I decided to write about this place after my second visit there a couple of days ago. Shahi Qila is a little Pakistani restaurant in Sharq area and it’s almost invisible unless you actually go looking for it. The place is so nondescript that my friend didn’t even know the name of the place even though he loves the food there.
On both visits we ordered; Chicken Tikka, Channa Masala (Chickpeas) and fresh Rotis. The food is typical Pakistani fare with copious amounts of spice and oil. I love the Chicken tikka and channa masala at Khyber but this is now my current favorite place if I’m in the mood to get hot and sweaty for lunch.
The chicken tikka lacked that tangy flavor that you get in Khyber but its perfectly grilled and has the right amount of charring. Unfortunately I didn’t try anything else at Shahi Qila so I can’t recommend more dishes but the chicken tikka and channa masala combo is a must-try.
The place may look like a cheap joint on the outside but once you go down to the dining area on the lower floor you’ll be surprised to see that its neat and spacious. Prices aren’t too bad either. There were four of us and the bill was 5 KD. Parking can be a problem during working days so it would be better to park across the street near the police HQ compound and walk to Shahi Qila.
You can find the place in the map link here [Google maps]
Al Shoafaat Building,
Umer Bin Khatab St.
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.
I was happy to learn that the famous Chettinadu restaurant chain, Anjappar, was opening a branch in Kuwait. Having spent some time in various places in Tamil Nadu I’d developed a taste for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Tamil fare and this was a great opportunity to relive some of my memories from TN.
Restaurant and ambiance: They call themselves a ‘high class restaurant’ in their advertisement and it really is a notch above the Indian dining joints in Kuwait. The seating areas are well lit and very neat and they also have family booths where you can enjoy your food in complete privacy. Waiters are very quick and efficient and your orders are taken on an iPod Touch which maybe linked to a POS system by Wifi. The family booths have ethnic Tamil Nadu paintings on the walls and give you a sense of being in TN.
Starters: I ordered the ‘Nattu Kozhi Rasam’ (free range chicken soup) since this was common in some ‘Military Hotels‘ I used to visit back in the day. From the first spoon itself it was apparent that they have stuck to the basics of what makes a great chicken soup; the spices, curry leaves, chilies and even the mandatory chicken neck were all present. Needless to say that I enjoyed every drop of the soup. I didn’t order any other starters as I wanted to leave ample room for the main course.
Main: Chettinadu chicken biriyani and Chettinadu chicken roast: Now you must understand that biriyani in various parts of India have their own flavors and Chettinadu biriyani has its own unique flavor. Once again I was impressed by the spice blends in the rice and chicken and it tasted exactly the same as the ones I’ve tried in Tamil Nadu. I should say the same about the chicken roast as well, they were cooked perfectly and thoroughly infused with the spicy masala. The biriyani is sufficient for one person and the roast can be shared between two people.
I don’t think I’ve given 5/5 for any of my restaurant reviews but Anjappar truly deserves it and I would highly recommend you try the dishes I’ve mentioned above. I was so happy with my meal that I met with one of the managers and expressed my satisfaction with the food. He informed me that the master chef was brought in from India and they spent a lot of effort in sourcing their spices and rice supplies in Kuwait. I must say that all that effort has really paid off. I’ll be visiting Anjappar again to try out their other authentic dishes like Ceylon porotta and Kothu porotta.
Location: Habib Al Munawer Street, Opp. Metro Cinema. Farwaniya
Phone: 24753911, 24753940
Last week we thought of trying Kuwaiti food for a change and one of the most frequently mentioned places was Freej Swoleh so that’s where we ended up going. I’ve never been to a Kuwaiti restaurant before but I’d heard that this place was unique in its decor and seating arrangements. The restaurant’s entrance has an old Ford pickup as a permanent fixture and we saw a few kids playing in it. First thing to make a note of is that dining area for bachelors is on the first floor and for families its on the second.
If you’ve been to a local social gathering with food served, then the name Shaab is probably not new to you. We’d sampled their delicious catering on many occasions but until now we’d never been to any of their restaurants. Last weekend we decided to check out Shaab Beach Restaurant off the Gulf Road. *Excuse the quality of the food photos since I shot them all with my mobile phone.