Hey, Foodwala’s… I have been pondering lately a very profound thought, is our behavior Nature or Nurture?
Let’s begin by explaining the term Nature or Nurture
Nature refers to the human traits one gets biologically through their parents and cannot be altered or changed in any way. … Nature vs. Nurture is a debate. Nature(heredity, genes) vs. Nurture (environment) It is a debate whether we are influenced by genes or our surroundings.
The reason for this high falootin thinkerwala sotching (thinking in Punjabi) is.
Is my love of Kebabs… Nature, where the love is hard-wired into my genetics from my dad and my Grandfather or is it, Nurture where my love of Kebabs is more about the surroundings and circumstances.
I suspect its more of Nature, let me explain…
when I was 15 I was spending the summer in my grandfather’s citrus plantation in Toba Tek Singh and my grandfather asked if we would like some kebabs, naturally I agreed, expecting a quick trip to Muridwala nearby where we would enjoy kebabs. This was not my grandfather’s style, we jumped into his brand new Mitsubishi Pajero and we drove two hours to a roadside grill near Lahore, where the Kebabwala had built his own Jospers Robata Grill and was cooking kebabs.
As a 15-year-old newbie, I looked down at such rudimentary surroundings, but my grandfather said
“trust me, Alfie…your life is going to be changed”
My grandfather ordered some kebabs, raw onions with Rangpur Lime juice and romali Roti, well…the rest is history.
Yes indeed it was life-changing in its utter deliciousness and I can still remember it like yesterday 31 years later.
Now the benchmark had been hard-wired into me, still to this day I compare kebabs to that day.
So this leads me to the self-declared home of the Grill…kebabish, which just reopened after a grilling of its own so to speak.
I made a beeline for the Seikh kebabs, however, they were dry and brittle! possibly they were precooked and flash cooked on the grill and served.
The rest of the mixed grill exactly the same, dry, lukewarm and devoid of any moisture or redeeming feature.
The Lamb Tikka was cubed against its grain making it so tough and dry it was impossible to eat it.
Next up was the Desi Karahi Gosht, this was simply delicious, soft tender lamb cooked with black pepper, the sauce was delicious and the lamb, melt in the mouth…top marks!!
Mokee, Bakree, and Rari Foodwala’s love their Butter Chicken and they have had such amazing Butter Chickens in Mother India and the Shish Mahal they opted for the Kebabish Butter Chicken, Butter Chicken needs to be expertly made to release all the nuances, otherwise, it is just a creamy curry, On this occasion the Butter Chicken tasted like a Chicken Tikka Qorma from a curry shop and had no subtle butter and tomato and masala subtlety.
Next up was the Keema Peas, The Keema Peas is a very basic dish, yet the flavour profile is anything but basic.
The keema should be moist and packed with flavour, rather than overly spiced, and the peas should be al dente.
This Keema pea was off the mark, the Keema was extremely dry and overly seasoned, leaving no taste of the Keema, the peas were not al dente and on the raw side, I suspect the peas were of the cheap supermarket variety.
In conclusion, It was a Sunday evening when we visited Kebabish, so it was jam-packed with families, however, the service was lacking, the waiting staff had little coordination.
The poppadoms were again stale and soft, the starters arrived with the main course! when we pointed out this basic error the waiter shrugged his shoulders.
The water was served but the glasses were warm and there was no ice.
Paper napkins rather than linen.
The waiting staff were eating and drinking while they were working!!
The price point has increased, possibly to pay for the refurb, this price point is now at the level of Mother India, Balbirs and Mr. Singhs.
but at this price point, I would expect more professionalism and higher standards.