A fellow blogger and I went to JLT for a tasting last week at a newly opened Pakistani restaurant called Little Lahore.
Overlooking the lake, and not very difficult to spot, in cluster J, Little Lahore is a brainchild of Saira Ahmed. The restaurant mirrors her contemporary style and choice.
It was a lovely sunny day. The sun reflecting through the full glass windows added more grandeur to the grey and red interiors of the restaurant.
With beautiful Pakistani melodies playing in the background, we chit chatted a bit with the restaurateur. Saira Ahmed started this eatery when friends encouraged her to turn her passion for food into a restaurant, after tasting the delicious food she served at home. The chef uses most of her recipes and it definitely gives you the warmth and taste of great home cooked food.
To start our tasting session we were served the “Kurkuri Bhindi,” which is fried okra presented on a bed of yoghurt with some chaat masala. The crispiness of the okra and the zing of the chaat masala was well paired with yoghurt.
Their naans are one of the best that I have had in a long time. Their cheese and roghani naans are so delicious that you can eat them just like that with a good cup of karak chai.
My friend and I don’t enjoy very spicy food. Hence, we had requested for the food to be mild and it was made just according to our liking.
We tried the “Chicken Handi” and “Mirchoun Ka Saalan” along with some special grills.
Overall the presentation of the food was well thought out. The curries were served on a small candle lit food warmer.
We started with the chicken handi, that was well cooked, spiced perfect and tasted heavenly. We were a bit hesitant to eat the mirchoun ka salan, chilli curry, as we thought it would be very spicy. As soon as we tasted the dish, we were hooked! It was in our opinion the highlight of the entire session. It was very mild, the spices were blended well and the chilli taste added character to the curry.
Among the grills, we were served the chicken malai boti, reshmi kabab, mutton seekh kabab, fish tikka and jumbo prawns. The grills were cooked so well that the meat would just melt in the mouth. the marination and spices were very well done. Once enjoyed, you would keep going back to the place often for their naans and grills.
we were presented with the “Gajjar Ka Halwa” for dessert. Who can resist dessert after such good food? The halwa was delectable and sweetened perfectly.
Although I was not very hungry when I had arrived but the aroma and the taste of some great desi food just made me over indulge a little more than I should have. We ordered a green tea later and enjoyed it with the music playing in the background, reminiscing about the food street in Lahore.