As I climbed up the stairs of the Lahori Gate, the photographic display on the walls took me into a different world. All the stories that I heard about life before partition and every dot which made an impression in my mind about Pakistani culture and lifestyle started to connect. The pictures on the wall gave the glimpses of Indian and Pakistani connection and I was all set to savour the traditional recipes, prepared in a contemporary way.
The interior is so comforting for the soul and for the eyes. Spread across three floors, it will make you feel right at home. The comfort level is further enhanced by the courtesy of the staff. Lahori Gate makes sure that all the dishes are kept a little low on spices and oil so that it is friendly with the peptic capacities of today’s urban crowd.
The starters consisted of Hara Bhara Kebabs which were spongy and luckily, not parched. They somehow melted into the mouth quickly. Next was Dahi Kebab with a very rich filling. It left a little sour and creamy after taste. We really appreciated that they were not oily which was just according to the principle on which Lahori Gate prepares the food. Paneer Tikka was least oily as well, but very soft. The paper thin layer of mild spice on the top made it light for the taste buds.
Drinks: The Lahori Gate cooler was very refreshing and Mukti mocktail was on a tangier side and had a desi-touch.
The Main course consisted of Lahori Dal which was the star of the menu. Full of flavours, very light on the intestine and lovely for the soul’s gastronomical needs. It felt as if it is prepared by the grandmother with lots of love and care for health. Another masterpiece was the Soya Nihari whose gravy was a bit oily but honestly, soya never tasted so good before. The gravy just fused so well with the bland taste of soya making it a delectable dish. Aloo Jeera was nothing like what you get in other places. It was an aloo vegetable like the one prepared at home, with all the necessary accompaniments. Dal Makhni is yet another piece of home-made style and very different in taste. Having thin consistency, it did not appear to have been over cooked. If one can write a book on Biryani, then Lahori Gate can occupy quite a few numbers of pages in it. The best part was that it was not induced with too much of spice. The quality of rice and quantity of vegetables made it look beautiful and taste impressive. The raita is worth mentioning, which was full of chilli and garlic, making it very special.
In the breads, Khamiri roti was something which should not be missed. It was soft and light. Dessert consisted of Phirni which was totally refreshing and tasted somewhat like kulfi falooda. It was a very cool dessert to end the meal with.
Lahori Gate is the path to connect with the world of creators and preservers of the authentic food who cook and serve in a traditional way.