BUTTER CHICKEN HUNT RESULTS
(Conducted by DGC – Delhi Gourmet Club)
After sampling 13 restaurants across Delhi, and spending more than Rs 13,000 each jury member (because we followed the old-fashioned tasting panel rule of ordering the dish being tested at the end of an entire meal, rather than tasting only that dish and nothing else), the jury has concluded that INVITATION, Ashok Vihar, and MUGHAL MAHAL, Rajendra Place, are joint winners of the Certificate of Excellence.
Their butter chicken preparations are classics: the quality of the tomato used is perfect, so the gravy is neither too sour nor too sweet; the butter and cream have been intelligently deployed so as not to smother the masala; and the chicken hasn’t just been dunked into a pre-assembled gravy, but taken out of a tandoor and then added, its smokiness and juices adding character to the gravy.
Here are the detailed results in order of ranking (THE SCORES ARE OUT OF 50 and we judged according to the following parameters:
● Serving Temperature
● Quality of Chicken
● Taste of Gravy
● Quality of Accompaniments
Individual Scores :
Mughal Mahal: 37.75
Moti Mahal (GK-I): 35.5
Mini Mughal (GK-II): 32.5
Havemore (Pandara Road): 30
Kwality (CP): 29
Chicken Inn (Pandara Road): 28.25
Embassy (CP): 28
Minar (GK-I): 25.8
Dhaba (Rajouri Garden): 24.5
Moti Mahal (Malchal Marg): 21.5
Minar (CP): 20.25
Bhape da Hotel (CP): 15.5
We must profusely thank our most consistent jury members:
Atul Mohan; Vikram Bali; Puneeta Chadha Khanna; Vivek Vaid; Rajeev Gulati; Avininder Singh; Siddharth Gupta; Rocky Mohan.
Atul Sikand and Sanjiv K. Singh retired hurt after the first round.
We must also thank Sumit Goyal of Food & Nightlife Magazine and Pawan Soni of Indian Food Freak from joining us on the opening night and validating our judging process.
Written by Rajeev Gulati