The legend has it that this restaurant is named after Jawaharlal Nehru. In 1947, India’s first Prime Minister had dropped by for a meal and thus did it become Jawahar. And like our illustrious leader, we food freaks also find it great – in fact significantly superior to its illustrious neighbour Kareem. The food is better, and so is the service. Firstly, on a Saturday peak lunch time, we still get a place to sit. Well almost so, because the nine of us do manage to squeeze into a table meant for six.
The first dish to land on our table is the bheja (brain) curry (Half-95) with a choice of baqarkhani or regular roti. The curry looks a bit daunting at first, swimming in the sea of grease. I decide to scoop up some in the roti (8)…..and sigh with delight at its taste. The dish is creamy perfection. I love it and it loves me back. My fellow food freaks are trying it with the richer Sheemal (45) and also sighing away.
Then comes the dish this restaurant is justifiably proud of. Chicken changezi (Half-170), for no documented reason in history, is named after the great Chengez Khan. Well all I can say is that the great warrior would have been proud to lend his name to this dish. I am not a big fan of chicken, but I will have to make an exception here (the only exception I have made so far is with the butter chicken at Moti Mahal Darya Ganj). This is a dish that all chicken should be in. The curry is amazing, and so is the chicken inside.
The Badam Pasanda (Half-110) is good not so much because of its gravy, but more so because of the cut of meat. Kapil, the one vegetarian amongst us, orders shahi paneer (90) and dal makhni (70). He seems to relish it, though I think it is because he is starved for any vegetarian food. My own take on this is that this is not the place for vegetarians.
Our decision to give Karim a miss and go to Al Jawahar is something all food freaks ratify. In fact I would go further and say this – do give Karim a pass and look beyond, especially if you do want to taste the finest in Jama Masjid.
Ratings out of 5
Food: 4.0 | Ambiance: 3.5 | Service: 4.0 |Overall: 4.0
Meal for Two: Rs 600 | Alcohol: No | Credit Card: No| Timing: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Address: Opp Jate no 1 – Jama Masjid, First restaurant on left on Matia Mahal lane, Delhi | Phone: 011- 23275987/ 23261341