I was just introduced to Gulberg by a friend of mine who lives in the neighbourhood who highly recommended their kebabs.
We went to dinner on a very busy Saturday evening without a reservation and were welcomed and given the option of waiting or being seated on the Patio. Patio it was! The hostess was very accommodating and informed us as soon as a booth was available.
The restaurant itself looked like it was humming, there were families everywhere and everyone looked like they were enjoying their meal. The restaurant was clean, well staffed and while not overly decorated, the food more than made up for it. There was also some interesting music playing in the background but it did not intrude on your dining experience.
While we went for the kebabs, we ended up walking past the dinner buffet and the food smelled tantalizing and looked mouthwateringly good. The buffet was replenished frequently. I'd say the one thing they could improve on was keeping the buffet tidy as guests kept placing the serving spoons anywhere, which made it a bit messy. I also found though the food was excellent, some of the grilled items on the menu had gone cold and the management could do a better job with keeping the buffet up to temperature at all times.
I liked that the buffet included variety for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike and both were spicy, savoury, flavourful and it was very easy to go back for seconds or thirds of some dishes. The dinner buffet the night we went had papri chaat (lots of fun mixing the flavours you like), tandoori chicken (tasty but gone cold), veggie pakoras (did not try), chilli fish pakoras (spicy, battered tender basa fish), dhal makhani (so tasty!), palak paneer (yummy), beef nihari (fiery curry, beef ready to melt), the ubiquitous butter chicken (did not try).
Stand out dishes for me were the Mughlai Chicken Handi - charcoal grilled chicken simmered with nuts and spices and not a menu item often seen. Their biryani was very tasty and not greasy at all.
I had a sumptuous ending to my meal with the Moong Dhal ki Halwa which is something I've never tried before and am now craving as my new favourite dessert. They also had fruit and rasgullas.
If you like spicy food, dishes you wouldn't see in the typical Indian restaurant, Gulberg is for you. Their food is a mix of Pakistani and Indian dishes, their service is friendly, their menu offers you lots of variety, the location is convenient in terms of parking and not too far off Highway 1, their prices are very reasonable, their quality is excellent and I had a very nice evening with friends.
I plan to go back again to try their selection of kebabs and will bring my appetite and family.
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