Food review: Ahad Sons

Syed Zafar Mehdi

After Queen Victoria savoured its taste, chicken curry assumed a cult status in Britain, and today it beats every cuisine on foodie charts there. Back home, something similar happened with Wazwan, a traditional multi-cuisine feast from Kashmir that has now literally become a toast of nation.

There are host of eateries in city offering Wazwan. But when it comes to home-delivery service of the delectable feast comprising of dozens of vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes, Masjid Modh based Ahad Sons Restaurant, a known name for Indian and Kashmiri food leads from front. Run by trained Kashmiri chefs, it offers wazwan of high quality at a reasonable rate.

This home-delivery service is on the wish list of every foodie in city. This week, I ordered the package of Wazwan from there to check it out myself. And I must admit, it was an amazing experience to taste the famous food from my homeland. High quality cuisines, nicely prepared by the chefs, in true Kashmiri waza style.

The luscious aroma of the cuisines stirs butterflies in me. The choice on the menu is perplexing, but eyes light up as trays piled with vegetarian delicacies encounter me.

It’s just my wazwan and me now. All I can do is throw caution to winds, and blaze on all cylinders. There is my table, jammed with plethora of dishes from Rista, Roganjosh, Maaz Yakhni to Tabakh Maaz. My favourite item Goshtaba’s turn comes at last, as per norm. The lamb delicacies are accompanied by lip-smacking Doon chetin, a walnut chutney made in yogurt, flavoured by royal cumin seed.

Then come desserts. Kong FirinSaffron Flavoured rice puddings, Kahwa – Green kashmiri hyson tea and Halwa enriched with dry fruits.

The dishes are empty, and my stomach is bursting on seams. Over-stuffed I am but craving for more. The conclusion I draw is, when it comes to Kashmiri food, nothing beats Ahad Sons. With a traditional menu that includes the best of Wazwan delicacies, there is wide variety to choose from.

And little wonder why Ahad Sons is the last word on Kashmiri food in Delhi. For those wanting to try traditional Kashmiri cuisines, my suggestion is: don’t look beyond Ahad Sons. 

Rs 600 onwards for two (including tax)
Phone: 011-26253642
Address: 3/A, Masjid Moth, Uday Park
Timings: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm



Bowl out work stress

Syed Zafar Mehdi

With sharp mounting levels of stress in today’s hectic life, the need to break free from mundane schedules has become all the more important than ever before. So, to bust the stress and recharge their batteries, corporate and biz honchos, sportspersons and students are taking to various recreational means. In this context, an unconventional sport like bowling has lately shot into prominence in the city, because of its great recreational value.

Bowling has become a rage in social and corporate circles of the city and has come to be seen and adopted as a lifestyle sport. It has also managed to stir interest across all age groups. So much so that now India proudly boasts of its bowling champs and there are exclusive corporate tournaments dedicated to the sport as well. “Hitherto it was consigned into oblivion, but now it is designated as a regular sport. It is also a part of the Commonwealth Games 2010,” says Harsh Vardhan Sarda, a reigning national bowling champion, who has been playing the game for last 32 years. He adds that the popularity of game has tremendously shot up in last two years. “Much of the credit goes to bowling alleys, which have mushroomed across the city.” Sarda feels bowling is the “perfect stress-buster”.

There has been a flurry of bowling activities in last few years. South Delhi itself is home to many famous bowling alleys, which are thronged by bowling freaks round the week, especially on the weekends. There is Little Paradise 12/7, Mathura Road; Xanadu Bowling Lanes, South Delhi Club, Greater Kailash-I; Magic Planet, Malviya Nagar; Bawa Bowling and Billiards, Vasant Kunj, Future Bowl, Aurobindo Marg among others. Many corporates such as Rolls Royce, Hero Honda, Airtel, Coke, Nokia, and LG Electronics regularly send groups of executives to bowl and even organise inter-corporate bowling tournaments at these alleys.

Little Paradise 12/7, situated on Mathura Road is famous among the bowling enthusiasts from Friends Colony, Maharani Bagh, Sarita Vihar and the adjoining areas. Counted among the city’s best bowling alleys, it presents a symphony of elegant paneling, plush scientific lighting and feeling of space, thus creating the perfect ambience for a game of bowling. “It is a wonderful place to enjoy a game of bowling, and gorge on the Mughlai cuisines,” says Aman Verma, a resident of New Friends Colony. They also serve Multi-cuisine, Indian, North Indian, Chinese and Mughlai cuisines. Facilities for billiard, pool, besides a woden dance floor, and excutive Bar & Lounge is also there.

Another hip and happening place for bowling enthusiasts is Fun ‘n’ Fair on Mathura Road. A great place for bowling and go-karting lovers. “It is a fun way to get that adrenalin rush and can be enjoyed by all age groups,” says a manager there. Fun ‘n’ Fair is open all days of week, they have standard, nominal charges for both go-karting and bowling. They have 2 bowling lanes and 10 Scorpion go karting cars to enjoy here.

What draws crowd (mostly working people) to these bowling alleys is the promise of full on entertainment. “It’s the perfect way to funnel out stress and fatigue of the entire week,” says Aryan Vij, a senior executive at a Gurgaon-based MNC, and a regular at these bowling alleys.

Interesting titbits:

Bowling is a national sport in Malaysia, and is played in over 103 countries, surpassing the more popular game like soccer.

It has been included in Commonwealth Games 2010 for the first time.

Archaeologists have discovered bowling balls, pins and other equipment in a child’s grave in Egypt dating to 5200 BC.

Bowling was recorded in England in 1100s. But it was Dutch who introduced the sport to America in the 1600s, where it was known as ‘Dutch Pins’.

Bowling centres supply a variety of balls with weights ranging from 2.7 kg to 7.2 kg. The balls are drilled with three specially positioned holes – to fit the thumb and two middle fingers – for better grip and control.

(First published in Hindustan Times)