Having originally dined at the Hotel Broadway long long ago and later at their newer outlet in Noida, I am happy to note that neither the decor, nor the quality of food have changed. Because those two things really, are what make this chain of restaurants an absolute stand out for me. In common Indian parlance, a ‘chor bazzar’ is a thieves market- where anything and everything under the sun might be available. Now, dont get me wrong, this place is known only for its Kashmiri food. But do take a moment for the decor to sink in. Nothing matches. The plates, glasses, tables, chairs and even the cutlery are all a hodgepodge from different sets. If you get lucky, you might even be seated at a former bookcase, now turned on its back and given legs! And dont miss the vintage car in the middle of the restaurant which doubles up as the buffet bar.
On to the food. There’s not much of a choice here. Skip the buffet. Skip everything on the menu. Just ask for the Tarami which is a seven-odd course meal covering various Kashmiri specialties such as the lamb roganjosh, haaq (spinach), tabak maaz (lamb cooked in milk and then deep fried!) and the goshtaba (miced lamb meatballs), which by far is my favourite part of the Tarami. I am told that the traditional tarami involved in the wazwan style of cooking in Kashmir consists of 36 courses (!) and is a part of any momentous occassion or event. Of course, that is reduced for our light-speed lifestyles and restaurant economics.
These are flavours that one would not get in other restaurants. The brittleness of the skin of the tabak maaz, contrasting with the milk-cooked insides is simply to die for. Add to that, an old favourite- that of the lamb roganjosh. But to top it all, the goshtaba. Succulent meatballs, in a heady soupy gravy, the goshtaba is simply put- one of the best things that could happen to a lamb.
The Tarami is followed by a firni and- because the powers that be at Chor Bizzare care for your digestive tracts- a cup of qawah- a traditional green tea consumed in the Himalayan regions. The heady brew provides the perfect finish to the rather copious quantities of food you will have just consumed.
Its a pity though- that Chor Bizzare doesnt have more branches.
|Ratings/ Quick Facts||Scale (on 10)/ Remarks|
|Ease of access||5|
|Quality of food||8|
|Value for money||7|
|Would I go back there?||Everytime, everyday|
|Meal for two||INR 1500 + taxes (without alcohol)|
- No need to try anything else- just the Tarami
- Valet parking is available at both outlets