First up, the food was definitely to my liking. I can see how some would find it pretty oily though, it is, but then again for me it's the sort of place I go to indulge and not for an everyday meal.
Seekh kebabs were excellent, lamb burra was also extremely tasty, but mine had too much bone instead of meat. I was greedily eyeing up other customers mutton raans though (marinated whole leg), which looked decent value at around Rs550. I think I might set aside an afternoon soon and attempt one by myself :) Service was ok given how busy it was, and we were ordering a dish at a time, but we did have to repeatedly remind the waiter about naans. Didn't really bother me though.
Now the problem - Karim's has managed to make it onto the must-do list of every tourist guide, and everyone who visits the Jama Masjid seems to head here after. As a result, in season, it has often got more tourists than Dilliwallahs, which does I'm afraid subtract a little from the Purana Dilli backstreets feel. At least they seem to have resisted the temptation to push prices up constantly accordingly. If you're looking for an adventurous meal in the backstreets of the old town as a memory to savour, you may be best of leaving the guidebook behind, wandering, and following your nose. The evening is best for this, when the kebab wallahs tempt you from afar with their sizzling aromas.
That said, as I consider myself to be a bit of a biryani aficionado, I will certainly be making a return trip to Karim's this winter to rate their offering.
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