Kapag tinanong mo ang pinoy anong Indian food ang nakain nila, sigurado ako Biryani sagot nila. I am one of them. My family took me to Gazebo at Mirdiff City Centre for my first taste of Indian cuisine. I had Chicken Biryani, and I was amazed when it was served as it has a pastry on top of the ceramic pot. Since I am familiar with Biryani, it was a safe food for me to order. I also had Mutton Biryani at work from a different restaurant, which I didn’t like that much. I don’t like the after taste of mutton. On my second visit to Gazebo in Al Mankhool, my friend ordered Vegetable Biryani or Subzi Masala Biryani. I was surprised! I was thinking that it will be another fail for me like the mutton biryani. I couldn’t imagine vegetable in a biryani.
While waiting for the biryani, we had masala papad for starters. Papad is a crispy snack that tastes like Wonder Boy on its own. Gazebo’s Masala Papad looks like a pizza. It is topped with onion, tomato, coriander with green chutney on the side. It is like a vegetarian taco but flat. Masala Papad is a good appetizer as it will curb your hunger but will not make you feel full. Just enough before the main dish arrives.
When the Vegetable Biryani arrived, I wasn’t able to take a picture because the server immediately served it on our plates. It is basmati rice cooked with garden fresh vegetables, baby potatoes with a mix of sweet and tangy masala in a ceramic pot with pastry on top. It was served the same way as the chicken biryani. The taste is the same as the chicken biryani. The vegetable was fully cooked so there was less texture. I hope they could add a little texture to it so it will be more enjoyable to eat. The taste is good but it feels like eating baby food as it was too soft for me. The quantity is good for 2 people (na hindi gutom). It might be a little spicy for those who don’t like spicy food, I suggest eat the pastry topping. Masyadong malasa yung masala na pwede mo ipalaman sa pastry yung kanin. Call it carbo over load.
We ordered Zafrani Firni for dessert. It has rice milk, sugar, pistachio, cardamom and saffron. I always wondered why does Indian desserts have the same ingredients… milk , sugar, cardamom and saffron. It’s a good combination but I always wondered why. I realized the dessert has always milk on it to neutralize the hotness of the food you just ate. Zafrani Firni tastes like a melted kulfi served in a small ceramic pot. It was so good we ordered another one.