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Hidden among shops, on a busy road, one can actually miss this restaurant, unless you are looking for it. Popular as a home-delivery place, it offers seating in the basement where one goes down precariously from a narrow staircase. The ambience is staid and the seating somewhat stifling. The menu is exhaustive with dishes from Indian and Chinese cuisine with a clear emphasis on North Indian and Mughlai food. The staff is helpful and polite. The Avadhi tunda kabab did not live up to its name and was crumbly, but the Irani style chicken more than made up with its luscious flavours. The chicken bhuna was robust and flavourful. The Avadh chicken biryani is worth a try too. For vegetarians, Rajasthani bhindi and Kashmiri dum aloo are a good bet. The portions are hearty and the prices pocket-friendly. For lovers of Chinese cuisine, there are options galore, albeit with artificial flavours and additives.
Pocket-friendly restaurants in Mumbai are lesser than you think. Not many eateries claim to give the diners a lavish yet affordable menu so when you do find a good pocket-friendly restaurant, hold on to it. Amongst the handful of decent budget-friendly restaurants in Mumbai, ‘Kook’ stands a little bit apart due to many reasons. The restaurant is a value for money place where you can enjoy a wonderful multi-cuisine menu without burning a hole in your pocket. Kook is specially sought after by families and office goers who want to have a decent meal within budget. To look for Kook one has to search closely. It’s located at Swami Jayramadas Shopping Centre in Chembur East, a busy vicinity where you can miss the spot entirely if you are not looking for it.
Dining at Kook is a delightful experience that you want to repeat again and again. Here you are offered a vast multi-cuisine menu brimming with rich North Indian, Mughlai delicacies and several Chinese dishes as well. However, we suggest you stick to the Indian spread. It’s much more pleasing. There are even some great Jain versions on the menu worth checking out. No alcohol is served at Kook but they more than make up for it through refreshing mocktails. Live sports screening keep diners entertained. Open the menu through the appetizers like, tawa mutton chops, hot pepper prawns, zaffrani paneer tikka, chicken kalimiri kebab, multani mushroom and dakshini fish. For a more substantial bite move along to the mains, which can be savored with a basket of flatbreads or a helping of fragrant rice. Mop up curries like, palak stuffed paneer, Balti chicken, mutter methi malai, shikari mutton, pindi chole and dum ka murg.
Those short on time can instantly look into value meal section where ensconced are some fantastic combo meals. Pamper your sweet tooth with Kook’s scrumptious dessert spread. Pick up a spoon and dig into, oreo cheese cake, gulab jamun, blueberry cheese cake, chocolate mudpie brownie and oreo brownie. An extensive menu brimming with long-standing favorites makes up for the simplicity of the space. Their outdoor space flanked by perky yellow walls fits more into the casual dining bracket but if you want to tune up the ambience then better move indoors. Interiors are smartly designed by using otherwise small space and giving it a pleasing attractive sheen. Kook will do perfectly for a casual family gathering or even a fulfilling bite after work.