Kashmiri Kitchen (Beside Metro Pillar No. 109, Near Ghitorni Metro Station, MG Road, Ghitorni, New Delhi)

In a nutshell: A tiny beautifully done restaurant that serves good (but short of wow) Kashmiri curries & some pretty average reheated snacks / starters. For non foodies / those not much exposed to Kasmiri cuisine / non Indian Guests, the curries might b very enjoyable as it is. Address & other details: Kashmiri Kitchen Meal for 2: Rs. 500 onwards Cuisine type: vegetarian & … Continue reading Kashmiri Kitchen (Beside Metro Pillar No. 109, Near Ghitorni Metro Station, MG Road, Ghitorni, New Delhi)

Tarami (30 A, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi )

In a nutshell: Good décor & ambience, well mannered staff, overpriced food, smelly old meats consistently in all dishes, non authentic taste in general, with a few exceptions. Address & other details: Tarami Meal for 2: Rs. 1800 Tarami platter, Rs. 800 onwards for 2 alacarte Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian Short Description – In case u r in a hurry: My perception of overpriced … Continue reading Tarami (30 A, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi )

Jammu & Kashmir House (Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi )

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In a nutshell:

Good Kashmiri & other North Indian food served by home-like friendly staff in a well maintained a/c dining hall at prices that surprise.

Address & other Details: Jammu & Kashmir House

Meal for 2: Rs. 250 onwards

Cuisine Type: SomeVegetarian & predominantly Nonvegetarian

Hot & spicy mutton sheekh kabab at Jammu & Kashmir House

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

The Restaurant is the canteen of Jammu & Kashmir House in Chanakyapuri. Unlike some other states – Assam Bhawan (Jakoi), Odisha Niwas (Dalma) etc, who have let private bodies manage their Canteen professionally, the Canteen at J & K House is still run by the State Government. Food is made based on the occupancy of the Rooms upstairs + some extra for guests like us. The menu varies according to availability of ingredients & also from day to day – to offer some variety to the ‘long stay’ guests.

The Dining hall is small but has very nice & expensive, heavy, pure wood furniture & even the walls have wooden panels that are seen in posh Kashmiri Restaurants / Showrooms. The airconditioning works excellent & was good enough to keep the room chilled while outside it was 42 degrees.

Woodwork on the walls of Canteen at Jammu & Kashmir House

The guy serving us was surely not professionally trained, did not wear gloves, did not shave, did not have a uniform on nor did he wear shoes – he had slippers on. For me none of that made a difference & what overwhelmed us was the fact that he always had a smile on his face, said ‘sab accha hai (all items r good) ’ when asked for suggestions on the menu & made us feel at home. In fact he treated us as if we were guests at his home. With him it was more a human to another human interaction instead of a customer – waiter relationship that u come across in professionally run setups.

Mutton Roganjosh at Jammu & Kashmir House, Chanakyapuri

So I guess that u have already guessed that there is no printed menu card. Infact there is no blackboard on which the ‘menu of the day’ is written with chalk. The menu is rattled out by the guy serving u.

On the day of our visit, the menu was daal, pumpkin curry, chicken curry, mutton roganjosh & mutton sheekh kabab. I asked ‘what about haaq (a splendid Kashmiri saag preparation) , Gushtaba & Rishta?’ He said ‘We do not have haaq today, we make it at times though. Gushtaba or Rishta is made on special occasions when more guests are expected or can be made on order for a group of 8 – 10 people. Just call a day in advance & ask for it.’ For the uninitiated, Gushtaba & Rishta are Kashmiri meatball curries – one red in color & the other white in color.

The guy also clarified that the meat balls are made in the traditional way – the meat is hand pounded with spices & not on the machine. That made my eyes to glow & my mouth to salivate.

chicken curry @ Jammu & Kashmir Bhawan

We settled for the kabab, chicken curry & mutton roganjosh………………… & we did not regret at all. Interestingly, 3 nonvegetarian dishes + rice costed us Rs. 350 for 2 people in Delhi!! Quite a steal.

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Wazwan (kashmiri Food stall, Dilli Haat, opp INA Market, Delhi)

Original post 2012. Go to the bottom for updated post 2017. In a nutshell: Almost authentic & very tasty Kashmiri cuisine, second  best in Delhi after Chor Bizarre Google Map:Dilli Haat Meal for 2: Rs. 300 onwards Cuisine type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian Description: The name Wazwan refers to a elaborate creation of 25 to 30 dishes mostly nonvegetarian, by masterchefs called ‘Waza’s. The shop wazwan … Continue reading Wazwan (kashmiri Food stall, Dilli Haat, opp INA Market, Delhi)