After a series of Iftar previews this Ramadan and stuffing myself with Arabic cuisines, a trip back to my roots was very much needed. Fascinated with the Mughal Empire ever since my first history class, this place was a fantasy come true.
Venturing into a three decade old delicacy of traditional rich Mughali cuisine, from Nihari to Shahi Tukra, your heart sinks back to the old streets of Delhi.
Located at the busy streets of Karama, the quirky colourful interiors & decor takes you by surprise. Indian influenced art has been commissioned for the walls aligning perfectly with its contemporary take on the legendary Mughali era.
If you try to compare this restaurant to others on the Dubai landscape then don’t! It’s truly a unique place. After all, have you seen such red exposed bricks, reclaimed barn wood, colourful chandeliers, quirky chairs & old Bollywood melodies at any other Indian restaurant before? Certainly not me.
Here is a rundown of the Mughali delicacy with which I opened my Iftar
We welcomed with the complimentary Papad and a refreshing Lemon & Mint Julep. Unlike the traditional Mojitos I hate, this one was an exception with a more sweet taste to it.
For the appetisers, we got to try 8 different spicy Non-Vegetarian starters, the meat lover hidden inside me was very pleased.
Each one was cooked to perfection, may I say picking out a favourite was merely impossible. You get a wide selection of starters ranging from Spicy to mild.
For the main course, Gosht Nihari & Tawa Murg served with Laccha Paratha & Garlic Naan. Much to everyone’s surprise including our attendants, it was my first time trying out the ever so famous Nihari and I was pleasantly surprised. As for the Tawa Murg, roasted chicken cooked with garam masala & tomatoes, I had to get it packed, there was no leaving back or throwing out of such delicious delicacy.
The highlight of my dinner was their delicious Shahi Tukra, another popular dish I had no experience with before. It’s a light, warm dessert and not too sweet, just a perfect end to huge Mughlai feast.
We also tried the famous Kesar & Mango Kulfi, which I wasn’t a huge fan of after having the glorious Shahi Tukra.
The ambience at Saleem’s of Delhi is pleasant and conducive for a nice dinner. Talking about the value, all the dishes are fairly priced and the portions are quite decent. Overall, if u miss India, Saleem’s of Delhi is the place to go.