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Second wife kitchen (Bhubaneswar Puri Road, orissa)

In a nutshell: Super interesting eatery with a super quirky name , super serious about the food they serve Address & other details: second wife kitchen Meal for 2: ₹100 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. does not … Continue reading Second wife kitchen (Bhubaneswar Puri Road, orissa)

Abdul Khalique & Sons Restaurant (Ground Floor, erstwhile Jamuna Cinema, 32 Marquis street, off Free School street, Kolkata)

In a nutshell: Mutton Biryani almost as good as Arsalan at much lower prices, amazing beef rolls & legendary beef Bhuna – took YUMMRAJ back to memory lane & left craving for more…..check out this hidden treasure. Address & other details:  Khalique Meal for 2: Rs. 200 onwards Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & … Continue reading Abdul Khalique & Sons Restaurant (Ground Floor, erstwhile Jamuna Cinema, 32 Marquis street, off Free School street, Kolkata)

Kake da Hotel (67, Municipal Market, Outer Connaught Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi)

YUMMRAJ demytifies the legend of Kake da Hotel

In a nutshell:

Perfect value for money proposition with some super YUMM, some just about YUMM & some ordinary food.

Kake da Hotel

Address & other details: Outer circle CP

Meal for 2: Rs. 160 onwards

Cuisine type: nonvegetarian & vegetarian

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

As most of my Indian readers wud know, ‘Hotel’ here refers to a restaurant.

keema kaleji at kake da hotel

If good ambience is a must for u stepping into an eatery, Do not go here. U might come across uncomfortable scenes like swarms of flies, a guy lying down in the first floor corner, loud co-diners , heaps of semi processed onions or worst, even a rat. However, if u wanna have good to great food at prices lower than imagination, check this place out.

A restaurant that has been around for 80 years, Kake da hotel has quite a following. Situated in the outer circle of Connaught place, the hotel, like its neighbours (National Restaurant, Royal Restaurant etc), has a tiny seating area on the ground floor & has a slightly spacious first floor. The first floor is supposedly for ‘family’ crowd but I prefer the ground floor as that shows the real character of the place.

A section of the Ground floor dining room & the stairs for going to 1st floor

Very Few ladies cud be seen on the ground floor that is usually packed with individual / groups of men. Unknown people share tables due to lack of space. The area is quite crammed – u can hear almost every word that is being spoken in the table next to u.

The entrance to the Restaurant is beside a Glass front that has become smoky. Behind the Glass wall are a row of 8 – 10 dekchis (huge metal containers) on which meats of different kinds r constantly being slow cooked.

People walk in, order a curry, eat that with as many rotis they want, ask for just gravy coz that costs less (than ordering a full repeat of the dish with meat).

butter chicken at Kake da hotel

As soon as order is placed, the curry is picked up from the dekchi to serving plate & served immediately. The gravy is usually all over the plate & no one bothers to clean that up before serving to the customer.

There are several types of rotis on offer & Roti takes a while to make & serve – ‘garma garam’.

All food is made from pure desi ghee – proclaims a writing on the wall. In some dishes that comes out very clearly, in some others it does not.

By Delhi standards the prices r a steal. Price of the curries is approx. INR 130 – 140 per plate & rotis start at INR 5 per piece!!!

Menu card on the wall of Kake da hotel (click on the picture to see enlarged image)

Service is as fast as it can get. Waiting staff have been around for years & some of them have become numb. They r obviously not ‘Hotel Management trained’ like their swanky restaurant counterparts – just being a normal nice human being yields good results. I tried asking our waiter for a recommendation. ‘All is good’ was the answer. I tried 3 times with interval of 10 – 15 minutes. Answer was consistent. He was however very attentive of the way we were finishing up. As soon as we were left with 25% of the roti, he wud appear – Do u want another one?

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Rum & Mutton (Rum Chhagol)

This is a part of the series ……. For the Chef in u

Contributed by YUMMRAJ’s favourite Chef ANONYMOUS

Rum n mutton

Super easy to make & Super good to eat……………

Once upon a time Rum came home – for no reason or rhyme.


We started thinking what to do? Then came the idea of cooking some mutton with it & so did I. We then heard an applause from the ones we fed the mutton. ………………. & hence thot of sharing.


Needless to say, the quirky name ‘Rum Chhagol’ was suggested by none other than YUMMRAJ. Chhagol means ‘goat’ in Bangla.

Heat refined vegetable oil in a wok / kadhai. Add 7-8 whole black peppercorn, 1 inch cinnamon stick, 4-5 cloves & sauté for 10 seconds. Add 2 sliced onions (as shown in picture) & sauté till golden brown.

onions being sauteed, garlic paste & red chilli added to it

Add 1 teaspoon garlic paste & ½ teaspoon red chilli powder. Fry for 30 seconds.

sauteed browned onions

Add 1 kilo mutton pieces (I prefer front leg of the goat for this recipe) & keep stirring till the mutton pieces turn light brown from the original reddish brown colour.

adding mutton to the onions

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Nizam’s Kathi Kabab (Supermart 1, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon )

In a nutshell:

Famous for its rolls that I found to be expensive & good but not upto the expectations, this tiny takeaway place also sells some good biryanis, kababs & curries.

Mutton burrah kabab at Nizam’s

 Address & other Details: Nizam’s

Meal for 2: Rs. 400 onwards

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

kathi roll at Nizam’s

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

Kolkata has come up with some innovative permutations & combinations in kathi rolls (generally called rolls) over the last decade or so. What started as a basic egg roll, has now I guess 20+ combos like double egg roll (made with 2 eggs), double egg chicken roll (2 eggs & 1 portion chicken), double egg double mutton roll ( 2 eggs, 2 portions mutton) , paneer roll (no egg & 1 portion of paneer )etc …..just to name a few. So most places selling roll wud have a long rate chart that wud list prices of these. While going thru the rate card at Zeeshan , Park Circus, I noticed they sell bheja roll (goat brain roll), bheja egg roll etc as well. Fish being a bong favourite, has also rolled into rolls of late.

As of today none of those rolls cost more than Rs. 60 (the 2+2 combos), including Nizam’s Kolkata. Nizam’s Gurgaon however charges Rs. 160 for a double egg double chicken roll which is surely high by any standards. I am a person who comfortably parts with huge amounts of money on food if the food is that good – but this seemed more to me as well. However, we decided to order expecting that at least our tastebuds wud rejoice after eating roll from the legendary Nizam’s.

mutton burrah

We also ordered Mutton Burrah Kabab as that is a dish which clearly demarcates the great Mughlai chefs from the Good, ordinary & bad Chefs.

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New Maratha Hotel (Gulmandi, Aurangabad)

In a nutshell: Very focussed tiny menu, some great meat curries that test ur CQ (chilli quotient). Address & other details: Gulmandi How to get there: When I was told ‘Just go to Gulmandi & ask for Maratha Hotel’, I was surprised. Gulmandi is a market place in Aurangabad. How is it possible to go to a market & ask for the shop? Anyway, with … Continue reading New Maratha Hotel (Gulmandi, Aurangabad)