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Updated: December 5, 2012 21:40 IST

A simple, sumptuous meal

JAYDEV NAIR
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Easy on the pocket: Lunch at Moghul Darbar in Tilaknagar will give you an excuse to skip tea, snacks, and perhaps even dinner for just Rs. 200 or less. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K
Easy on the pocket: Lunch at Moghul Darbar in Tilaknagar will give you an excuse to skip tea, snacks, and perhaps even dinner for just Rs. 200 or less. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K

Moghul Durbar’s rich food will leave you in a satisfying stupor

Whoever set the universal benchmark for biryanis certainly knew his onions. That genius set such a rigorous standard that it is hard for us laymen to pinpoint the salient differences in the variations on offer today.

So we pick on other factors such as price, ambience and service to make our decision. This was my thinking when I set off for Tilaknagar.

There I was standing outside Moghul Darbar, a name that evoked memories of history lessons long gone (and forgotten). An invisible hand drew me into its interiors, spread out over two floors.

On the ground floor is the rather large kitchen, a hive of activity with all the ambient noises proclaiming this, while upstairs is the family hall for those who need some peace. The first thing that came to mind while I scanned the menu was that I needn’t rush to the ATM before ordering. The Moghul Darbar, despite the quality of its food, is a rather inexpensive place that you could go to for lunch every day, if you happen to work nearby. On offer is spiced north Indian cuisine, at its simplest and best.

The seekh kebabs and the broast chicken are recommended as starters. Then move on to mutton biryani or the traditional pepper chicken and naan. Or better still, cut to the meat of the matter by ordering a grilled chicken for Rs. 190, whole, if you dare.

The good thing about the eatery is the quality of food. It is rich and wholesome, leaving you in a satisfying stupor after the meal.

As for the kebabs, you can’t stop at just one. The broast chicken at Rs. 95 a plate is the eateries dish of the moment and well worth a try. In short, a Moghul Darbar lunch will give you an excuse to skip tea, snacks, and perhaps even dinner for just Rs. 200 or less.

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