On most working days lunch cravings for Indian food calls for Begum’s. Situated in the heart of the city, packed with several food joints around, this restaurant stands out for its excellent Mughlai cuisine.
On my way to Begum’s I called them to book a table for 3 as the restaurant is always packed at this time of the day. When we arrived, our table was ready and so was our appetite.
I have visited Begum’s many times before and I’ve had good as well as bad experiences, so today I decided to put it to a test for my blog. Something about the food here keeps making me visit this restaurant again and again. The pricing is very affordable and atmosphere wise Begum’s usually has an energetic and bustling ambience. But it’s not the price that brings me here, the food is just great!
Quickly we made our orders and before we knew it, the starters were before our eyes – Murg Malai Kebab, Pahadi Kebab and Paneer Tikka.
Murg malai kebabs are boneless chicken pieces marinated in cream and spices and then grilled in the tandoor. The kebabs were outstanding – tender and literally melting in my mouth, the mint chutney (my fav) worked magic with it.
The pahadi kebab has a gorgeous presentation and tastes even better than how it looks. It consist of chicken pieces smothered with spicy green chutney, there is no need for any extra chutney with this delish starter.
The Paneer tikka was cooked beautifully with prominent smokey flavor. I paired this too with the mint chutney.
For mains, we ordered Mutton korma with a mixed bread basket, Mutton biryani and Chicken tikka biryani.
The mutton korma was excellent with thick tasty gravy and I wanted to have it with plain rice but then we also had biryani! Ah! I wish I could eat everything here. The mutton was cooked perfectly and I could taste the rich mix of roasted spices in every bite. The naans were warm, fresh and light.
The Begum’s tikka biryani had a very good portion size. It had a mouth-watering fragrance and was delicious to taste. The boneless chicken pieces were juicy and mildly spiced. I was full but I could keep on eating, the food was just that good today!
The mutton biryani was delicious as well with juicy and well flavoured pieces of mutton. Raitas worked very well with the biryanis.
For beverages, we selected two watermelon juices and a fresh lime soda. I needed the lime soda after the truckload of food I just ate! Both the juice and the lime soda were fine.
Phirni is my favourite dessert here which is served in a pretty clay pot (matka). It is a chilled rice pudding made with milk and sugar and then flvaoured with nuts and other spices. It is less sweeter than most desserts but I really like it that way.
At begums, one does not leave without trying the shahi tukra which is a bread pudding soaked in flavoured milk. We took three of those and they tasted delightful though it was a bit too sweet for my palate.
All the dishes were cooked well, they had a beautiful presentation and the service was good too. The lunch was simply brilliant. Did they know I was coming? Haha I don’t think so.
Total billing for three starters,three main courses, one bread basket, three beverages, four desserts and a small bottled water (including taxes): OMR 24.470
- Ambience: 7.5/10
- Service: 7.5/10
- Food: 9.5/10
- Price: 8.5/10
Location: Al Khuwair, Oman
Restaurant hours: 12.00 PM to 3.00 PM, 7.00 PM to 11.00 PM
Contact number: +968 93070808
Restaurant website: http://begumsbiryani.com/