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Graceful and austere, yet soothing and friendly, the atmosphere strikes a fine balance between accessibility and exclusivity. Most dishes served have a balance of flavour and texture, the beauty of simplicity, and the understated sensuality with well paired spirits and wines. Awadhi kababs – the tikka, galawati, and seekh are truly fabulous and Baluchi offers an extraordinary selection of the very finest! For me, the benchmark of a good Indian restaurant is its ‘biryani’ and here I found an ancient recipe rediscovered in this rare biryani eating experience, the manifold uniqueness of the Nizam’s conserved in its imaginative form. The dessert menu was a whirlwind of flavours, as for me, after a delicious meal the anjeer badam ka halwa was a fitting and soothing ending, this is an amalgam of taste and subtle flavours.
To encapsulate the soul of royal kitchens through their food has become an ambition of every Indian chef. What went on behind those gilded kitchen doors ages ago has forever piqued the curiosity of the chefs driving to recreate the classics and the unfound. While some kitchens today stick to what they know best, butter chicken, paneer makhani etc., many strive to experiment with their curries and work harder towards rebuilding the lost recipes from the royal kitchens. ‘Baluchi’ is one fine example those. Baluchi is a luxurious fine dining restaurant of The Lalit Mumbai in Andheri East, Chakala and is one of the best dining destinations for curries in the city. This upscale elegant dining space is perfect spot to bring someone you are aiming to impress.
The kitchens of Baluchi are known to serve a Pan Indian menu that travels all across the nation, focusing greatly on Awadhi flavours. The melt-in-your-mouth kebabs are the very epitome of culinary bliss, especially when paired with a marvelous booze selection. Bartender whips up some delicious house cocktails that are inspired by Indian flavours and will complement your meal beautifully. Try a traditional non-alcoholic drink to bring out the flavours even more such as zeera aab or ambi ka panna or rose sharbat. Compile your first course with, hare mutter ki seekh, Baluchi chooza kebab, gucchi aur safed mushroom ki galouti, gosht chaanp tajdar, ajwaini paneer tikka, patrani macchli, subz gular kebab and raan sikandari. Get your curry fix with, kottu curry, boorani gosht, paneer nargisi kofta, kaari veruval, dal Baluchi, murgh alamgir and jhinga gol mirch.
We like the fact that each dish comes paired with a wine, in case you take your wines seriously. Try mopping up the curries with a Baluchi naan or varqi parantha or missi roti. A pot of fragrant biryani will not go amiss here. To bring your evening to its rightful end indulge in Baluchi’s rich dessert range. Polish off, gulab jamun, zafrani angoori rabdi, anjeer badam ka halwa, taaze kate falon ka nazrana, kesari kulfi and paan ki kulfi. Calorie watchers can tuck guilt-free into a sugar free rasmalai. The simple bar-doorway entrance to Baluchi flows into a spacious old-fashioned looking dining room, decked up with wooden furniture covered in pale red upholstery. The subtle understated elegance of the interiors calms you and makes you feel quite at home. Baluchi is expensive, save it for special occasions.