So, the Biryani Kabab festival 2014 is back at City Center I after last year, and it will be over on the 2nd of February, Sunday. This time, 12 famous joints around Kolkata have joined in. These are as follows – Shiraz, Lazeez, Oudh 1590, Zeeshan, Tamarind, New Aliah, Aminia, India Hotel Kidderpore, Mezban, Krazy Kabab, Dawat and Royal Indian Hotel. Notable absentees this year are Arsalan, Chhote Nawab, Rahmania and Haji Saheb, but I daresay, I did not feel the absence much.
Here are a few reasons why.
First off, many good new contenders who are absolutely bang on the buck. Second, the prices are very reasonable – in fact, for places like Aminia, the prices are the same as what they sell these for in their shops and if you are a Club Solitaire Member then you get more discounts. Third, the ticket counters are very well-manned, and they are distributed across the Festival, so you can pick them up when you need, in case you are running short. As always, the tickets are non-refundable, so if you have extra leftover, you might want to buy something more for home, or calculate and check availability of food before buying.
Here’s a handy dandy price list. Enlarge it, check prices, and make up your mind before hogging.
I land up with a friend, and immediately start picking up food. I get the Mutton Pasinda Kabab from Aminia, Mutton Chaap from Royal, Chicken Biryani Chaap from Mezban packed. Then I start thinking about what I want for myself, and P joins in by then. Our eyes fall on Mezban’s Chicken Malai Kabab (180/-) and it is soft, creamy, and deliciously charred and crunchy on the edges.
|Chicken Malai Kabab|
Next up is India Hotel. I am especially kicked to see this place, since the Daryabadi Biryani is a favorite of mine. However, it is not on the menu. Sigh! But still, we decide to get the Chicken Cheese Kabab, and boy, we are good at making choices!!!
|Chicken and Cheese Kabab|