Slow-cooked food, served fast
Visit any of their outlets at mealtimes and you’ll probably have to wait for a table. The reason is the superb quality of the food, the authenticity of many of the dishes (except a few where they have chosen to tweak the recipe a bit) and the prices. Three people can eat like kings and not pay more than Rs 1100! But all that is possible because of a single factor: being owner run. The chain is run by a couple from Hyderabad who used to go back to the city of their birth on holidays and come back with suitcases stuffed with edible goodies of all kinds. Finally, they decided to chuck up their day jobs and concentrate on feeding Gurgaon residents the cuisine that constituted comfort food for them. All three outlets are crammed to capacity at mealtimes!
Six pieces of Mutton Shikampuri Kebabs cost Rs 225. The mutton is pounded in a mortar and pestle, not ground in a food processor. And that makes all the difference. The reshams of the lamb are kept whole so that the texture of the kebab is what distinguishes it from the competition. Tiny slivers of green chilly explode on your palate and the mint chutney served as accompaniment is thick and the kind you would make at home; other eateries would serve you watered down chutney for the same price point. Then, there is the Dalcha (Rs 225) that is channa dal cooked together with mutton for a thick gravy. It is usually eaten with steamed rice. All the biryanis (chicken, mutton, keema, veg, egg Rs 250/275/275/225/225) are made in the kaccha style, that is to say, uncooked chicken, mutton or vegetables and rice layered over with uncooked rice and cooked on dum so that both sets of ingredients get ready together. It requires a huge amount of expertise as well as years of practice to get it correct and the Biryani Blues’ Biryani is perfect (I tried only the mutton version). Even that is served with tomato and onion raita as well as a salan made from sesame seeds, pounded peanuts, dry coconut and tamarind.
PLUS AND MINUS
The cheery décor, comfortable seating, wall painting of the Charminar and the high standard of consistency is the result of the owners’ involvement.
Must try: Nargisi Kebab, Bagara Baingan, Dum Ka Chicken
Meal for two: Rs 800
Food: 3.50; Service: 3.00; Decor: 3.25