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India Palace’s Biryani-e-Khaas menu: A hidden treasure

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Restaurant Review: India Palace

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The Biryani-e-Khaas menu is available until the end of May

Opening hours:
Daily noon-midnight

Phone number:
04 286 9600

With a separate menu of its own, the Biryani-e-Khaas festival at the award-winning restaurant India Palace is a presentation of different biryanis of India, each with its own history, story and character. The restaurant says it created the menu to recognise the unheard and unseen flavours of Indian culture.

Upon arriving, my friend and I were greeted with a smile by the courteous staff. Presented with the menu, we were told about the heritage biryanis and the research that went into selecting the four authentic biryanis, each with their accompanying desserts. After some deliberation, we eventually ordered the Noor Mahal Biryani, a steaming pot of rice with well-cooked chicken koftas; and the Bohri Chaamp Biryani, prepared with mutton chops marinated in spicy Bohri masala. Their other speciality dishes include the Murgh Coorgi Biryani — very popular on the Biryani-e-Khaas says manager Sajeesh James — which is prepared with succulent chicken and freshly ground spices, and the Subz Qabuli Pulao; an Afghani delicacy blended with caramelised fruits and vegetables, spices and chana dal. To accompany our meal, we each ordered a glass of mango milkshake, which went perfectly with the food.

The relaxed ambience of the restaurant was a huge plus. With their live instrumental music and the darbar-like interior decorations, the restaurant truly felt like a palace. The service was excellent — our food was served within 15 minutes of placing the order.

Our dishes were presented in a simple yet tasteful manner and both met our expectations, if not exceeded them. The chicken and lamb in both the biryanis were well-cooked and blended well with the rice and flavours. I, personally, would have preferred it to be spicier.

We ended our meal with India Palace’s well-known dessert platter. It consisted of five desserts: gulab jamun, a khoya and saffron-based Indian dessert; gajar ka halwa, which is a sweet carrot-based pudding; rasmalai, an Indian sweet-dish consisting of sweetened milk; and kulfi ice-cream, traditional Indian ice-cream and a shot of Alphonso mango pulp. The desserts could have been better, as the gulab jamun was too sweet, while the gajar ka halwa was not sweet enough. Yet, each dessert was unique in its own way, and ensured that our meal ended on a sweet note.

With delicious food and great value for money, Biryani-e-Khaas is a royal treat for anyone with a taste for authentic Indian food.

—Saanya Lulla is an intern at Gulf News.

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