Tumne hamara namak khaya hain... Kakori House biriyani

Last evening Kainaz came home and mentioned that a friend had got left over biriyani from Kakori for lunch.

That set my mouth watering and I suggested ordering dinner from there. I love their dry biriyani and we are both fond of their galawti and kakori kebabs. Plus anything to avoid the fish curry which was in the fridge (I am not too fond of fish).

Kainaz did mention that a gourmand in her office tried the biriyani and declared it salty. I said that it might have seemed so because it was not hot.

Well we ordered from Kakori at ten at night and was pleasantly surprised to to see them deliver it within 20 - 25 minutes. This was a pleasant relief from earlier when they used to take ages to deliver. Some advantages of recession.

Well the galawti and kakori were fantasic as ever, very soft (pate like) and excellently flavoured.

The mutton in the biriyani was very tender. BUT it was bloody salty!

The accompanying raita was salty too so I had nothing to cut the salt. The idea of paying more than 100 Rs to a restaurant is that you expect them to be professionals and to get it right. This was quite disappointing.

Oh venerable one, you were right!

PS The headline is a favourite of Hindi film script writers and losely translated means 'you have had my salt' ...and are indebted to me. Yah right. It is sad that a restaurant had to move from the Mumbai highs section to the lows one


Not fond of fish? Blasphemy!
Scarlett said…
Maybe you shouldn't let one negative experience ruin a restaurant's reputation in your mind. BTW..Have you been to this place called Sigree in Calcutta? They have amazing kebabs...especially this Mutton Karachiwala (or something to that effect) kebab. It melts in your mouth!
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Scarlett: to be fair I had praised them first time around to the sky for the biriyani. Since then they first garnished it with hair and then salted it. Though they are still the only good source of gulauti and kakaori and I'll proabably order these two to have with drinks tonight. No, aren't aware of sigri. Actually I am quite reactionary when it comes to Cal restaurants and stick my old favourites for the ltd meals one can have during hoildays. But this sounds very interesting. Where is it?
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Jessica...'blasphemy' sums it up well. My community, Bengalis, are famous for their love of fish. perhaps I had an over dose. Kainaz loves it though http://finelychopped-k.blogspot.com/2008/08/bengali-in-mumbai.html
Scarlett said…
@The Knife - The original Sigree is at Silver Spring Arcade on Bypass (road from Rash Behari avenue towards Salt Lake), right after Sonar Bangla. But they've opened a new branch called 'Flame & Grill' at South City Mall where they have a dinner buffet for 450 bucs, where they serve unlimited kebabs!
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Scarlett...my borther had planned to take us to the South City Mall (our oasis in the heat) when we went to Cal this summer. I think it had shut for the night or was over booked or something. So we had good old biriyani at a local Bedwin.
But this sounds like a good deal. I'd recently gone to a place called Kebab factory which had unltd kebabs. Hitch was it was 1000 per head and I could have eaten a lot better for that sp since there were two of us. Prices could be a factor of its being a part of a hotel - Park Plaza