House of Kebabs is a halal restaurant located on RV Road in a small food hub of sorts, since it is flanked by The Fish Cafe and small juice joints on either side. There is a festive mood on this stretch, with crowds waiting to get a foot in somewhere.
The kebab joint has massive barbecue grills at the entrance with men dressed in chef hats, frying Turkish and Arabian delights, causing the mouths of passersby to water. Step inside and the restaurant has muted interiors with dim ceiling lights and grey cushion covers.
Tandoori chicken, mutton and fish sizzle on skewers, which can be seen as one digs into a platter of varied non-veg starters for `180.
The spread includes tandoori fish, prawns and chicken legs, which are easy on the stomach since they are well cooked and have just the right amount of spice.
However, more sea food could be added to the platter to offer more diversity.
R R Doust, the owner, migrated from Iran 35 years ago, for better educational opportunities. His parents are both citizens of Iran. He had established a car dealership service Dial-a-Car, but after it folded up, he travelled to several Middle-Eastern countries to figure out what to do next.
He decided on running a restaurant. “We import herbs from Iran to make certain dishes such as Irani Mutton Kebab and Irani Seek Kebab as authentic as possible. However, Indians like their spices, so we try not to change things too much,” he said.
Chilli Fish and Fish Fry are some of the must-have starters since the meat is softened and spiced to perfection.
The chicken biryani is light, with more white rice than flavoured. For `140, the student package is affordable with enough for two. The menu also has Chinese, with fish Manchurian and garlic fish on the list of other staples such as fried rice and noodles.
With affordable prices and food served within 15 minutes of placing the order, make the Kebab House a must try.