It is true, though, that off lately I am not into putting up a review as much as I did earlier. Don’t get me wrong, I do love all the food I am relishing but I guess I am focusing more on dishes I would recommend more than an entire meal and which is one of the reasons I am more attracted to Instagram to share my food love (if you are not already following me, you can find me here). Although, this time I am tempted to do this review as it is different and definitely unique in terms of the cuisine and the flavors.
Read on to know what I am talking about…
This was a day of firsts:
- First time in the area
- First time visiting this mall
- First time trying this restaurant
- First time experiencing authentic Indian cuisine in Doha and North Indian at that!
Before I move further, let me burst this bubble, this area is as family friendly and family centric as it can be. Not even for a second, I was conscious or feeling awkward and no stares as was my assumption earlier on.
This boutique started 6 months ago and boasts of North Indian cuisine and guess what? They are not wrong with their claims. The interior is very decent with a huge, separate family dining area on the first floor. They also have private dining areas for a family of 4 and that is where we were seated. Before we got into browsing the menu, we were served shikanji (traditional Indian lemonade) and papad with condiments as compliments from the kitchen.
The best part about the place is the kind of desiness they bring to the whole meal experience with the decor, attendants, food, plating (larger than life portions), so nostalgic. This review maybe more about a comparison to what I am used to as Indian cuisine - the prime being no modification to the taste.
Below are some of the dishes we tried:
Sweet Corn Chicken Soup: perfectly warm and cozy on the wintery night we were there (sorry R was too hungry to picture this).
Crispy Honey Chilli Potatoes: if you haven’t had this ever, I can only say -
“Please drive down just for this plateful of goodness”.
Chicken Kadai: requesting to keep it boneless. It was a flavorful dish and after a very long time, I was glad someone did take the efforts of chopping those peppers and not just leave big chunks in there. It was quite a decent one.
one, Eggplants is my favorite vegetable for any cuisine (can you say no to Eggplant Parmigiana :P),
I don’t really cook much of this veg at home as both my boys dislike it and lastly,
it was as masaledar as I had like it to be - read:
"shallow fried eggplant slices cooked in a toothsome tomato rich gravy with just the right spices dipped with Garlic Naan that will leave you wanting for more."
Need I say more?
Gulab Jamun: I wouldn't say they are the best ones I have had but they were pretty spongy and pillowy soft.
Lychee Rabdi: well, just to clear this wasn’t a rabdi but more like a heavy whipped cream with an Indian touch for me but it was just mind blowingly delicious. My first time with this dessert but I had love to be back for this one.
Punjabi Lassi: it is so thick, I couldn’t finish it, I would rather share this one. It was as original as it could be and can easily give competition to most Indian lassis.
We paid a total of QR 125 for 2.5 diners inclusive of the nans and water in addition to all of the above and accommodating our lunch.
Can you beat that one?
I would happily give it a 4 out of 5.
P.S.: they have plans to expand in other areas too. However, I am very happy to keep going back to this location below whether or not they open new branches.
East Industrial Street
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I hope you did like this review and I had love to know if you have already visited this restaurant or not. If you have, what was your experience like? And, if you haven’t, how likely are you to visit them?
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Happy eating xx