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I am a huge fan of food prepared in traditional style with traditional spices, even if it's a road side eatery.
I heard about this place from a lot of people. Changezi style chicken is an old mughlai delicacy and I really wanted to try it. This outlet, however, is not the original changezi chicken restaurant. That's on old Rohtak Road.. I am not even sure if they are related but here goes my opinion based upon the food I had here a couple of hours back -
The location & ambience : This is located on a very busy road, inside an open DDA market complex. If you reach after 9:30 pm, forget that you'll get a place to sit. You would have to wait to sit on one of those broken plastic chairs and tables. It's the best if you get it packed to your place as almost 50 percent or more of the people would have come here after their Car-o-Bar sessions and you would get to hear a little brawl here and there all the time.
Do not expect it to be hygienic - evident from the pictures I have posted.
The food :
The Dal makhni wasn't so good. Very mildly flavored and probably had corn flour added to thicken it up. If you want to have a good Dal makhni - try Kay's chicken shop (it's just opposite to this place.. Also their Paneer makhni and butter chicken are just heavenly)
The chicken changezi was really spicy, brown gravy which was made from roasting chopped onions, tomatoes and garlic on super high flame on an open Tawa with TONS of oil. The oil was literally dripping off the Tawa (see the pictures). I like spicy food and loved the gravy, old style, chandni chownk sort of style.. really hot, though. However, I doubt the quality of the tandoori chicken that was put into it, it had some aftertaste, I felt.
They also have a roasted chicken which is basically tandoori chicken drowned in butter and garlic sauce after roasting it. A good to try thing.
However, I was disappointed with the much hyped Khameeri rotis. They seemed to be some sort of plain dry naans, a little undercooked from inside and didn't taste sour at all, which they should have, a little atleast. The parantha were good, but they weren't made of wheat, it was maida, so they were soft and layery but no atta :-/
A 3.5/5 for the food.
I would have given a 4-4.5 had the quality of chicken used been better.
The prices are very reasonable. For half plate chicken changezi, you get 6 pieces of chicken for 300 bucks. I wish they had a better Dal, though.
The time it took me from giving the order and having it packed was under 15 minutes. They generally have the chicken ready, the only time taken is by the breads. So they were quick.
Worth a try if you're around and want to get some chicken for home or want to have a cheap dinner with friends. Avoid going with family, at all costs.
This is one open air eatry which has not capitalized on its good qualities. Its pretty close to where I used to live and my parents still live, so we have got the famous chicken packed many times. Last month though, I decided to eat here. Experience was bad. The chairs were broken, glasses dirty and a bad stench all around. Maybe it was the rain the previous day. The place is famous for its fried chicken - which I have tried earlier , and was always better. This time it was tooo spicy, and tooo oily. Also undercooked from inside. I told the owner, who almost recognizes me , but he did nothing. Also, got to know, that you pay more for sitting and eating here. Packed food is cheaper. If you want cheap roadside food without any standards of hyegine, then go for it.
Just got back from dinner at this place. We were getting bored on a lazy Saturday evening and sudden hunger pangs and a need to try something made us commute almost 20 kms to this dhaba sort of an eatery in Pitampura. This is not a place for those who want a flamboyant evening in a place with a great ambience (they have neelkamal plastic chairs for seating). So this place is a strict no for a Business meeting or your first date.
The place was full when we entered. We had to wait for about 15 minutes to get a makeshift place for two. The waiters and serving staff were quick to greet us and provide us with water and menus.
We had looked this up on Zomato before heading here and very detailed review by a chap named FOODATHON helped us decide our order very quickly. Following is our order with individual ratings:
1) Roasted Chicken (Starter Dipped in Butter) 3.5 on 5
2) Afghani Chicken: One of the yummiest I have savoured on. Real good flavour, aroma and exceptionally creamy. This gets a 4.5 on 5.
3) Dal Makhani: This is a must have for me whenever I try Mughalai. Pretty decent here. A 3 on 5.
4) Changezi Chikcen: This was spicy beyond boundaries. I must have gulped down 12 15 glasses of water with this. Almost made my stomach explode. It wasn't very tasty, would give it a 2.5 on 5.
5) Lachcha Paratha: Pretty well done with a huge dollop of butter.
The excess amount of water made us full by the end of this. In any case there is not much of a variety available in Desserts.
The waiter and serving staff was prompt and polite. We definitely satiated our Saturday evening hunger with a great meal. In all, a good evening which left us with a more than full tummy.
This rating is for the Original Outlet on New Rohtak Road as I didn't get a Chance to Try at the one in Pitampura.
This Place is Mecca for Muslim Style Cuisine, no other Joint in Delhi comes Close to this Legend!
As for The Primary ......
For Starters ....
Tandoori Chicken ..... Well Roasted Chicken ..... Mixed in Lots of Melted 'BUTTER', Little Bit of Cream & Masala ...... "Taste-Bud Blowing" Yumminesss ....... "Haasile-Mehfil" Dish ....!!
Afghani Chicken ....... Marination & Preparation is Same as any other Restaurant BUT with a Twist ...... After Roasting the Chicken ... it is Mixed with Lots of "CREAM" & Masalas ...... which gives such "Divy" & Unique Taste ...... Another "Haasile-Mehfil" Dish ...!!
For the Main Course ....
Mutton Korma ....... Very Soft & Tender Mutton .... in "Awesomely" Tasting Gravy ..... which is full of Flavors of Different Whole Spices & Masala ...... One Bite & Memory of Every other Korma had in Lifetime will Fade Away ..... "Divy" Dish .... Numero UNO in My List .....!!
Changezi Chicken ...... I cant Explain the Taste or Flavor ..... Because I never get Chance to pass the CHILLY Hurdle ... My Palate has very Low Resistance for Chilly ...!
But My friends who Do enjoy indulging in such Spicy Treat ..... Swear By this Chicken ....!
Daal Makhani ..... Tastes like it has been Cooked Overnight ...... Rich & Creamy Texture ..... "Taste-Bud Blowing" Yumminess ...... Numero Uno in My List for "Daal Makhani" .....!!
Mutton/Chicken Biryani ...... Taste is Good if Not the Best ...... But Mix it with Korma's Gravy ..... & Your Palate will Surely go "YUMMM" ....!!
Khamiri Roti ...... To Polish it All .....!!
Always Ask for a Well Done (Red Colored) Khamiri.
Phirni ......Very Ligt & Low on Sugar .... Best Thing is that its ICE Chilled ..... A much Required after Having Such "Heavy & Spicy" Food ....!!
As for the Secondary .....
No Ambience ..... No Decor ..... No Cleanliness ... No Hygiene .....
Only Tables, Chairs & Air Conditioning ....... Still Who is Complaining ...??
The one in Pitampura has only the Outdoor Seating Arrangement.
To Sum Up ....
The Best & YUMMIEST Muslim Cuisine in Town ...... Easy on Wallet ..... is A MUST VISIT ....!!
P.S. : This Place is a Strict No-No for any one who is on Diet ...!! :D
Am writing this review while having the leftovers of Changezi Chicken form my dogie bag from yesterday.
First, though it has a different name but it is either a branch of or owned by the same family which owns the Changezi Chicken Point at the crossroads of Rothak Road & East Park Road. The same family who actually made the Chiken Changezi such a craze and from there Resturant in Bara Hindu Rao, behind Filmistan, may even have been the inventor of this dish.
Though not being a big fan of this school of cooking, the Delhi Muslim cooking (I rather favor the Awadhi, Rampuri and various Pakistani ie. Lahori & Rawalpindi styles more), I got the opportunity to eat at both their outlets in the same fortnight. So with the flavors still fresh in my mouth I could fairly compare the difference between the tastes.
First a description of the place, it is located in a tiny corner shop in the area's community center, with only the main cooking been done inside it, the preparations as well as the Tandoor is placed outside in the common corridor. For customer seating they have some plastic chairs and tables, with a wast basket by the side of each (for the bones, a carry over from the original in Bara) scattered in the common area too. The place is just OK clean but hygiene is not a virtue normally associated with traditional eating places of this category .
Now on the food, first an observation. I do not think, with there prices being what they are, it is possible for two normal people to eat more than Rs. 400-500 worth of food even if they are famished.
There were three of us and we ordered a half Tandoori Butter Chicken, Rs. 150/- ( not to be confused with Butter Chicken ) half Chicken Changezi Rs. 250/- , one portion of Mutton Keema ,one of their Desi Ghee Specialties , Rs. 150/- along with four Khamiri Rotis Rs. 10/- each one Rumali Roti Rs. 5/- and two 500 ML bottles of Thums Up @ Rs. 20/- each a grand totel of Rs. 635 /- which was not just enough for all three of us to stuff up on but I was even left with a dogie bag with most of the Changezi chicken and one Khamiri Roti .
Now their Tandoori Butter chicken is an interesting bit of innovation over the regular Tandoori Chicken one gets else where, they take a regular Tandoori Chicken and douse it with a sauce of melted butter infused with some nice aromatics, spices and garlic, adding a totally new dimension to the taste. This is normally my most favorite dish at a Changezi Restaurant. However there was a problem this time, the sauce was flavorful enough, the chicken was too dry and hard with no juices in it, as if it was boiled before it was cooked taking the flavor out. This was the same problem I had with the Changezi. To me it looks they are using a very low grade of chicken for their cooking. The Changezi, which is cooked on a tawa (a flat griddle) has a lot of spices and things which are flash cooked giving it a slightly tangy and aromatic coating. Well the floting oil and the coating were fairly nice but as mentioned above the chicken was a problem. The Mutton Keema came with a surprise, it was actually a Keema kalaji, with bite size pieces of lever in it, cooked al dente, or chewy texture -- not flab and the mutton quality too scored above the chicken, however it was under seasoned for my liking. But the real disaster were the Khammiri roti's, which are supposed to be fat and fluffy with a sourness in the taste induced by fermenting the prepared dough, the fluffiness helps it soak in the fat floating on the meat giving it a wonderful taste . However the Khamiris served here were just big fat lumps of dough without any sourness of fluff, they just sank to the bottom of our stomachs like 100 tonne anchors.
Am not sure if I am visiting this place again in a hurry, but one good word, it is true value for money.
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