In a nutshell:A restaurant with a glorious past that has great service and serves good Mughlai food in general but not all items are best in class.
Address & other details: Noor Mohammadi
Meal for 2: 500 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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Short description- in case u r in a hurry:
We were recommended this eatery by a foodie friend anurag, to try their chicken Sanju baba.
As most of u know, broiler chicken is the last thing that attracts YUMMRAJ. However since anurag mentioned, we decided to give it a shot. We have had one of our best chicken experiences earlier based on his recommendations- chicken Cafreal at florentine, Goa
The restaurant has a non Ac ground floor and an air conditioned first floor ( with a 6.5 ft ceiling). We were asked to go to first floor, which incidentally was stinking. We decided to come bk downstairs and the guys took initiative, sprayed room freshener etc and got it sorted
I was really impressed at the warmth of the guys and the way they took care of guests. Great guys.
Furniture was sofa, table and chairs
Menu card was small and a simple listing of items.
Food was good in general but short of great. There were exceptions to the above statement
Beef Nalli Nihari desi ghee – we were told that they do not have large nalli but have boti pieces. The meat was fibrous, soft and good to taste. It was however nowhere near the softness of beef at haji shabrati nihariwale or Kallu nihariwale of old delhi or idris of Lucknow. I felt that unlike the 3 other restaurants mentioned above, noor guys do not cook the meat from scratch over low fire. Else softness would have been there. Rate the meat 2.5/5
The gravy had penultimate salt and after adding salt it started tasting good as a meat curry. It did not taste like either the dilli Nihari or the Lucknowi one. It was different. Post salt rating of the gravy Wud b 4/5. I Wud rate it 3.5/5 for the way it was served. Overall rating of this dish averages out to 3/5.
Chicken Sanju baba, the reason we were here, was finger licking good. Actor sanjay Dutt had given them the recipe, said the restaurant.
It had loads of non hot red chillies that gave flavour. A good amount of onions made the gravy a bit sweetish. There were a long list of spices, some of which made their individual presence felt. The rest just added to the collective effort of spices. We got a chicken leg piece that was very well cooked. It tasted very good. Rate it 4/5
Chicken shami kabab was a dish that we Wud not hv ordered had the server not strongly recommended. In fact we had seen these kababs being made, on our way into the restaurant.
The kabab beautifully blended in the flavours of chicken and daal. The outer side was a bit crisp in the corners. The inside was very soft and good. It was a subtle , non greasy kabab. Rate it 4.5/5
Beef yakhni pulao was a disaster. This came in place of mutton biryani that we had ordered. The rice of the pulao was not optimally done. So softness was a problem and hence the taste was not there. flavours of meat hardly entered the rice. Rate the rice of the pulao 1/5.
The meat pieces were however very enjoyable- strong flavours of meat, super soft and super YUMM to taste. Loved the meat and rate it 4.5/5
Overall rating of food here averages out to