Myself,amar and navtej ventured last friday night to a restaurant called --"purani dilli" in zakir nagar..recommended by a friend Mr.Rituraj Gill for mughlai food.
We ordered tandoori chicken,changezi chicken,haleem,chicken ishtew,and tandoori/ roomali roti..
We reached old delhi around 7pm.Started our evening journey with buff seekh kabas and tikka.they are spicy,succelent,and the chutney perfectly complimenting the meat.totally delicious. for 15rs a plate,an absolutely steal.
Then we ventured into the much hyped aljawahar restaurnat.Had heard stories of the tandoori raan(roast leg of goat/lamb),so ordered on along with almost the entire kabab menu,mutton seekh,chicken seekh,and shammi kabab.
Have to say,,al jawahar is out of my wish list from now on and will not venture into it again,,maybe amar with his delicate tastes and royal needs can host his wedding reception there but it is too expensive and overhyped for my taste and needs...the street food in jama masjid beats it HANDS down.in very way.
Next venture will focus only on the street food and small eateries /joints and not the restauants.
We came out and went for a walk in the bylanes of the matia mahal bazaar..we went to tauseef biryani and tasted one of the best buff biryani one can find in that area.It is adjacent to shabarti nihari,,the rice was delicous and the meat soft and tender and completely cooked, prefer without chutney to get a better taste of the biryani.
We tasted shahi tukra,rich sweet meat of khoya,ghee,nuts,bread,milk and host of other goodies...absolutely out of the world.
With whatever space left in our stomachs we tasted a glass of khajoor milk shake which was delicous and had a very unique taste ...After that we saw ice chilled kheer served in khullars..Our gluttony knows no bounds...Was too inticing to leave it as it is so tried the dish also..It was by far the best kheer we had ever in our life---flavourful,aromatic,perfect in sweetness,and for rs10 dirt cheap.....
Finished our night with prince pan which was also not that great and easily overhyped,have had better and cheaper paans at many places in delhi.Zero tension paan for rs25 further added to my tension after chewing it for 10 seconds,
Verdict---Purani Dilli in Zakir Nagar beats Al-jawahar 10-0 interms of quality,taste and price.Have consumed gravy dishes earlier in aljawahar but purani dilli is a winner..