Food Tales: Kaafila.
‘Kaafila’, an Urdu terminology, stands for ‘a convoy or a group of travelers’. Earlier, people used to travel in big groups in order to escape/face attacks by robbers etc. and such groups wer…e called ‘Kaafilas’.
The diner ‘Kaafila’ is an approximately 50 seater restaurant, with small but cozy reception area, dining area, bar, toilet and kitchen. However, the drinks are only served at the tables.
To stand true to its cause, this diner is designed on the lines of tent pitching stopovers of a ‘Kaafila’. The ceiling is a combination of tent type cloth strips and woodworks. Walls are adorned with ‘laltens’ (lamps), hunters, rifles, small ‘durries’ (mats) and old photographs of north-west region. Dining area has few waist length walls, thereby giving it a rustic look. Furniture is wooden. Table tops are multi colored and tiled.
The menu is most suited for ‘sharabi kababi’ diners as it lists a plethora of liquors and ‘tandoori’ style non veg dishes. Vegetarian folks can also enjoy a full ‘tandoori’ meal with enough options. They also serve a good collection of mocktails. We ordered Tandoori Angar, Paneer Lababdar, Naan, Masala Kulcha and Papad. Food was expectantly good.
The staff is great in number, well trained, prompt and is clad in ‘pathani’ i.e. shirt like ‘kurta’ teamed with ‘salwaar’.
This is your regular, busy eatery with conceptual and quality décor, expectantly good food and moderately high pricing. Food for two will cost you minimum Rs. 1,000/-.