Sharief Bhai, Koramangala – A Non-Vegetarian’s Paradise!

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Sharief Bhai serves good-quality authentic Muslim cuisine, which is not easy to find in Bangalore. This restaurant is an absolute delight for a non-vegetarian food lover. Strategically located at a prime location near Jyoti Nivas College in Koramangala, this place provides an excellent hospitality and altogether a great dining experience!

A couple, Mr. Nawaz Sharief and his wife Mrs. Falak Nawaz Sharief runs the restaurant. All off their recipes are authentic and prepared the way it’s done in Muslim families. This restaurant serves the most exclusive gastronomic delights, which is not found elsewhere. They have an open kitchen where all the magic happens, so you can see your food being cooked.

I visited this restaurant on a food-tasting invite along with other reviewers/bloggers and we were warmly greeted by the owners. They have a thorough understanding and knowledge about the food that they serve, and this is a big differentiator unlike many others! In fact, their good home recipes are being carried forward by this generation, and they are highly quality-focused. So, you get the original taste in the food, and of course they have some secrets to make it better and lighter on the stomach as well. 😊

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:

DRINK:

I started off with Apshoola, which is a drink made with lemon and cardamom. It helps in increasing the appetite. It’s basically a unique and aromatic lime water preparation. I loved the flavour, it’s different than what you get anywhere else.

SOUP:

In soups, I had Gosht Marag, which is an almond-flavoured Gosht soup. It had chunks of tender mutton and was full of the aroma and taste of almonds. I relished it fully.

PATTHAR KE PAKWAAN:

These are the delicacies cooked on stone. All food items are absolutely delectable in this section and a must-try when you’re there. I tried their Patthar Gosht, Gosht Shami Kebab, Gosht Kaali Mirchi Ki Sukki Phaal, Gosht Lal Mirchi ki Sukki Phaal, and Murg Kaali Mirchi Ki Sukki Phaal.

As the name suggests, Patthar Gosht is a mutton preparation, where pieces are cooked on a heated stone and flattened to perfection. But this is not all, the way it’s done is an art and that provides the authentic taste in mutton. Also, the meat they choose for all their mutton preparations is Lamb meat only so it’s tender and flavourful. The mutton pieces are cut selectively keeping in mind what tastes best for different types of delicacies.

Gosht Shami Kebab is a mutton preparation, in which boiled egg is stuffed inside.

Gosht Kaali Mirchi Ki Sukki Phaal and Gosht Lal Mirchi ki Sukki Phaal are basically same food items with the only difference being the choice of chilly, black pepper or red chilly. Phaal is a prepared by cutting the Lamb pieces from the rib section in a specific manner and then it’s pulled apart and cooked on the stone. These Phaals were new to me and I truly enjoyed both. It’s worth mentioning that they prepare their own spices and don’t buy from outside. Hence, you get a delightful taste and quality.

TAWE KE PAKWAAN:

These are shallow pan-fried delicacies. In non-vegetarian, I tried Gurda Kaleji Fry, Bheja Fry, Anjal Tawa Fry, and Prawns Tawa Fry. In Veg, I had Mushroom Lal Mirch and Paneer Kali Mirch.

Gurda Kaleji Fry is basically the kidney and liver of a Lamb, which are fried on a Tawa. I’m not a big fan of Gurda and Kaleji, still I loved this preparation at Sharief Bhai. It was way different and much better than the ones I tried elsewhere.

Bheja Fry or Brain Fry is a popular Muslim preparation. I have had this before a couple of times. It was absolutely delicious! The tiny pieces of brain melts in mouth in no time. Perfectly spiced with curry leaves, this one is my favourite!

Anjal Tawa Fry is a fried Seer fish preparation. It had the aroma and taste of a fried fish.

Prawns Tawa Fry is again good in taste and quality.

Although, there isn’t much for vegetarians here, but they do have limited but good options for vegetarian friends. Mushroom Lal Mirch and Paneer Kaali Mirch are definitely saviours for Veg lovers at this place. Both the veg food items tasted like the way they are supposed to.

BHUNE PAKWAAN:

These are the grilled food items. I tried Murg Tangdi Kebab and it was lip-smacking. The leg piece of chicken lwas grilled to perfection with the right spices and flavours. A splendid preparation, which tasted very well.

TALAN PAKWAAN:

These are the deep-fried items. I tried Chicken Kebab and it was delicious. Although, deep-fried but it was easy on the stomach.

AHEM KHANA:

These are the main course food items. I tried their Nalli Nahari, Cutt Kofte Ande, and Gosht Hare Masale ki Phaal. We also had Laccha Paratha, which was very soft and Kushka as accompaniments.

Nalli Nihari is mildly-spiced, a bit different than others and can be customized to taste. Cutt Kofte Ande is a scrumptious preparation made with boiled eggs and Kofte in a mouth-watering gravy. I enjoyed it the most.

Chicken Hare Masale ki Phaal was also good. All the gravy items were delicious and with Laccha Paratha and Kushka, it was a perfect combination.

DEGH-KE-PAKWAAN:

These are the rice items, which are made in a Deg (cooking pot). I enjoyed their Har-dil-Azeez Gosht Biryani and Murg Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.

Har-dil-Azeez Gosht Biryani is mutton biryani prepared with jeera samba rice. It was amazing! The biryani had the perfect aroma and flavours and the mutton pieces were succulent. This is a must-try item at this restaurant.

Murg Hyderabadi Dum Biryani is prepared with long grain Basmati rice and chicken. It was good in taste and quality.

MITTHAY:

This category is for the sweet items, the desserts. I tried Muzzafar and Matka Phirni. Both the desserts were yummy! I liked the flavour of Muzzafar, which is similar to Phirni. It’s probably the best dessert I had in the recent past and a perfect choice to end your dinner on a sweet note.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:

Ambience is fine at this restaurant, they have a decent space to accommodate large families. Nice décor and an open kitchen, and it clearly shows their intent and passion.

The service is absolutely incredible. The owners welcomed and sat with us to explain all the items in their menu and how it is prepared. They were not hesitant in answering to queries and gave a detailed insight about the Muslim cuisine. Great hospitality, I must say. It’s not that they were so good only to us but to anyone who visits the restaurant.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/h52zx3Q5ucJ2

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

12 Noon to 1:00 AM, open all days

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/sharief-bhai-1-koramangala-5th-block/info

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Awadhi Food at The Moghul’s, HSR Layout

The Moghul’s restaurant is located at a prime area of HSR. One fine evening, I was passing through the road when I saw this restaurant, which claims to serve the Awadhi cuisine of the North Indian city of Lucknow. I hail from Allahabad city, which is near Lucknow, and Awadhi food is very popular in that region. So, I am an Awadhi food lover and I hardly find good places in Bangalore for this cuisine. So, I stopped by and decided to have an early dinner here.

ORDER, FOOD, AND QUALITY:
In starters, we ordered Galawati Kabab and for main course, Lucknowi murg masala, ulte tawe ka paratha, Lucknowi dum murg biryani and lime soda.
The waiting time here is terrible and spoiled our mood completely. It was just about 7:30 PM with hardly many customers in the restaurant still it took them more than half an hour to serve just the Lucknowi chicken dum biryani.
We had ordered only one item at a time and the first order was biryani. At one point, we decided to move on as it was a waste of time for us, but the staff asked us to wait as the order was getting ready.
Anyways, after a long wait when the biryani came, it really missed the essential flavour and aroma of Awadhi biryani. I know that an Awadhi biryani is light and less spicy, but it doesn’t lack the necessary flavours and aroma. I have had Awadhi biryani so many times since my childhood at my hometown in UP. But this one was more of a pulav than an Awadhi biryani. If you consume it considering it as a pulav then it was light and edible. No complaints there.


Our next order was Lucknowi murg masala and ulte tawe ka paratha. This order came in just about 5-10 minutes, which was good.
Lucknowi murg masala again disappointed me and it had an overdose of coriander seeds in its flavour. It was just average in taste, not too bad but definitely nothing special. But, it was a good change from the regular chicken gravy that we get in North Indian restaurants of Bangalore.
Ulte tawe ka paratha was too good! It was authentic, delicious, and melted in mouth! I’ve never had such delectable ulte tawe ka paratha before.


Our next order was Galawati Kabab and lime soda. Galawati kabab was delicious! It was cooked to perfection! It was tender and melted in mouth, which is an essential characteristic of this Awadhi dish. I enjoyed it and it resembled closely in taste to the authentic one from Lucknow. In Bangalore, this is perhaps one of the best you can have.
Lime soda was as usual in taste.


Overall, it’s a good place to try the authentic Galawati kabab with ulte tawe ka paratha.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
The ambience at this restaurant is although airy and open, which connects you to the surroundings and nature however, it also makes it difficult to dine when it’s cold outside.
There were some insects because of the open dining area and garden. A suggestion is to make the dining area covered with transparent glasses so that the connection to greenery and nature remains intact, while it will prevent the insects and cold air from outside.
Service was too slow for the quality of food served.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/ESBvRcxiZ7K2

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11 PM, closed on Tuesdays

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/the-moghuls-hsr

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Donne Biryani at Halli Jonne Biryani, Jayanagar

Donne biryani is a variation of biryani that belongs to the authentic Nati cuisine of Bangalore/Karnataka. Having Donne biryani at Halli Jonne Biryani is a delight for taste buds! I visited this restaurant as a part of my biryani expedition in Bangalore. Now, some people must be wondering like I did as what Jonne biryani mean and how is it different from Donne biryani as I recently came across this name Jonne biryani. The owner told me that both are the same and the difference is only in the way some people pronounce it. Also, he told that Jonne is an older version for the name Donne, which I couldn’t verify myself.

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:
I ordered a mutton biryani and chicken fry. The mutton biryani was served with raita and gravy.


Mutton biryani was delicious and flavourful. It was a bit milder/less spicy than some other popular joints, which is easier on the tongue and suits my taste. But, the aroma of biryani spices and fragrance of rice was mouth-watering. 🙂
The mutton pieces were tasty but chewy and slightly undercooked. They should’ve cooked them for some more time. 😦 The raita and gravy were good and tasted great along with biryani. Biryani portion is good for one person with medium appetite and someone with big appetite might feel that it’s less.

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Chicken fry was awesome! The chicken was cooked to perfection and served as a gravy dish. The aroma and taste of Nati spices were delectable. It was a great combination with mutton biryani. Overall, this place offered an above average biryani experience at the centre of Jayanagar.

SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
It’s a self-service restaurant so there is no service at all. Ambience is very basic and had nothing special but it’s not a place for ambience. It’s a place for good food.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/FRBu5ALvr372

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, closed on Mondays

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/halli-jonne-biriyani-jayanagar

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Donne Biryani at Shivaji Military Hotel, Jayanagar

Superb Donne biryani! Amazing taste and flavourful!
This is an old and famous military hotel in Bangalore that serves a variety of Non-Vegetarian food. Their Donne biryani is considered to one of the best Donne biryani in Bangalore. Donne biryani is a variation of biryani that belongs to the authentic Nati cuisine of Bangalore/Karnataka.
I heard a lot about Shivaji Military Hotel and finally decided to visit this place and try their much-hyped biryani. This place is located very near to Banshankari bus stand, so the location is good and easy to find. Usually, I’ve read that this place has a lot of waiting time but as I went before 1:30 PM, I didn’t have to wait and immediately got the seat.


I have had Donne biryani at some other restaurants earlier and didn’t like it much because of the bland taste and missing flavours. So, this time speculations were high about the taste because of the hype but the expectation was still low because of the past experience with Donne biryani elsewhere. I am glad that their biryani lived up to its name and we had an amazing biryani feast!
I could’ve rated as this place as 4 or 4.5 because it doesn’t have a very good ambience, interiors, or decor but this is not a place for all these things, it’s not a fine dine or a high-end restaurant, instead it’s a place to go only for great food, that’s all it offers. Anything under 5/5 would be injustice to their delectable biryani taste and humble service!

ORDER, TASTE, AND QUALITY:
I ordered a chicken biryani and a mutton biryani. Both the biryanis were served on banana leaves with raita, lemon, and gravy.


The taste of mutton biryani was amazing! It was delicious and flavourful. I loved the flavours of the authentic cuisine of Bangalore. The mutton pieces were tender and succulent! 🙂 The gravy served alongside was spicy and loaded with flavours, which added to the taste. The raita was made of cucumber and onions, it was OK but along with biryani, it tasted good.
Chicken biryani was delicious as well and the taste and quality of rice was the same as mutton biryani. Chicken pieces were succulent and had the right taste. However, I really liked and enjoyed their mutton biryani much more than the chicken biryani.


SERVICE AND AMBIENCE:
The service was prompt and they served us quickly. Ambience is very basic and there is nothing much to it.

LOCATION:

https://goo.gl/maps/wBpsYf3JCMN2

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No. 718, 1st floor, C Main Road, 45th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082

HOURS OF OPERATION:

8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, closed on Mondays

ZOMATO: https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/shivaji-military-hotel-jayanagar

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