We were invited for a Bloggers Event at Saleem’s of Delhi in Dubai to taste their menu and try the Purane Dilli Ke Zaike. Saleem’s of Delhi serves Mughlai Cuisine from North India. The entrance is a giant wooden door and once we entered, to our surprise there was a musician playing some traditional music on the Tabla (Indian Drums). There was also a photo booth where you could dress up as a Mughal King and a Queen to pose against the backdrop of a Mughal monument.
The interior space is not very big but the interior is done very well to maximize the space. All the walls are painted with Mughal Era theme.
Our welcome drink was a Tornado Twist which was Cranberry and Lime. It was refreshing. Fellow bloggers on the table were The Gluttonous Couple and its always a pleasure knowing Bloggers in person.
We were also served Cucumber infused Lemonade which was again refreshing. We had a variety of Veg and non Veg starters and I enjoyed all of them. I would recommend the Mushroom Tikka and the Kebabs which were juicy. I’m sorry for not being able to click pictures as the starters were coming back to back, in short intervals while I was meeting and greeting my fellow bloggers.
For the main course we started with the Vegetarian Dishes. We were served Paneer Musallam (Paneer Tikka cooked in thick Onion and tomato gravy) Mr. A enjoyed the dish so much that I didn’t get to try the Paneer but only the gravy.
The other Vegetarian dish was Aloo Udaigiri which was outstanding. Stir fried baby potatoes covered in a dense blend of spices and topped with fresh herbs. The spice mix was unique and tasted perfect with Garlic Naan. Dal Bukhara with the Naan was very enjoyable. It is probably one of the best daal I’ve ever had.
The Non-Vegetarian dishes were Ghost Nihari and Chicken Musallam. I enjoyed the Chicken Musallam because it had a very unique flair to it. Its masala or gravy consisted of spicy chicken mince served with chicken pieces and garnished with boiled eggs and coriander leaves. On the other hand Mr. A didn’t enjoy it as much as I did. Since I’m a huge fan of nihari so I was very eager to try it here but it was okay. Probably because I’ve had some of the best nihari from places across U.A.E that are famous for nihari only.
The Dum Mutton Biryani was served in a clay pot with the bread on top. The spice quotient in the Biryani was little less for my taste yet it was satisfying. The boneless Mutton pieces were well marinated. The raita (yoghurt) that was served along with the biryani complimented it so well.
For the desserts I had my favorite Kulfi. It was creamy and had a rich texture. Mr. A tried the Phirni. It was less sweeter than it’s supposed to be and also not as flavorful. If I were you, I would order kulfi and not the phirnee. Such a ‘secret victory’ moment when your dessert is better than his, lol! But a total loss when you have to share it with him.
The event was well organized by JWD. The food kept rolling to our tables without having to call for it. The service at the restaurant is excellent and the staff is well trained. We also received Aed 50 voucher for our next visit. Looks like ill be eating a lot more Kulfis!
In conclusion I would say that Saleem’s of Delhi is a nice, cosy and casual dining place where I wouldn’t mind going on a weekday. Among the main course dishes, the vegetarian ones were outstanding especially the Aaloo Udaigiri where as the non-vegetarian ones ceased to impress us. The starters are exceptionally good, both veg and non-veg.