"Jolly Nabobs" sounded like one of those terms coined during the British Raj. "Nabob" referred to a governor in India under the Mogul Empire, but was also used to refer to a person of wealth and prominence. Not surprising that the restaurant chose this name, as a meal for one person can easily cost US$100 per head.
Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs at Bangalore's elegant ITC Windsor Manor was the 3rd Dum Pukht I'd been to (after the ones in ITC Maurya Delhi and ITC Maratha Mumbai) and the high standards were maintained here.
My dinner this evening:
- Shorba Shahi Pasand: a clear chicken consomme made from slow-boiling chicken drumsticks with cloves, cinnamon and saffron. Incredibly delicate, but with a typical Indian-style kick from the (not quite) unexpected inclusion of pepper;
- Kakori kebab: a delicate, very finely-minced pate-like mutton kebab flavored with cloves and cinnamon, so soft that a mere flick of the wrist can cause the delicate meat to break away from its skewer. Ghulam Qureshi (of Dum Pukht Delhi)'s version came alive here, served with delicate sweet, little Warqi Paratha breads;
- Kairi Moorug: a lip-smacking piquant Hyderabadi boneless chicken curry, given a sourish spike with the inclusion of tiny cubes of green mango; accompanied by
- Naun-e-bah Khummach: tandoor-baked, leavened semolina bread, flavored with poppyseed and aniseed.
- Dessert was the only item which did not quite impress: Begum's pudding, described on the menu as "a delightful baked pudding of evaporated milk or Khoa, sprinkled with ground almonds & saffron, strewn with raisins and nuts, Served with a delicate Brandy sauce". What I got? A stodgy disk with a million calories in sugar, heavy enough to be used as a door-stop. No raisins in sight, nor could I taste any brandy in the cream sauce on the side. Somewhere, somehow, someone must have altered the whole course of this dessert!
The service here? Fantastic - you do feel like a Nawab, or Nabob, whatever :-D
Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs
ITC Windsor Manor
25 Sankey Road
Tel: +91 22269898.