Aromas of the robust cuisine from the land of the five rivers beckon you at Mehak, the latest eatery in the city.
SIMPLY INDULGE: The restaurant promises good food at affordable prices.
DON'T GO to Mehak merely for a plate of Punjabi chicken and aloo parathas; however do go there for some great Punjabi chicken and yummy aloo parathas. Lajawab maybe the last word, but one certainly mutters it while coming out of this newest eatery in town. (Kodali Towers, Transport road, near Diamond Point, Secunderabad)
Purely Punjabi: dhaba style is how Mehak (barely 13 days old) has come to be known among its regular clients. Why not? After all, Sunny Singh - the owner has solid experience in running dhabas -- for those who remember - the famed `Amritsar da Dhaba' in Kompally was run by him!
"People who used to eat in `Amritsar da Dhaba' will not find much difference here because the cooks are the same. The only difference one can expect to find in Mehak is the modern ambience and contemporary décor," says Sunny. The menu is an expansive list, comprising about 170 items - each sounding as tantalising to the ear.
One can straightaway dive in for the `masala tawa' overlooking the soups (not very Punjabi - neither in looks nor in taste) and choose between Pepper chicken and Chilli chicken or Chicken roast and drum stick. Red-meat eaters can start off with Mutton fry, Mutton roast or Manchuria.
Among the other choice of starters, there is Chicken tikka masala and Mutton sheekh kebab, or Chicken kalmi and Reshmi kebab or Tangadi kebab. A nimbu paani or a lassi can be a good accompaniment. All starters are priced less than Rs. 60 for half-plate and Rs. 110 or less for a full fill.
In the main course, one can go in for a customised combination from the available list of - `Lazzat-e-Murgh', `Mutton-e-Bahaar', `Subjiyan', `Angeethi se' or `Tandoor se' or choose between the assorted combinations of Chicken biryani, mutton biryani and six pieces of Kebab (Rs. 130) or a Butter chicken and four Rotis or two Butter Naans and six pieces of Kebab (Rs. 100).
Veggies can take their pick from the usual stuff, Malai kofta, Paneer pasanda, Aloo Dum Kashmiri, Matar mushroom, Dal makhani and Veg. biryani or Veg/Jeera fired rice. Quite a few varieties of parathas are available here. Apart from the regulars, there is Butter roti, Lacha paratha, Keema naan, Pudina paratha, Kulcha and Paneer kulcha - each as yummier as the other.
The restaurant can seat about 25 people. "Because of lack of space, we are concentrating more on our takeaway counter and home deliveries," says the owner. Home delivery, however, is now done within two-kilometre radius of the restaurant. "We plan to increase our reach slowly," he adds. But looks like Mehak's aroma has already reached most connoisseurs of food in Secunderabad.
As for others, the restaurant (Tel No: 31009177) beckons them with its lajawab mehak.
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