Seldom do we get to indulge in delectable Mughlai cuisine in the comfort of our homes. And when the class apart dishes are delivered right at your doorstep, the happiness is fourfold. So when Nom Nom Desi managed to prepare a lovely assortment of appetizers in a short span of two hours and achieve on time delivery, we were pleasantly surprised to say the least:
Chicken Tikka: No compromises on this staple starter of Delhi NCR. The boneless chicken pieces were tangy, spicy, juicy to the core and adorned with freshly chopped coriander. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Malai Tikka: Tender boneless chicken pieces drenched in a creamy sauce and grilled to perfection – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken steamed dimsums: These do look like regular road side momos but have a bite and you will gauge the difference. The exterior is neither too thick to the point of being undercooked nor too thin to the point of disintegration. The minced chicken mixture is flavourful and the whole ensemble is topped with chaat masala. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mutton Kakori kebab roll: This actually got spoiled on the way and hence no pictures. Talking about flavours – excessive use of cinnamon in the kebab marred the taste of this item.
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Would we try this again? Yes, of course!
On time delivery with top notch packaging
Mutton Seekh Kebab: The fineness of the minced meat is commendable but the spiciness level mars this snack. Moreover, the seekh is not as firm as it should be.
Bharwa Malai Soya Chaap: This beauty is a heaven for vegetarians and non vegetarians alike. The finely minced mixture of cottage cheese, cashews, onions and coriander leaves filled inside juicy and firm soya chaap which are drenched in a sticky yoghurt based sauce wil definitely leave you in splits. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Malai Tikka: My love for chicken malai tikka continues to grow day by day, year by year. So could I stop myself with just one serving when these lovely boneless chicken pieces sloshed in a creamy sauce? No, absolutely not! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Kali Mirch Murg: When I order chicken in black pepper, I specifically wish to have the prominence of the burning flavour of the pepper which was lacking here. However, forgetting the name of the dish helps as the luscious chicken pieces washed in cashew nut based creamy gravy with hints of pepper gives you a major food gasm. RECOMMENDED.
Awadhi Mutton Biryani: I have stated it time and again that an Awadhi biryani should not be too spicy and should be more flavourful compared to the Hyderabadi one. The case was same here except for the fact that the mutton pieces were mellow and the raita complimented the biryani well.
My rating: 4/5
Will I try it again? Yes, for malai chaap and chicken malai tikka.
So finally there is a café in Gurgaon which is located in the premium location of Golf Course Road and which is not a water hole unlike the proliferating restaurants here.
Forestta deserves a special mention for being a place where you can sit quietly with your friends and family, enjoy their collection of best selling books, play snooker or relish Karoake on Thursday nights. It is a no go place for alcohol lovers and kid friendly too.
Wooden interiors and vibrant ambience with a touch of greenery welcome you as you sail aboard this place. The menu is varied and is optimally priced. Here are a few items that I recently binged upon:
Mango Smoothie: Made from real alphonso mangoes with no added flavours, this one is a must try for smoothie lovers.
Veg kebab platter: A well grilled paneer tikka, crispy tandoori broccoli drenched in spices, juicy mushrooms and mellow poatatoes filled with a peppery filling – vegetarians, you have a profound reason to visit this place.
Non veg platter: Fish Tikka which does not disintegrate easily and is soft to the core, mouth gasmic chicken tikka which is extra mellow, firm yet juicy mutton seekh kebab and spicy and tangy tandoori chicken – it is difficult to stop yourselves if you are a hardcore non vegetarian.
Afghani Tandoori momos: As of the usual Tandoori momos were not enough! With a chewy exterior and mushy interiors slathered in a sticky creamy sauce, you are bound to get surprise.
Vegetarian spring rolls: A defined crunch sounds awakens your senses as you bite into this blissful piece of sheer culinary magic.
Yet another restaurant that promises to tantalize your palate, Biryani Bhaijaan is a nwly opened restaurant in Sushant Lok, Gurgaon. I commend the owner of this outlet because very few have the courage to experiment in Mughlai cuisine and succeed in that.
Chicken Malai Tikka: When mellow chicken pieces are drenched in thick, yoghurt based gravy, magic happens! The use of their secret masala adds to the depth of this mesmerizing appetizer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Mutton Seekh kebab: As if the usual seekh kebabs weren’t appetizing enough that these guys drenched them in tangy and creamy gravy and presented it to you. Perfection is a small word for this one. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Murg Mussalam with Khameeri roti and Naan: I thank Biryani Bhaijaan for making my first experience with Murg Mussalam a memorable one. The consistency of the curry is perfect with the addition of peanuts and ginger jullienes. Chicken pieces are tender and egg perfectly boiled, but what baffles you the most is the addition of chicken seekh kebabs. A Mughlai experimentation at its best! Kalonji seeds are embedded in the naan imparting an unusual dimension to this whole ensemble. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
There are very few places specialising in Mughlai cuisine which are able to dish out a decent meal, forget about bringing their innovation to the table. The usual tikkas and kebabs sometimes get boring and creative energy in culinary arts is the rule of the day. Majnu ka Tilla has excelled on both the frontiers.
Without much ado, I would straightaway move forward to the loebly spread that was sent to me a few days back:
Chicken Tangri Kebab: Why in the name of God did I taste this? I have always been drawn towards the salivating Tangri Kebabs and these stuffed ones in thick sticky gravy just set a new bar for my taste buds. The stuffing of finely minced chicken with a juicy exterior of the leg piece drenched in yoghurt based gravy and the occasional green chillies will leave you yearning for more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Achaari Paneer Tikka: Tangy and spicy – wohoooo! The smoked cottage cheese pieces and the red, yellow and green bell peppers were smoked to perfection in the tangy and peppery batter. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Majnu Special Afghani Chicken: The reason these guys call some of their dishes as special is because they use gravy in these appetizers. The tikka was perfectly smoked, succulent and drenched in a lovely gravy of yoghurt, green chillies and coriander flavoured with chaat masala . HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Chicken Tikka: Again gravy based with tender boneless chicken pieces spreading the warmth in your mouth as well as stomach. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Paneer Lababdar: Vegetarians, you have to binge on this one. Thick and sliky gravy with the occasional bite of cumin seeds and a prominent flavour of the onion tomato mixture goes so well with every Indian bread that you can think of. And the paneer – top notch! They also use a secret ingredient in their preparation which I am of course forbidden to reveal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Situated in the niche locality of La Laguna, Golf Course road, Grill king kebab and curries has become the go to place for many residents for their weekly dose of the Mughlai cuisine. It has also been associated with many corporates for their parties and functions apart from catering to private functions as well.
The outlet is small but it has a seating area for about 10 folks. The seating is colourful and looks more appealing in the night with the dazzle of the lights.
Moving on to the dishes I have tasted here:
Mutton seekh kebab: There are very few places which are able to get this common appetizer perfect and these guys should be the king of perfection for seekh kebabs. The kebabs were excellent and well grilled – chewy and juicy to the core with an occasional bite of ginger and green chili.
Chicken Malai tikka: Not recommended at all. The chicken was chewy and moist but that necessary drench in cream and yoghurt required for malai tikka was amiss here. Just a drizzle of cream does not fashion a malai tikka and the chef needs to learn that.
Kali mirch chicken: If the name is changed to something else, then this can be a good dish. But when I am having kali mirch chicken, I expect the throat burning fiery taste of black pepper. Contrary to the expectation, the gravy was exceptionally sweet. It was made from a very fine cashew nut based paste and cream and was wonderfully smooth. The chicken pieces were so tender that you are amazed at their delicateness.
Mutton do pyaaza: Again not good. The mutton pieces were not cooked well and I had to use the spoon excruciatingly to tear it. The gravy was okay.
When it comes to burgers, I highly recommend the ones from Carls Jr., Café Delhi Heights and of course, the mass produced Mc. Donalds. But when it comes to combining the usual burgers with the Indian flavours and dishes, Burger Singh wins the lone battle. Here are a few of them that I tried recently:
Bihari ghosht burger: Not recommended at all. Too spicy. And ironically speaking, the strong smell of the mutton patty is the icing on the cake. The buns were fine and the lettuce crunchy but the patty, which is the deciding factor for a burger scores low. On a side note, some of my relatives belong to Bihar and the mutton cooked there is not deadly spicy. So improvement needed here.
Chicken Amritsari Burger: Now this is an Indianised burger. The juicy and tender chicken patty drenched in a thick tangy, hot and sweet gravy. Though slightly on the saltier side, but still recommended.
Mexican French fries: This perplexing new avatar of the usual French fries is slightly tangy and slightly spicy, but not a dish you would order for delivery because they tend to get soggy.