It is always a delight to visit Qureshi Bab-Al-Hind. Currently the restaurant is celebrating the Kashmiri festival from Jan 14th to Feb 13th wherein they offer a special package that serves an array of Kashmiri delicacies.
Qureshi has introduced me to a whole range of kebabs and North Indian curries and now I’ve become a sucker for this cuisine.
The special package offers unlimited food and drinks (from a selective menu) for OMR 19 net. Non-alcoholics can opt for the package of OMR 15 net which includes the unlimited food and non-alcoholic juices and mocktails. So basically this offer is a feast.
There was food aplenty and it was amazing to have the opportunity to taste so many different things. Qureshi is famous for its kebabs so it was great to start the meal with a variety of them.
The starters included Laal Mirch Ka Murgh (chicken kebab), Methi Macchli (hammour), Zafrani Jhinga (tandoor cooked prawns) and Tabak Maaz (lambchops) in the non vegetarian selection. You don’t have to worry about the names as their menu is very descriptive. The starters were lovely and well spiced.
The vegetarian choices comprised of Zafrani Paneer Tikka, Kale Chane ki Tikki (black gram nugget), Kaliyon ka Chaman (soya and potato nugget) and Shakarkandi ki Chaat (sweet potato chaat). These starters were exceptionally good and also unique as you don’t get to try them at every Indian restaurant.
Kale Chane ki Tikki, a pan-fried black gram nugget was really tasty and really crunchy, nicely cooked and pleasantly spiced.
Three starters stood out- Tabak Maaz, Zafrani Paneer Tikka and Kale Chane ki Tikki. I loved them. The flavours, the texture – they were just brilliant.
The chicken starter, Laal Mirch Ka Murgh was respectable but didn’t impress me like the rest.
The prawns were fat and juicy with a firm luxurious texture. They were really well cooked with the tandoor cooking helping to hold in much flavour.
We had a wonderful selection of mains. My plate was overflowing with them. I adored the Wazwan Murgh (chicken chunks in spicy tomato and onion gravy) as the chicken was so tender and a joy to eat. The sauce made with fiery onions, tomatoes and the secret Wazwan spice mix was delicious.
Accompanying our palatable mains were Khameeri Roti (whole wheat bread) and Kashmiri Naan (bread stuffed with dry fruits and nuts!)
We also had amazing beverages to keep us good company. I tried Masia J, Sauvignon Blanc and Daley chose Masia J, Merlot. The wine complemented the food beautifully.
There was even Seb ki Subji (cooked apple) served to us which was really tasty and unique.
It was hard to pick favourite dishes from such a brilliant night but Dum Aloo Kashmiri was up there. First of all, the baby potatoes were adorable to look at and second, the Kashmiri chilli + yoghurt based gravy is guaranteed to blow your mind away.
Other dishes included Gosht Yakhmi (mutton chunks in gravy), Gushtaba (minced mutton balls in gravy), Murgh Kofta Kashmiri (chicken meatballs in gravy) and Lauki Yakhani Kofta (white gourd dumplings). All of them were mouthwatering and yes, I almost forgot! This red kidney beans + lentil daal kind of thing – Chitkabra Rajma. Absolutely creamy and delectable. Must try!
All the main dishes were accompanied with breads and also rice dishes – namely Tamatar Soya Pulao (rice with cherry tomatoes and soya) and Tahar (vegetables in rice).
After such a heavy dinner, it was so tempting to just lie back on the velvety couch and take a nap. Luckily the desserts came to my rescue.
Seb ki Phirni ensured that we finished on a high. An intriguing combination of chilled apples and rice pudding flavoured with saffron and served in a matka (clay pot).
The other dessert items were very good too. They were Gajrella (carrot and milk pudding) and warm Sheer Khurma (Vermicelli milk pudding). The Dum ka Meetha was worth complimenting. It was apricots in rabri! (thick milk pudding). My only disappoint was that all the desserts were milk based.
The food at Qureshi was brilliant with lots of lovely spicing and inventive creations. The service was as usual outstanding and thorough throughout the evening. The restaurant was extremely generous in how much they fed us and for this, I’d like to thank them.
The Kashmiri festival package is an excellent offer for families and friends to come together and have a great evening coupled with great food and drinks. So hurry up and enjoy this deal before Feb 13th!
The volume of food brought to us spoke of great generosity inherent in how the restaurant is run which is beyond just trying to impress us. Thank you Qureshi Bab–Al-Hind for a stellar evening.
- Ambience: 10/10
- Service: 10/10
- Food: 9/10
- Price: 9/10
Restaurant: Qureshi Bab-Al-Hind
Location: Behind Bank Muscat HQ, Seeb
Restaurant hours: 12.00 PM to 3.00 PM, 7.00 PM to 11.30 PM
Contact number: +968 24350500