Saturday, November 12, 2005

Karim's

Delhi is the place for the incorrigible "foodie" to be in. And "Karim's" is among the brightest of the stars in the galaxy of many and often gives "Bukhara", Maurya Sheraton's restaurant a good run for it's money. Just beside Jama Masjid with its old world charm, it was set up by the cooks in the Mughal kitchen, and every bite makes you feel so. The street outside though, is a desecration of its past. And probably the mughalai cuisine here is the best that you can ever get.
Gugs introduced me to this place and the rest is, as they always say, history. Infact she has been my partner in crime in raiding the eating joints of Delhi, and we kept discovering things as we went about our food sojourns. And "Karim's" just happened to be our first target folllowed by Naivaidyam, Village Cafe and other hapless ones. The softness of the kababs, the aroma, the charm and to top it all, the taste , it's sheer bliss. It's waiters dressed in pathan suits; the ones in khaki serve water and the ones in maroon, who probably are higher up in the "organizational heirarchy" take orders. Soon after you've placed your order the food arrives in trademark china deep dishes accompanied by a small steel dish which stumped me the first time. Only later did Gugs tell me that it was for the bones!
I've almost made a habit out of telling people about this amazing place, and still more, I love bringing them here. Infact "Karim's" has always been a special place ever since I came here first. The rides in the Metro with Gugs, hitting the "Chor Bazaar" with bhai and the gang at 7 am and later gorging ourselves over Chicken Burra, Bobby's treat and walking bare feet in the grand dilapidation of the Jama Masjid ... how I wish , I could turn back time...

3 comments:

Count Byron said...

HI. It is mouthwatering when Indian Cuisine is mentioned. I am lucky to be introduced to the finest such in London, Bath and Bournemouth, England. Great cuisines that never fail to mesmerise me and titilate my fancy. Here in Kuala Lumpur I was introduced to The Taj on the 10th Floor of Crown Princess, Jalan Ampang. The aroma of the authentic kitchen and the serving men in their fineries... excellent.

The Count

Ruchi said...

hi mannu...nice..mindblowing...

now m making plan to visit "karim"...

Rambler said...

@Byron
Thanks!

@Ruchi
Oye, saath mein chalenge! Mere dilli aane ka wait karo ;)