Dil Garden Garden Ho Gaya

It is always a pleasure to dine at The Club, D.N. Nagar Andheri West. The food is outstanding and the place exudes warmth that is unparalleled. With Awadhi cuisine specialist, Master Chef Mohammad Aslam Qureshi being there this season at Garden Grill, the outdoor restaurant, a visit was a must.

Cheerfully greeted, by the staff, we were seated comfortably at a table which allowed us a good view of the melodious Ghazal singers as well. The Murg tukra shorba had delectable flavours, which helped create an appetite. Hot and tangy, it was comforting to eat. The kebab platter was a delight. The highlight was the chicken kulfi (chicken mice stuffed in chicken drumsticks with aromatic spices n yoghurt). It reminded of a chicken karela kebab I used to eat at Sai Palace at Andheri east many eons ago. Aslam ke Kebab with lamb mince n lentils, was a tad disappointing I must confess.  Vegetarians could gorge on Paneer Tikke and Khumbh Amritsari.

The multi grain rotis in the main course were crunchy yet soft and paired well with the Dal Makhni and the Muroko Mutton Korma. The flavour of the spices and mutton, filled the air as the dish arrived on the table. Boneless pieces of mutton simply melt in my mouth. Butter chicken, Tariwali Machi are other must try for non-vegetarians while the others can relish Zafrani Malai Kofta or Bagar Baigan. The menu is really innovative yet traditional. Lasooni Palak is a real treat. Opt for Amritsari Kulchas if you enjoy a heavy meal and pair them with cholas. And of course there is the famous Biryani too. Awadhi cuisine at its best.

We tried the phirni, which was an apology of the real one. Diluted and not at all creamy. Gajar halwa, gulab jamuns maybe safer bets.

Overall a hearty and robust meal, with mellifluous gahazals and nostalgia.

 

 

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