Have you really lived in Delhi if you have not trekked to Karim’s in front of Jama Masjid? Though over the past decade, I have regarded it is as little more than a tourist trap. I also avoided its outposts spread across the NCR, up until a reliable foodie-friend urged me to try the fare at the India Islamic Centre. The Dilli Dastarkhwan restaurant, run by Karim’s, has consistently turned out food leagues ahead of its Old Delhi outpost. 'Mutton Seekh Kababs' redolent of turmeric and pepper, and grilled till their juices drip down your chin as you bite into one. The famously greasy 'Ishtew' spiced boldly, and tailor-made for dunking fresh 'Khameeri Rotis'. My 'Kulhad Of Phirni', which was closer in texture to Kheer, hit a home run too with its mellow sweetness balancing against the earthy Kewra.
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