Blurb: Homely, affordable and very well located in the middle of New Friends Colony
It is not oily or overly spicy. In fact, it bears quite a lot of resemblance to the home food of the erstwhile princely state of Rampur.
Atmospherics: Located in the old Grandlay Cinema building that has now acquired a new name, Rampur Kitchen (the close relative of the one that used to be in Khan Market) is in that heart of what can be termed a khao gully, with barbecue and shawarma joints in the immediate vicinity along with fine dining restaurants. Rampur Kitchen walks the tight rope between the two: it is most certainly not a dhaba, but it is too homely to be a fine dining restaurant. There’s a strong possibility that it does not even want to be a fine dining restaurant.
Table talk: Being in the centre of the rolls market, Rampur Kitchen must have wanted to stand up and be counted, so they too have a rolls section on their menu, priced barely more than the competition. It is good value for money and the chicken pocket naan (Rs 120) manages to stand out from the rest of the crowd in the entire market in terms of the tangy sauce. But the genius of the little outlet lies in its kebabs. Mutton Rampuri seekh kebab (Rs 130 for 2 pieces) is the best of the lot by far, having a finely tuned balance between relative softness, yet retaining its meaty texture and the most superior spicing of all the kebabs. Every other table besides ours had regular customers, and I noticed that mutton burrah (Rs 160/310 for 4/8 pieces) went out to each and every table, so that’s what I plan to order on my next visit.
Slightly less successful was the chapli kebab (Rs 130 for 2 pieces) that had the trademark coarsely ground lamb mince, but none of the barely pounded spices and chilli seeds. While the taar qorma (Rs 180/340 for half/full) was good and flavourful, the highlight of our meal was undoubtedly the mutton nihari (Rs 195/380). It had the best flavour of all the dishes we ordered, and the meat had melded into the gravy to become a sublime whole.
Plus and minus: It is impossible to eat as well in as clean surroundings in South Delhi. If you don’t care for some of the dishes – butter chicken for instance – the owners will probably keep refining their menu according to customer demand.
Must try: Mutton Stew, Vegetable Galawati kebab, Zaffrani Kheer
First floor, Batra Glitz Cinema, New Friends Colony Community Centre
Tel: 011-41013244, 9650576174
Open from 11 am to 11 pm
Alcohol not served; credit cards accepted
Meal for two: Rs 700