4 Reviews / 4 Ratings
Culinary delight with some stand-out dishes
As part of the "Culinary Conversations at Zaheer Khan's" afternoon foodies meetup event, I had an opportunity to sample a range of signature dishes from the a la carte
menu which has incidentally been changed since I last saw it some months ago. The menu seems to have been edited but still carries all the favourites, Indian, Oriental (Thai) & Continental sections keeping the multi-cuisine theme intact. Since this was part of a food meetup we had the added advantage of having the Chef sit at the table with us, walk us through the dish, the history, how they're made and the creative spin they've put on some of the traditional well known dishes.
The first appetizer that came out was the Classic Mutton Seekh which was well presented, succulent and flavourful served with a wedge of lemon, onion & shredded cabbage salad and a mint yogurt chutney.
The second vegetarian appetizer that made their way to the table called the Hariyali Galouti Kebab was quite the surprise and in a creative way. The plate was vibrant with a remarkable green discs of kebabs served with a contrasting yellow light, mildly sweet flat roti and garnishing. I've had my share of Hariyali Kebabs and as a self confessed carnivorous foodie had my share of Galouti Kebabs too but this was unlike anything I've tried before. Made purely of reduced spinach and flavoured gently, the melt in your mouth effect and texture of a meat Galouti Kebab was uncanny! A must try for a vegetarian diner and equally worth ordering for a non vegetarian too.
Next up was the Lotus Stem Honey Chilly which features in the oriental appetizers section of the Zaheer Khan's menu. My little experience with lotus stem hasn't been all that good in the past and I was skeptical but the dish presented completely converted me. With a sweet, mildly spicy and clearly oriental flavour profile, this dish made a terrific appetizer. The crispy crunch packed with flavour found me helping myself to multiple servings and I must say this is a pretty unique starter not found in most places one visits for an oriental dining experience.
This followed by a Cesar Salad and Pan Fried Thai Noodles With Broccoli. The Cesar Salad was a good pick, the Pan Noodles had a crispy base of noddles topped with a stir fry sauce of crispy vegetables and broccoli.
The Haleem was the highlight of meal being a long time fan of the dish and knowing all too well that there are not many places that serve this exquisite mutton dish. Mutton with broken wheat and few different lentils slow cooked overnight for several hours with ghee and topped with crispy brown fried onions, served with a Paratha Zaheer Khan's Haleem did not disappoint. I would have preferred a little more seasoned but that was easily done with an extra pinch of salt on the table. The flavours were lovely, the mutton soft and completely blended with the lentils and wheat, not overly loaded with ghee and garnished with the crisp fried onions..I would go back for this one!
For dessert we had the Gulab Jamun Rabdi which was the pefect end to round up the meal. The Gulab Jamuns were not overly sweet and the richness of the Rabdi comes through well.
Overall the food is well presented, has a touch of finesse about it and has some really stand-out dishes in the form of the Seekhs, Veg Hariyali Galouti Kebab, Haleem and others that are memorable and have you go back there for more. The ambiance is nice, fairly relaxed, the staff seemed friendly as we were welcomed at the door, ushered to a table, noted who was vegetarian at the table and were prompt.
Definitely worth a visit with the family, colleagues at work or dining out with friends and sampling from a range of cuisines. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience and I'm eager to try the weekend brunch buffet some time.
After reading a good review in Burrp, had been to Zaheer Khan's restaurant this week. Service is hopeless. There is no one to attend you and take the order. After calling them for several times to take the order , they would serve food even without providing you the napkin or a tissue paper. When we ordered some drinks no one bothered to ask us if we would like to order starters as well, that too the whole restaurant was almost empty and the whole staff was sitting idle, can understand if its peak hours. Even the starters that we ordered was served cold and the quantity was really less for the amount they charge. Never thought the service was so bad. After having the starters we just walked out of the restaurant.
After paying a fair amount of money you atleast expect a good service, which they lack to provide. It really matters.
This is ridiculous, will never visit this restaurant again.
Truly a multi cuisine restaurant
I was visibly impressed with Zaheer Khans restaurant opening at Phoenix mall. Planned to visit it often but never found an occasion worth going for, eventually got pursued by a friend to try their buffet which they have been having for weekends brunch and dinner and came back bring full to end of my stomach.
The range of food offered and the price at which it is available make is so worth it. There is an ample range of vegetarian and non vegetarian options with some mouth watering desserts. The timing of the brunch buffet is perfect starting at 11 am and going on till 3pm, one can almost try out every dish on the spread :) . The service was good, food was served hot, and there are huge TV screens playing sports channels so you can actually lounge around like you are at home eating food. Liked the experience and would recommend it to friends for sure