Truthfully speaking, I was not expecting much out of the experience. I am fond of Mughlai food, but I am a sucker for certain places and I rarely look at other joints. However, I am so glad I did go in.
Before I begin, I want to add an update from my friend R claimed that he had the basic Fish Tikka here and it was amazingly moist and tasty. I will add his two cents on the Biryani when we come to it. For now, lets move on to the decor inside. I liked it instantly. Its brightly lit, very nicely and neatly decorated, and has a welcoming feel to it. Generally I do not take too easily to any place, but this one I liked. Our server was fluent in words and extremely helpful, and he did tell us that there were a few things on the menu that were not available, but also asked us to keep our options open.
We were seated at a sofa and I settled back. The server moved away after filling up our water glasses and giving us the menu cards. I was really interested to see Brain Masala and Liver Masala on daily special option, and Nargisi Kofta in the main course menu. After a lot of hmms and hooms, we came to the decision of taking the Dahi Ke Kabab and the Chicken Kasturi Kabab for starters with their extensive list of funny-sounding nonalcoholic drinks. I liked the sound of Marine Delight (Rose syrup, Khus (Vetiver) syrup, lime, soda and ice) and ordered it (85/-). D stuck to her slightly sweet salty Fresh Lime Soda (50/-) though the server told her to try one of the mixed nonalcoholic drinks, with the tempting offer of not being charged if she did not like it.
|D’s Fresh Lime Soda in the background and my Marine Delight in the foreground)|
When our server came back to take our starter order and he brought our drinks, I was informed that the Kasturi Kabab would not be available, so we ordered the Dahi Ke Kabab (150/-) and the Mutton Boti Kabab (175/-) instead. D is not much a fan of the mutton, but she said she would be a sport and grin and bear it.
I took one sip of my Marine Delight (though I have no clue what’s marine in rose, khus and lime) and I broke into a smile. It was everything I was hoping for. Smelling strongly of Khus and Rose (people, if you don’t like these weird smells, STAY AWAY from this one), this had the slight tangy undertone of lime and the right amount of ice cubes to keep everything cool but not drown the effort. D gave a thumbs up to her drink, which was tasty.
I was happily sipping down the concoction, when my first starter arrived within 5-6 minutes of placing the order. This was where I was impressed. They served food in succession and very efficiently.
|Dahi Ke Kabab (150/-)|
The Dahi Ke Kabab arrived as two logs that were divided into four or five pieces each, topped with some freshly cut onions and carrots and two wedges of lime. A curd chutney was sitting at the center. We looked slightly apprehensively at it as the waiter served us, but then, took a bite of the seemingly small portion.
|Mutton Boti Kabab (175/-)|
|Chicken Biryani – Double Size (230/-)|