Monday, August 31, 2009
Gene Roddenberry watch out....WE BOLDLY WENT WHERE MILLIONS HAVE GONE BEFORE!
No this is not an episode of Star Trek......but it was a bold move by six "Gora's", .......and their faithful Captain (Ramesh) on the bridge......who beamed us into the land of Old Delhi.
Well.....it was not all his doing.....he was just the transporter!
Honestly....it was all my idea, concocted after a few glasses of wine this past Friday night at the Parent's Night Out function at the American Embassy School!
On the way to the function, Linda mentioned to me that she had met "Shasta"....at lunch who had told her how great "Karim's" is and how we have to go......now lets back up for just a minute so that I can share something with you.
I have been trying to get Linda to go to "Karim's" for.....MONTHS.....to no avail......but since she spoke to SHASTA.......it must be good.....this happens all the time......but not always on the subject of restaurants....it could be......anything really.....nothing is validated until she hears it from someone other than me!....But then again, it's one of the many special things I love about my sweety.....
So....Thanks to Shasta I was able to finally experience the delicacies of the Mughal Empire....which meant I had the pleasure of dragging Linda and two other couples....including Shasta and her husband and of course and Linda's dearest friend, who refers to herself as "Me", and her husband...."Me" is a very private person....so I am respecting her by not using her real name......I think she should write under a "ghost name"....like Sam Clemens did!
Anyway.....it was my "bright" idea to get an early start....while it was still daylight....so we could eat and get out by dusk....which would have been an awesome plan, but this rookie did not take into account that it is Ramadan.....the time of the year when Muslims across the world fast.....Karim's.....didn't open until sundown, when the fast is over and all Muslims get to eat.....
Now...about Karim's....all of the guys and Shasta, without a doubt would go back....the food was great.....better than I imagined it was going to be.....and we aren't the only people that have enjoyed the food.....it has been rated as one of the "Best Restaurants in Asia", by Time Magazine.....and we all know how credible they are!....in this case they were not bent so far "left".
The brief story is that the restaurant: In 1857 the last of the Mughal rulers (kings) was dethroned by the British....Haji KARIMuddin,the Royal Chef, fled the area briefly, but soon returned to Delhi in 1911, the year of the Delhi Durbar. For those of you unfamiliar to the term, Delhi Durbar, it is the celebration of the coronation of the King and Queen of the UK....in this case, King George V actually came to Delhi, for which people from all over traveled to Delhi to attend.....
The enterprising, KARIM, picked a strategic location (just across from the Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest and largest mosque) to start a restaurant to serve food to the masses of people flocking to Delhi......he began by serving just two items, but in 1913, he expanded his menu and his place of business, and has been serving "Royal Food" to the common man ever since! Quite a history!!
When in Delhi.........I recommend Karim's as a DO NOT MISS....and take your camera...the sights are as amazing as the food, and you will definitely want to capture some memories......because if you are like "ME".....you may never go back! Enjoy!