Old World Hospitality is synonymous for the best of hospitality operations across Delhi. They manage the India Habitat Center at Delhi and Epicenter, Gurgaon along with some well-known hotels and places to eat. They run the operations for around 20+ restaurants in NCR.
Chor Bizarre as the name suggests is a theme restaurant, deriving its name from ‘Chor Bazaar’. Chor bazaar basically means a flea market where, stolen goods rather vintage items find their way into the markets. The interiors of Chor Bizarre is an incongruous mixture of colors and collectibles, tastefully done and exudes an old world charm. Even the furniture, that includes the tables and chairs are different and antiquated.
Chor Bizarre has now opened its doors at Bikaner House in Pandara Road. Being famous for offering dishes from all part of India, the menu is extensive but the Kashmiri cuisine at this place is the real steal deal. Chor Bizarre serves the most authentic Kashmiri cuisine, and the traditionally famous Wazwan.
Kashmiri Wazwan is rich and exotic in taste, and most of the dishes are non-vegetarian. The Wazwan is treated as the traditional royal meal, which can comprise up to 36 dishes. And to savor the Wazwan, guests are seated in groups and share the meal out of a large platter called the ‘Traem’ or ‘Tarami’.
Our course started with some ‘Playful starters’ and some kebabs from the ‘Tandoor/Sigri’. Special mention for the below:
Palak Patta Chat – Spinach leaves coated with gram flour crispy fried, topped with some whisked spiced yoghurt and tamarind chutney. Many go wrong with this simple dish, but here we just loved the texture and the flavor.
Anjeer & Jimmikand ke kebab – Jimikand (or Yam) and anjeer (fig) is an incredible combination, letting the kebab to be smooth in texture and taste.
Prawn Koliwada – A spicy fried prawn dish, a specialty of the Konkan coast was fiery hot as it is usually significant with the use of Kashmiri red chilli. Would recommend this if you love yours prawns.
Machali Amritsari – Fish marinated with spices and deep fried, cooked just perfect as it should be.
Main course was the ‘Tarami/Traem’ – and undoubtedly it was one of the best Kashmiri Wazwan we have had in town. As mentioned earlier, Wazwan consists of 36 courses, and here at Chor Bizarre you can order the same if you wish to, and they also can arrange a full course Wazwan for family gatherings in their private dining area.
Coming to the Tarami – the platter arrived with portions of Haaq, Nadru Yakhni, Tabak Maaz, Roganjosh, Kashmiri Kukkad, crispy fried lotus stem, seekh kebabs and goshtaba served on a bed of rice. Plain yoghurt and a radish walnut chutney (mooli-akhrot) were served as sides.
We started with the Nadru Yakhni, yakhni usually made from yoghurt is mildly spiced with cardamom and aniseed and Nadru (meaning lotus stem) is simmered along the gravy till tender. The Haaq, which is boiled spinach was an interesting surprise as we never treat simple things to be delicious. The ‘Tabak Maaz’ again is an extremely well made delicacy, lamb ribs braised with spices and milk and deep fried. This dish is exceptional here and is not to be missed. The lamb roganjosh cooked with Kashmiri spices went well with the steamed rice and the yoghurt calms your buds!
Our meal ended on a sweet note, with a phirni and paan kulfi – the phirni creamy and mildly sweetened is delectable to the core. They have a selection of kulfis to choose from and we hear the anjeer kulfi is a hot seller – we could only taste the pleasing paan kulfi which served a dessert as well as a mouth freshener 🙂