Sarhad Restaurant – Pakistani Food

 A couple of weeks ago a colleague of mine introduced me to a Pakistani restaurant in my neighborhood and mentioned that he was a regular patron there. The restaurant was located at the beginning of the infamous Hassawi area and at first things didn’t look so good. 

The restaurant was packed when I got there and a majority of the clientele appeared to be Pakistani and Punjabi truck drivers. Since it was packed and there were people actually waiting for a table I figured there could be something special about the food here.

The most popular items seemed to be the Mutton Kheema, Tandoori Chicken and Haleem. We went there on a Thursday and that’s the only day of the week they serve Haleem. I ordered Tandoori chicken, Haleem, chicken biriyani and tandoori rotis as a takeaway order. Once I was back home I took a sample of all the items and it was clear why this place was so popular.

The chicken was perfectly grilled with just the right amount of tandoori marination and its way milder than Khyber. The chicken biriyani was not a humongous serving and would be just enough for one hungry person. There was nothing special to write about it and it was reasonable for only 650 fils. The Haleem was really thick and spiced with masalas and saffron and might be a tad too greasy for some people. I didn’t mind it as it went perfectly with the freshly baked rotis. Note that this is served only on Thursdays so be sure to get there early if you want to order a few portions.

This past weekend I went there again and bought a couple of Tandoori chickens and Dal fry. Both were really good and now this place is on my favorite list in Jleeb for Northern frontier food. Next time I’m going to try their Mutton Kheema and Mutton Karahi, both of which seem to be in great demand.

What I recommend: Haleem, Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori rotis and Dal Fry. There is always a 30 minute waiting period so just call ahead and they’ll keep your order ready for takeaway.

Sarhad Restaurant Jleeb: Telephone 24338060/61
Location Map [link]

Keep Jleeb Park Clean

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I recently came across this project were people from certain localities took charge of cleaning up the public parks in their respective areas. From Kuwaitiful blog I found out that the initiative started in Qortuba and spread to other areas like Mishref, where we meet once a week with friends. Most parks in Kuwait are pretty decent and its great to see people passionate about taking care of what little greenery we have in Kuwait.

Now I’m not expecting the same thing to happen in Jleeb park but the least we can do is pick up after ourselves and not leave a mess for the next group of people using the facilities. I was jogging in our neighborhood park in Jleeb on Saturday morning and it was frustrating to see how much garbage was thrown around in the park the previous night. There was a group of about half a dozen cleaners working to pick up all the food and plastic bags from the grass and it took more than 45 minutes to clear up 25% of the park.

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I wish adults would clean up after themselves and also teach their kids to do the same. I wouldn’t want my kids to hurt themselves on broken glass while playing in the grass or come into contact with leftover food rotting in the playground and I’m sure most of you wouldn’t as well. How much effort would it take to crumple up your packet of Kitco or juice box and walk to the nearest dustbin? I’m not expecting people to volunteer to clean the park but rather prevent the problem in the first place by not littering in the park.

I’m reminded of what a friend of mine once told me as he nonchalantly threw an empty cola can over his shoulder; “its ok, the cleaner will get that tomorrow”. I guess whats what the majority of people in Kuwait think when they throw something on the ground.

Be aware and stay safe

The tragic death of an Indian man in Salmiya earlier this week has been the topic of conversation among many of the expatriates in Kuwait. The tragedy occured during a routine ID check by a fake cop. I called it ‘routine’ because these fake cop encounters are becoming something of a common occurance now.

Just a few months ago a fake cop was beaten up and handed over to the police in my neighborhood but there’s still more guys out there patrolling neighborhoods inhabited by foreigners.

You best bet to stay safe is awareness and information about the local police and when in doubt call 112. I had posted a question on a forum about this issue and have understood that we have every right to request to see an undercover officer’s badge first before displaying our own ID. Another thing I understood is that police officers won’t go around in unmarked civilian cars asking for IDs.

If you check the MOI website you’ll find a list of vehicles that are used by the local police and also a list of phone numbers for the various police stations in Kuwait. The locations are grouped by Governorate and you’ll find your nearest station listed in your governorate.

A couple of years ago people used to tell me that my neighborhood in Jleeb was crime ridden but looking at the recent spate of muggings and armed robberies in Salmiya it appears that no one is safe.

When you have the time, go through the website and make sure you’re aware of the local police force and their services. MOI Homepage [link]

Mak’s Twister and the Art of Self Control

As some of you might know I stopped eating Shawarmas after reading a post by the Diet Ninja about the fat content in those sandwiches. They’re literally swimming in fat but are oh so yummy! Now thinking about it I used to have 2 or 3 of these babies about a year go without realizing how many calories and fat I was jamming into my system.

I was asked to go buy some of Mak’s popular ‘ചുറ്’ (that’s twist in Malayalam) for my family this evening and since I was not going to have any I figured I might as well take some photos and write a post to distract myself. What follows next are some graphic images of greasy goodness, you have been warned.

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Running to the Taj

A couple of weekends ago I started running in our neighborhood and slowly started venturing out into nearby residential areas as well. While analyzing the data from one of my previous runs I realized my path was close to where the Taj Mahal replica mosque was located. This weekend I decided to go the extra distance and get a glimpse of this mosque. Location is [here] I covered a total distance of 11.89 Kilometers and although my legs were cramped afterwards it was totally worth it.

I’d love to shoot this mosque once all the work is complete and the lights are in place, till then enjoy these pictures. You can click on the last two pictures to view them in larger sizes.

Fatem Al Zahraa Mosque - sideFatem Al Zahraa Mosque - front

Macro Madness – Fotodiox Macro converter ring

...of the beholder

Some months ago I’d ordered a macro converter ring that would allow me to reverse my lenses and use them as a macro lens. You can see that post and my usage video [here] Armed with my 50mm 1.8D Prime lens I went to our local touristic park to see if I could get close to some insects or small creatures to shoot in macro. Although I didn’t have luck finding any insects, I did however manage to get some really good textures and plant shots. I’ve posted some of them here;

Tip: I keep receiving questions on how to use the reverse lens in macro mode and I’ve answered most of them through my Youtube channel and although I’m not much of an expert on this reverse setup, here’s what has worked for me so far

1. I seem to get the best results at f/5.6 and this also gives me a decent depth of field. Going above that, ie, f/8 and f/11 there appears to be some purple fringing and flares.

2. Higher the shutter speed the better, shooting tiny objects close up is hard if you’re doing it handheld and even the tiniest movement in your arm or finger can throw off your focus.

3. Use your whole body to focus, now since this is a macro hack, you have some limitations like manual exposure, no metering and no focusing so the best thing to do it move yourself and the camera towards or away from the object to bring it into focus. One more thing is the extremely shallow depth of field and one wrong move can screw up your intended focus point.

4. Light light light! You need tons of light to get some decent shots and while this is not a problem outdoor under the sun, you will notice loss of detail as the sun moves under cloud cover or towards evening. At home I used my SB600 triggered wirelessly with my Cactus setup.

Click on through for the rest of the pictures and you can view them in larger sizes by clicking on each picture.

Stamen

Rusty

Weathered

Alien Ant's Farm

Trio

Rivetted

Links

Fuzzy

Bulbs

Souk Al Jaleeb

I went by Souk Al Jleeb today to check out the fish and vegetable market inside. Once you enter the premises it feels a little familiar to Souk Sharq and Al Kout, even the building’s design is similar. I checked the name of the developer and its run by Nakheel Real Estate company. I’m not sure if its the same company that runs the other two places.

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Fruits and vegetables
Seafood

Since its a new market everything looks neat and tidy and there’s plenty of parking space. Here’s the list of establishments currently operating there;
. Kuwait Finance House
. K Supermarket
. Fish Market
. Fruit and Vegetable Market
. Naif chicken
. McDonalds
. KFC
. Krispy Kreme

Location [wikimapia]

Places to avoid in Kuwait

I read this article in the Friday Times edition this weekend and guess which place holds the #1 spot? 😛 Kuwait is such a small place and I’m sure the civic authorities can do something about it if they apply their resources.

Click on the picture to read the whole article.