Restaurant Review: KongPoush

An antique jug appears so that you can wash your hands in the traditional way before you read the menu as you would a most interesting book. Whether you choose to sit in a shikara or at a table, views of the Dal Lake stare at you from the walls, along with other pieces of cloth and wood, all unmistakably Kashmiri. You are left alone to browse through the menu; it is understood that you will take time to decide what you want as you learn that lamb is the most popular meat in Kashmir, and the difference in the eating preferences between Kashmiri Pandits and Kashmiri Muslims.

That the famous potato preparation is dum oluv, and not dum aloo as it has been conveniently bastardized, is another revelation as you understand how each dish is cooked and the ingredients that are used and not used in authentic Kashmiri food. KongPoush (‘Saffron Flower’) also has thaals, if you are too curious and want to try many things all at once, and there is a thaal for the pandit and a thaal for the wazwaan (the muslim), and a thaal that is served when the bridegroom visits his in-laws’ home the first time after the wedding, and a thaal for…

The gravies are thin and aromatic, as is the rice – but the flavours this cuisine offers is but one part of this experience, for the senses are being treated to the sound of the water from the fountain and the instrumental music, and words are exchanged very softly, if at all, and the tash-t-nari reappears, this time before you ask for kahwa, and you wish the elaborate meals here would last even longer because there can never be enough time spent in a place of tranquility.

9 Responses to “Restaurant Review: KongPoush”

  1. 1 dhruv
    September 3, 2011 at 04:59

    wer is dis?


  2. 2 Coffee of Doom
    September 3, 2011 at 05:18

    @ Dhruv – Kashmir Dude… read it atleast.


  3. 3 Rahul
    September 3, 2011 at 07:36

    It’s in Goregaon.


  4. 4 Gurdip Singh Narang
    September 3, 2011 at 10:17

    They are shifting to Goa by 3rd week of September. So better visit it before they do.

    Here are their contact details:
    Phone: 28784778, 28784779, 9821192910
    Address: Opposite Veena Appartments, Sejal Park, BEST Colony Road, Off Link Road, Goregaon West , Mumbai


  5. 5 dhruv
    September 3, 2011 at 13:27

    @coffee lol…stoned!!
    ill make sure i visit dis place….looks amazing


  6. 6 Akshay Verma
    September 4, 2011 at 21:40

    its not authentic because kashmiri food cant be made without kashmiri spices which are hard to preserve in humid conditions of mumbai… plus the water is different in mumbai it has a lot of salts in it .. so they cant match the food in kashmir , rest the preparation is good though a nice effort to spread kashmiri cuisine!


  7. 7 Christina
    September 5, 2011 at 08:18

    This place is a total delight! The ambience, the food and the service are all perfect. Kinda difficult to locate though – it’s very close to Oshiwara bus depot. Surprised to hear it’s shutting down. Must visit there once more before that happens.


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