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Khan Chacha, Khan Market, New Delhi

Khan Chacha brings to mind a warm fuzzy images of great food and oppressed entrepreneurs. I can only think of lousy food, bad service and raw interiors. What’s all the buzz about?

[singlepic id=1726 w=80 h=92 float=left]I was sorry to hear of Khan Chacha’s shutting down, as I’d never been there and most people I know couldn’t stop saying nice things about the place. Hearing of it’s re-opening, I resolved to go there and was finally pushed in that direction by Aparna Jha, a Facebook friend, who I met for the first time over lunch at Khan Chacha’s.

The entry was a little confusing for me, as there were posters of another restaurant placed at prominent locations inside, which initially made me want to look for another entry point. The insides looked unfinished and bare, with light bulbs hanging on naked wires and an unfinished ceiling. The airconditioning was surprisingly effective for the number of people crammed into that little room.

I forget each of the dishes we ordered, but do recall one to be a fish tikka of sorts, a mutton roll and a chicken roll. The prices were normal, neither high nor low. The food was quite bad, horrible even. The chicken and mutton were tough, the wraps were soggy, thin and torn, the fish was tasteless and even the chutney lacked flavor.

There was no service to speak of and what little interaction the staff at Khan Chacha did have with their customers was unhelpful and sullen.

For me therefore, Khan Chacha’s fails on all three fronts – food, service and ambiance. Even the raw material supply didn’t look right. I really don’t see what all the fanfare is about.

– Sid
PS: Standing outside for a moment after lunch, Aparna and I saw this scooter pull up with plastic bags full of dressed chicken. The bags were lightly knotted with open gaps that allowed dirt to enter freely.  They were also barely cool when touched- a fairly positive indication that putrification had begun.

By Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is a wellness coach who works with different aspects of lifestyle change towards the accomplishment of goals such as weight loss and blood sugar management among other health situations that require the presence of specialised, precise diets and lifestyle change. His methods address aspects of food, nutrition and the mind.