Its that time of the year again when work is at its peak. Audit period is a crazy time for us in the Finance department – with long days and working weekends. Last Friday, we decided to give it all a break and lapped up the opportunity to lunch at Kulcha King for the purpose of review.
Kulcha King boasts 9 branches across Dubai with one visible in the heart of Sharjah. They have been growing tremendously, yet maintaining their superior quality of taste & value. In addition to the one at Tower 1 Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, their second 24×7 branch is located in Barsha, behind Mall of the Emirates at Flora hotel. Easy to locate with ample of parking facilities, this branch allows patrons to taste a wide selection of not only well known authentic Amritsari (Punjabi) cuisine but also Continental & Arabic delicacies along with their in-house Chinese banner ‘Chinese King’. In addition to a la carte, Kulcha King also has a buffet option and features a live cooking station.
On arrival, we were greeted by the friendly and courteous Ms Tuhina. We noticed that this Barsha branch is unique in its décor and different from its JLT or Shk Zayed road branches. Well-lit & spaciously designed this branch showcases a contemporary style mixed with elegant interiors.
Once seated, we were served with fresh Orange & Watermelon juice. Both tasted refreshing and would recommend trying the blended watermelon with a few drops of lemon juice.
Complementary papad is served at the beginning with tangy mint- chutney dip to help build an appetite.
Their menu isn’t too extensive and consists of favorite Punjabi picks for all taste buds. We selected their Murg Gilafi Seekh Kebab, Paneer ke Tikke & Murg Achari Tikka.
The Murg Gilafi Kebab is essentially made from ginger & garlic paste mixed with chicken mince along with cheese, yogurt & onion paste – roasted in a tandoor (clay oven). Upon taking its first bite, you immediately taste the rush of strong flavors. The kebabs are well seasoned and juicy to taste.
Murg Achari Tikka on the other hand is pieces of chicken marinated with yogurt & pickled spices. These pickled spices are ingredients used for making north Indian pickles and hence derives its name. They were tender golden brown tangy chicken cubes that were Arwa’s favorite.
To try the veggie option, we selected their Paneer ke Tikke. Paneer slices were soft, grilled well and tasted good with the mint-coriander chutney. However, we felt it required slight more time while marinating to help retain the flavor. Portions served for all of the above 3 are sufficient to serve 2-3 people.
When visiting Kulcha King, it is a must to relish their renowned Kulchas served in Veg & Non-Veg options. A Kulcha is a favorite Punjabi flat bread recipe made of flour and baked in a tandoor. We ordered their Stuffed Aloo kulcha which is served with a dollop of butter alongside piping hot chole (spicy chick peas) and imli (tamarind) chutney. The kulchas are light & kneaded well. However, the highlight would have to be its Chole. Topped with adrak (ginger) and mixed with onions this side dish proves a great value pack and is a must-try. Their Non-Veg kulchas are served with Chicken gravy.
For main course, we recommend trying their Murgh Boti masala either with their Lacha Parantha or Lahsuni Naan. Their Murgh Boti masala is rich, thick tomato gravy mixed with cashews & dried fenugreek. Their serving portions are large and enough to cater to 2-3 people. Lahsuni naan really compliments this dish, crispy, thin flat bread topped with slight butter.
Stuffed after the hearty meal consisting of all of the above, we had barely any room left for desserts. Or so we thought. All of the dishes enlisted in their Meetha (desserts) section seemed tempting enough to try irrespective. Gulab Jamun & Gajar ka Halwa topped our preference and we decided to push our appetite this far for the sake of our sweet tooth.
The Gulab Jamuns swept us off our feet! They were light, warm, had a pistachio centre and were sprinkled with cashew bits.
Gajar ka Halwa – a sweet delicacy prepared by slow cooking carrots, milk and Indian condiments, tasted good too and was served garnished with raisins & cashew.
Given our limited appetite, we were only able to try so many dishes at the tasting. However, we would like to mention other dishes such as their Dal Makhni, Mutton Rogan Gosh, Murgh Makanwala, Murgh Lababdar & Mutton Biryani which shouldn’t be missed. We have tried these dishes earlier, and have enjoyed every meal.
While allowing ourselves to go easy on our diet for our tasting at Kulcha King, we discovered a wide variety of flavors that made it worth the while. While we would certainly go back with friends and family to devour their Amritsari specialties, we would also love to someday revisit to try their Continental, Arabic and Chinese offerings. If you’re looking for a family restaurant with good service and great food at a moderate budget, Kulcha King should feature among your best choices.
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