Khyber Indian Restaurant Kuwait – Review
When it comes to small busy restaurants that has been in the tradition of catering to our voracious appetites, I’m always a believer! Even though some may have been disappointing at times. My friend who mesmerized me about this place is now 47, he remembers dining here at the age of 7 🙂 In his words, ‘we are going to dine at a place that’s part of Kuwait’s gastronomic history’.
This is certainly not a place you come for a gourmet fare, but the flavors here are authentic and gladly they have not toned down the spice to cater to the locals. Located in Kuwait city, the same place where they have been for decades, this is really not hard to find though having its entrance on the by-road. As you enter the place, the aroma of meat baked in tandoor fills the air and this is alluring. For families they have cabins on the rear end of the restaurant. The service was fast and the menu simple. Let me reiterate that this is not a place where you want to take your ‘date’. The place is is quite dingy but clean. No frills, no theme in the decor, it’s all food!
With no second thoughts we unanimously agreed to the Khyber Chicken Tikka (Kd 0.850 per piece). This is what we came for and we went ‘all out’. We also ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala (Kd 1.500), Seekh Kabab (Kd 1.750), Dal Makhani (Kd 1.250), Po0ri (Kd 0.200) and a Sweet Lassi (Kd 0.600).
The Chicken Tikka is to the Indian, what a Burger is to the American. It finds it’s spot in the top 10 Indian comfort foods and if you’ve never had this, add it to your ‘bucket list’ The Khyber Chicken Tikka can be termed as the Aishwarya Rai of chicken tikka’s in Kuwait. Oh ok, now that may be a bit exaggerated, but I’m sure you get the point. More than being spicy, it was flavor intense. The toasted cumin, ginger, garlic, garam masala, deggi mirch and every other ingredient seamlessly blends together to make this dish amazingly delicious. The outside was crisp and charred but the inside was juicy and yummy. Make sure you squeeze some lime over the chiken and the rest is ecstatic. Every bite was elating.
The Poori’s though fried in oil was not as oily compared to Chicken Tikka Restaurant. The Chicken Tikka Masala however did not hit the mark. The gravy was delicious, but the individual chicken pieces lacked that distinct tandoor grilled smokey flavor. The Seekh kabab had good flavor, but we have had more juicy, melt in mouth one’s. The Dal Makhani was good. The Sweet Lassi is the perfect accompaniment to the spicy tikka. It cools the tongue and helped us settle back on earth 😀 Total bill for 6 satisfied people was Kd 18.600.
This is a simple man’s family restaurant that has through the years focused all it’s energy on maintaining the quality and consistency of it’s food, that it has sidelined the interiors to keep the price point affordable.
Ratings – Ambiance – 5/10, Service -7/10, Menu – 6/10, Food – 8/10, Consistency – 7/10, Value for Money – 8/10
Overall – Enjoy a hearty budget meal with your loved ones as the culinary feat transports you to the distinct flavors of India.
Phone – 22454255, 66252814, 94912178, 94063610
Location – Ground floor, 7 Fahad Al-Salem Street, Kuwait City