In a line: A family restaurant serving simple and delicious meals at a price that wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Cuisine: North Indian, Mughlai
Price for two: Rs. 1000(approx)
Location: 3rd Floor, Plaza Mall, Opposite Metro Pillar 128, MG Road, Gurgaon
Must haves: Paneer tikka, murg malai tikka
No matter how much we enjoy exploring new cuisines and unique dishes, there is something very comforting about having our hearty and delicious Indian meal. If you’re one whose weekend is incomplete without dal makhni and butter chicken at a family dinner, then this place might just work perfectly for you!
Located on the third floor at Plaza Mall, Gurgaon, Khaaja Chowk is known to serve up some delectable North Indian and Mughlai delicacies. Done up in hues of crimson and brown, the place boasts of a big dining area and a seating area made of an auto rickshaw.
While the interiors might be a little old school with the artificial flower hangings, the menu certainly comes across to be promising at a price that wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Binge on to a variety of kebabs or dunk yourself into a bowl of steaming hot curry, Khaaja Chowk has got you covered with all the options.
The great Indian chaat platter can be a good way to start your meal on a sweet and spicy note. Chaat papdi, palak patta chaat and dahi puri chaat, all in one platter. While overall it tasted great, I’d recommend them to put less toppings as they simply fall off while biting into. Kebabs are a great deal here and if you’re a vegetarian then you should try their melt in the mouth and beautifully chargrilled paneer tikka with green chutney. And if you’re a non-vegetarian, options are plentiful, but the chicken malai tikka was the stellar on my visit. Moist morsels of chicken cooked to perfection and paired with a homely green chutney, indeed a must have. The mutton galauti kebabs with ulta tawa parantha didn’t turn out to be as appetising and lacked the spices that one would want in an original galauti. Also, for the quantity of kebabs, the two huge ulta tawa paranthas didn’t do justice, so probably serving just one parantha might do the trick.
While the starters had their own ups and downs, the mains easily swam to the safe shore. I decided to opt for their platter meals, each of which was good enough to feed 2 hungry souls. The mutton roganjosh meal came with dal tadka, dum pudina aloo, raita and laccha parantha. While the mutton roganjosh was a simple mutton curry, I thoroughly enjoyed the humble dum pudina aloo that came along with the dish. The chicken biryani platter had come along with a refreshing raita that enhanced the flavour of the aromatic biryani. Though I’d want them to serve some mirchi ka salan along with the biryani for those who like a bit of spice in their food.
The meal had to be concluded on a sweet note and hence, I decided to opt for their famous paan ice cream and an Indian dessert, gulab jamuns. The warm gulab jamuns tasted nice but it was the pan ice cream which won amongst the two. Simple and delicious, the ice cream had a beautiful hint of gulkand and predominance of the pan leaves which gave it the refreshing kick.
Confession: Overall, the meal at Khaaja Chowk turned out to be fairly good. While the mutton seekh kebab and galauti didn’t seem to be very appetising, the chicken malai tikka and paneer tikka were saviours. The service needs to be hones over a bit as it was slow and I had to wait for some good amount of time for the waiter to arrive and take the order for my next course.
Value for money: 3.5/5