Restaurant Review: Café Noorani, Tardeo, Mumbai

28 Jun

Café Noorani

5-D, TARDEO ROAD,
HAJI ALI CIRCLE
MUMBAI-34
PH: 23534753, 23533054, 23530108, 23521305, 23538619, 23530109, 23524562, 65803736
They accept cards and sodexo meal vouchers.
http://cafenoorani.com/

I had gone to pick up my riding jacket at Tardeo. The long ride to Tardeo made me very hungry and I was craving for non-veg food. My friend riding pillion recommended Café Noorani, which is well known for decently priced Mughlai food.

Ambiance and crowd

No real ambiance to talk of in the non AC section. As you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by yummy tandoor and desert preparations kept for display. The interiors and tables are like an Udupi restaurant. The crowd is a mix of everyone including students, families, devotees visiting the Haji Ali Dargah and Mahalakshmi Temple, and a special mention—Parsi couples!

Menu and Quantity

The food selection is mainly North Indian, Muglai, and Chinese. Noorani is well known for its non-veg tandoor starters. We had the Chicken Tangdi and Reshmi Tangdi—chicken leg pieces marinated with spices and roasted in the tandoor.

The Reshmi Tangdi was tender and juicy, and had that melt-in-the-mouth texture.
The spices were just perfect with no particular flavour overpowering the smoky, tender chicken.

The Chicken Tangdi should have been cooked for a longer time as some of the meat near the bone had a raw taste. So if you are not a big fan of it, tell the waiter to ‘tandoor’ it for a longer time.
We were so hungry that we finished off both the starters in 5 minutes leaving no meat or flesh on the bones!

Both my friend and I have a huge appetite and we were craving for more chicken. We then ordered the Chicken Noorani Special Curry with Parathas and Roomali Roti.

The Finger lickin’ curry had big chunks of tender Chicken Tikka that were cooked to perfection. One curry is enough for 2 people. The Paratha was a disappointment. It was just a big and thick Roti and not the usual layered Laccha Paratha. The well cooked Roomali Roti was a saviour and it went perfectly with the curry.

For desserts we tried the ‘Muslim café’ special—Caramel Custard and it was one of the best custards I have had. It had the right jelly like texture and didn’t break apart when I digged in. In some restaurants, the caramel tends to be overcooked which renders a bitter taste to it but this was not the case here. My friend who has previously been here also recommended the Firni (sweet rice pudding).

Portion sizes are decent. Two starters, one main course and three\four rotis are enough for two people.

Service

The service is prompt. The waiters are friendly and helpful and have good knowledge of the menu.

Price

The prices won’t burn any holes in your pockets. The starters range from 70 to 150. Main course from 100 to 150. Tandoor items start from 5 onwards.
It offers a wide variety of cuisines. You can check the complete menu http://mumbai.burrp.com/listing/cafe-noorani_haji-ali_mumbai_restaurants/112108297__CA__menu

Conclusion

Menu Recommendations: Tandoor starters, Chicken curries, Roomali Roti, Caramel Custard, and Firni.
Food and Presentation: 3.5
Ambiance and Decor: 2
Quality of Service: 3
Best Suited For: Anyone
Kid Friendly? Yes
Vegetarian Friendly? Yes
The Bottom Line: A must try although health freaks should stay away. I am definitely going again!
Overall Rating: 3.5

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