Arab Street

Almost a week of being Vegetarian is very tough. I wanted to end the phase with meat and at the same time I was craving for some Mediterranean fare. This new place in Ashok Nagar caught my attention and we (me, my kid and my partner in crime) zeroed-in this place for lunch. This place is on Ambedkar road next to Velu military hotel. Decent parking space with valet service was a huge relief. It shares its space with La Chocolate on the ground floor. Ambiance was very good with colourful lamps, wall posters and the music trying its best to set the Arabian mood.

We ordered the soup of the day which was Mutton soup. It arrived in no time. It was a thin soup with dal and mutton mix with loads of onion. While the flavour was very good, there was no pieces of mutton to be seen in the soup. For starters we had the Mix Mezza platter, Grilled Halumi and Kabab KhasKhas. Mix Mezza platter comes with two pita breads and three different dips. We had hummus, baba ghanoush and garlic plate. While the pita was fresh, none of the dips were upto the mark. Hummus lacked the punch and was too bitter at the end. I could hardly get the taste of egg plant in baba ganoush. It was more like mix of onion and tomato and tasted like salsa. Garlic Mayo was spot on with strong garlic-y flavour. Kebab Khaskhas was minced mutton kebab topped with Arabian sauce (khaskhas). It was very good with juicy mutton kebab and the tomato/onion/green chilly sauce adding flavours to it. Grilled halumi was way too salty. I understand cheese will be salty, but this one was terrible. Some veggies and garlic mayo helped in making this one edible.

We were quite disappointed with the starters and decided to keep our main course simple. We tried their Arabic Lamb Biriyani and Sayadiya Hamour Grill Fish. Biriyani looked like our own hyderabadi biriyani sans the heat. Meat in the biriyani was well marinated and cooked to perfection. It was literally falling off the bones. But the rice was so so. Nothing to rave about. Portionwise it was very less for 250 bucks. Grillled fish was served with khaskhas sauce and fries. Fries were of poor quality. Even my kid said no for the second serving. But the fish was grilled to perfection and tasted excellent with the spicy chutney.

We asked for turkish coffee which was not available. For desserts we had Muhalabiya and Kunafa. Muhalabiya was mind blowing. Silky custard, chilled and served with crushed pistachio was yummy to bits. It would've been great if it had a mild rose flavour like the ones we used to get in Cedars. Kunafa looked and tasted average. While the crust was beautiful, the dessert had more of semolina and hardly we found the cheese in it. Some roasted pistachios would've been a nice addition to this dish. The accompanying syrup was made of only sugar and there was no trace of rose water neither in the syrup nor in the pastry. We finished it off by topping it with some Muhalabiya.

Service was quick and efficient. They promptly cleared the table and refilling of water was done without asking for it. Paid 2K for the food. Given the taste and quality, I feel its not worth the money or overpriced. Will I go again? Well no. I've Zaitoon/Sea Shell serving better arabian delicacies.

Place      : Arab Street
Location  : Ambedkar Road, Ashok Nagar
Cuisine    : Arabian, Veg & Non-Veg
Cost       : A meal for two would come around 1500-1800 bucks.

P.S : The write up is based on personal experience only.  Arab Street Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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