Majlis Restaurant, Bangalore

When it comes to food we Indians don’t shy away from experimenting! The latest on the platter for Bangalorean food lovers is the Indo Arab cuisine. No, it is not fusion of Indian and Arab cuisines but it is Indian influence on Arab cuisine. The depth of experimentation by renowned chefs, Chef Ashfaque Quereshi and Chef Irfan Quereshi is mind blowing!

Last Sunday I was invited to Majlis Restaurant for bloggers’ meet. Yet to be launched, this restaurant has already started getting eager customers visiting to taste Quereshis’ version of Indo Arab food. The friendly staff presented us with their special dishes. The food there has left me intoxicated with the flavors and aroma of this unique Indo Arab cuisine.

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Before we settled down we wandered around their spacious dining area. The hotel is in the 5th floor, so you can well imagine the view of (concrete) jungle from there. The lit up city in the nights looks grand. The seating arrangements are so tastefully done. I particularly liked the cushion covers, they are so ethnic.

To my dear alcohol loving friends let me tell you – no hard drinks are sold at Majlis restaurant. Though, they do have hookah for their smoking customers. The food parade started with delightfully pink colored milk which had lots of faluda seeds floating in it. Go for it if you have no qualms about raw milk. There is a long list of other soft drinks too but this rose milk is their specialty.

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Then the wicked starters marched in. They will kill your appetite if you fail to control your desires of munching on them non stop! The dips are so perfectly made; I failed to decide which was better the dip or the starters. Dips are an essential part of Arab cuisine, those of you who have tasted this cuisine will know this well. The secret is the subtle use of herbs and spices as compared to the Indian style.

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The spread for main course was elaborate. Of course, biryani was a part of it. The look itself was enticing. Each grain stood out distinctly. It is a milder version of Indian preparation, more decent and gentler on tongue. There were naans, chicken and mutton curries. I liked the aroma of mutton curry the most, and as I am writing this I am craving for it more and more. The only item that didn’t go down well with me was their fish preparation. It is hard to satisfy a Bengali when it comes to fish! So, I think it is pardonable.

The dessert was rice phirni! It was slightly pale I felt. It didn’t have the rich creamy feel and no signs of coarse rice too. After a heavy meal this fits in perfectly. It was richly garnished with dry fruits. They served it in little earthen pots; the presentation was too good.

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So, if this post has got you curious enough about Indo Arab cuisine hop over to Majlis Restaurant, the one and only one Indo Arabic restaurant in Kamanahalli, Bangalore. The chefs co-own this restaurant with Harish Lakhiani from Dubai.

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28 Responses

  1. sylviakirk says:

    Looks like a great place for a great meal!! And, as always, I do so enjoy your captures and the information you share with us!! I do hope you week is off to a great start, Indrani!! Enjoy!!

  2. eileen says:

    Lucky you, to be one of the first taste testers for this new restaurant. The food looks delicious. Wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing your review. Have a happy week!

  3. Ema Trinidad says:

    I always appreciate your honesty in your reviews. You describe the experience well both in words and in images. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Arun says:

    The biriyani looks yummy. Nice review of the restaurant.

  5. Kishor Kr says:

    First picture gives an impression that the place would home-like. The started look delicious for sure *drooling*

  6. It is a coincidence I was watching a show on TV where Vikas Khanna went to UAE and discussed Indian influence on arab cooking with one of the chefs. Himalayan salt is a very famous ingredient there 🙂 And now I read about Majlis! Interiors do look charming 🙂

  7. Beautiful pics , Nice post

  8. Wish I lived close enough to do just that! And would have been great to meet some fellow bloggers there –

  9. Cloudia says:

    Thank you

  10. Afshan says:

    Looks like a wonderful place Indrani, I may come bnglr next year
    will remember this to visit 🙂

  11. magiceye says:

    A droolsome post!

  12. ladyfi says:

    What a delightful place!

  13. The biriyani looks so delicious. Willing to have some 🙂 😀
    Very nice post.

  14. Yumm everything looks so delicious!! Can’t wait to try this place on our next visit to Bangalore.

  15. Hmm! Cool place and very nice intro for the food lovers. Yummy biryani, faluda and firni. Hope to visit during my vacation.

  16. The food sounds and looks divine! I am hungry now! 🙁

  17. Chaitali says:

    I simply love Mediterranean cuisine and the ambience too looks cool….I am envious now…stay happy

  18. This place has a homely feel , food looks yummy too

  19. This is such a good place with such amazing offerings! I’m sure you must have had a great time there! 🙂

  20. It all sounds quite delicious to me!

  21. genie says:

    I will take one order of the biryanin, please. It looks heavenly and I so love curry. The pillows on the back of the seats look like they are beautiful.

  22. Mmmmm! Everything looks delicious. I need to try that pink milk.

  23. Rajesh says:

    This definitely sounds interesting. I will try at least once.

  24. Yum, I need to get there next time go to bangalore

  25. Jeevan says:

    I liked the wood designs of the table and chairs to look antique! Neat ambiance to have a rich meal – my fav spicy biriyani 🙂

    yummy

  26. Rumana says:

    I missed it!! Looks very good place and it is very near to my new flat now:)

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