Karim’s Jama Masjid, New Delhi

Not so good anymore !

Rating – 3/5

The surroundings are chaotic near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi and the first milestone is to reach this place safe and sound, can be very troublesome during Summer due to the heat and crowd. Anyway it’s not the Restaurant’s problem though as the thirsty have to come near the well and not the other way round and I am ever so thirsty for a well cooked and spicy Biryani 😉
The first time I went there was in 2005 and the place absolutely rocked with amazing Mutton Biryani. It was so good that I packed it and traveled with it 200 Kms back home to Agra to ensure that folks at my Home could savor the taste as well !
However over the years this place has slowly lost to the hype created about it’s ancient history and people serving at this joint are irritated most of the times and it seems they are doing a real favor if they’re serving you i.e. if you manage to get seated during peak hours.
Their Mutton Biryani unfortunately has lost it’s spices (really literally), now it’s a mess of totally bland rice with very mildly spiced pieces of mutton here and there.
Things from which one can still find some satisfaction are the Seekh Kababs – almost melts in your mouth, Burra Kabab – very juicy and spiced in a subtle manner, Mutton Korma and Nalli Nihari. It’s because of these few delicacies I can still sometimes make it to this place whenever I am in the Food Capital. However one word of advise, if you want to taste Karim’s have it here instead of visiting those useless franchises, this place is still good but of-course on the Biryani front I am completely heart-broken to say the least and I don’t order it anymore ):

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