The Great Indian Kitchen (TGIK) is from the erstwhile owners of Urban Grill, and the connection is apparent the moment you walk in. It is housed in the same building as Urban Grill, and the menu features all of Urban Grill’s signature dishes. Seating is divided into outdoor and indoor sections. The indoor seating is targeted mainly at families and others looking to have a quiet dinner. The outdoor area, which overlooks the city, has a more upbeat vibe and is great for hanging out with friends. Hookah is also served outdoors.
I visited TGIK a couple of months back, and tried out some of their new dishes as well as the old specialities from Urban Grill. The Tangdi Kulfi – which is a deliciously creamy, melt-in-your-mouth preparation of tangdi or chicken legs, will leave you craving for more. Murgh Jamuni Tikka is a new dish with eye-popping colours thanks to the use of a beetroot sauce. The kebab was cooked to perfection and had a wonderfully sweet aftertaste. Vegetarians should try the Makai Malai Seekh – which is once again amazingly creamy stuffing and a fried outer pasty.
In the main course, I opted for a half-portion of Raan Biryani. What I love about the special Biryanis here is that they rice is typically not too heavy with spice but packs a lot of aroma and flavour. The Raan Biryani comes with chunks of tender meat that have been sliced off from the Raan (leg of lamb), and loads of fruits. A variant of this is also available as a starter called the Afghani Raan. The other variant of Biryani worth trying is the Nalli Biryani, which is prepared with the marrow bones of lamb. A variant of this available as a starter called the Nalli Barra.
TGIK retains everything I loved about Urban Grill and adds a few more interesting twists. It is the perfect venue for a leisurely dinner with friends over some hookah, coffee, and lots of good food.