Bangalore-based chain, Rahhams Families, brings its popular biryani and kebabs to town
Eighteen years in the business, six outlets and one city. Thata��s been the calling card of Rahhams Families, one of Bangalorea��s favourite destinations for biryanis and kebabs. So when we heard that theya��d finally stepped into our neck of the woods, we wasted no time finding a table. Gutsily setting up shop opposite a popular local biryani joint in Anna Nagar, the week-old restaurant is packed on its second day of opening.
a�?So far ita��s mostly been word-of-mouth and the turn out has been great,a�? says Muddasir Abdul Rashid, who has taken over the reins of the a�?empirea�� from his father, Abdul Rashid. a�?My father started his first outlet in our garage and served biryanis that were made using the family recipe, with spices mixed by my mother and grandmother, a tradition we still follow today,a�? he adds.
Their 22-page menu features tandoori, Chinese, Mughlai, South Indian and Arabic dishes, and we are first served a kheer to sweeten the palate, before a plate of tender and perfectly-spiced mutton chops arrive. Plates of pahadi kebab and chicken sholay follow. We polish off the former in minutes, but the latter is a tad too spicy for our taste. Buttery naans and a chicken dilruba (simmered in a cashew gravy) calm the tongue before their signature mutton biryani arrives. Delicately spiced, with mutton from Bangalore (a�?the meata��s softer,a�? says chef Abdul Latheef), ita��s delicious, save for the generous helping of ghee.
But not everyonea��s meals seem to be going down so well. A few complaints of undercooked meat and sloppy service crop up, but Rashid assures us ita��s just teething trouble. a�?Once we iron out the issues and guage the response, we plan to open more outlets in the city,a�? the 32-year-old tells us, adding that an outlet in Dubai is also in the offing.
Meal for two at approximately Rs.700. Details: 26268700
a��Surya Praphulla Kumar