Dilli mein kabab nahi khaya toh kya kiya?
Raise your hand if you think Delhi is synonymous with mutton galauti kabab? Everywhere you look or find yourself in Delhi, there is a kabab corner; whether good or bad is a different subject altogether. There is that unmissable aroma of spices, curd and sizzling meat, fresh out of a tandoor or a hot tawa; the welcoming sight of long skewers laden with well-marinated pieces of chicken, mutton, fish or paneer (onions and bell peppers have made the cut too). If all these have made you stop in your tracks, at least once, you are in Delhi. And August is when The Great Kabab Factory (TGKF) turns 20 and celebrates the king of all starters—kababs. This Indian speciality restaurant, with its branches across four countries; 16 outlets in India, of which six are in Delhi NCR; has kept its patrons happy with its varieties of mouth-watering skewered goodness.
Out of six outlets in Delhi, I picked MGF Metropolitan Mall Saket because shopping and eating just sounded perfect and TGKF had their special 20-year celebration menu (till August 31). As I made my way around the quiet corridors (Metropolitan side is quieter than Select CityWalk) and past the security, I did get the aroma of the deliciously charred meat that might as well have yelled “come hither!”
The restaurant, not too large, was cosily packed with tables full of families and friends. I was shown a quiet corner by the friendly maître d' where I parked myself for an evening with kababs. The menu for the day comprised of their signature galauti along with raan-e-murgh, macchi amritsari, murgh malai tikka, mutton chapli kabab, pudina murgh bharwa tikka and biryanis and dal for maincourse. They have four kinds of delicious chutney—mint, tomato, tamarind and curd—of which, I liked mint and tamarind the most and they accompanied every kabab items I tried. Kind of versatile, I must say. For vegetarians they have the regulars like subz galauti, paneer tikka, dahi ke kabaab, and items like saufiyani phal, jalapeno malai broccoli among others.
As expected, the galauti just melted in the mouth like it should. But I decided not to linger around the star but try other items on the menu sans any preconceived opinions. And to my surprise, three stars were born then and there—macchi Amritsari, raan-e-murgh (legs of chicken cooked in tandoor) and the unsuspecting arhar dal tadka that came with chicken biryani. Fish was light and batter, well-seasoned; raan-e-murgh and arhar dal tadka felt like soul food. Usually, I don’t care much for arhar or any dal, for that matter, but The Great Kabab Factory got this right and made it taste like something from your home kitchen. Dining at TGKF has its limitations—you will be tempted to gorge on the appetisers and miss out on the delicious range of biryanis.
There is only one way to eat this soul food—in a group. The world these days are going ga-ga over ‘Netflix and chill’, we believe in ‘kabab and chill’.
Where: The Great Kabab Factory, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket. Other Delhi NCR outlets incude Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport, Radisson Blu Marina Connaught Place, Sector 18 Noida, Radisson Noida and Park Plaza Gurgaon. Elsewhere in India: Varanasi, Pune, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Chennai, Ranchi, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Coimbatore and Guwahati. Offer valid: All TGKF outlets in Delhi- NCR
Cost for two: Approx ₹1,800 for two, exclusive of taxes.
Contact: 011 33105190 for booking (recommended)