Tansen is a really good restaurant. I went there a couple of days back and came back very happy indeed. Opulent is the word that I’d use to describe this place. They’ve really gone all out and made it look palatial and grand. They’ve got channels of water running all through the place and the whole place is held up by fancy alabaster pillars. Theres live music too.
They’ve got an impressive menu that has a whole lot of Tansen ‘exclusives’ on it. I ordered a portion of Dahi ke kebabs and a portion of Shikhampuri kebabs to get started and was totally blown away. Both of these were excellent. The Dahi kebabs had an unusual mixture of hung curd and minced vegetables in the centre and were perfectly wrapped in bread and deep fried till golden brown. My previous sentence hasn’t done justice to it but I’m too lazy to redo it, so just take my word for it. They’re good! The Shikhampuri kebabs were kick-ass. Finely pounded mince delicately cooked to perfection! I couldn’t have asked for more from a kebab finished on the griddle.
The main course I got, was again unusual. I chose the Lehsuni Palak Singada and another one of their original lamb preparations. They had a good selection of breads too. The Palak was hands down, the winner of the evening. The Singada (water chestnuts) gave the whole dish a wonderful crunch and the browned garlic complimented the whole thing beautifully. In fact, it was so good, I can’t remember the name of the lamb dish we ordered. Don’t get me wrong, folks. The lamb was great. Its just that the spinach and the water chestnuts really ran away with the evening. Dessert was the only place I thought, these guys could do better, but again, everything was good. Keep it up, Ohri’s. With food like this, you’ll have the competition tansen to your tune.
Meal for 4 – Rs. 1750/-
Location – Necklace Road, Beside Jalavihar
Oh yeah, in case you’re wondering, the place is supposed to be a Mughal court. Tansen was a legend in the field of music and was one of Akbar the Great’s most respected courtiers. He was extraordinarily gifted and was a musician of the highest caliber. I wonder if hundreds of years from now we will have a restaurant called Anu Malik.
Over and out. 😀