This is one place which remains an enigma to me. Sheesha – the rooftop hideaway for college kids and everyone who was young at heart – this is what was my impression from six monhs ago. Age has not been kind to this place.

We walked in on a typically busy Saturday afternoon, and found half the place turned upside down. I understand that places need to renovate, but please do not serve food to us with dusty overturned tables within sniffing distance of our sinuses. A straight ding of 1.5 bones to this place.

Lets not bash this place completely. The kababs are still amazing. Try either the Afghani Paneer Tikka or Ajwaini Paneer Tikka and you will be set (my pick Рthe Ajwaini, tastes better and you can fool yourself into believing the Ajwain will digest faster). The other awesome starter is the Aatishi Aaloo. The Mushrooms are also very nice. Have this with a cold fresh lime soda (sorry, no beer here!) and some parathas, and you are set.

Your first wrong step would be to over-extend and try the main course. The Dum Aaloo Kashmiri is very average. Oily, over-masala’d and the polar opposite of subtle, this was a definite miss. The Kaali Dal is ok, though other places in the area do a better job. Stick to starters and you’ll be better off.

The biggest disappointment here is the service. The blase, chalta hai attitude mixed with a healthy dose of “adjust karo” makes for a heady mix of poor service. Our waiter forgot our order and came back with hardly an apology. As many as 4 waiters avoided my pleading gestures as i begged for some green chillies to end the misery of the main course. Bad show guys!

The saviours are the elements. This is an open rooftop restaurant – a rarity. It has decent hookahs and with waiters ignoring you, you could remain in a happy sulk in a corner forever, as long as the coals keep the hookah bubbling along.

My recco – Wait until March, when hopefully their repairs are done. Then, go at night, go with friends, and set low expectations. Order kababs, a hookah, some rotis and laze the night away. Ask for your bill 30 mins before you’re ready to leave!

Check out the Hound Report Card for the final analysis:

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