In a line: A small outlet serving delicious kebabs, curries and biryani.
Cuisine: Mughlai, North Indian
Price for two: Rs. 600(approx)
Location: Shop 3, Main Market, Defence Colony, New Delhi
Must haves: Mutton kakouri kebab, mutton seekh kebab, chicken malai tikka
With smokey aroma combined with the melt-in-mouth texture and flavoring of the spices, kebabs are indeed a crowd pleaser and are usually served with green chutney and onions. Fortunately we have quite a few legendary places to try some drool-inducing kebabs, be it in 5 star hotels or from roadside vendors, the most famous of all being Old Delhi.
But what if you’re not in a mood to get into the hustle and bustle of the narrow lanes of purani dilli or have an empty wallet and yet crave to dig into some delicious kebabs? This is when Koyla Kebab will come to rescue with their small, yet powerful menu, that is perfect to satiate cravings for some delicious Mughlai and North Indian food.
Operating from three locations in Delhi, Saket, Defence Colony and Greater Kailash, Koyla Kebab offers dine-in as well as delivery option, ensuing that your cravings are met the moment they start to pop.
Their Defence Colony outlet, located near the bustling Chinese van(behind the main market), is a small outlet that can accommodate 10-15 pax. Either choose to dine-in at their fuss-free restaurant(with De pauls coffee or lemonade) or enjoy kebabs sitting in your car(with a chilled beer or two 😉 The open kitchen enables you to drool while looking at the kebabs getting cooked to perfection.
Known for their mutton kakouri kebab, I began my journey with these aromatic and succulent kebabs that were so soft and thin that they melted the very moment they touched my taste buds. The sweet warqi parantha complemented the kebab and the chutney and onions that came along. The tandoori chicken tikka and malai chicken tikka, both tasted equally good, but somehow my heart melted over the malai chicken tikka, which were well balanced and didn’t have the predominant kick of cardamom like other places have.
The mutton seekh kebab should probably be the next specialty item(according to me) because of the juiciness of the kebab which would go perfectly well with a roomali roti. However, the chicken counterpart was a tad bit dry for me. My never ending love for galauti kebabs, forced me to order the vegetarian version instead of the authentic mutton version. The veg galauti kebab, instead of being made with yam and spices, was made with peas, potato and paneer, which made it resemble a hariyali kebab , than being galauti. A change of name of recipe might help the dish to sail to the safe shore.
Confession: Overall, Koyla Kebab turned out to be an impressive place to enjoy delicious kebabs. Menu, small as it may seem, helps to choose what to eat quickly and is well balanced between starters and mains. I will be visiting them again very soon to try their biryani and much talked about, stuffed kulchas!
Value for money: 3.5/5