Good portions and VFM dishes might make this Bandra eatery your favourite late-night adda
Changezi tikka; angara paneer tikka; and zattar naan with hummus. Pics Courtesy/Dhara Vora Sabhnani
This writer has a weakness for all things tandoori, be it paneer or chicken. And one often craves a greasy roll, especially after or before (depending on what kind of a drinker you are) a late night at a Bandra bar. And we are aware of many other foodies who belong to our tribe. Take for example, the fact that we often see the same crowd from the rooftop bars in the KFC lane make a beeline for the rolls at Mini Punjab. So we get excited when we spot Miya Kebab down the road on one such night. It happens to be open till three in the morning. The cosy corner restaurant is open for dining and delivery, and offers rolls and shawarmas, kebabs and other appetisers, tandoori breads with dips, as well as main course options.
We find a corner table at the busy eatery, and decide to get our order parcelled. Our waiter politely informs us that everything is grilled fresh, and so we will have to be a bit patient with our order. We wait for a good 30 minutes to collect our order, but every dish is worth it, despite us having our meal after a few hours. We first fulfil our hummus craving and their zattar naan with hummus (R375, all prices exclusive of taxes) is super soft, stuffed with cheese, and we need to stop ourselves after several bites to divert our attention to the rest of the dishes. The Changezi tikka (Rs 385) comes with a naan and is a meal on its own rather than an appetiser. Marinated in an aromatic, nutty red gravy, the kebabs are beautifully spiced and succulent. The angara paneer tikka is made in a red tikka marinade that is slightly spicier than their Changezi spice mix. The paneer cubes are perfectly grilled and melt in our mouth. For those who like kebabs minus the heat, try their arbi tandoori (R325), which has heady aromas of earthy spices such as black and white pepper, and is cooked perfectly to the bone.
We finish with their shawarmas, banjara paneer (Rs 205) for a vegetarian option and classic chicken (also R205). Both are runaway hits, the paneer prepared in a yellow tikka base and the classic chicken shawarma, are exactly what you would expect from a good grill place (and not chicken grilled in a rush, which is our pet peeve with many shawarma joints
Time Tuesday to Saturday, 6 pm to 3.45 am; Monday, 6 pm to 2 am
At Luis Belle Building, 16th Road, Bandra West.
4/4 Exceptional, 3/4 Excellent, 2/4 very Good, 1/4 Good, 0.4/4 Average. Miya Kebab didn’t know we were there. The Guide reviews anonymously and pays for meals