We had dropped in at Kareem’s in Kolkata on 3rd August, 2018, a Friday night, for dinner. As soon as we entered the restaurant, we were greeted with a hearty smile. We requested for a table for 8 and were immediately guided to the first floor. It was not very crowded and, thus, we could get a table of our choice.
Coming to the experience, let me jot down the same for you.
The ambience was great. The decor might not have matched the cuisine offered but was definitely eye-catching. Kareem’s has a brightly lit place that every photo phanatic would love. The blue and green complementing the white fabric adorning the classy brown furniture was truly exotic. Rating: 4.5/5
Kareem’s does have a well-behaved staff who ensured that our dining experience was splendid. They were friendly, courteous, and humble. Rating: 4.5/5
Coming to the food, we ordered as follows:
a. Kareem’s Special Afghani Murgh:
The two plates contained 8 pieces of chicken in total. The chicken was tenderly cooked and the spicy salad was complementing the rich creamy taste of the chicken very well. The smoky flavour enhanced the dish even better. Rating: 5/5
b. Murgh Potli Kebab:
This too had 8 pieces in total considering 2 plates. The chicken pocket was made a little harder to keep the spicy chicken stuffing in place. The taste was decent with the stuffing being very spicy and somewhat dry. What should have been added is a sweet and creamy salad instead of the one they served to balance the spice and texture. Rating: 3.5/5
c. Kareem’s Special Raan Biryani:
The biryani was simply huge and more than enough for the 8 of us after consuming the wholesome starters. The mutton was excellently cooked. It was soft and rich in flavours. The Biryani was served with mutton that tasted quite like Laal Maas, seekh kebab, and two eggs. The raita lovers would love the flavourful raita served alongside. The dish was flavourful and would have been great if the rice was finer. Rating: 4/5
d. Malai Phirni:
Upon the request of the manager in charge of our table, we tried the Malai Phirni. It was creamy and perfectly balanced with nuts complementing the smooth texture. We loved it and were compelled to take another one to tingle our taste buds. We are grateful to the manager for his valuable suggestion. Rating: 5/5
Overall, we had a great experience at a pocket pinch of INR 4500. We would surely come back to Kareem’s to try out more delicacies.
Shreya Dutta is the Founder & Creative Head of StarWords India and the author of “Dance in the Rain”. She is an engineer by qualification and a writer by passion. Years ago, when little girls were jotting down their bucket list, Shreya was lost in her dreamland in which she was immortal. Dutta had started off writing at an early age because she believed that writing not only helped her to voice her opinion but also led her closer to immortality. With every write-up that gets published, Shreya believes that she gets embedded in the pages of history to inspire the youngsters who dream likewise. Writing is not just her passion; it is her way of taking the road less travelled.