In a nutshell:
Outstanding Arab food that exceeds all expectations – One of the best food (across categories) I have had in a food court.
Address & other details: FC 2A, 2nd Floor, Eat Food Lounge, Food Court, DLF Salket Mall, ph – 011 41056565
Kiosk 1, 3rd floor, DT Diner, food Court, DLF DT Mega Mall, DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon. ph – 0124 4006565
Meal for 2: Rs. 300 onwards
Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian
Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:
I have never been to the Arab countries & hence have no idea of what an authentic Arab food is / how it tastes. However, when we ate at the newly opened Zaitoon, the food was mind blowing good – Have no clue how authentic it was but the taste was just beyond all expectations.
They have equal number of options for mutton freaks, Chikenetarians & Vegetarians. The little taste of Veggies that I got in our platter was very good.
We went for a Zaitoon Mixed Mutton platter – A ‘to die for’ Mutton Basrawi Tikka, Mutton Baghdadi tikka, a kind of hand-made pizza called Mutton Arayes, Superb Mutton kabab, nice pita bread, hummus, tahini & a really hot chilli dip, a ‘never had it so tasty’ salad, turshi & some unwanted French Fries & Coke!!
Going by the little bits of vegetarian that we had + the overall intent of the guys to really serve good tasty food makes me believe that the vegetarian food is very good as well.
Detailed Description – In case u have the time to enjoy reading:
The Mutton Basrawi tikka & the Mutton Baghdadi Tikka were very tasty, marinated meat chunks, melts in the mouth. The taste & flavors of both were distinct & different & so was the texture. THey were not overtly spicy – the spices had blended with the taste of the meat & the taste of the meat was overbearing along with mixed flavors of spices & meat . I am in shortage of adjectives to describe how good this is.
The Kabab was a sheekh kabab – Was good on its own but the one at Karim’s is much better & the one at Kainoosh was surely better.
The pizza lookalike Mutton Arayes had something like a pita bread as base & a paste of mutton on the top – baked to excellence. Thankfully no cheese. Never had anything like this before.
The pita bread was hot & smelled of freshness. The hummus dip was good but was not the best I have ever had. The one we had at Sami cafe Varanasi was much better. The tahini – sesame paste & olive oil dip, was nice as well.
The chilli dip was nice but challenging – it was real hot.
What calls for a real round of applause is the salad – I have no clue what was the secret ingredient of the salad but the 100% herbivorous dish tasted like heaven to a hardcore carnivore like me. Must try.
Turshi was pickled veggies, very good to eat with pita bread & hummus.
I knew that George Bush invaded Iraq but never knew how & when the American favorite French fries & coke invaded the Arabian platter.
A must visit – u will remember for long.