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    Charcoal Kitchen on ECR offers unusuals, from joojeh kebab to fatayer

    You can’t miss Charcoal Kitchen on East Coast Road as it is located next to the popular Malaysian address, New Town. Enter this few-weeks-old multi-cuisine restaurant and you see a huge Buddha statue which, manager Sajith Kumar, reveals, is imported and made from a single tree’s root. Started by Kamal Babbar of Bay View Hotels and Restaurants, this property has 22 rooms—divided into single, double, club suites and global rooms.

    RGRILL19The current menu offers a variety, from murg lababdar to burgers. With black bean mushroom, tempura prawns and Andhra chilli chicken, their starters are promising. Their tempura lotus stem and spinach fatayer (Arabian samosa) is fast moving. Though we are keen to sample joojeh kebab, the Iranian national dish—succulent chicken marinated with butter, cheese and saffron—what impresses us is their tandoori broccoli (marinated with cheese, cashew  and cream). Then we try the minestrone soup, an Italian delicacy that reminds my companion of home-made tomato soup.RGRILL4

    While their mains include Oriental fish, BBQ chicken, baked lasagna, vegetable makhanwala and kai kari khorma, we choose their mixed green mushroom, which is pleasantly aromatic. Their penne pasta in creamy white sauce with crisp veggies is just as addictive. The perfect end to the meal is their decadent chocolate brownie and butterscotch ice cream. While their grill station is in place with popular offerings like paneer, chicken, mushrooms and potatoes, Kumar shares, “We are also working on a coffee shop that will be open in a few months. We are waiting for our liquor license to open the bar on the first floor.’’

    A meal for two costs over Rs.1,000. Rooms cost from Rs.3,500 onwards. Details: 9789000396

    — Mrinalini Sundar

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