In a nutshell:
A restaurant that has lived 98 years, Karim’s offers some extraordinary dishes & many more ‘mellowed-down’ good dishes. My taste buddies thank me every time I take them to Karim’s
Address & other details: Karim’s
Meal for 2: Rs. 300 onwards
Cuisine Type: Nonvegetarian
Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:
If u r looking for white Gloved service , very polite waiters , an excellent ambience & very healthy food, do not even think of going to Karim’s. But if u r willing to give less importance to all these & rather want to pamper ur tastebuds, this is the place to be.
Mutton Burra kabab is drooling good & the mutton seekh kabab is unique, juicy, spicy, soft & the best. Like the oily gravy of mutton istew & also the egg stuffed with minced goat. Love the Nihari & paya that is served in the morning.
Detailed Description – In case u have the time to enjoy reading:
Karim’s needs no introduction – One of the most famous eateries in Old Delhi – has its branches in Gurgaon – one in Sector 14 & the other on Arjun Marg. Surprisingly both claim that the other one is fake but food is good in both.
Mutton Burrah Kabab that I have had here is the best I have found so far ever. Better than Moti Mahal Delhi, Arsalan Kolkata & other such famous eateries. Of course I am not comparing it with speciality 5 star restaurants like Dum Pukth etc. where u might get a healthier, non rustic (much more sophisticated) & maybe a tastier version at 5 times the price.
Mutton Seekh kabab served here has a unique taste & flavor – soft, juicy, spicy, very robust taste & flavor. Very different from the sophisticated kinds that u get in top end specialty restaurants like Dum Pukth & Kainoosh.
Chicken boti, reshmi r very good too.
Among the curries, the only one that I find worth mentioning is the mutton ishtew – it has more oil than perhaps water in Indian ocean but it tastes good.
The round fat tandoori roti served here is excellent – I eat it just like that on first 2 – 3 bites. If u want to experiment, u can try the very nice sheermal – sweet & salty.
I have tasted about 6 -7 different curries on separate occasions – found them to be good, but not excellent or extraordinary. This, I was told by an old fan of karim’s food, is becoz they have been mellowing down the spices & the oils in the food ever since they got listed in the ‘must eat’ section of lonely planet & foreign tourists started queuing up.
In fact, I found the chicken curry at Ashok & Ashok, Delhi to be better than what is available here.
They have uncommon dishes like bheja curry (brain of goat curry), keema kaleji (Goat mince & liver curry) etc.
Biryani is very average – better not waste ur energy & mood on it.
Nihari that is available in the mornings (9am to 11.30 am) for breakfast only in Old Delhi is available full day at Gurgaon on weekends. It is a mutton preparation that takes full night to prepare – the mutton is cooked with herbs & spices. The result is melt in the mouth spicy, tasty mutton dish that is one of its kind. The mutton is a s soft as a cheesecake!!!!!! Its best had with tandoori roti.
Paya is another curry that is cooked overnight with the hoofs of goats. It is very refreshing & is supposedly good for health!!!!
Phirni is good for dessert – not too many other options though.
To sum up, If you love your taste buds more than your waist-line, this is the best place to be.