Khiva which specializes in royal frontier cuisine is a fine dining and luxury restaurant in Phoenix Marketcity, Viman Nagar. I was invited for a tasting there and here’s a brief summary of my experience:
The Peshawari Paneer Tikka had huge chunks of paneer marinated in yogurt flavoured with yellow chili and cooked on char grill. The paneer was absolutely flavourful and soft to bite into. Hands down, my favourite starter of the day includes both veg and non-veg.
The Aatish E Aloo had crispy tandoor grilled stuffed potatoes served with a tangy mint chutney. The potatoes were very slightly under cooked but the stuffing which was sweet had some pomegranate and veggies. I quite enjoyed this one.
The Cheese Kurkure were basically spring rolls stuffed with cheese and mushrooms but the ratio of filling to covering was a little off. It could have used with a thinner pastry.
The Subz Lacheela Kebab had a medley of minced veggies covered in vermicelli and fried. While I am not a fan of vermicelli, I did try the actual kebab and I thought it was quite brilliant.
The Chandni Kebab had chicken marinated in cream and tandoored. However, the chicken was a little under cooked and didn’t appeal to me. The Sabuta Chuza had a whole char-grilled spring chicken in a robust blend of spices. This one actually turned out to be a little over cooked but quite full of flavours indeed.
The Barra Kebab Lazeez were a rack of lamb chops marinated in a tangy pepper marinade. This one had some bold flavours and was well cooked.
For mains, I tried their Dal Khiva. The expectations were high from the beginning but I was disappointed by their dal. While it was on point in terms of richness, creaminess and its consistency, the flavours were what put me off. The flavours from the tomatoes were lost and all I could get is a subtle punch of chilli. Nawab Asia still makes the best Dal Makhani in town for me.
The Paneer Khurchan was really good. It had soft cubes of paneer with tomato capsicum and tempered mustard. The Murgh Peshawari was a rich and creamy brown gravy of roasted garlic and red chillies. The Chicken Biryani was nothing out of the blue and nothing very ordinary. It could have used some little bolder flavours. The raita that came with the biryani looked really promising but it turned out to be sweet. Well, to each their own.
It was a good experience overall. The food was quite nice but I wouldn’t really term it as value for money as the pricing does not justify the quantity for me. The service could also be taken up a notch as there was a long waiting time in between courses. If you want to delve in the rich north western frontier cuisine, you know where to go!
A big shout out to Aashna from TGD Consultants for inviting us and Team Khiva for hosting us.
Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event. This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.
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