Restaurant Review #11: Nawab

Nawab is located on main Zamzama Blvd (again), right next to Deevan motors. You can’t miss it.

The resturant claims to serve authentic mughlai food, but there is no way to verify this claim as none of us was alive in Mughal era to testify the authenticity.

Nevertheless, I liked the place. Rather, I liked the food. Very rarely I prefer cuisine over BBQ, and that’s what I did at Nawab. Their Chicken Makhni was amazing. I was also tempted to try out Chicken Badami but we had already ordered two much stuff, including Daal Makhni, Chicken Boti and Beef Boti, and all of them were really good.

They also served mango and strawberry flavored lassi and masala milk, very different from carbonated drinks that we have at other places.

The only downside was the turnaround time. It took them 40 minutes to serve the 4 dishes we ordered.

Economically, they are no different than other places in Zamzama. Starters between 150 and 300 rupees, and main dishes above 400 rupees, add that to drinks and naans and parathas, you are easily looking at 700 rupees per head.

But that’s worth it if you want to eat something other than pizza and steaks and be satisfied in the end.

10 Comments so far

  1. hira khan (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

    i have been there once….and the food sux….

  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

    Nawab & its food don come close 2 Mughlai, the place sux big time.

    adding dry fruits and safrron to every item, frying with desi ghee / Butter does not make food mughlai.

    There is no authentic Mughlai food place in KHI. All fakes.

    Umar, if you travel nearest Dubai, please do visit Khana Khazana near American Hospital, and try their Mughlai Chapter of Menu 22 dishes. That may give you a bit of idea.

    Delhi Darbar in Karama is another spot for Mughlai dishes, but they have only 14 varities in meat and 6 of vegetarian Mughlai.

    Gazebo in Mankhool serve 9 Mughlai meat dishes.

    Or if at all you visit Delhi – India, Karim’s Resturant in Basti Nizamuddin, Mughal’s place and Mughlai food, That place made my taste buds understand what Mughlai means, man believe me its great, though am not from that Mughlai ERA.

    but those mughals sure had the taste buds.,and architectural vision.

  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

    BOORING Food – its been open for a few years and still has not grabbed the fascination despite a great location – Just goes to show that food is so-so, otherwise there is no reason to not attrach customers – its almost like – if you had it once its never to tempt you to return

  4. dujn (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    Real Mughal food is only available in India (or maybe Lahore). But Nawab seems to be the closest you can get to Indian food in Karachi. What are their vegetarians options like? Any website?

  5. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

    Their food is pathetic…if that is any way to describe eatables.

    Many of their dishes seemed to be cooked in ready-made sauces that are available in certain high-end grocery shops.

  6. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 1:35 am

    I have been there only once and that was in the beginning I guess two and a half years back when the resturant opened.
    I had Prawn biruani which turned out to be good. But nothing else tasted good.

  7. Balma (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 3:23 am

    Lahore is a great place, but no home of Mughlai food. Been to Dehli Darbar at Colaba / Church Gate area in Bombay ages ago and still rememeber the food. New Dehli has been heavily Panjabiized since partition and hard to find Mughlai food unless you go to Dehli.

  8. umar (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

    well.. seems like not many people like the place… nevertheless, i enjoyed the food.

  9. Zainub (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    I’m surprised at the reaction here. The first time I went to this place was when my dad took my mom for their anniversary, and we really liked the food. I’ve been there two times more, once with friends and once with family. It is quite expensive, but for one of those days where you want to treat your self luxuriously, its just the thing you need. My only problem with the place is that it wasn’t a non-smoking restaurant, and there isn’t even a separate space for smoker and non-smokers. But apart from that, I found nothing wrong in the food it self, I’ve never eaten a better Chicken Makhani then the one I have tasted at Nawabs, and I the rooti basket they serves, that’s very versatile and yummy too. The gulab jamuns in desert are pretty classy as well, and at the end when they hand you those muglai type bowls with a lemon to wash your hands in, that feels good too. Nice hospitality and everything.

  10. llama (unregistered) on August 25th, 2007 @ 1:25 am

    I agree with zainab. i’m surprised by all the hostility surrounding nawab’s here. i like the restaurant very much and like zainab said, go there on special occasions. I love reclining on the gao takyas and putting my legs up. i went there once when i was pregnant and it was absolute heaven!

    @zainab: there are hardly any restaurants in karachi with non-smoking areas, a bitter truth which hit home during my pregnancy. apart from nandos, and a small area at costa, memory does not remind me of any more, which is a damn shame.

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