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Jaawaid's Kebabs and Kurries

We (two of us) were scouting around for a place to eat last Friday night and as we were driving down Wallace gardens, we spotted a place calling itself Jaawaids kebabs and kurries. We walked into an empty restaurant and were told that they had just opened up last week and they specialize in kebabs from north India, especially Kashmir. So we went in an made small talk with the promoters of the place and the chef and we were suggested a platter like thing called some wazi something, which apparently has kebabs, two curries, a starter and a dessert and is fit for four people. We were told that a half platter will be served for us.

We decided to try it out and a platter being a good way to try out a place's variety, we went with it. The starter that came out was exquisite. I think it had cheese on it, but the chef would not give away even a whiff of his recipe and for good reason, the kebab was super. Then we saw the platter and it was by no means for two people. When a couple of friends driving by called me to see if I could join for dinner, I called them over and so we were three, yes, you read right, one guy turned vegetarian that night. And we set out to eat the kebabs in the platter. The first one, a lamb chop was pathetic. It was flavorless and very poorly done, but I was informed that this was their hot selling item on the menu. Wonder what happened to my taste buds. The next set of three lamb kebabs were very average. We left over half the food on the platter, except for the chicken kebab which was very juicy. A humongous quantity of rice was served on the platter with two gravies, both of which were decent, but somehow so much of rice with gravy was not very enticing, I would have preferred indian breads.

The desserts were amazing. The phirni was very nice, the badam kheer was super and the Khubani meeta was equally nice. We were the only ones in the restaurant and the promoters were there, so I cannot comment on the service, ambiance was decent. I told them that the lambs ( which constituted more than half of the platter) was certainly not enjoyed by us. The bill shocked us even more. The platter was priced at Rs. 3000, so if you are offered something that is not on the menu, please ask for the price. I made the big mistake of not asking the price but to put things in perspective, I was given a platter of 20 kebabs at marriott, which was not on the menu and was charged Rs. 2499. The menu price of desserts were priced at rs. 110, the kebabs at around rs. 300, and curries at rs. 300, whichever way you add up, it will not reach 3 grand. So...even the wonderful dessert we had started to feel sour in the stomach and we went out not having enjoyed the meal and feeling ripped off especially after we left more than half of the food not because we could not finish it but because we did not like it. We went to subway and got ourselves a sub to fill it up the void that the evening created. The two friends said they were not planning to come back here.

The place has potential and let us hope we get good Kashmir cuisine sooner than later.  In an area in Chennai where the likes of Tuscana have set shop and Tuscana will not charge you for a pizza if you do not like it and if you leave the pizza behind, Jaawaids has a long way to go in making sure that the customers come back. They probably need to learn to price things right when it is off the menu and learn to take feedback at their cost. I really think that the prices on the menu were alright, but off the menu, it was a rip off! Totally!   

Food 5/10, 8/10 for the starter and desserts.
Ambiance 7/10
Price 5/10

Jaawaids kebabs and Kurries is opp the Subway, Nungambakkam.


  1. i think i get the idea behind them telling a full platter cannot be eaten now....its soo bad even a half platter is difficult... :P

  2. Hi
    Thanks for the review,
    My name is Udhay nayar,
    Chef Javid from Kashmir and I run Jaavaids Kebabs N kurries and want to add to the experience of yours as in I know you for some years through the RJ course we did , however now that your into this blog and your passion for the same makes you write about places I really appreciate the way you look at things , this being the same reason I did call you the next day to ask you how was your experience, and also to find that you have a lot to suggest which we have implemented into the restaurant
    please do keep in mind also that there is a huge dip in the hospitality industry, the demand for skilled workers is much more and needs a lot more time and experience needed to create good food and just not words and penning down the same, I certainly appreciate that you have the good and the bad of any restaurant for the readers to comment about as one bad experience does not make the place the worst
    this is the first time Kashmiri food is being served in Chennai and down south this is the only Kashmir restaurant, we were lucky to have got the space in KnK Rd, this is the same place I had started a restaurant in 2001 called Sanjha Choolha , which was the first restaurant in KnK Rd those days, so for me it’s important to recreate the name that what i have started with Chef Javid and team
    Hope what I penned down makes sense to you and the readers

  3. Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to the blog. A blog is one person's view and experience which need not be the same for the other person.

    I am sure the whole experience would not have been so bad if the shocker of a bill was not presented to us. That too after we repeatedly mentioned that we just did not enjoy the lamb at all.

    I think this place has potential. :)

  4. Dear Sir,
    You have not mentioned the address & phone number of the restaurent.

    How i can reach the restaurant.
    Pls give address or Contact number.

    My Name is Ashraf. My mobile is 8754447200