Last week we decided to try Pakistani Cuisine at the Village Restaurant which is gaining word of mouth popularity among Pakistanis and foodies for its authentic taste. The restaurant is nestled in Ajman.
It is a small restaurant with a very simple and basic interior painted in Green and white resembling the flag of Pakistan. It has a dhaba style cuisine. Such small restaurants are usually buzzing with more male visitors than families. But they do provide takeaway service which is a blessing for their loyal customers.
For starters, we had very simple pretty plate of salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions.
The Seekh Kebabs were exceptionally good. They were very simple yet authentic in flavor. They were spicy, juicy and tender- just the way I prefer my kebabs to be grilled. What I loved was the fact that they weren’t to dry or too greasy. The quality of beef also makes a huge difference. So you can easily tell that they didn’t compromise on the quality of ingredients used.
We were served Barbecued Chicken Tikka along with a home style phulka (flat bread) which was well marinated and cooked to perfection. The yogurt dip that was served with it, enhanced the flavor.
We were also served their famous desi style butter chicken. Let me warn all the Indian readers, that the Pakistani butter chicken is completely different from the Indian one. To start with, it isn’t red in color. I would call it boneless chicken makhani karahi with loads of cream and butter floating on it. Well you can always ask them to be easy on the butter if you’re too health conscious. But this flavorful dish just stole my heart. The gravy was very rich and velvety and the taste still lingers on my mind as we speak. I will definitely be going back for this dish alone.
The Aaloo Paratha ( Flat Bread filled with potatoes) was HUGE! It was a home style aaloo paratha, which was crispy and a bit spicy – exactly the way that I prefer. This is from their Breakfast menu but the owner insisted us to try so we did try a slice and loved it.
For drinks, we ordered the traditional sweet lassi called Laban in Arabic. Our lassi was served in maison jars with straws. The taste of lassi was heavenly.
On the whole, I loved the authentic taste that Village Restaurant had to offer. This kind of simple restaurant is not only easy on the pocket, but if you are searching for a restaurant that serves you authentic cuisine without any visual trickery, then this place is a Must Try! I would add it to my list of ‘Hidden Gems’.
The food was good and so was the service. The only thing that I didn’t like was the ambiance and i’d also like to see some simple yet traditional dessert on the menu. Since the place is very popular among bachelors and men, hence it gets a little uncomfortable for women to dine in as they don’t have a separate family area. But as I mentioned earlier, you can always takeaway. As far as the food is concerned I’d rate it 5 star!
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