Delhi - The Great Kebab Train at The Great Kabab (sic) Factory
A veritable meat-eater's (especially those with *big* appetites) haven: The Great Kabab Factory is India's answer to those Brazilian churrascarias, with its endless (eat-as-much-as-you-want) train of various types of kebabs, brought to sizzling hot to your table by the servers.
What I tried:
- the restaurant's signature (and most popular) kebab: the meltingly-soft Galouti Kebab - a round, patty-like counterpart of the Kakkori Kebab, reputedly invented to satisfy the desire of meat by a toothless Nawab. The minced mutton to make the Galouti Kebab has to be so fine and pate-like, even the toothless can "chew" using one's gums.
- 'Surmai' (king mackerel) fish, which yielded form, white-fleshed fillets
- Prawns: well-marinated and crunchy fresh.
- Seekh kebab: robust minced mutton - I actually preferred this (more bite) than the pate-like Galouti.
- Paneer cubes, always one of my favorites.
- Chicken tandoori - very tasty, surprisingly even better than those offered in
specialty tandoori restaurants.
Various fruit salads and condiments/dips were served on the side, with the raita a standout.
Of the breads, I found the small discs of 'Ulta Tawa Paratha' (literally upside-down-pan paratha) to be my fave: slightly sweetish and soft when served warm. The 'Shermeel' bread tended to harden quite alarmingly when it cooled, rendering it almost inedible. The naans and parathas were good here, but not really outstanding.
*Don't* over-eat during this "kebab phase" - they are just the appetisers!!
Then, the mains will be offered - little Handi pots brought to the table and served table-side by the hyper-efficient waiters: Murgh Makhani (butter chicken), Lamb khorma, Dal Fry, Dal Makhani, it's mind-boggling.
Desserts at The Great Kabab Factory are always a standout, according to my Delhiite colleagues (there were 5 of them at the table), and I sampled a bit of all these - reminded me a bit of the dessert sampler at PF Chang's:
- Kulfi, which was simply *superb*: thick, creamy and perfect flavors
- Saviyam: vermicelli-like sweet with an addictive texture and rose-like flavor
- Gulab jamun, not too sweet here, but I can't really tell apart the quality of all the gulab jamuns I'd been having at almost every restaurant I'd been to here. It's the ubiquitous Indian sweet here, and I found pairing it with vanilla ice-cream to be the best way to enjoy it.
- Moong dal halwa: a dry-ish, pleasantly grainy option.
- Phirni, a cold, creamy spiced rice-and-milk concoction set into a shallow earthenware dish, topped with chopped pistachios. Not really my kind of dessert.
Incredible. All these for INR1000 (USD19) per pax. There's also a vegetarian set available, though kebab spots are well-known for their meats.
The Great Kabab Factory
Radisson Hotel Delhi
New Delhi - 110037
Tel:+91 11267 79191