taste was quite average, the mutton burra was very well made and pick of the lot. The chop that I managed to get my hands on, cannot forget that in a hurry (in a good way ofcourse). While the dahi ke kebab were a major letdown. Huge pieces of onion were there in the kebabs, which essentially should have been smooth and without overpowering flavors of onions and other add ons.

In main-course we ordered – Mutton Nihari, Dal Makhani, Kadahi Paneer, Chicken Khurchan and Chicken Chhole – I must admit that all these items were very well made. The meat in Nihari was very succulent and spices subtle, much different from the Old Delhi Nihari, however we will let it pass as they mention Lahori Nihari in the menu, maybe its different than ours, but tasted nice. Kadahi Paneer gave me no reason to complain, just the way as it should be with finest quality Paneer being used. Good time was spent in making of Dal makhani, the dal itself gave the creamy texture to the overall dish. Chicken Chhole was something I had for the first time, new for my taste buds however Chhole had proper spices and the chicken chunks were properly cooked and had absorbed flavors in a nice way. An unusual item item for sure, do try it if you like trying different flavors. Cannot say much about the Chicken Khurchan as got to eat only 1 bite of it.

Kadahi Paneer
Chicken Chhole – very different dish, stable in Lahore they tell me.
Chicken Khurchan
Dal Makhani
Nahari
Its impossible for me to complete a meal without Biryani being served and this occasion was no different. They have 2 varieties of the same – A Mutton Version and a Chicken one, and as usual – ordered for both of them. The portions seemed small, however the aroma when we opened the handi was definitely enticing, the flavors very subtle however Biryanis did have character  in them. They were served with a side of Raita, which was plain spiced curd, just done right.We tried an assortment of breads – Khamiri Roti, Laccha Prantha, Butter Naan – none of them gave any reason to complain.

Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani
Khamiri Roti
Mutton Biryani
Chunk of Mutton from Mutton Biryani

As I was going without expectations, I cannot say the service was a letdown. However the service was ordinary to say the least. Infact the service can be said to be on the shoddier side, no clothe napkins were given to us, had to literally force them to give finger bowls that too were not given for entire table. Starters and main-course came faster than they took to clear & set the table and while for Biryani it seemed we had to wait till eternity. Teething issues? Not on my dime.

The place is adorned with numerous pictures of artists and the music they play is quite classical. Infact was surprised to spot a picture I shot of Bade Mian from Lal Kuan hanging in one of their galleries.

Surprised to see a picture for Bade Mian I shot hanging on those walls.

Then came in the bill and everything changed. For the entire meal we paid Rs.12.7k – without Alcohol.

In terms of :
Taste – 4/5
Service – 2.5/5
Ambiance – 3.5/5
Value for Money – 2/5
Overall – 3/5
As much as I enjoyed the food and ambiance, the place does seem overtly expensive for the kind of food they serve.. Though the taste was 4/5, however in a city like Delhi you will get 4/5 type of North Indian food in way too many restaurants and for half the price.

Our bill for the evening.
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