Nirulas No More

[Rating:2/5] We decided to pop over to Nirulas in Sector 2 NOIDA on Friday evening. We have gradually been getting more and more disillusioned with the quality of *every* thing at Nirulas lately, but for ‘old times sake’ always give it another chance every once in 6 months or so. While the quality of service has improved perceptibly, the quality of the food and the quality of the people [human resources] remains at dismally low levels.

The mutton mahaburger [which is unique to Nirulas] was sloppily put together, had chopped onions hastily stuffed into it instead of sliced onions, no slices of tomato as is usual, the bun was falling apart and it tasted like moist saw dust.

The non vegetarian deluxe thali comprised a dal makhani, kadi, butter chicken, dahi bhalla, some salad and a lacchha parantha. Nothing could be eaten! The dal and the chicken were inedible as the gravy wasn’t cooked through and tasted of raw spices, the kadi was bland and didn’t taste anything like I’ve eaten before. I didn’t bother to taste the Dahi Bhalla as by then I had signalled the chap who clears the plates to please please take this away. Did I mention the Parantha? It was rock hard, piping hot with traces of oil on it. Visually, it looked great. Try to eat it and you’ll gag. Here’s what these idiots do. They make the parantha and keep it in a hot location, where it waits till someone orders it. Then they brush it with some oil and serve it to the customer. The problem with my parantha was that it had been made quite some time earlier, and had hardened and dried out waiting for a customer. Since the people they hire are of the lowest possible grade, they really didn’t care and went ahead and served it anyway.

The corn pizza was watery. Whats watery you ask? Watery is when you put frozen corn right from the freezer into the pizza and then top it with cheese. So when it comes out and you bite into it there’s a good amount of water on the surface of the pizza below the cheese.

Anyway, at least the wife was happy with her lime ice cream soda and the daughter delighted with two scoops of chocolate chip ice cream.

Rating: 1/5 | Meal for two: 300

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Sid Khullar

Sid Khullar is the founder of Chef at Large, a blog that began in 2007. He enjoys cooking, writing, travelling and technology in addition to being a practising Freemason. Health and wellness is a particularly passionate focus. Sid prefers the company of food and animals to most humans, and can be reached at sid.khullar@chefatlarge.in.