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On the busy East Street, just ahead of the intersection, is the newly-opened fine dining restaurant called Mughal's, with a name that defines the cuisine served here. An interesting aspect about the interiors is that while one wall has a mural-like wallpaper of the Mughal court, the ceiling, furniture and napery is colonial in its outlook. Reflective lighting and high rafters complete the setting and give it an upscale and relaxed feel.
The place is not exactly a vegetarians' paradise. The vegetarian menu is barely over a page-and-a-half, with the very predictable paneer dishes. That, along with mushroom dishes thrown in for good measure. The long list of kebabs was a signature of the fact that the restaurant wishes to promote the non-vegetarian aspect of the Mughal cuisine to the hilt. We ordered the Murg Afghani Kebab (Rs 210), which comprises chicken served with a filling of minced chicken along with mint sauce. For four pieces of the kebab, served on a platter of cabbage and tomatoes, the price tag seemed to be on the steeper side. Done up in a tasteful collection of light spices and a hint of lemon, the taste quelled all doubts. Being a newly-opened restaurant, barely a month old, the staff was constantly on their toes to serve the customers.
The next dish we tried out was the Murgh Lajawab (Rs 190) with rotis (Rs 20/ piece). Done up in a heavy cashew base, with pieces of cashews thrown in, the supposed boneless chicken did come with pieces of bone in it. It is a very heavy dish and one helping is good enough to satiate the hunger pangs of most.
Our main course, the Murgh Dum Biryani (Rs 210) was in perfect sync with the name. It came piping hot. And the meat was so well-cooked that it fell off the bones. The biryani was light and well-flavoured, and had a more Awadhi feel to it than Hyderabadi.
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