Been a Vegetarian for a couple of days and would be for a couple of days to come. Been off the Non-Veg hook for the past 3 weeks and would continue so for another 3 weeks.
In a situation like this, a visit to any restuarant is out of the list. I am bound to bounce back to my Non-Veggie fare at the mere sight of it & the temptation is hard to resist. Hence I am sticking to Veggie Restaurants mostly.
Yesterday, Thursday was no different from any other day of the week. As usual, I was YAWNING & trying to catch a wink at office, when my team member comes up to me to wake me up from my Golden Slumber to declare his intention of treating the team for Lunch. He asked me for options & I was real shrewd in finalizing the options.
I was more interested not to tempt myself with the Non-Veggie food. Hence, I had 2 options on hand. Either Sattva, near DLF Cyber City or The Red Bean. That's when I remembered MAST KALANDAR. I've spotted the very same day, while coming to office & hence it was something worth the try. Given the 100% VEG tag it carries with itself. It was bound to be finalized and it was.
Have seen the outlet daily while driving to office & the lively color combinations used for interiors were amazing. The whole thing looked LIVELY.
Something I would like to highlight before I move on explaining what I had & my experience: "Man, am bowled over by the food served there. Never ever knew Veg Food tastes this good."
The Menu at Mast Kalandar is more of pre-planned platter. But the variety is amazing. They've a special offer on, for every 3 Plates ordered, the 4th one comes free.
Ordered the following:
2 plates of Maxi Kebab Platter @ Rs.145/-
3 Plates of Full Full Biryani Combo @ Rs.111/-
2 Plates of The Great Indian Maha Combo @ Rs.125/-
4 Mango Lassi @ Rs.48/-
1 Masala Shikanji @ Rs.36/-
2 Gulab Jamuns @ Rs.44/-
We opted for Maxi Kebab Platter as it was far more better than ordering each individual one. The Maxi Kebab Platter consisted of 4 pieces of Paneer Tikka, 4 pieces of Aloo Sikandari & 4 pieces of Subz Sheek Kebab.
The mere mention of Maxi Kebab Platter unleashes a Tsunami in my mouth.
The Kebabs are cooked to perfection and are amazing. The marination on Paneer Tikka and Aloo Sikandari is amazing and is bound to make you feel hungry. The waiter forgot bringing the Subz Sheek Kebab & it was delivered much later as he got the platter in a hurry and forgot the Sheek Kebab's inside. The Chef came out running and personally apologized for the mistake. In order to ensure and build up the required clientele, he offered us another 4 pieces of Paneer Tikka as a freebie.
Mango Lassi was thick and was short of becoming a Shrikhand. Wish it was a bit more thicker and I would have had it with a Spoon for sure.
Appetizers done, main course was served.
Full Full Biryani Combo is made up of the following: Lucknowi Veg Biryani served with Daal Makhani, Butter Naan, Raita, Salad & one Papad. Don't go by the mere listing of 4 items. Imagine, a person like me found it hard to finish off my Full Full Biryani Combo. It was too tempting to see & equally tempting to devour. I would strongly recommend this, if you would love to have some veg biryani.
The Great Indian Maha Combo is made up of the following: 2 Laccha Parantha's served with Daal Makhani, Paneer Curry, Rice, Raita, Salad, Desert. The Laccha Parantha's were kind of dipped in pure ghee types. Which had the taste of Pure Ghee till the deepest crust of the parantha. Even at the last layer, you can feel the ghee and the taste of it. It's awesome and tastes great. The whole combo on the whole is very very economical and amazing.
As the people, who ordered Full Full Biryani Combo were deprived of the Deserts, we orderd 2 Gulab Jamuns. One of the most softest gulab jamuns & if you love Gulab Jamuns, then this is a MAST have at Mast Kalandar.
Overall, I would rate it 4 out of 5 for the food & ambience. It's very very economical and truly value for money.
The whole of this costed us about Rs.1100/-. Found this to be TRUE VFM.
Address: Mast Kalandar, Above The Cream & Fudge Factory & Pizza Corner, Near HDFC Bank/Wanton/Shanghai Chef.