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Every Thursday I order a takeaway meal and then tell you all about it.

This week I’m going for an Indian takeaway, and my restaurant of choice is called Banana Restaurant. Yes I know not a very intuitive name for an Indian restaurant, although in fairness it does stipulate Indian, Arabic and grills.

Right then at the top of the menu is their most selling, and there’s a Dal Khichdi and an Aloo Palak. And as these are their top sellers, I guess I should give them both a go. Dal Khichdi add to basket. Aloo Palak add to basket.

So that’s two dishes I’m not that familiar with, so I’m going to make my third dish something I know and can mark them against. And I’m going for that great traditional British dish, Chicken Tikka Masala because I know what a good one should taste like. Add to basket.

Next up is the rice, I can’t find the rice. ah there it is under the ‘Lunch’ heading, so there’s Curd Rice, Plain Rice, and  Jeera rice.

I have a feeling I should be ordering plain rice but I’m gonna be adventurous and try Jeera rice which I’ve never done before. Jeera rice is made with ghee, cumin and other fragrant spices.

Right then view basket. One Dal Khichdi, one Aloo Palak, one Chicken Tikka Masala and one Jeera rice. No cutlery, sub total 60 riyals, service charge which is delivery 10 riyals, total amount 70 riyals. Check out. Place Order. Delivery within 59 minuets. Job done.

And almost exactly one hour later my order arrives.

It’s been well packaged and there’s been no damage or leaks.

The portion sizes are generous and there’s  enough food here to easily feed up to three people very well.

So first up is the Jeera rice which because of the ghee has a slightly oily texture to it, and it caries a nice aromatic flavour.

Next up is the Dal Khichdi which was quite simply delicious. I love a good Dal.

On to the Aloo Palak. I’m not so sure about this one I can’t figure it out it’s not spicy, in fact to me it’s quite bland. And I don’t know how an Aloo Palak should taste. it’s one of their top sellers but I just don’t get it, I’m sure it’s fine just not to my taste.

Last but not least is the Chicken Tikka Masala and damn this one is good. 10 out of 10 from me, it’s a little bit spicier than normal but that’s totally okay with me, absolutely delicious.

Would I order from Banana again? Absolutely, what would I change? Well I dropped the Aloo Palak and I’d probably switch to plain rice for Tikka Masala.

Banana gets my highly recommended stamp of approval. You should give them a go.

An Indian Restaurant worth discovering

I need to tell you about a really nice Indian restaurant Vic and I discovered near Abu Hamour. While out for a drive we both felt hungry and both fancied a curry. So we check our Entertainer App for a nearby Indian restaurant and Kababs and Kurries caught our attention. We decided that Kababs & Kurries would be a good choice as it’s located in 01 Mall and we could pop into the Mega Mart branch there at the same time.

Upon arrival

We arrived in Kababs & Kurries around lunch time. It was not busy with only two tables occupied. Staff were warm and welcoming and Veg & Non Veg Thali offerseated us in one of their booths that had the ability of becoming private by closing their curtains (which we did not). We were working our way through the menu pondering which two courses to order when I spotted an advertisement on an adjacent table for a lunchtime offer. Our Entertainer App had a voucher for ‘Buy one main course, get another main course free’. So we intended to order two main courses and share them, which is our normal modus operandi. But we decided not to use our Entertainer voucher and go for the ‘Non Veg Thali’ at QR 55 each instead (only available 12pm to 4pm).

After ordering we were invited to select which flavor yogurt drink we wanted to accompany our meal. I can’t remember what the options were, but both Vic and I went for mango. Whilst waiting for food, I started sipping away at my mango yogurt drink and considered that in other establishments I would have been charged around QR 20 for the drink alone. And it would have been worth it! I love yogurt drinks and this was delicious. We were also given nibbles and dips to keep us occupied while awaiting the main event.

Tastes as good as it looks

When our food arrived it looked amazing. And it tasted every bit as good as it looked. The meats were boneless and good cuts, cooked to perfection. The sauces were tangy and bursting with flavor. Vic had ordered hers less spicy than mine, and they got both of our spice heats spot on, so we could both enjoy our meal. Amazingly we both managed to finish our meals. But it was a while before either of us could leave the table as we were both so full.

Would we go again?

This meal went straight into my top 10 of favorite Indian meals ever. Was it worth QR 55 each? Hell yes! Would we go back? Absolutely, and we would be prepared to cross town to do it.

If the Thali is a bit more than you want to pay for a spot of lunch, then there is their ‘Executive Lunchbox’ to consider as well. We noticed one of the other tables enjoying Kababs & Kurries Executive Lunchbox, and that looked well worth a go as well.

Executive Lunchbox Offer
Executive Lunchbox

 

I have been hearing good things about the Indian Coffee House for quite some time. And yesterday I decided to pop along and give it a try.

Now here is the thing, I didn’t go and try one of their unlimited buffets that I have heard so much about. It could be that when I try one of those (which I am going to do sometime soon) I will consider them better value. But based upon yesterday’s visit I consider them overpriced.

For QR 24 I would expect my Mutton Biriyani to be exceptional, but I only found it OK. I have had as good as that at half the price.

Fish Mango Curry; The gravy/sauce was delicious. Loads of flavour with just the right amount of heat. I loved it. Except that there was hardly any fish in it. It was all sauce. And because of that I consider QR 22 to be too expensive.

Kashmiri Pulae Rice; Very nice, but once again a little on the expensive side.

Meal total for 2 people QR 80 including 3 x cans of soda water. QR 40 per head! Not worth it. I could have got much better value elsewhere.

Service was warm and friendly. Ambiance was very nice, and they do have plentiful private parking which is also very nice.

I will let you know what I think of their Breakfast Buffet once I have tried it. But I really do have high expectations of that, and I do believe I am going to be singing its praises once I have.