JLT is a galaxy for corporate, residence and of course restaurants. Every time there is something new to try here and monotony has no power. Its a cluster of many mid-range restaurants serving exceptional food and Indiana Delights is a hidden gem here.
Located in Cluster-Y, Indiana Delights serve North Indian and Indo-Chinese food that mostly hits everyone with nostalgia. INDIA-ChiNA probably became INDIANA, serving DELIGHTS, extracting concepts from Indian street food. Owners are from Mumbai and Delhi and I guess that explains why North Indian and Indo-Chinese became ID’s base.
I was here for lunch on a Friday afternoon and the restaurant was all set for their customers. I was welcomed by the owners and they are truly down to earth by nature. Their staff pay attention to details and are very professional. The ambiance is warm, bright and classy. I loved the design on their wall and it really looks royal. The plates on the tables too follow the royal trait.
As soon as we settled, we were served with complimentary papads, fresh mint chutney and watermelon shots; their welcome drink.
I loved the watermelon shot, it was refreshing, hydrating and very tasty. So were the papads and chutney, truly moreish and left me craving for it.
For appetizers, we were served the most delicious soup, my favorite Hot and Sour Soup with crispy noodles. This soup is a sure thing, one must try. Soup is comfort food for me and if its going to taste like this, I guess I can live on soups for the rest of my life.
The star of the day, Veg Chili Fried Momos, were served for starters. I admit this is the best starters I have had in my life. It was something I had not expected and I sincerely recommend this signature dish of Indiana Delights. Fried momos were tossed in their home made chili sauce and it comes in big portions sufficient for 3 foodies. Interestingly, the fried momos were stuffed with minced veggies and the collaboration of indo-chinese spices brought life to it.
The other starter we were provided was Hara bhara Seekh Kebabs. This is utterly Indian and full-flavored. I enjoyed how it melted in my mouth and went so well with the mint chutney. Seekh Kebabs came with fresh Indianized coleslaw it could taste so much better with hot kebabs.
Veg Dry Manchurian and Schezwan noodles were on our tables for Main Course. Manchurian was at its best; soft, succulent, tangy, perfectly made, and mouth-watering. It literally melted in my mouth and was a perfect choice with the noodles. Noodles was as good as a street food lover would prefer it, on a chilled evening at the beach side. I had been missing street food style taste here in UAE from a long time and it used to excite me every time I visited home. Now I found a place that serves noodles in street food style. Best thing for a foodie, isn’t it? Thanks to Indiana Delights, now I don’t need to wait for my annual vacation.
From the Indian Mains, we were served Dal Makhni with Jeera rice and Malai Kofta with butter naan and tandoori roti.
Dal Makhni had a creamy texture and was made to perfection with slow cook technique, infusing aroma and flavor of Indian spices. I love the combination of Jeera rice and Dal Makhni, for most of us this is comfort food.
Veg Kofta was excellent and this is another dish I recommend. Koftas were unmarred and full of flavors, went well with the fresh and piping hot soft rotis.
For Desserts, Hubby’s favorite Gajar Ka Halwa was on our table, tempting and splendid. Right amount of sweetness made it more delectable and the texture was flawless. Warm halwa with nuts here and there was a feast to taste buds.
Indiana Delights is one of those restaurants serving comfort food without pomp and show and that’s why I said this is a Hidden gem of JLT.