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Imperial Kitchen – North Indian Combo, Chilly Garlic Chicken Soup, Sizzling Chicken & Cheese

I got the chance to visit the Imperial Kitchen restaurant twice over the last few days and so, I would make this a combined post… The first visit was the same time I checked out the Cafe Alchemy of theirs and the previous post is about the same… The second visit happened yesterday…

I had mentioned in an earlier post that they have some combo options and had posted about one of the options called the Arabic Combo as well… So, this time, I went for their North Indian Combo… Then on the other visit to the place, I decided to try out their sizzlers and hence chose the Sizzling Chicken & Cheese sizzler and also their Chilly and Garlic Chicken soup as the starter…

So, lets talk about the North Indian Combo first… According to the menu, this is a platter which consists of a portion each of their Veg Pulao, Wheat Paratha or Tandoori Roti, Fish Tawa Masala, Lasooni Murgh, Chicken Tikka Masala and Tandoori Salad… However, what got served to me as per what the waiter told me consisted of Chicken Tikka instead of the Lasooni Murgh and this time it was the Wheat Laccha Paratta and not Tandoori Roti…

First of all, this was a beautiful plate to look at as can be seen from the pics above… Everything was packed with flavours and seasoned perfectly with just the right amount of spiciness/heat… The Laccha Paratta was simply the best one I have ever had, with it being incredibly soft and flakey that it did literally melt in my mouth… The Veg Pulao was incredibly flagrant with the basmati and the fresh vegetables… Both the Fish Tawa Masala and the Chicken Tikka Masala seemed to have been with the same garam masala and topped with a sprig of fresh coriander, except for the presence of yogurt in the Chicken Tikka Masala… The Chicken in the Chicken Tikka Masala was cooked perfectly but the Fish from the Fish Tawa Masala felt slightly overcooked… They had used fish that was fried first in it, which I think was a bad idea… The tandoori salad was pretty much the same spicy salad that we get with tandoori items everywhere, however, the Chicken Tikka pieces were way overdone i.e. to the point of it being completely dry and hard, making it difficult to chew and eat… Overall, a promising platter of North Indian style food that could’ve been better…

Next is regarding the Chilly Garlic Chicken Soup… I have had a bad experience with this particular soup before (refer: the previous post), but after the reassurance from the waiter that previous mistake won’t happen, I went for it this time… Turns out it was great that I had the same in both the visits…

Unlike before, the soup was thickened to the minimum level… Hence, didn’t feel the taste of corn starch like before… The pieces of chicken felt cooked perfectly and the vegetables including carrots, bell pepper and garlic were crunchy… The Egg-white provided the richness to the soup which had a strong flavour of Chilly and Garlic along with the Chicken broth… This is definitely going to be a soup that I’ll have whenever I go back there…

Now last but not the least, is the Sizzling Chicken & Cheese sizzler… Sizzlers are one of the things that I sometimes like to have and ever since I it in the menu at Imperial Kitchen, I have been wanting to try it out… I had initially gone there hoping to try another Combo, but turned out that the combo was not available on that day and so decided to try the sizzler that was quite long overdue for me… There are a number of sizzler options in the menu spanning from Chicken to Beef and to seafood… So, I chose the one they call Sizzling Chicken & Cheese…

According to the menu, this consists of a couple Chicken Breast pieces marinated overnight in fresh garlic and olive oil and then “grilled to perfection”, topped with melting cheddar cheese and served with Cheesy Mashed Potatoes and onion-pepper medley… The only difference between that and what got served was that rather than an onion-pepper medley, it was a bed of grilled vegetables consisting of onions, carrots beans, cabbage, bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and squash as can be seen in the pics below…

First of all, it was a spectacle to watch as all sizzlers tend to be 🙂

The Chicken pieces has a good flavour of garlic and olive oil and felt to be seasoned perfectly with Salt and Pepper… However, one of the pieces ended up being overcooked and dry… The other one was cooked perfectly and the cheese adding to the seasoning… The Cheesy Mashed Potatoes felt incredibly rich with the flavour of potatoes and was with a creamy texture with the presence of cream and cheese in it… The grilled vegetables were all seasoned with Salt, Pepper, Garlic and Olive Oil and perfectly cooked so as to have a crunchy texture… Definitely a promising sizzler that I hope to have again and for now, hoping to try the other sizzler options…

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