Looking for some amazing Arabian and Lebanese cuisine? Well Majlis is the place to try.
The menu at Majlis is curated by none other than the legendary Chef Imtiaz Qureshi, a Padmabhushan winner.
Chef Imtiaz has created a harmonious menu with both Arabian and Indian dishes. Majlis is also famous for its Sheesha/Hookah serving, as it is popular with the Arabian theme.
Majlis is located on the 5th floor opposite to Shobha Central, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar. The closest landmark is Jal Vayu Vihar signal. As always the location on Zomato is accurate.
Majlis has spacious, comfortable, unpretentious rooftop set up. There are portraits of Imtiaz Qureshi with the current President and Prime Minister adorning the white wall as soon as you enter. The dining space is dotted by bare tables and chairs that have an aged look.
The entire floor has an Arabian theme. The wooden decor, the large sofa seating, the pictures, all of them give a Middle Eastern feel. I happened to go here in the evening and with the cool Bangalore breeze setting in, it was just the perfect evening. The corner seats are the best. They give you this laid back feel, so choose to be seated in corner.
Here is what we had.
Veg starters & main course
- Dahi ke kebab
- Veg Meze Platter
- Dal Qureshi
- Veg Biryani
NON Veg starters & main course
- Mutton Sheek Kebab
- Mastani chicken with khabush
- Mahi Afghni
- Chichen Shawarma Roll
- Dhaniya Murgh
- Zar-e-Bariyan Biryani
- Malai phirni
Dahi ke kebab:
Rich,richer or richest. I am searching for the right adjective to describe how creamy and soft was this Dahi ke Kebab. Hung curd is the main ingredient of these kebabs which gives it a very unique texture. A mild crunch with soft and creamy centre, which makes the Dahi ke Kabab very different from regular kebabs.
Veg Meze Platter:
When you visit Majlis, the Mezzeh Platter must be on your list to try. The Platter is an assortment of Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Montabel, Fattoush and Tabbouleh along with Bread. In case you have no idea what these items are, here is a small description of each to make it easier for you.
Baba Ganoush : is a rich creamy dish of smoked eggplant mixed with tahina, olive oil and various seasonings.
Fattoush : This is a popular salad in Lebanon, which is mix of herbs, cucumber, tomatoes and pita. It is juicy, crunchy and flavoured with sumac.
Tabbouleh : One of the few vegetarian dishes that you find on all Lebanese menus, Tabbouleh is made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur, onion and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.
Mutton Sheek Kebab :
A delightful non vegetarian starter which my friends loved. Personally I do not eat mutton and so I did not taste the Mutton Sheek Kebab.
Mastani chicken with khabush
Yet another non vegetarian starter. The chicken was tender, marinated with the right amount of spices and cooked well.
How is it possible to order non vegetarian starters and not order fish?
The Mahi Afghan is a pan fried filet of Mahi which is well marinated in spices and freshly squeezed lemon. This was very tasty and I wanted to order a second round. However I knew that we had to try a lot of main course dishes so decided against the second plate. This is definitely one of my recommended dishes from this place.
Chicken Shawarma Roll:
Shawarma is a basically a wrap stuffed with meat that has been grilled on a spit fire. It is simple on-the-go meal filled with all the essential food ingredients. I tried this and found that it was very normal. Nothing special.
This is Chef’s special dish. The Dal Qureshi is a family recipe that has been perfected by Chef Qureshi over the years. The mixed dals are cooked overnight in butter and garlic which give it a distinctive taste. This looked amazing, and tasted great as well. Doesn’t the picture itself make it look tempting?
A gravy made of fine blended coriander leaves, mint leaves with yoghurt and a range of aromatic spices. The gravy has special flavours and leaves a memorable taste lingering on your palette. It was definitely finger-licking good.
The breads we tried include- Naan e bahummach, Waroi Paratha, & Laccha Parathas. All were served hot and made a great combination with both Dal Qureshi and Dhaniya Murgh.
If I had to choose between Dal Qureshi and Dhaniya Murgh, it would definitely be Dal Qureshi. This is highly recommended by me.
Veg Biryani & Zar-e-Bariyan Biryani:
First of all I want to mention that I like how this was served. The cutlery had earthy looking and was rustic.
The Vegetable Biryani was excellent. I loved it and think it is a great option for non-meat eaters.
The Zar-e-Bariyan Biryani just filled up our senses from the minute the lid came off the pot. The fragrance of long grains basmati rice cooked with saffron was just irresistible. The addition of ghee makes this a very tasty dish.
Umm Ali :
Interestingly this an Egyptian Dessert. This can be compared to bread pudding made in America. Personally this isn’t my favourite. I found it was just average.
Malai Phirni :
A pudding type of dessert made out of rice and milk with malai added to it, this was jam packed with flavours. This is topped with shreds of almonds and pistas which add a crispy bite to the dish and elevate the experience.
Majlis is a great place to visit on a summer evening and enjoy the natural breeze of the rooftop ambience. Light up a hookah, munch on some starters and bring a middle eastern feel to your long summer days. I highly recommend going with family and friends to have a great time.
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