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Been a Vegetarian for a couple of days and would be for a couple of days to come. Been off the Non-Veg hook for the past 3 weeks and would continue so for another 3 weeks.
In a situation like this, a visit to any restuarant is out of the list. I am bound to bounce back to my Non-Veggie fare at the mere sight of it & the temptation is hard to resist. Hence I am sticking to Veggie Restaurants mostly.
Yesterday, Thursday was no different from any other day of the week. As usual, I was YAWNING & trying to catch a wink at office, when my team member comes up to me to wake me up from my Golden Slumber to declare his intention of treating the team for Lunch. He asked me for options & I was real shrewd in finalizing the options.
I was more interested not to tempt myself with the Non-Veggie food. Hence, I had 2 options on hand. Either Sattva, near DLF Cyber City or The Red Bean. That's when I remembered MAST KALANDAR. I've spotted the very same day, while coming to office & hence it was something worth the try. Given the 100% VEG tag it carries with itself. It was bound to be finalized and it was.
Have seen the outlet daily while driving to office & the lively color combinations used for interiors were amazing. The whole thing looked LIVELY.
Something I would like to highlight before I move on explaining what I had & my experience: "Man, am bowled over by the food served there. Never ever knew Veg Food tastes this good."
The Menu at Mast Kalandar is more of pre-planned platter. But the variety is amazing. They've a special offer on, for every 3 Plates ordered, the 4th one comes free.
Ordered the following:
2 plates of Maxi Kebab Platter @ Rs.145/-
3 Plates of Full Full Biryani Combo @ Rs.111/-
2 Plates of The Great Indian Maha Combo @ Rs.125/-
4 Mango Lassi @ Rs.48/-
1 Masala Shikanji @ Rs.36/-
2 Gulab Jamuns @ Rs.44/-
We opted for Maxi Kebab Platter as it was far more better than ordering each individual one. The Maxi Kebab Platter consisted of 4 pieces of Paneer Tikka, 4 pieces of Aloo Sikandari & 4 pieces of Subz Sheek Kebab.
The mere mention of Maxi Kebab Platter unleashes a Tsunami in my mouth.
The Kebabs are cooked to perfection and are amazing. The marination on Paneer Tikka and Aloo Sikandari is amazing and is bound to make you feel hungry. The waiter forgot bringing the Subz Sheek Kebab & it was delivered much later as he got the platter in a hurry and forgot the Sheek Kebab's inside. The Chef came out running and personally apologized for the mistake. In order to ensure and build up the required clientele, he offered us another 4 pieces of Paneer Tikka as a freebie.
Mango Lassi was thick and was short of becoming a Shrikhand. Wish it was a bit more thicker and I would have had it with a Spoon for sure.
Appetizers done, main course was served.
Full Full Biryani Combo is made up of the following: Lucknowi Veg Biryani served with Daal Makhani, Butter Naan, Raita, Salad & one Papad. Don't go by the mere listing of 4 items. Imagine, a person like me found it hard to finish off my Full Full Biryani Combo. It was too tempting to see & equally tempting to devour. I would strongly recommend this, if you would love to have some veg biryani.
The Great Indian Maha Combo is made up of the following: 2 Laccha Parantha's served with Daal Makhani, Paneer Curry, Rice, Raita, Salad, Desert. The Laccha Parantha's were kind of dipped in pure ghee types. Which had the taste of Pure Ghee till the deepest crust of the parantha. Even at the last layer, you can feel the ghee and the taste of it. It's awesome and tastes great. The whole combo on the whole is very very economical and amazing.
As the people, who ordered Full Full Biryani Combo were deprived of the Deserts, we orderd 2 Gulab Jamuns. One of the most softest gulab jamuns & if you love Gulab Jamuns, then this is a MAST have at Mast Kalandar.
Overall, I would rate it 4 out of 5 for the food & ambience. It's very very economical and truly value for money.
The whole of this costed us about Rs.1100/-. Found this to be TRUE VFM.
Address: Mast Kalandar, Above The Cream & Fudge Factory & Pizza Corner, Near HDFC Bank/Wanton/Shanghai Chef.
Mast Kalandar at Gachibowli is one of the better Punjabi food joints around. Being a Chandigarhian, i keep craving for authentic Punjabi food and keep trying new places with Punjabi options and Mast Kalandar is one of these few restaurants which atleast make an effort to serve Punjabi food. The menu is very limited and the dishes somehow feel localised. Though the Dal Makhni is good, Shahi Paneer just didnt do it for me. The paranthas are very good, served with Pudina Chutney, onion salad achaar and Raita.
The main problem i found with this place is the service. The service is pretty slow and sometimes you might end up getting wrong dishes. Also, I feel that Punjabi food should be self order. The whole Tashan is lost!
Overall, an average place that can be visited in case you are having a craving for Paranthas.
I have been to this place once. This is one of those places where you can have your meal on a daily basis because it is affordable, clean and tastes like home-cooked food.
Cleanliness - 4.0
Staff service - 4.0
Food taste - 3.0
Value for money - 3.8
Ambience - 3.0 (either we can choose good seats, next to the glass wall or nice AC air)
Overall rating - 3.0 (There are similar options nearby at the same price, and coz of their restrictive menu, I will prefer other places coz of lack in variety at Mast Kalandar)
These are the things we had ordered -
Cholle Bhature -----Though the bhattura size was small, but the cholle were very tasty. One bad thing was that they didn't give onion and green chillis along with that (which was a surprise to me!). Who eats cholle bhature without onion and green chillis? We had to ask for it. And they gave it for free :)
Maharaja thali ----- It was average, everything tasted just fine (which is good considering the cheap price). The chutney and buttermilk could have tasted better, though.
I remember having being to the Mast Kalandar outlet in Bangalore and had found the food to be actually good. Does this one in Gachibowli remotely even resemble the other in taste and service. And the answer I'd give is a give 'NO'.
Once you enter the restaurant, actually drop the restaurant part, it looks more like a mall food court. Flies buzzing, staff inattentive, and order....well that depends on the staff mood of when they want to come over to our table to give the satisfaction of giving your order.
The food in itself is so pathetic, that you might end up having the lousiest lunch/dinner that you'd ordered. Trust me it's better to have in some mess or your office canteen than to subject your taste buds to the food they serve here.
The food had been good the first few times the restaurant had been opened and had visited the outlet with a couple of my friends during that time. Gradually from then onwards it's a downward spiral. The tables are so unclean that you have to shift your arm innumerable times just to find a clean place on the table to keep your hands on the table.
The only saving grace in Mast Kalandar is the rotis and dal which are actually quite good. But if by mistake you had ordered the HP3 meal and tried the Paneer, that lunch/dinner will turn out to the worst you ever had.
Though Mast Kalandar does give quite a quantity in the food they serve, but come on serve less but do preserve the quality mate. I'd much prefer good quality food over quantity any day.
The staff are the most ill-mannered ones I've ever come across and one person had literally shoved the plate across the table while serving me. When I reprimanded him and informed the manager of the behavior all I got as an response was "We'll sort it out the next time".
This isn't a personal review though, many of my friends too have had awful experiences here. And though the Roti and Dal are good, but you can always prepare these simple and better ones at home.
If you ever feel like eating home like food outside of your house, Mast Kalandar is the place for you. I've also liked this place since it serves very home like food with appropriate spices and oils. The chapatis are probably the best you would find anywhere. The ambience and the interiors gets a special mention. The place is very bright and the interiors are pretty interesting with a mix bright colors and comfortable sitting.
They have various options to cater to everyone's need. If you are looking for a small & simple meal, go for Halka Phulka (3 options). The quantity is pretty good given that you are not very hungry. For the hungry ones, they have Great Indian Maha Combo or the curry combos. They do ahve paratha combos with Cheesy Spring onion being my favourite. All the combos have like 2 curries, dal, raita, rice and a lilttle salad. They do change the salad everyday, so you would get a different one each day. The chaas and the gulab jamun gets a special mention, too good I would say.
Recently they have started serving chaats as well. ALso they sell Mast Kalandar pickles in 3-4 varities.
The place is a little over priced given the kind of food they serve. But you won't be disappointed if dont want fancy cutlery or servings. Good & tasty food is all what you'll get here.
Value for money: 3.5/5
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