I love Indian food. Or maybe more accurately, for those food snobs that are obssessed about “authenticity” (a term that I personally disagree with), westernized Indian food. You know what I’m talking about: Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Meat Korma…just the thought of these dishes gets me salivating. Unfortunately, Indian food also happens to be possibly my dad’s least favourite cuisine. Not only does he insist that spices cause his skin to breakout (something that’s a complete load of bs since he gets breakouts regardless of whatever the hell he eats), but he is actually averse to the smell (in his words, it “stinks”)… Seriously, I can’t believe how we can possibly be related. Consequently, it isn’t often that I actually eat Indian food. But I can’t always cater to my dad’s tastes, and I was having a serious craving for something spicy (which is kind of odd considering that it has been quite warm in Vancouver these past several weeks), so after a quick scroll through the restaurants on SkiptheDishes again, I decided to give Dewan-E-Khass a try. The dishes that I got were their Grill Mix Combo (which contained Lamb Kabab, Chicken Kabab, Beef Boti, and Chicken Tikka), Butter Chicken, and Goat Karahi, all of which came with a side of Naan (or rice, although I don’t understand why anyone would opt for it over naan).
Grill Mix Combo ($15.95):
3/5 (4/5 for the kababs, 2/5 for the chicken tikka)
The kababs were quite tender and juicy with a good amount of spice and heat. Aside from the heat however, I personally did find the meat to be a just a tad underseasoned, and I did encounter a few bits of bone/gristle. Unfortunately, the chicken tikka was quite dry, even for white meat. Moreover, it was coated in a layer of marinade/spice that as not particularly flavourful (other than heat), and also very dry.
Butter Chicken ($11.95):
The sauce was aromatic and creamy. The meat, being white meat, was a tad dry but not nearly as bad as the chicken tikka. I would have preferred the sauce to be less sweet and more tangy/savoury. Overall, not the best rendition of butter chicken, but still pretty good.
Goat Karahi ($14.95):
This is the first time that I’ve ever had goat or karahi, so I don’t know what it’s supposed to taste like. This doesn’t change the fact that I quite enjoyed the dish, however, and it’s the favourite of all the food that I’ve ordered. The goat meat was fall off the bone tender, and didn’t have any gaminess that I’m always worried about when having lamb. Again, the sauce had a nice amount of heat. I would have liked a bit more seasoning on the meat itself.
I love naan, and theirs did not disappoint, being fresh, soft and chewy. And a pretty generous portion too. It was also the only food of all the dishes that my dad actually liked.
Overall, while I wasn’t exactly blown away by the food, I quite enjoyed all of the dishes (with the exception of the chicken tikka). This is a good place for decent curries/kebabs for those days when I just want to say “screw you” to my picky dad.