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Delhi - Dinner at the legendary 100-year-old Karim's

klyeoh Mar 4, 2013 10:16 AM

There is one place every foodie visiting Delhi should go to - the century-old Karim's in Old Delhi. Locals often refered to it as Karim Hotel - one should note that an old restaurant is often called a "hotel" in India - just don't go into one asking for a room, there's none.

Founded in 1913, Karim's has branched out with various outlets all over Delhi: Ashok Vihar, Malviya Nagar, and the high-tech satellite towns like Gurgaon and Noida. But its original mothership is *definitely* the must-visit foodie destination, located off a bustling, often chaotic narrow street of Old Delhi just opposite the 17th-century Jama Masjid, Delhi's largest mosque.

What we had this evening:

- Seekh kebabs: skewers of tender, fragrant minced lamb, expertly spiced (if slightly on the salty side).

- Mutton burra: spiced, barbecued mutton pieces which packed a bite and lots of flavors, definitely a must-order here.

- Karahi chicken: an oily, spicy North Indian/Pakistani stewed chicken. The flavors from the peppers gave the gravy a deep flavor, with a delayed heat effect. Delicious with the tandoor-baked rotis.

- We ordered two types of briyanis: the chicken briyani (which came topped with an egg, cut into halves) and a mutton briyani which had a more robust scent. Both briyanis did not contain any curried gravy, with only the seasoned chicken or mutton to provide the flavors, so one should order a dish with curry gravy to complement the briyani rice.

- Palak paneer: this dish was extremely well-executed. Best tasting paneer used here, whilst the pureed spinach was subtle and absolutely *delicious*!

Cost of the dinner for 4 persons (including some bottled water)? Less than INR1000 or USD18 - which worked out to USD4.50 per person!! Unbelievable value-for-money - for a true taste of Delhi's culinary history.

Address details
Karim Hotel
16, Near Jama Masjid (Gate No. 1)
Gali Kababian
Old Delhi 110006
Tel: +91 11 2326 4981

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    klyeoh RE: klyeoh Mar 14, 2013 09:36 AM

    Just sharing - some of the atmospheric sights outside Gali Kababian, where one gets a feel of Old Delhi after dark.

    1. meatnveg RE: klyeoh May 25, 2013 08:43 PM

      great...now i'm homesick

      1. meatnveg RE: klyeoh May 25, 2013 08:45 PM

        I notice you're eating around Delhi a lot;.Try and get to Andhra Bhavan on Sunday for lunch in the canteen. They make an Andhra style biryani and chettinad chicken. Only on Sunday and they run out fast

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          klyeoh RE: meatnveg May 26, 2013 08:30 AM

          Thanks, I'll have to check that out on my next trip to Delhi.

        2. alliegator RE: klyeoh Jun 14, 2013 08:23 AM

          Thanks for sharing! I'll be going to Delhi for me first time in September, and our hotel is near that same mosque.
          Lovely looking food!

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          1. re: alliegator
            klyeoh RE: alliegator Aug 1, 2013 09:38 AM

            Please report back if you can, alliegator. Would certainly love to hear your take on Karim's.

            1. re: klyeoh
              alliegator RE: klyeoh Aug 1, 2013 10:54 AM

              Sorry to say that I had to cancel my trip due to visa processing issues. There's a new system in place in the US, so India's still on my list, but on the backburner until things are running a little more smoothly. Maybe next year!

              1. re: alliegator
                klyeoh RE: alliegator Aug 1, 2013 04:08 PM

                Good luck, hope it'll go smoothly next year :-)

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                  meatnveg RE: klyeoh Aug 2, 2013 08:18 AM

                  All is not lost yet. I am headed to Delhi in 3 weeks

                  1. re: meatnveg
                    klyeoh RE: meatnveg Aug 2, 2013 08:38 AM

                    Hey, have a good trip, meatnveg - I'm envious!

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