-By Marryam H Reshii
Forget the corny name: this menu concentrates on the finest from Lucknow.
Gourmet Gallery, never known for the excellence of its cuisine, has just acquired a new Indian restaurant. Award winning food, a steal at the price, its elegant surroundings embody five star comfort.
The small, elegant restaurant could give a five star restaurant a run for its money. Subdued lighting, the highlight is cleverly crafted strip lights along one wall in the shape of a motif, comfortable seating and an open kitchen. Attentive service by waiters who actually know the menu well and can make intelligent suggestions. On the minus side is the thumping music that wafts up from Cafe Morrison downstairs: not a felicitous combination. Dum Affairs doesn't even have the fig leaf of its own music, so the heavy bass is louder than it need be.
All the glory is in the food. Galauti kebabs (Rs 550) were as melt in the mouth as rillettes or pate of the western world. The spices are what you would expect in a restaurant headed by a Qureshi chef, but there is no Qureshi chef in this kitchen! That is the wonder of Dum Affairs. Awadhi haleem (Rs 575) is a rather rich dish with a mere three accompaniments, as opposed to the traditional six. The dal was amalgamated skilfully with the slightly coarse mince and although nowhere is haleem eaten as diet food, this version was unnecessarily rich. The dum ki gosht biryani (Rs 650) is light, flavourful and a perfect marriage between long grain rice and stock. And though it is just the way it is supposed to be, no restaurant outside a five star hotel offers it. Certainly not at that price.
Plus and Minus
To search for flaws in this gem of a restaurant is to nitpick. However, the gosht chapli kebab (Rs 550) ought not to be on the menu at all. It is a robust kebab from the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Or rather, it should have been. However the refined touch in the rest of the menu has been given to the chapli kebab so that they're neither robust nor Lucknavi! The best part about Dum Affairs is that in South Extension Market, there's now a stylish setting for a North Indian meal at affordable prices.
Mahi and dill kebab; subz ki shaami; achaari mirch ka salan.
Review posted within last 6 month
South Ex. is a good place to shop and in this area Dum Affaires is a pretty good and kind of cute restaurant to sit and dine. The glory of the menu is the Awadhi Haleem which is very very tasty and one must have dish in this restaurant. Their Achaari Mirch ka Salan is also very delicious and a dish not to be missed.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
Dum Affairs is a very impressive and elegant restaurant with an excellently done ambiance. Last Saturday I and my some old friends had a get-together there. We ordered subz ki shaami, Mahi and dill kebab along with achaari mirch ka salan. Later, we also added Dum Ghost Biryani and Basil Paneer in our dining. Our experience at Dum Affairs was wonderful and so we also planned our next meeting at the same place.
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