A lunch at Majlis

Majlis is a newly opened restaurant in Bangalore which serves Arabian food and Mughal influenced dishes from Lucknow and Rampur. Here's a photo tour...

The place is neat and beautifully decorated....

I really liked the reclaimed wood furniture...

The menu is a combination of many interesting Arabian and Awadhi dishes...

The menu at Majlis has been specially designed by the celebrity chef brothers - chef Ashfaque Quereshi and  Chef Irfan Quereshi. I was lucky enough to meet and interact with them...

They are the sons of the 87 year old masterchef Imtiaz Quereshi. The Quereshis are descendants of the family of legendary chefs to the Mughal emperors of India. The new generation of Quereshis have been keeping alive the age old recipes quite remarkably with their numerous restaurants around the world...
Chef Imtiaz Quereshi
Don't forget to watch the 3 part video series of  Gordon Ramsay's encounter with Chef Imtiaz Quereshi, at the end of this post.

Over to my lunch. We started with the Rooh Afza. For the uninitiated, Rooh Afza is a syrup which smells of roses and many other things and is often mixed with water or milk. Here it was mixed with milk and it had the fabulous basil seeds floating on top...

Mezzeh platter...

Baba Ganoush - Dip of roasted eggplant...

Classic Hummus - Silky puree of chickpeas with tahina sauce and olive oil...


Hummus Beiruti - spiked with Garlic and parsley...

Tabbouleh with chopped parsley, bulgur, mint and tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. 

Fattoush - a Lebanese salad with cucumber, tomatoes, capsicum, olive oil and vinegar topped with crispy slices of pita bread. This remains one of my favorites...

Dahi Ke Kabab - Hung curd spiced and rolled in soft bread and deep fried...

Cheese Sambousek...

Rajma Galouti Kabab. Although they were not bad, they did not tempt me as much as the other things...

Murgh Malai Kabab - The divinely soft pieces of chicken coated with cream and mild spices just melts in your mouth...

Fresh lime soda...

For the main course there was Murgh Bemisal... 

I paired it with khameeri naan which was soft, fluffy, warm and inviting...

Mutton Rogan Josh was spectacular...

The Dal Tadka served here was excellent...

Zar-e-bariyan biryani...

Goan Fish Curry. This is one dish I wasn't looking forward to but I was pleasantly surprised by its inclusion in an Indo-Arabic menu...

The coconut based curry tastes best with rice...

I am glad I saved room for dessert. Phirnee, a rice and milk pudding was perfectly set. The flavors of saffron and cardomom with a sprinkling of chopped almonds and pistachios made the spoonfuls of creamy phirnee quite addictive... 

Leaving you with three videos of MasterChef Imtiaz Quereshi making the exotic Goat Biryani with Gordon Ramsay...

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


  1. Even after all the delicious food we had today for Thanksgiving, your post makes me hungry! It looks like a fabulous place to have lunch! Thank you for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

  2. all this looks so tasty!

  3. That food looks delicious. I am not familiar with any of it but I would love to try all of it.

  4. Great reflections. Food looks amazing Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. This is so different from foods we eat out here in West Texas....glad you enjoyed the new place.

  6. This restaurant totally amazes me. All of those beautiful different dishes. Nice reflections, too. I bet you were full when you left to go home. Foods from around the world have always fascinated me. It is such fun to taste them...tho some of the spices are a bit too much for me.

  7. What an amazing post and awesome photos as usual. I have loved your input to the Blog Booster Party and I look forward to you being at the Blogger's Pit Stop rally with more of your posts next Friday.

  8. Really looks good!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  9. I love the decor. So beautiful. The food looks amazing as well!

  10. Wow - I bet this place is full of amazing tastes and smells. Great shots as always!
    Thanks for linking up at

  11. Goodness me - what a delight!!

  12. All this delicious food beautifully presented :-)

    Have a tastytastic week :-)

  13. Looks delicious. They serve many of my favorite foods, plus several I have not heard of before.

  14. Now I am totally drooling! Yummy!

  15. Wow, that looks awesome! I didn't recognize many of the dishes. Thanks for linking up at so I could find you!

  16. That looks fantastic! Have a great day!

  17. Amazing food!! I love this sort of food. I love the salads, they look so fresh and tasty!

  18. I have never tried Arabian food, but looks yummy and very interesting! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. It seems very good and interesting. Your pictures are great as always.
    Take Care!

  20. This was a very interesting Post! I like to find new recipes, and learning about country-specific food! A great Post for MondayMellowYellow :)

  21. I would have delighted in dining here. I love many of the dishes displayed, ESPECIALLY baba ganoush with its wonderful smoky flavor. Just a mile or so from where I live now, there is an excellent Middle Eastern restaurant with similar dishes, great appetizers and many lamb specials which I especially like. It's setting is peaceful and relaxing.


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