In a line: Offering delectable kashmiri and North Indian dishes in an eclectic ambiance.
Cuisine: North Indian, Kashmiri
Price for two: Rs. 2000(approx)
Location: Bikaner House, Pandara Road Market, New Delhi
Nearest metro station: Khan Market
Must haves: Palak patta chaat, kashmiri kanti kebab, ghost ka soola, aloo bukhara korma
Chor Bazaar, literally translating into “thieves market”, finds a place for stolen goods being sold at rock bottom prices. While I cannot be sure if you can actually find “stolen” things, if lucky, you can grab some beautiful antique artifacts, furniture, carpets and what not!
And that’s the inspiration behind the restaurant, Chor Bizarre. Encapsulating the essence of a chor bazaar, the restaurant offers a distinctive ambiance with its eclectic interiors, that are done up with different pieces of carved furniture, black and white photographs, plush kashmiri carpets and other artifacts, that render an old-world-vibe to the whole place.
Starting operations in the year 1990 at Hotel Broadway in Daryaganj, chor bizarre has, ever since, developed a brand name for itself, that finds patrons in Mumbai and London as well. After years, they’ve opened a new outlet in Bikaner House, Pandara Road, that is much more easier to approach, and absolutely worth a visit.
Known originally for authentic Kashmiri delicacies, a lot of North Indian dishes find a place in the menu, and are equally well done. If street food is what you crave, then the palak patta chaat will come to rescue with crispy spinach leaves, topped with sweetened curd and chutneys.
I would recommend you to try the tandoori starters, that have mellow smokiness and go beautifully well with some green chutney, lemon and crunchy onions. The paneer achari tikka, machhi methi tikka and mutton seekh taste great, but if you’re in search for something different and delicious, then don’t miss onto the kashmiri kanti kebab and ghost ka soola. Both lamb preparations, the kanti kebab have a predominant flavour of fresh tomatoes, and spices take the lead with the red chilli paste in ghost ka soola.
Tarami, a large plate shared amongst 4 people, which traditionally consists of a heap of rice along with a number of dishes, is server here, in individual portions, and is the perfect main course. The non-veg tarami consists of a number of dishes, the limelight however, was stolen by the crispy tabak maas, the meaty and juicy goshtaba and the simple, yet delicious nadru yakhni.
But according to me, the one dish that is a must have here, is the aloo bukhara korma. Chef Rajiv Malhotra, told us the reason behind the mutton dish, being named as “aloo bukhara”. He told us that since the dish is prepared using hot red chillies, to curb the spiciness, aloo bukhara or plums are added.
The menu completes its excellence with some drool-inducing Indian desserts. Be it the simple, low on sugar ras malai or kesar phirni, or grilled pineapple with ice cream, desserts wouldn’t leave you disappointed. Though for me, pan kulfi and kesar kulfi with falooda stole the show, so much so, that the whole portion seemed to be inadequate for me.
Confession: Though the non-vegetarian offerings have an upper hand and the pricing for a few dishes seems to be a bit on the higher end, the overall experience is good. Ample parking space, tastefully done interiors, attentive service and good food, all together, make up for a place that is certainly worth a visit.
Value for money: 3.5/5