Awadhi, North Indian
Rejoice! I wish you new and renewed energy, joy, hope, fulfillment and abundance of every kind for the New Year. My friend Safdar Bandukwala informs that by a happy coincidence the Hindu and Muslim New Years have coincided. Best way to celebrate? Counting ones blessings, thanking God, the great gourmet who tempts us with appetite then rewards us with pleasure. Many such “pleasures” follow… both in North and South Mumbai
Head here for the perfect Kakori kabab. It requires art and science to marinate, hold at uniform temperatures, hand pound and then mould onto a skewer and grill. Gently coaxing the kabab off the skewer is definitely an act of love. And eating that velvety kabab is getting as close to heaven as possible. Which is exactly what my foodie readers and I did on our blind date. We popped into the newly opened Andheri outlet. It is the fanciest yet, with wooden exposed beams, stone floors and wooden chairs with engraved crests. Only the red spirals on the white tablecloths distract, but lets not make too fine a point of that as the food is as good as ever.
The charming fashion Buyer Mamta Engineer (who came all the way from Churchgate) enjoys small Irani eateries in Mumbai to French cuisine in St.Tropez. The knowledgable Tushar Gupta owns the great value Indian restaurant Almond Flower (Andheri) and the adventurous Darius, from Lalbaug is “a banker by profession, a foodie by heart, tongue & stomach and has eaten around the world.
VFM pricing (average price per dish `190), generous portions, superlative-inspiring biryanis and the softest, creamiest kebabs. Ishtiyaque Qureishi (the son of the legendary Mohammed Imtiaz Qureishi of Dum Pukht and Bukhara fame) cooks up fragrant, power-packed with flavour fare here. I love his no frills Mahim eatery and have been tripping out on Ishtiyaque’s biryanis and kababs for more than a decade. I feasted on the entire range at Karishma Kapoor’s wedding lunch too.
Go for the king of kababs, the Kakori (recognized by Unesco as a Heritage kabab) and the pan-fried, soft Galouti is to kill for. The flavorsome and buttery Black dal worth trying. We try the chicken Noormahal biryani (chicken with soft, spicy meatballs) and find it not as great as the Dum gosht Lucknawi biryani. And the bursting-with-masaledaar-
Interestingly, this Kakori house has a 40% larger menu than the others and has North Indian fare (Palak Paneer, Kheema masala, butter naan and the like).There is superb halim, (ground wheat and meat ) Nihari Gosht, though the plump, sweet Shahi Tukda is not as good. We are informed that Ishtiaque is away in his hometown (Lucknow) on his most challenging project ever…setting up a Kakori House in the centuries old Khau galli. Kakori House Marol is all set to open. May they continue to keep their price points down and quality up. May the Kakori House tribe increase.
■ Link Way Housing Coop Society, Bldg. 25,
Shop No. 4&5, Opp. Meera Tower, New Linkway Road,
Oshiwara, Ph: 64539950/51/52/53/54
Open for lunch and dinner
Food-4.00 | Service-3.50 | Décor-3 | Meal for 2- 600
MY SOBO EATABOUTS THIS WEEK
After dhanteras pooja, our entire staff and I popped into Gaylord (Churchgate) for their consistently good paneer makhanwala, lasooni palak, buttery black dal and garlic naan. Im happily surprised to find that after several years pomelo is back in “India Jones” (Trident) and enjoy Chef Joy Bhattachary’s tangy, sweet pomelo salad. You just got to try Chef Huang Te Sing’s VFM and packed with flavor Chimney soup (Oriental Blossom, Marine Plaza) and Baba Ling’s (Lings pavilion) superlative steamed pomfret and winter beef stew. Mmmm!
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Babycakes Diya cupcakes make a comeback this Diwali – colourful and bright with edible glitter. Eggless options are available, Angry Bird cupcake, Olympic theme birthday cake etc. Pallavi
Sheth Ph: 9820120098
They do weddings, shoots, baby showers, sit down 5
course meals ranging from 10 to 150 people and a whole
bunch of innovative cooking of Japanese, South East Asian,
Maharashtrian, French, Italian, Mexican & American style BBQ.Contact Chinu & Christophe Ph: 9820036525
Variety of chocolates namely almond rocks, soft centers- butter scotch,
hazelnut, coffee, orange, caramel, praline and biscuit coated chocolates.
Contact Sangeeta Ph: 9619313670
For sugracrafted cakes and chocolates crafting
courses and bakes at Andheri. Call Rainbow Arts Ph: