This is a must visit place for the delicious food they serve here. One simply cannot afford to miss Mughal Sarai.
FoodProwl team was invited for a food tasting. We were served preparations that are already on the menu. That means there were no experiments.
It usually happens that couple of dishes in a food tasting turn out below expectations. But rarely it happens that everything just falls in right place. And Mughal Sarai was one of those rare occasions when each and every dish was just perfect. From appetizers to desserts, delicious!!!
There used to be a Hukka place here- The Terrace. This now is turned into out n’ out Family restaurant. Owner- Sanjay says their main focus is serving you delicious food in a classy ambience when you are dining out with your family.
Recommended Dishes: Literally anything from their menu. Here are few from what I had. Ghosht paaya ka shorba, Keftey kebabs, paneer shahjahani, murg makhni, paneer lababdar, daal Bukhara, taftaan, kachche gosht ki Biryani, Phirnee.
Karari roti: a crispy rumali roti with a small amount of spiced oil over it and sprinkled with chopped coriander. A tasty alternative for masala papad. The best part was this roti remained ‘karari’ will the last bite, though we took almost 10-12 minute to finish this.
Ghosht paaya ka shorba: This is the best paaya soup I have tasted in ages. Broth so flavourful and spiced up perfectly. It had small pieces of well-cooked boneless mutton. Even if you are not a mutton fan, you should really try this soup. Take my word, you won’t regret.
Murg yakhni: Yakhni literally means stock of boiled meat. Another flavourful soup. Mildly spicy chicken stock with chicken pieces added to it. I liked this soup as well. But for me, paaya shorba was a winner.
Dahi ke Kebabs: Yoghurt mixed with grated paneer seasoned with Indian spices, made in patties and deep fried. There are many ways this dish can go wrong. But kebabs served here were really good. Beautiful golden color patties. Yoghurt had given these a slightly sour taste. Good veg appetizer.
Paneer Shahjahani: Succulent paneer marinated, seasoned grated paneer and cheese put between two slices and chargrilled. Simply tasty. It had a beautiful color and equally delicious taste. It was served with mint chutney.
Murg ki raseed: Chicken leg pieces marinated in curd and spices and then chargrilled. Chicken was perfectly cooked. There was a slight hint of cardamom. A perfect appetizer to order for chicken lovers.
Kefta kebabs: Hands-down the best appetizer of that lunch. Minced lamb with minced onion and other Indian spices bound on skewers and grilled to perfection. I can’t really explain the visually appeal. Let the pic below do the talking. Simply scrumptious appetizer. Please, please, please, do try this one.
Gosht nalli nihari: Outstanding nalli nihari. Slow cooked mutton in a thin spicy gravy.
Murgh makhani: It’s very creamy and slightly sweet. A typical smooth rich and thick gravy with chicken in it.
Paneer lababdar: A preparation in smooth rich and thick gravy for vegetarians. Paneer was tender. It was garnished with lots of cream and bit of a grated cheese. It was very good to taste.
Daal Bukhara: Creamy urad daal preparation. I had not expected this daal to be so yummy. I loved it.
Main course was served with Taaftaan, Butter naan and Peshawari naan. Out of these I liked the taaftaan the most. This thick bread preparation went very well with all the gravies.
Kacche Gosht ki Dum Biryani: Though we were already full, the aroma of this biryani made us to taste it and oh god, what a biryani that was!!! Meat, spices, rice, aroma- everything was just perfect. Simply delicious.
Phirnee: This was not a usual, regular set phirnee we get everywhere. It was like a very thick kheer. The owner said that this was chef’s own take on the famous desserts as they wanted to serve something new. And frankly I liked this variation over the regular one.
Kulfi: Needless to say, Mughlai meal is incomplete without this one. Bit of rabdi pored over kulfi and garnished with grated dry fruits.
Service: Well trained and courteous staff.
Ambience: Classy. They have a rooftop sit out as well as air conditioned section. I believe the terrace section must be very good in the evenings.
Value for Money: Yes.