The Great Kabab Factory has an unfussy décor of dark wood, orange and deep blue, with copper utensils and uncluttered tabletops. A display kitchen, glass-fronted and neat, occupies the far end of the restaurant, and if you’re really interested, you can stand (or sit) on this side of the glass and watch the chefs at work.
But to get down to brasstacks- the kababs. The best way to savour them is to order a table d’hôte meal- Rs 345 + taxes for a vegetarian meal, Rs 395 + taxes for a non-vegetarian one . What it gets you: salad, 4 or 5 different types of kababs; 4 or 5 different types of rotis (including delectable ones like the rich, lightly sweetened sheermal , best eaten with a curry); a dal , a vegetable dish, a biryani , and 2 or 3 desserts. The food’s uniformly good, (and for those who can’t handle spice, take heart: there’s spice here, but it isn’t hot!). and here are my top favourites:
Galouti kabab : a melt-in-the-mouth mutton kabab, very delicately spiced and a specialty of Lucknow. If you can’t include Lucknow in your itinerary, get the galouti here- it’s just as good.
Tandoori chicken : Okay, everybody knows this one. But The Great Kabab Factory does it really well . Succulent, with a tiny pinch of tangy , lots of paper-thin sliced onions, and a gorgeous smoky flavour which very few can replicate.
Biryani : Rice, tender mutton, raisins, nuts and fried onions- great combo, and these guys do it very well. Have it with the raita , a light yoghurt relish with a hint of spice.
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by I Love TGKF ~!
New Delhi, District of Columbia, India
April 3, 2008
New Delhi, India
August 31, 2002
From journal Dining in Delhi