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    An exotic and global festival where the kebab really is king

    Fancy some Egyptian falafel? Or perhaps the traditional Iranian samak kebab? Hop over to The Great Kabab Factory for their Kababs of the World Festival.

    With a new menu every day, chef Vakil Ahmed has made an effort to not only showcase a variety of exotic kebabs but also ensure the vegetarians aren’t left out. We began with fattoush, hummus, beetroot tzatski and tangy baba ganoush — a great beginning!

    Grilled delights
    Galauti kebab was fantastic and simply melted in the mouth while the piri piri chicken from South Africa was also a great hit. Falafel, samak harra – grilled chilli fish, kibbeh (ground lamb similar to a spiced up croquette), all were very well appreciated. What we particularly liked was that the style of cooking and marination allowed the meat and vegetables to stand out with no overlapping flavours.

    We also recommend the laymum dajaj, an Arabic lemon-flavoured chicken with saffron. Vegetarians must sample the khumb achari which was pickled mushrooms — a favourite in Lahore. Jaitoon aur sanobar ki subz seekh was an innovative change that came in the form of vegetable sheekh mixed with olive and pine nuts. Paneer tikka, doner kebabs, grilled potatoes and other delicacies are also featured. The masala chaas serves as a nice palate cleanser.

    Main show
    Make sure to leave room for the chicken, mutton or vegetable pulao made in typical Awadhi style, replete with dried fruits, garam masala and spices like cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. All made better with their famous Dal Factory — a version of dal makhani and melt-in-the mouth lamb kofta curry which has a yoghurt and cashew nut gravy. Those with a sweet tooth, must try the sinful phirni, halwa, Ossmallieh (baked vermicelli with cream cheese), shahi tukda or kulfi, all depending on the menu of the day.

    Rs. 500 upwards. At Mantri Square Mall, Malleshwaram. Details: 22667360

    — Aakanksha Devi

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