The famous Mughalai cuisine evolved in India during the age of Sultans. Generally quite spicy, rich and heavy marked with a very unique aroma, Mughlai cuisine has over time remained one of the most popular among food enthusiasts across India. The cuisine has a profound influence on the culinary styles and regional cuisines of present-day India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and its cooking style are applied in traditional North Indian cuisines, particularly in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The cuisine also marks its influence in Pakistan Muslim immigrants who migrated from different regions of India. The Mughal cooking techniques also had irreversible influence in the Awadh region which eventually led to the development of the Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow. Sultans of Spice is one such restaurant that brings about the same taste and style to the tables of Bengaluru.
Sultans of Spice, located conveniently in Koramangala 5th Block is part of the Blue Petals group, which also houses their other restaurant, Buf Buffet Buff, and the Blue Petals Hotel. It is on the Jyoti Nivas College Road, although it is not only focused on the college crowd! They have valet parking and ample waiting area as well – which tends to be used a lot due to the rush they see during weekends. They have options for both a-la-carte and buffet options with an amazing spread. Particularly famous is their Sunday brunch, “The Sunday Sultani Dawat” which features dishes like chaat waffle cone, Dilli Wale Paranthas, Pav Bhaji, Keema Pav, Samosa Tacos, Vada Pav and other endless options.
Restaurant staff is particularly courteous and go out of their way to make customers happy. It was evident with the kind of energy and smile they emit while serving the people around and they do it with pride. I had interactions with the servers, manager as well as the chef – and they knew what they stand for. Three stars to the team at Sultans of Spice – way to go!
Coming to the food, where do I start. The moment you enter this restaurant, you know you have made the right choice. The air in the place reaks freshness and tingles your appetite which very few places are able to. The drinks menu is not over promising but the drinks are great. They do go with the overall theme in a way. Our drinks were served on time and were made with care. The starter menu is where the restaurant shifts it’s gears and provides with some incredible options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian people – be the handi shorba, the kebabs, the tikkas or the tandoors. They are all well thought and it doesn’t take a food bloggers experience to figure out the chef knows the dishes well and the restaurant means business.
The main course is full of the traditional and reinvented dishes from Awadh, Sindh, Mughal and Sultanate cuisines ranging and covering almost all the options one can ask for. There has been considerable time spent on making the dishes perfect and it shows. Special mention to Dal Sultani and Paneer Tikka Achari, too good. The best part of the menu was the options they give with the bread – specially khameeri roti, rumali roti and Kabuli naan. The deserts are to die for – every Indian traditional dishes with a twist.
For my vote, I would end up giving it to the team at Sultans of Spice for their tremendous effort and hard work in keeping the restaurant up and running with consistency through thick and thin!
Ambiance – 4.5/5 (Small space, yet beautifully decorated with Mughal artwork. Ample lighting makes the place look big and cozy.
Staff – 5/5 (No complaints whatsoever!)
Food – 4.5/5 (With delicious options to choose from, there is no complaint about the taste, quantity, and quality of the food coming out of their kitchen! )
Value for Money – 5/5 (Perfect price for perfect food!)
What’s good? Pan Shots and Dal Sultani!
What’s bad? Hara Bhara Sarso Kabab was a little dry. Should be served with separate chutney to enhance the taste.
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