Tunday Kababi – From Lucknow to Delhi, with love…

I have always believed food at Old Delhi tastes much better when I’m either high or stoned, and last night it was double whammy. Last Friday me, Saurabh (who lost his phone) & Toshik (who gained some pounds and happiness) started on a journey which was nothing short of a Hangover + Kumar and Harold go to White Castle scenario, and finally we reached our Mecca – Tunday Kababi, Daryaganj.

Tunday Kababi, from outside

The sight (not the interiors) as you enter will surely make you salivate and tempt you beyond no return and all 3 of us (carnivore souls) are no immortals to not to give into the succumbing aromas of changezi chicken on XL Tawa, tunday kebabs on XXL Tawa and qormas in gigantic handis.

Chicken Changezi on a Giant Tawa

It was a packed Friday (Jumma) night and 10.30pm didn’t seem late for all the hordes around us waiting and sweating (no AC) patiently for their food. No server turned up on our table for 5mins (which seemed like 50) and we sweet talked one of them to please us to get pleased (reads corny ;))

The real deal – Legends in the making

Our order seemed big (we aren’t the Man Vs Food type eaters) to start with, 4 plate (each plate has 4 pieces) mutton kababs + 4 mughlai paranthas(size of a roomali roti), but we forgot we were on a different high today.

I must admit the sweet talk worked as our server got the order within minutes of our ordering, which earned us a lot of jealous stares. They were polished within secondss (no kidding) I don’t want to say the kababs are melt in your mouth (its clichéd) infact its melt in your finger category. If there is a rating to be awarded both scored a 5 on 5 stars all the way (seriously no words will ever justice their taste – its a eat it to believe it tale). The mughlai paranthas are very similar to their south cousins the malabari porotas – crispy and layeri.

We ordered another round of same order along with Chicken Biryani, Butter Chicken and Chicken Curry. Since it was late, about closing time (11.30p.m. they are mostly sold off on weekends) butter chicken and chicken curry were sold out, so we settled with biryani and chicken qorma. You get 3 portion sizes – quarter, half and full which in terms of portion sizes, can easily be translated to quarter – 1-2 persons, half – 2-3 persons and full – 4+. The qorma didn’t score too high but the pieces had the perfect texture, same as my previous visit and this is quiet commendable as even some of the high brow restaurants in Delhi fail to maintain a consistency.

The biryani ‘its different’ its not your usual ‘old Delhi style’ biryani. The rice was juicy and full of flavour, the pieces were spiced well. So yes, this one also is a must try.

Before we could realise we had cleaned 8 plates of kababs (32 pieces) + 10 paranthas + half biryani + half qorma, it reads BIG but surprisingly none of us felt heavy after this meal. The prices are modest, Tunday Kebabs at Rs.20 per piece, Mughlai Parantha at Rs.10 per piece, Biryani and Qorma, both were half plate for Rs.100 and full for Rs. 200.

All of us are going back to Tunday Kababi preferably on a week day and early on time to sample the full menu.

The place is not your usual restaurant set-up, the interiors aren’t high from any standards and its in an area where some Delhites think twice before venturing – but it matters where it should – FOOD.

All carnivores – needles to say its a must visit and sample. Sadly for the veggies, except the phirni everything is non-vegetarian at this joint.

Our trip (read: food trip) wasn’t over yet, we sampled some delightful stuff – Gundi (yes thats the name) Paan from the paan joint next to Odeon (now Big Odeon) Cinema at Connaught Place. These paans cost Rs. 20, are four small leaf rolls (joint like) filled with gulkand and regular paan spices and laced with chandan paste and have a super ‘cool’ after taste.

Gundi Paan

Disclaimer: With this post I’m not encouraging drinking or smoking 🙂 – the sole intention is to drive you to divinity – Tunday Kababi, 3778, Autar Bhavan, Main Road, Near Jama Masjid, Daryaganj, Delhi. Ph.: 9871595054

Drunk and non-tempting photography courtesy _TA and associates 

PS : You might read their name written as Tundey Kebab or Tund Kebabs elsewhere as well.

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14 thoughts on “Tunday Kababi – From Lucknow to Delhi, with love…”

  1. Many congrats on ur first blog! You have indeed stimulated and let loose the gastronomical equilibrium of our biological systems with this rather indepth insight.Even a far south-west location can not endure us from travelling to central-north part of the city to have that one scrumptious bite of the delectable niceties…great job!

  2. Amazing write up Varun, even though I am a vegetarian, however I felt I was part of your group out on a wild ride. Btw.. I have been to Tunday's in Lucknow, just to stare at my friend having Kebabs and making orgasmic noises 😛

    @Harbeer – Its on the Darya Ganj Road, after Moti Mahal, just before the red light of Jama Masjid..

  3. H, rightly pointd out by SA.. its next to a vry famous Kachori wala – which SA will sample in our nxt visit 🙂

    SA – Orgasmic – ha ha ha ha
    I must admit the walk up till the TK joint at Ol Lucknow is an exp by itself n the kebabs R a bit spicier thn thr Delhi cousins

  4. I am sure it would be the same 'chain', however reports of other than Darya Ganj based out oulets of Tunday's are not very positive 🙁

  5. visited tundey kabab outlet at SDA market last tuesday. ordered their hallmarks galouti kabab and roti combo which had four kababs n two roties. at hundred bucks,it was priced reasonably. was my first tryst with tunday kabab and to be honest, it was just amazing. for the first time i experience how mutton could literally melt in the mouth. was an great experience. hope to be there again.

  6. went there last week and had the tundey with rumali roti and the maida roti's and they said they don't serve parantha's maybe it was lunch time and they don't make parantha's at this time. i agree the tundey kebabs are awesome and the microwave heated rumali roti was also passable but the maida roti was pathetic(read inedible), other than that we tried the fish tikkas and they were just about ok
    the changezi was again passable -the highlight of the meal were the tundey kebabs

  7. They are no longer called Tundey, name changed to captains kebabz more than a year back. Kali mirch chicken was one of the signature dishes before the tieup with tunday ended and it was pulled off the menu, but the kebabz are still one of the best you get.

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