The M Block market in GK2 has two things to offer – bathroom fittings and restaurants. The new kid on the block when it comes to restaurants is Indus grill.
The newly opened Indus Grill is a three month old, 44-seater restaurant, serving a variety of kababs, and rich gravies particularly from the undivided Punjab and the North West Frontier Provinces, with reasonable pricing. The interiors are efficient and somewhat non-descript. We are here at the invitation of the restaurant for a tasting session.
As I go through the menu, I find many interesting dishes not generally seen in restaurant menus. I find quinoa, karela and bhindi in various forms as various dishes in the vast number of choices available. We decide to start with a sampling of the kababs on offer.
The veg tandoori platter (Rs. 475), has succulent and delicious mushrooms stuffed with tender cottage cheese, tandoori Paneer, paneer rolls stuffed with methi and vegetable seekh kabab. Apart from the veg seekh kabab which fails to impress, everything else is seasoned and grilled to perfection. The quality of the ingredients, especially paneer is great. Quinoa & peanut kabab (Rs. 475) is a must order if you are a health freak and want to add a portion of the good grain to your meal. It is soft, moist, tender and delicious. The peanut is not overdone and therefore delivers the intended crunch. Even if you are not a health-nut, it is a good kabab.
Non-veg tandoori platter (Rs. 750) has mutton seekh kebab, murgh malai tikka, fish tikka and chicken reshmi kabab. While all the kababs are good, what stands out is the mutton seekh kabab which manages the right texture and balance – something one rarely finds in restaurants otherwise. Galauti kebab (Rs. 425) served with tiny kebab sized lachcha parathas, is cooked and grilled to perfection, melts in the mouth and is accompanied by an involuntary sigh of pleasure.
After a most satisfying round of kababs we are now on to the mains where we order the unusual sounding dishes. On the vegetarian side, bhindi Hyderabadi, bharwan karela, achari baigan (Rs. 295 each) all have a distinct character to its taste, rich preparation and just the right amount of spices. The vegetables do not lose their flavour; the gravies are well balanced and rather tasty. Pindi chana (Rs. 295) is a dish that misses the mark totally. It is chana alright, but the Pindi part is conspicuous by its absence.
On the carnivorous side, kadhai jhinga (Rs. 495) has prawns served in a onion-tomato-capsicum gravy. The prawns are fresh and succulent, though the gravy is the regimental clichéd kadhai gravy. I really wish for such beautiful prawns a lighter, more interesting gravy had been chosen. In murg methi lahori (Rs. 395), the methi blends well with the creaminess of the preparation and the chicken is char grilled to further enhance the taste.
Bhindi raita (Rs. 125) has crispy fried bhindi sprinkled on curd, and though it sounds interesting on the menu, it cannot imbibe the bhindi into the raita. The olive & basil kulcha (Rs. 90) makes quite a blockbuster entry to the world of kulchas, generously stuffed with olives & basil. The kulcha is not thick which means it doesn’t fill you up with an overdose of refined flour. Phirni (Rs. 125) is interestingly served in three flavours – cardamom, kesar & chocolate the phirni is close to being a miss unless you essentially need a dessert to end a meal with. The phirni does not successfully marry the rice with the milk and lacks the taste of a delightful serve it otherwise is.
A visit to Indus Grill is recommended especially for its kababs, interesting variety of gravies and breads.
With inputs from Ipshita Saha
Restaurant Ratings (out of 5):
Food: 4.0 | Ambience: 4.0 | Service: 4.0 | Overall: 4.0
Meal for two: Rs. 1200 | Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes | Home Delivery: Yes
Address: M 44, First Floor & Terrace, Greater Kailash (GK) 2, New Delhi
| Telephone: 011 40800049 |