-By Marryam H Reshii
Al Jawahar Restaurant is perhaps destined to be always compared with Karim's and often unfavourably so. Judged independently, it is among the better eateries of Old Delhi. They have a neat and tidy separate place upstairs for families to sit in. Dal Gosht is really good. Mutton Seekh Kabab, Changezi Chicken, Kadhai Gosht and Kadhai Chicken are nice enough. Mutton Stew, Mutton Korma, Nargisi Burrah and Sheermal are its other attractions. Badam Pasanda and Keema Naan are just about passable. Overall, a good place to go when you crave for Mughlai food at down-to-earth prices.
Review posted within last 6 month
Karim's is and has always been my favourite. I couldn't believe that I had completely missed Al Jawahar in my obsession for Karim's though. Karim’s is legendary and its rich Muslim food is incomparable to what you would find anywhere in Delhi but Al-Jawahar is also a hidden gem. My hardcore non-vegetarian taste buds crave meat so when I found out about this treat of a place I was quite delighted.
As expected by the area around Jama Masjid, it was crowded, brightly lit up and extremely colourful. I made the mistake of taking my car which is now heavily dented in several places.
*TIP*: Never take your car to Chandni Chowk because no one gives a s*** about driving sanely in this area. Take the metro and either walk to Al Jawahar or go on a famous rickshaw ride.
I was amused to learn that this pace was named after Jawaharlal Nehru our first Prime Minister because he dined at this local restaurant way back in the 1940s. I was so intrigued by the story and so many others told to me by the "Manager" that I listened in amusement.
The Keema has to be my favourite and like all other reviewers I will not compare it to the Karim's keema because both these restaurants are quite individual and I think its best not to compare. Badam Pasanda was a delight and its texture was very beautiful.
They go though so many rotis and naans in a day they they have perfected the technique to make just the right roti/naan. The Kebabs deserve a special mention for their freshness and tenderness. The flavours of the fresh spices were very nicely absorbed by the meat giving it a beautiful aroma and taste.
Even though I have always loved Karim's, I feel the spices Al Jawahar uses are fresher and more flavoursome. I always feel I have to wait too much to dine at Karim's but I definitely did not have to wait that much at Al Jawahar. It isn't any comparison though but after my last visit, I will have to pick Al Jawahar over Karim's.
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Seekh Kebab
Review posted within last 6 month
Haji Karim Moosa's restaurant is actually to blamed for this legendary eatery that has been around for as long as I can remember. But is still regarded as a stalwart in its own way. The mutton stew and dal ghosht are the flag bearers that might put in a strong case if you have that robust digestion process as the dalda could freak you out. no matter how underrated , Al jawahar is still worthy of a #respect despite the its moderate hold over the food lovers at the gali kebabiyan.
Review posted more than a year ago
The food is good especially tandoori chicken and mutton /chicken stew at Al Jawahar.Rumali and tandoori roti is very soft. I preferit to any of the neighbouring restaurants
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: Mutton stew
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