Kabab Hut, Sun n Sand, Bund Garden Pune

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A Mughlai Food affair to remember !

Rating – 4.5/5

These days there are Buffets of all kind available in Five Star Hotels/Fine dining restaurants which are at times so lavish that you would never be able to relish all the delicacies yet half of the items end up just making the numbers instead of being called taste-worthy. And then there are Buffets like this one which are not so lavish in the number of items but the items that do make it to your plate are brilliant which was indeed the case when I ended up sampling their Menu on a mundane Wednesday evening.

The Menu that is on offer as part of the Fixed (yet unlimited) Dinner menu had the following (see pictures) and I must say each and every item was impeccable in taste and I thoroughly enjoyed my outing !

They also scored Brownie points when I requested them to replace the Malai Jheenga (prawns) with some chicken/mutton starter without sweat which was refreshing to observe as Restos these days can be extremely fussy about things like these but it wasn’t the case here. The extra half point in this review is because of the extended hospitality and no fuss service 🙂

The Food – 4.5/5

I have spent 20 years of my life gorging on the aromatic (Lucknawi) and spicy (Delhi/Agra) Mughlai preparations and I believe this gives me a upper hand when talking about Kebabs and Biryanis in particular. I have been to Kabab hut before and one parameter I was also looking to judge was on the consistency front and they came on top here as well. A look into the hits and misses of the day in brief as below:

What can’t be missed (Non Veg)- Chicken Seekh Kebab – The bestest Chicken seekh kebab I have ever had, it was all that you could hope for – it was juicy, tender and had a silky texture which was mildly spiced yet so tasty that I had at-least ten pieces of it if not more. It was so good that it beat the Mutton seekh kebab easily.

The Hits –  Mutton Galawati Kebab (tender and juicy, would have liked a little less of Saffron essence though), Mutton Seekh Kebab (the best part that it was tender enough though not melt in the mouth category but fairly good)

The Misses – Chicken Hariyali Kebab (the marination was ordinary and the chicken wasn’t tender though wasn’t chewy either) , Kasundi Macchi Tikka (easily the most forgetful preparation of the evening, it was dry and had an overpowering pungent smell)


What can’t be missed (Veg) – Chhaine se bhare khumb – The stuffed mushroom starter was divine to say the least and I would rate it right up there with the Chicken Seekh Kebab. Spicy mushrooms with creamy stuffing made up an almost perfect combination.

The Hits – Malai Paneer Tikka – Paneer coated with Malai which is spiced in the most subtle of manners makes up for a very good starter especially if you don’t like your food to be spicy.

The Misses – Paalak ki Tikki – This failed to leave any out of the ordinary impression as the preparation still had the raw taste of spinach which didn’t really go well as a starter dish.

The Main Course – 3.5/5 – The main course has a choice of either Daal Tadka/Daal Makhani and you could order a choice of breads. When you come to think about it that’s not an option to really write home about. However the meal focuses primarily on Kebabs and Biryani and apart from a few chinks here and there they were able to deliver what was promised i.e. awesome Kebabs and mouth watering Biryani.

Dum Pukht Mutton Biryani  – 4.5/5 – No matter what I write about here, one has to taste the Biryani to experience that almost perfect combination of long grained basmati rice, nicely spiced up mutton chunks and that hidden spicy gravy under the white and colored rice. I really had to struggle not to stuff myself with the tasty kebabs so as not to miss out on the awesome biryani later and the strategy turned out great in the end.

Desserts – 3.5/5 – The two options comprising of Malai Kulfi & Gaajar Halwa were not the greatest of choices available but after a heavy meal proved to be decent enough. The Malai Kulfi was how it should be however the Gaajar Halwa could have been a lot better as it seemed a bit dry and was devoid of dry fruits and khoa which could have enhanced the preparation.

Ambience & Service – 4/5 – The Ambience was fair enough with most of the Restaurant available only to us we enjoyed a pretty attentive service as well. We were served well by Mr.Anup and Mr.Kamal and all the dishes were replenished without any noticeable lags. We also had the pleasure of meeting the Chef Mr. Chandramani Patel who dished out some really wonderful preparations and we had a nice little conversation regarding the tasty delicacies.

In a nutshell with a set yet unlimited menu I would rate the Kabab Hut very highly for Mughlai and North Indian food, go for it if you’re in a mood for some authentic Kebabs and Biryanis 🙂

Kabab Hut – Sun N Sand Hotel Bund Garden Road, Pune

If there’s a heaven for Dum Biryani lovers in Pune, it’s here and it’s definitely here 🙂

Rating – 4.5/5

We were there at Kebab hut couple of weeks ago by means of a Groupon voucher that had a deal on offer for the following :
1. Five non veg or five veg kebabs.
2. Choice between mutton/chicken/veg biryani.
3. Daal makhani or Daal tadka with options of breads.
4. Senvayi kheer or Malai Kulfi.

If you just walk in to this place, the above will cost you 850 bucks plus taxes which comes out to 1003 bucks per person, through groupon this comes down to 850 AI, however we applied another promotional offer on groupon and we got the above deal at 590 bucks per person.

As would be evident from above it was an absolute value for money and the only side effect could have been an indifferent service but thankfully we never felt so and I can happily say the service was top class and we hardly had to wait for any refills of Kebabs while we gorged on them vociferously 🙂

Coming to the food, here are the ratings and short descriptions where necessary :

Chicken wings – 4.5/5, this was a crispy yet a preparation with tender chicken that was not loaded with spices but was amply spiced to give it a great taste, the best non Veg starter of the evening.

Mutton Seekh kebabs – 3/5, the filling was tasty but the overall preparation was a tad disappointing of sorts as it was not tender enough to give it an authentic feel.

Fish tikka – 4/5, the marination was good and it was tandoored to perfection but the fish didn’t feel as melt in the mouth as it should have been.

Chicken tikka – 3/5, it had a marination with a tinge of green wherein the marination could definitely have been better in terms of taste.

Tandoori Prawns – I am not a big eater of prawns and can’t stand the usual smell associated with it. I am no expert to rate this but I had a couple of bites and I could observe that it was devoid of any smell and seemed reasonably well prepared. I am sure it would have been a hit with prawn lovers.

Cheese stuffed mushrooms – 3/5, it looked more tasty than what it really was and the mushrooms came off as boiled instead of being chargrilled.

Assorted chargrilled vegetables – 3/5, again an ordinary sort of starters with only caramelized pineapples tasting better than others.

Tandoori aloo – 3.5/5, a nice potato preparation that had a nice marination and had a smoky flavor going for it.

Paneer Tikka – 4.5/5, this was very good, absolute melt in the mouth paneer, we found this among the best starters during the evening.

Veg Seekh kebab – 5/5, surprisingly this turned out to be the best starter of the evening and the preparation was absolutely juicy and soft and we had atleast three servings of the same if not more 🙂

Daal Makhani and lachha parantha – 4/5, we were more than half full by the kebabs and we wanted to save some space for the biryanis and we were in a mood to skip this. However on insistence by the serving staff we went for this and we found the Daal Makhani of high quality and it went nicely with paranthas.

Mutton Dum Pukht Biryani – 4.5/5, after having 10 variant of Kebabs, Daal makhani and couple of paranthas here we were looking at the Matki full of Biryani covered with dough and we didn’t feel very hungry at this point of time. However as the dough was uncovered the aroma of the Biryani hit us and my hopes along with my appetite were sky rocketed in a moment’s notice.
We had a gala time eating the Biryani, taking in the flavors and simply an amazing taste that is difficult to be matched in comparison to the places I have sampled biryani so far in Pune. The meat pieces were tender, Biryani was nicely spiced and it didn’t require any saalan or the accompanied raita to be made use of. As I was eating I just wished these moments don’t end as I felt like I was sitting in a centuries old mughlai delicacy place in Agra but here we were sitting in a five star in Pune where the Chef absolutely knew what he was doing with his Biryani preparation.

Chicken Biryani – 4/5, the taste of the Biryani was equally good with that of mutton variant but I have always been biased towards the mutton Biryani as it adds a bit more taste on its own and adds value to the preparation. Also the chicken pieces lacked the taste the mutton chunks had in the mutton biryani.

Desserts – 4/5, both the kheer and Malai Kulfi were a good way to finish off the meal and surprisingly we still had some space left to finish them off.

Here are the overall ratings :

Food – 4.5/5
Service – 4/5
Ambience – 4/5
VFM – 4/5 (through the Groupon offer)