Neel is a fine dine indian restaurant located at Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai.
The restaurant has a elegant decor and a peaceful atmosphere.
The award winning restaurant serves “nawabi” cuisine, the food that was savored by the nawabs of India !
The comprehensive food menu includes a variety of shorbas, kababs, gravy dishes, biryani, flat breads and desserts.
So here is what I had –
SUBZ SANTRE KA SHORBA –
Root vegetable soup with a twist of oranges.
Served with beetroot namak pare.
A brilliant tangy citrucy soup with a after taste of ginger.
PESHAWARI RATALOO –
Sweet potatoes/bell peppers and onions marinated with freshly crushed peshawari spices and yogurt, grilled to perfection.
Served with saunth ki chutney.
The sweet potato had a spicy marinate coating, sweet saunth chutney helped me savor this delicacy.
RAJMA KE GOLOWTI –
Red kidney beans and beetroot tikki, pan seared in desi ghee.
Served with ulte tawe ka paratha.
The tikki was dence, tasted nice with the flavourful thin crispy paratha.
BANSU AUR SINGHADA KA KABAB –
Minced bamboo shoots and water chestnut patty, served with mango chutney.
Never tried something like this before !
Soft n gooey but at the same time crunchy with the chopped waterchesnut inside, the bold spices were balanced with the sweet mango accompaniment.
Loved it, must order !
JAITUNI KHUMB TIKKA –
Mushrooms marinated with green olives, grilled on tandoor.
Served with plum sauce chutney.
A dominant flavour of olives, pungent n spicy !
MALAI SEEKH –
Minced chicken marinated with mild spices and cream, grilled on skewers.
Soft succulent kababs with a coating of eggs and a beautiful flavour of garlic and subtle spices ! Lovely !
JHINGA NARANGI PANCH FORAN –
Prawns marinated with pamch foran spices, grilled to perfection.
The grilled prawns had a hint of sweetness coming from oranges that were infused in the marination, Nice !
UTTARI LAHSOONI SAAG –
Mixed greens cooked with garlic and chillies.
Garnished with cherry tomatoes and fried garlic.
A saag full of flavour, garlic, green chillies and mustard seeds worked beautifully together !
HYDRABADI MURG BIRYANI –
Long grained basmati rice dum cooked with chicken/brown onions/mint and whole spices.
Served with mirch ka salan and garlic raita.
The biryani was aromatic, had a beautiful flavour of saffron and even the meat flavour had seeped into the rice, delicious !
– KESAR RASMALAI
– ANGOORI RABDI
All the three desserts were fresh and delicious, I specially liked rabdi the most !
Overall, It was a scrumptious meal !
Each and every dish had a bold flavour profile but none of them felt too spicy or greasy.
Quality whole Indian spices were used in the making, they gave a beautiful flavour and “aroma” to the dishes.
The chef at Neel has learned cooking under Padma Shri Imtiaz Qureshi (the maestro of awadhi cuisine) has done a exceptional job, I was amazed to savour his vegetarian versions of traditional awadhi classics.
There are very few places in Mumbai where I like Indian food, Neel is one of them !
Go try indulge !