I really like discovering new eateries and one of interesting eateries discovered recently is Saleems of Delhi. For those who aren’t aware, Saleem’s of Delhi is a very popular establishment in India. they have been known for their non vegetarian food served in a royal style and flavors that are so intense.
Upon arrival my guest and I were served cucumber Julep served in a mason jar. Now generally I am not a fan of those infused drinks especially cucumber but since it was summer back then, this drink was refreshingly delicious!
Moving on to our starters, we were served a mixed platter of various vegetarian kababs available. my most favorite being the Dahi ke Sholey (hung curd cutlets) never had this delicious version and I am still craving for them. Besides the Dahi ke Sholey, we loved the Khumb Tikka which was stuffed mushrooms but so well done and so moist which literally melt in mouth. If you are a spice addict, I would highly recommend sprinkling their special Chat masala that is available on the table. The masala is tangy and spicy, I was asking the restaurant manager to actually package this flavorful masala and sell it because it’s so good but well it’s a secret recipe that they ain’t giving away so easy.
Our main courses included, paneer musallam, aloo udaigiri and Dal bhukara. Firstly the the dishes are spicy but the dal bhukara provides relief! Though I generally prefer the spice level to be a bit toned but at no point I felt it was overtly spicy because they were perfectly balanced. The paneer Musallam is a must try for all paneer lovers and try it with romali roti to get the flavors right. The aloo udaigiri has a hint of neem leaves in the tadka that give a very unique flavor to the dish. The dal is rich, delicious and reminds me of my grandma’s cooking back home. Served with fresh breads of various kinds which includes my favorite flaky parathas I was on cloud nine! I love freshly prepared Indian breads be it naans , parathas or rotis, I love them all and these were just the perfect accompaniment for our main courses.
A tad bit disappointed with the dessert though as I have had much better versions of Shahi tukda than what was served here.
Ambiance : The decor details are very impressive, with kings and Queens on one side to the broken walls effect on another. the feel is very much that of Purani Dilli and the food completes the experience.
Service: our server was very kind to warn us ahead of our orders mentioning clearly of what would suit our palate and suggestions were given time to time. The manager himself Mr Niranjan, a jolly chap gave us lots of information on their clientele and what are the most popular dishes among customers. He also was mentioning how the recipes are kept as super secret of some that only the chef knows. Same is with the ingredients as they are important in making of the the dishes.
Overall, if you are from Delhi, this place is definitely going to remind you of your home and make you feel nostalgic. For the rest of you, if you haven’t already then gather your loved ones and take them to try this fabulous eatery to experience the true taste of old Delhi, all hearty and bold! All the portions are generous and the prices are very reasonable.
- Reservations are recommended
- Kids friendly
- Contact 04 3885222 for reservations