- What: Kulcha King
- Where: Cluster O, Jumeirah Lake Towers
- Why: Preview the Baisakhi Thali
- When: 13 th and 14th April
- How much: AED 32 for the thali. Average cost approx. 110 AED for 2 persons
You might be pretty surprised that I am finally doing a restaurant review on my blog. When Kulcha King invited over I simply couldn’t resist going over as we are pretty regular customers to kulcha king at their shk zayed road branch. My kids simply enjoy the hot kulchas out there. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I say that my chicken paratha n mutton paratha were inspired by their kulchas. So it was but natural that even though I am not so big on reviews and prefer to enjoy my food with family than critiquing and photographing it at restaurants, I would still accept the invite and post my experience on my dear blog. Please be rest assured that I will never post a review of any restaurant that I haven’t dined with them previously.
Kulcha King is a traditional Punjabi restaurant that you can enjoy with your family. As we have been there a lot of times to the other branch, I had a pretty good idea about what to expect about the food but no clue about the service provided. It was located nestled in the JLT Cluster O and the ambiance was pretty nice. A half truck without petrol (as my son described it) greeted us at the entrance along with the chat section. The walls were decorated with traditional punjabi items like the kites, joda, dholak etc.
We were pleasantly greeted by Mr.Sudeep who would be our wonderful host for the afternoon. After being seated we were served the papad and Jal jeera, Pudina drink, which was made with pudina leaves with lil bit sweet n sour taste and a Mango lassi which was very heavy.
While me and my hubby dearest enjoyed the pudina drink and jal jeera respectively, the kids enjoyed the mango lassi thoroughly.
It was followed by Dahi batata puri which was just the right taste.
For starters, the Chicken tikka (as my youngest daughter ordered and enjoyed), Mushroom cheese stuffed tikka and aloo angara was served.
As we are not a mushroom eating family, I have no comments to give on that. But the star of the meal was the aloo angara. Potatoes filled with veggies that included the paneer, green beans, cashewnuts, carrot and baked in clay oven was simply awesome. The outer layer was so crusty and the veggies and the potatoes so soft with perfect spices, this starter definitely was a hit with everyone. If you happen to go to Kulcha King, do not forget to order the Aloo Angara.
We were already too full and didn’t have any space left when the Baisakhi Thali was served. Available on the 13th and 14th for 32 AED, you should definitely try this out. The menu included the following items.
The sarson da saag and the paneer lababdar were truly mouth watering. I must say the vegetable biryani color didn’t look that much appealing to me but when I did try, the taste was awesome. The dal makhani was pretty much good too. (not pictured here, but served with other thali). You will definitely not be disappointed with this thali if you are looking for an authentic punjabi meal.
And, yes, did I forget the 13 variety of pickles that were served along with the thali. I was totally fixated on them, and the sweet mango chutney reminded me of childhood when we would make them when the mangoes were in season.
For the desserts, badam kheer was just how I would make at home. Just the right consistency with right amount of texture to it.
Kiddo wanted the gulab jamun and it vanished before long.
With hubby loving the badam kheer, my favorite was the moong dal halwa, which was served warm, loaded with richness.
But unfortunately, I was too full to be able to finish it off. It was totally flavorful and rich with texture and taste. I am so ordering the aloo angara and the moong dal halwa on my next visit there.
On a side note, I loved the glasses that were served on, I am going prop hunting for these glasses next.