Avanti Palace Kuwait
As we were looking out for new places as part of our culinary adventure, we heard about a biriyani festival at the Avanti Palace (Salmiya) and it had been quite some time since we went out for biriyani. We had never been there before and what a better time than now to try it out we thought. It’s not difficult to locate and with its large green board you really cant miss it. Moreover they also had the biriyani festival banner outside.
As we walked into the warm reception area we were greeted with some soft Indian music and a friendly host who guided us to our seat. I have to add that the restaurant staff were extremely polite and warm. Though there was nothing particularly Indian about the design and decor, the restaurant was neat and extremely spacious. We had already kind of decided to order the Mutton Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani (Kd 2.750), but to get a taste of other foods served at the restaurant, we also ordered our favorite Chicken Tikka Masala (Kd 2.800) along with Butter and Plain Naan. We generally order familiar dishes as a benchmark to evaluate a restaurant ;). On hearing of a ‘Biriyani festival’ we really expected different kinds of special biriyanis, but unfortunately, they only had the Mutton and Chicken Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani. For the festival they use fresh Indian Mutton as opposed to Frozen Australian (that was what was told).
Keeping with the usual tradition in the Indian restaurants, they served Papad along with a Mint and Yogurt Dip. We also had a Lime mint drink that was refreshing and perfect for the heat. The mint was not too strong and the balance of the lime/mint was good. They served the food in about 15 mins. The Chicken Tikka masala was quite good. The gravy was thick and delicious, though I preferred the Chicken pieces to have a bit more of a tandoori flavor and a little more spice. They were really generous with the butter on the Naan, but we really wouldn’t say it was the best Naan we’ve had. The Hyderabadi Dum Biryani is cooked in dum (under pressure) and over slow heat which allows the flavors to blend in really well. As we removed the bread that covered the Dum Biriyani, the smell was simply alluring. The rice was spiced and garnished well. It was full of flavor and perfectly cooked. The mutton was ‘fall off the bone’ soft, juicy and tender. There were generous pieces of mutton in the biriyani and the portions was more than enough for two. Well I guess this justifies the price ! :).The biriyani was served with a tasty mutton gravy and raitha. The veg pickle and savory onions was a nice addition to the meal. For dessert the menu did not have many authentic Indian dessert options. We had the Gulab Jamun which was soft and had a pleasant ghee flavor. The Gulab Jamun was delicious and I can only remember one other place in Kuwait that serves one this good 🙂 . Our total Bill was Kd 6.450.
Ratings – Ambiance – 7/10, Service -9/10, Menu – 7/10, Food – 8/10, Consistency – 8/10, Value for Money – 8/10
Overall – Wish they had more varieties of Biriyani for the festival. The atmosphere exuberates hospitality and this was one of the few place where the service was 9/10. We really hope to try out other dishes on their menu in the future.
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