Food Bytes: Mumbai’s Four Best Kept Kebab Secrets

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Kakori Kabab
Seekh Kabab
Seekh Kabab

There are some foods that simply can’t be ignored when the pitter patter of rain drops assault everything in sight. Culinary marriages made in gastronomic heaven that can never live without each other. And while I concede that hot bhajias with chai on a rainy day is the perfect combination to beat the blues away, the same can also be said about the meat equivalent of the desi fritter also known as the kabab or kebab. But don’t forget to replace the chai with something more potent like Old Monk with cola. 

Now, I’m sure we all have our own favourite kabab place… I know I do! But this week’s column is going to celebrate a few places that even I didn’t know about until a few weeks ago, when a friend took me on a kabab trail to unearth these four fabulous carnivorous wonderlands!

Kakori Kabab
Kakori Kabab

Kakori House
What? Serving up a range of sizzling hot kababs that span a spectrum of yumminess, like galawati kababs, seekhs, fish tikkas, shammi kababs, Kakori House’s new Mahim branch may be small in size, but big on offerings.
Best For? Undoubtedly, it would have to be the eponymous Kakori Kababs (Rs 280 for three pieces) that come up trumps here that literally melt in your mouth with their soft, velvety feel and mind-blowing taste.
How Much? Rs 650 for two, for a king’s (or queen’s) feast of an assortment of kababs.
Where? Shiv Sagar Society, opposite Paradise Cinema, Lady Jamshedjee Road, Mahim. Call, 022 65229211

Israel Harrington (in black) and Karl Kothavala (holding the kabab pocket) at Universal Kabab Kona's food cart 2 (pic Raul Dias)
Israel Harrington (in black) and Karl Kothavala (holding the kabab pocket) at Universal Kabab Kona’s food cart 2 (pic Raul Dias)

Universal Kabab Kona (UKK)
What? A food cart that is parked in a quite lane near Bhatia Hospital in Tardeo, UKK has been dishing out awesome cheese-slathered kabab pockets since last October. Run by two friends Israel Harrington and Karl Kothavala, UKK has a menu with kabab pockets, kabab platters, kabab rolls and apple pie to sweeten it off with. Make sure to get there as soon as they open which is every day at 7pm as they are often sold put by 9pm!
Best For? I loved the cross dresser kabab pocket that had two chicken kababs, two mutton kababs ensconced in a Boursin-like cheese (made in-house) slathered pocket along with caramelized onions and a friend egg, all for Rs 140
How Much? Rs 600 for two is enough for a couple of kabab pockets along with a mixed kabab platter.
Where? Outside Wallace Apartments, Slater Road, Tardeo. Call, 9167698797

Sarvi
Sarvi

Sarvi
What? Sarvi is the kind of place to go to and order straight out of your car’s window some of the juiciest kababs and tikkas that are flavourful, cheap and very, very more-ish. Famous for its kheema pav, paya soup and above all its kababs, Sarvi invites you to “put a shammi kabab in their maska pav and you’ll know what paradise probably tastes like…”
Best For? Their legendary soft beef seekh kababs (Rs 75 for four pieces) that are served with supporting acts aka the mint leaves and onion rings.
How Much? Rs 300 for two will take you a very long way here!
Where? 184/196, Dimtimkar Road, Opposite Nagpada Police Station, Byculla. Call, 9820142967

Tandoori Tangdi Kabab
Tandoori Tangdi Kabab

Kebab Corner
What? Preferring to go with the Western way of spelling the good old kabab, Kebab Corner may be way out in Mahakali in the western suburbs. But trust me, the trudge there will be worth your efforts. From tandoori tangdi kababs to murg reshmi and fish tikkas, the menu of kababs here consists of either chicken or fish varieties with a token mutton one (mutton seekh) thrown in, but that never seems an issue as the kababs are so darn good.
Best For? The murg kali miri kabab (Rs 155 a plate) is redolent of the nose-tickling pepper corn that gives it a nice hit.
How Much? Rs 500 for two quite large appetites placated with a range of kababs…or should I say ‘kebabs’?
Where? 12, New Malini Apartments, Mahakali Caves Road, Near Canossa Convent School, Mahakali. Call, 022 28204777, 28214777

Tell us which is your favourite kabab place!

Pics courtesy burrp.in.com, 2.bp.blogspot.com, finelychopped.net, cukzy.com, indiayum.com and Raul Dias

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.