Food Review: Sufra

January 3, 2013 8:02 am

Bandra’s Carter Road area has no shortage of establishments serving shawarma. There’s the excellent Maroosh; Carter’s Blue; and an unnamed outlet near Mad Over Donuts. Just a short distance away from this clutch of off-Carter Road eateries, is Sufra, a new Middle-Eastern takeaway launched by restaurateur Moshe Shek in the middle of December. Prettily decorated in blue and white tiles, Sufra stands right across the Carter Road promenade, and is thus a convenient spot for Bandra residents looking for a snack during or after their evening stroll. For those who’d rather finish their wraps in a one place (which is not a bad idea because eating one can be a messy affair), there’s an alcove with three tables on the mezzanine.

As far as shawarmas go, Sufra’s, when they get it right, was near perfect. The wrap, which justified its Rs150 price tag, was fat, stuffed with juicy pieces of chicken and pickled vegetables and slathered with garlic sauce that was thankfully not the kind that leaves you with halitosis. However it should be noted that on two subsequent visits, we were served rather dry shawarmas, which were made without any sauce, which was a problem even with the lamb kebab wrap (Rs180), filled with large parched roundels of lamb and cracked wheat. The roast chicken and moujadara (Rs250) comprised two legs of chicken in a tomato-based gravy that tasted like diluted chilli sauce and a portion of lentil pulao that was under-seasoned and undercooked. The vegetarian version (Rs225) of the dish, which has skewers of paneer and capsicum, came with the same unpalatable pulao and gravy. The largely disappointing meal was slightly elevated by dessert, the ashtalieh (Rs90), a Lebanese pudding made of cream that tastes somewhat similar to the Indian payasam. It was lusciously soft yet firm, had the right amount of sweet and just the slightest hint of rose water.

This review was conducted anonymously.