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Neel is a fine dine indian restaurant located at Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Mumbai.

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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 –

SOUP :-

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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.

APPETIZERS :-

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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JAITUNI KHUMB TIKKA –
Mushrooms marinated with green olives, grilled on tandoor.
Served with plum sauce chutney.
A dominant flavour of olives, pungent n spicy !

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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 !

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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 !

MAINS :-

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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 !

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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 !

DESSERTS :-

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– KESAR RASMALAI

– MALPUA

– 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 !

anandtiwari.in

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