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Kulcha walas (HUDA market sector 31, opp Bata showroom, gurgaon)

In a NUtshell: A small shop in a sector market in gurgaon with ‘stand and eat’ options for 4 groups of people, serves the finest kulchas compared to all kulchas I have had in gurgaon during my decade long stay. Address & other details: kulcha walas Meal for 2: ₹200 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian only Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were … Continue reading Kulcha walas (HUDA market sector 31, opp Bata showroom, gurgaon)

J W Cafe (J W Marriott, sahar , mumbai International Airport area, mumbai)

This is a review of Sunday brunch In a nutshell: An unforgettable brunch, one of the best we have had in years, in terms of spread, amazing attention to detail by chef and team, brilliant conceptualisation and seamless execution. For seafood lovers in india, this is specially more interesting. Address & other details:   Meal for 2: ₹6000 Cuisine type : vegetarian and non vegetarian  Disclaimer: … Continue reading J W Cafe (J W Marriott, sahar , mumbai International Airport area, mumbai)

Bhawarilal mithaiwala ( between Moti Chowk and phool Chowk, MHOW, Dr. Ambedkar Nagar, near indore)

In a nutshell:A mithai shop that we visited after taking a 10km one way detour, serves some memorable sweets. Outstanding. Address & other details: bhawarilal Meal for 2: ₹50 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured … Continue reading Bhawarilal mithaiwala ( between Moti Chowk and phool Chowk, MHOW, Dr. Ambedkar Nagar, near indore)

A food trip to indore – chappan dukan and sarafa bazar (indore)

Food walk with Richa and amit sancheti – this foodie couple took us around town to the choicest of places (their most favourite places) In a nutshell : Two locations that are different yet similar, always crowded on the evenings, endless food stalls on both sides selling diverse & YUMM (predominantly vegetarian food and few non vegetarian) food. Meal for 2: ₹30 onwards average per … Continue reading A food trip to indore – chappan dukan and sarafa bazar (indore)

Streetfood: Babu Bhai Kabab Wale (1465B near Masjid Sayed Rafai, Chitli Qabar, Jama Masjid, Delhi)

In a nutshell:

Superb unstoppable chatpata dhaga kababs in a neat & clean tiny ‘hole in the wall’- something  that is not worth a miss – my tastebuds gave the kababs a standing ovation.

YUMM dhaga kabab – streetfood near jama masjid, Delhi

Address & other Details: Get into the lane perpendicular to Gate no. 1 of Jama Masjid. Keep walking till u reach a ‘y’ point. Take the road on the left – almost in the same direction as u were walking. U will find Mohd. Shakir, the current owner of the stall, making kababs on ur right hand side from a neat & clean white ‘hole in the wall’. U may also call 01123244205, 9899362993 – I am not confident though that someone will respond.

Shakir bhai’s – one man show

The smartest thing to do is to take a rickshaw & entrust him with all the above details. U shud be there in not much time.

Meal for 2: Rs. 60 onwards (each kabab for Rs. 6)

Cuisine Type: Nonvegetarian

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

Its a ‘one man show’ – Shakir Bhai, as he is known here, sits on a low platform with a neat & clean metal sigri (barbeque) & sells what he calls ‘dhaga kababs’ (dhaga means thread). When he is not around, his brother is the solo guy.

He has a thick bunch of leaves that look like paan leaves stacked on one side. On the other, he has a ‘gumla’ (vessel) full of spiced up meat paste. Almost mechanically he picks up some paste, rolls it around the sheekh, wraps it up with a cotton thread & tears off the thread with such ease & speed as if it were no thread, puts it on the barbeque, adjusts the coal, fans the barbeque, rotates the kababs so that they cook uniformly, served the same on a plate, takes the money, returns the change & also takes back the ‘used plate’ !!!!!!!

Kababs – in the making

He uses charcoal to fire the barbeque & the ‘sheekhs’ (metal rods) used by him for making the kabab are thick & made of steel.

He also caters to Marriages & parties in which case the offering widens – sheekh kabab, shami kabab, chicken, fish & paneer tikka, chicken & fish fry & also rumali roti. I am sure those are made at his home & delivered.

He told us very casually that the shop has been around since ‘before 1947’ but I spotted maybe the sense of ‘accomplishment’ in his eyes. As we started chatting up with him, we found that he has been doing this himself for last 22 years (he was in school then) – started with assisting his father.

one more shot of the one man kabab shop

Needless to say, the kabab was outstanding.

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Chatori Gali, Bhopal – Street food

In a nutshell:

Utopia for meat lovers , this gali (street) is full of tiny shops selling fish & meat dishes with strong & rustic flavors & taste at prices that u wud have heard ur grandfather talk about.

chatori gali - the lane

Address & other details: Just get into an autorickshaw & ask for Chatori Gali. U will b transported there. It seemed as easy as asking any public transport driver in Agra to take u to Taj Mahal !!!!

There is a small parking that can accomodate 10 – 12 cars just opposite Chatori Gali – In case u prefer to take a car.

Meal for 2: Rs. 70 onwards

prices so low that even ur Grandfather wud compare with his college days.

Cuisine Type: Nonvegetarian

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

This place is just a road on which there are small shops on both sides that sell YUMM meat & fish products at very low price & high volumes. Everything here is very chatpata in taste – rustic, robust.

first shop in the corner - Chatori Gali

For those of u who go by the hygiene displayed by the Restaurant / the shop, u will b disappointed. Its different that in the kitchen of many (not all) Restaurants, it is not very neat & clean – the only difference is that u do not get to see that.

For those of u who r frightened to eat fried food or food with fat in them, this is not the right place. BUT, if u r one of those who believe in pampering ur tastebuds & then work out harder to burn those extra calories, then this is the place.

the corner shop with a rotating chicken roasting machine

The people at the counters are quite friendly & ‘to the point’. But as I always say, they do not undergo modern day ‘Retail Management Training ‘ that preaches ‘Customer is the King’ etc. So they behave with u in a one to one basis & treat u as another person they r dealing with & not a ‘Customer’. So if u r friendly, that is reciprocated & vice versa.

Marinated meats & fishes are displayed in front of u & are made on request right in front of u. So there is almost nothing that is made & stored.

marinated miscellaneous meats

I was surprised to see that one shop had an automated rotating Chicken Roasting machine too.

I had one of the best ever Hamburgers (pao Kabab) in this place, a very unique & enjoyable paaya soup, good sheekh kababs, outstanding beef kababs,

the finger licking good beef kababs

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Ram Ladoo wala (outside Railway Museum, New Delhi)

In a nutshell: Chatpata, unexpected enjoyable Snack Address & other details: Google Map Meal for 2: Rs. 40 Cuisine Type: Vegetarian Description: The story (skip the italics to read about how the food tasted): I happened to have an hour free on a Sunday & I was near the Diplomatic enclave. So decided to go to the Railways Museum. As I parked my car & … Continue reading Ram Ladoo wala (outside Railway Museum, New Delhi)

Thela serving South Indian Food outside Alipore Post Office, Kolkata

Meal for 2: Rs. 20 onwards Description: I was waiting in front of Alipore Post Office – noticed a roadside thela on the footpath. The guy was making dosas & talking to customers in Bangla & Hindi. Suddenly another guy came & they started talking in Tamil………..and that…….increased my interest manifold. So I decided to check out what was on offer (assuming that if the … Continue reading Thela serving South Indian Food outside Alipore Post Office, Kolkata

Go Chhatz – Chhat & North Indian Snacks stalls in many malls & food courts

In a nutshell:

Lots of Tasty & Hygenic Quick bites – Very Good for a short food refill but none of these r the ‘best in Town’.

Go Chhatz shop at Galleria market, Gurgaon

Address & other details Go Chhatz

Cuisine Type: Vegetarian

Meal for 2: Rs. 80 onwards

Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:

Street food & Hygeine are no more oxymorons as Go Chhatz serves tasty North Indian Street food. However, must mention that none of the food in the menu wud qualify for ‘best in town’ but they r surely good on their own. Papri poppers , Dahi gappas, Papri chaat, gol gappas, papri chaat, samosa cocktail are some of the show stoppers here. I found Desi nachos to be outstandingly chatpata. Kalakhatta breezer for a drink is super col too.

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