Royal Flavours, a recently opened family restaurant at Oshiwara offers simple, robust Mughlai fare that is a delicious break from the dal-chawal routine
Recently, great news came for North Indian cuisine lovers in the Andheri-Malad belt, as Neel restaurant opened its second outpost. Adding choice to this popular cuisine, Royal Flavours, a new restaurant in the area, demanded a try-out.
The Mutton Biryani had chunks of meat enmeshed in Basmati rice
As we entered the electric blue-lit space, we relaxed into the dining setup that was reasonably furnished. Being on the night prowl for grub, we ordered their best in a jiffy — Shikampur Kebab (Rs 240) for appetisers, followed by Chef’s Special Chicken (Rs 230) and Naan (Rs 38 each).
Shahi Tukda is only for those who are prepared for decadence. Pics/ Prashant Waydande
As an afterthought, the Mutton Biryani (Rs 210) was ordered for the food of royalty is certainly incomplete without the rich mix of Basmati rice and succulent pieces of meat.
Shikampur Kebab tantalised our tastebuds with its mint chutney filling
The efficient staff was mindful to our every need. The Shikampur Kebab was a soft mesh of mince, fried in ghee giving it a crisp layer on the outside. The surprise (despite being known) was the filling of chopped onions, yoghurt and mint chutney in the middle of the kebab. The Hyderabadi delicacy had got us to a good start.
The Chef’s Special Chicken was creamy orange in colour and had a measurable tang of masala to make the boneless chunks a satisfying dinner.
The Mutton Biryani, on the other hand, pleased with its tender mutton pieces. Somehow, our exposure to the decadent bouquet of aromas of cinnamon, black cardamom, nutmeg, mace et al left us a lingering, for a more qualitative version.
Ending this heady feast, we plumbed for the Zafrani Phirni and Shahi Tukda (Rs 80 each). The Phirni was creamy while the Tukda suffused our mouth with clear butter sweetness. After our overwhelming gastronomic experience, our vote for a no-frills Mughlai encounter goes to Royal Flavours.
At: Shop no 2 and 3, Building no 27, MHADA Complex, New Link Road, Oshiwara, Andheri (W).
Note: Royal Flavours didn’t know we were there. The GUIDE reviews anonymously and pays for meals.