When its Kaafila, its Kandahari Laham. Love everything about this restaurant.
Value for money-4/5
This rating is after my 3rd visit to this restaurant. On our recent visit to Kaafila, we ordered :-
1. Kandahari Laham -
The signature dish of Kaafila. Full leg of the lamb cooked. It serves 5 to 6 persons. Price- Rs 1100/-.
2. Chicken Lababdar
The red gravy item tastes great with wheat based side dishes.
3. Machhi Takatin The awesome one. I have a fetish for Fish n mutton items. Hence my rating- Awesome
4. Cheese Naan It is good but the taste doesnt commensurate to taste of the other items
Pros- 1. All items taste good.
2. Ambience is great.
3. Service is superb.
1. The price is on higher side.
2. Table reservation highly recommended.
Final verdict- Highly Recommended.
Boudhayan Ghosh Rated : 5/5
Since Afghanistan is bordered by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, China, Pakistan and Iran, it has been the place where important trade routes between India, China, the Middle East and Europe converged. A rich culture took hold at this crossroads, and with it a varied cuisine.
Afghan cuisine is mainly influenced by that of Persia (Iran).
Kaafila tries to recreate that cuisine for you right here at the heart of Kolkata. Located at City Centre 1 in Salt Lake, this restaurant is an Afghan themed restaurant. Starting from the door to the interiors, the entire restaurant is designed to give you a feeling that you are sitting in Afghanistan and having your food.
The decor is beautifully created with North West Frontier theme. One can find lanterns and rifles hanging on the walls. The ceiling has Afghani rugs hanging and the seating area too draped in reddish carpet. The unique decor with canvas, carpet, and utensils would make it look like a tent and giving you a medieval feel.To add to the effect, the staff are dressed in what we know as Pashtun dress.
I had been to this restaurant multiple times - in large groups and with my family. Here are the items which I like and are always a part of my order. Some of these are a must try of you are paying a visit to this restaurant:
(1)Murgh aur dhania shorba - Rs 155/-
(2)Bhetki Ke Nazakhat (whole bhetki rubbed with lemon juice, salt, ginger garlic and cooked) - Rs 435/-
(3)Murg Makhmali Sikanj (Chicken mince mixed in spices with herbs and finished in tandoor) - Rs 300/-
(4)Kandahari Laham (Whole mutton leg marinated with ginger garlic, lemon juice and rubbed with nutmeg and soaked in yogurt, olive oil and hot spices overnight. A tandoori delicacy of Afghanistan) - Rs 995/- *** MUST TRY
(5)Khandani Naan - Rs 145/- *** MUST TRY
(6)Kesaria Firni - Rs 120/- *** MUST TRY
(7)Boulawnee(Afghani pastry made from rich dry fruits. Served witha scoop of vanilla Ice cream) - Rs 165/- *** MUST TRY
The staff is courteous and service is good. The Kandahari Laham takes some time to cook (so you have to be a bit patient) and when it comes, you would see it all in flames with smoke whizzing out.
If you want to have Afghani food, perhaps this is the best place to go. The price however is quite high and might be taxing for your pocket especially if you are taking a large group for a treat. Try and avoid weekends and holidays if you can since the place is jam packed. If you are yet to pay a visit to this place, I would recommend you take out time and get a taste of Afghani cuisine.
Arunava Bose Rated : 5/5
OK, i have given rating as 5 as they do not have a 4.8 rating. .2 i deduct for the lack of space in some tables.
Somehow Zomato has deleted my earlier review of Kaafila. So I am writing it again. This is one of my favorite places among all city center restaurants. This place has unique decor with canvas, carpet, and utensils which make it look like a tent. The only complaint is that the space is little low in some tables, so getting in and out can be a problem. Now let me talk about the food. The kebab platter is simply awesome with a medley of chicken tikka, mutton seekh kebab, fish makhmali kebab and tangri kebab/chicken hariyali kebab. Quantity is good for 4 people. The fish kebab jut melts in your mouth. The biriyani with long grain rice and soft mutton pieces...aha...bliss for food lovers. The cheese naan and daal makahani, can't even describe it in words. Noorani macchi is a delight for fish lovers. The murg dalcha had very tasty gravy and succulent chicken pieces. The raita with creamy curd and delicious firni in earthen pots accompanies these dishes very well. The service is also impeccable. Once they served us chicken hara kalmi which was over salted, before we could complain they replaced the dish themselves and apologized profusely. That talks hugely about their service level. and I love the free paan at the exit gate. Keep going back to this place again and again and they have never disappointed me. If you are a food lover and never visited this place then please do.
Silva Sarkar Rated : 5/5
Hell yeah its Kaafila. The name is right now more than enough. Right from service to ambiance to food, both in terms of quality and quantity, all are excellent and top notch. Simply one of the best restuarents right now in the city. Exotic kebabs, soft juicy mutton kebabs with a tongue twisting balance of spice and masala. "Foodgasm" may be the right word to use after you have eaten in this place. A must go and a highly recommended place.
RG Rated : 5/5
Apart from delicious mouth watering cuisines, Kaafila Situated in sector 1, Salt lake Kolkata, has lot in its platter. With fabulous decor and cozy ambience you are sure to enjoy foods of all sorts. The restaurant boasts its food items ranging from tempting side dishes to delicious deserts. Take their bhetki fish cooked with cashew gravy finished with cream which is absolutely gorgeous. And who can resist their dish master creation which marinated fish cooked in tandoor. Prawn is bengalis' all time favourite and the restaurant has not forgotten that by keeping in the menu headless prawn tossed with hot spices and cooked in cashew paste with a touch of fresh coconut milk. It is simply yummy. Those who drool over paneer here is a dish of marinated Paneer with ginger garlic, crushed peppercorn and cream cooked in tandoor. The restaurant's kebabs and malai tikka are another attraction to all. And not to forget the irresistible array of soft drinks such as pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, lime juice all are soothing.
Tarakesh Gomes Rated : 5/5
I think it offers best of afghan food in india. I have been 7-8 times to this place. The must try is "The Tehari Murgh" the best of briyani i ever had in my life span. The best thing is all my friends to whom i have taken to this place have loved the ambience and the food specially the tehari murgh. The dish serves abt 3-4 people so make sure u have good foody company :p. Do try all the Raan special options. Veggies to avoid this place. Firni is a surprise that to in the heart of city like kolkata :D
Eat & keep enjoying life :)
Harsimran Singh Gandhi Rated : 5/5
One of the best places I have ever been and eaten. To me, this place gets the topper award if afghan is the food theme. The ambiance, the food, the experience.. all so warm and welcoming. Ambiance : The moment you enter Kaafila, you forget where you were few moments back behind the door. Complete interior gives the feel of the middle eastern Asia and the wall, the lights, the carpets, the seats - all proudly bring out the illusion with pleasure. All together a perfect visual satisfaction. Food: We ordered for Lasooni, Daal, Makai Palak, Lababdar Reshmi, Sabji Pulaf and Kandahri Laham. I don't know which one to pick as the best but I found Laham to be an unique dish and of taste one of its kind. The price can leave a bite in your pocket but you cannot have it all, can you? The price is worth the taste. The lamb leg was so sufficient and so attractive that it took away all the credits. All dishes taste very delicious, clean and full of coloring flavors. It feels so good to have dinner at a place like this which can last forever and you crave for the same evening more and more to accumulate all those experiences again. Hospitality: Perfect. The Happy, smiley greetings from the Peshawari styled Indian faces quickly fills your heart with warmth. Service and assistance offered by them are also at par with the way they have dressed themselves. To summarize, a perfect dining experience in Afghani style. I am a fan of this place because of its ambiance and offcourse food. Again, a pocket pincher.. but the pinch is sweet. I can take it.
Subhankar Majumder Rated : 5/5
Visited this place last week on Saturday, surprised to find place. The place is quite nice, the interiors and the ambience is good. I would recommend to try the starters platter which is very good and also in the quantity is good enough for 6 people. The main course is good though not great. Khandani naan is a must have, very similar to Kabuli naan but it contains portions enough for the people. Overall it's a nice place to spend an evening.
Shitij Bagaria Rated : 4.5/5
After trying a lot of Chinese, North Indian restaurants me and my friends thought of giving our stomach a bit different taste and so we thought of trying the Mughlai cuisine and "Kaafila" is one of the place that comes into mind when we think of Mughlai. It was the day of Saraswati puja and after getting tired of seeing beautiful girls wearing sarees we thought of visiting Kaafila to get rid of the tiredness. The place was not crowded and so we got a nice seat of our choice very easily. As we were 3 in number so we couldn't try their special Kandahari Lahm(because it is recommended for 4/5 ppl) but instead we ordered the following dishes-
Starters- Kakori Kebab(Hmm very soft mutton kebabs just loved it)
Murgh Malai Kebab( Again loved it!!)
Gosht Khada Masala(Very soft mutton pieces and very tasty)
Hariyali Paneer Makhani(Their special as mentioned in Zomato and yes really it was special)
The prices were a bit high but the food quality was too good.
So overall our Saraswati Puja lunch was awesome and we loved our first time experience in Kaafila looking forward to visiting it again in near future.
Soudipta Swar Rated : 4.5/5
A definite favourite for me and my family and friends in Cal.Have been going to the place ever since they opened shutters .Infact we were here for lunch the very same day they opened and have loved it since.
Ambience is completely in keeping with the name.The carpets,muskets,add to the feel of being in a bedouin tent.Love the pictures they have on the walls along with the way they have made the place so that it appears to be sculpted out of sand or mud.
Service is slow irrespective of it being empty or crowded.The servers are attentive and warm.
Food is the star here definitely.I cannot have the veg kebab platter enough times along with their yellow dal and garlic naan.Drinks like the khus mocktail really quench a parched throat in the summer months.Have eaten almost everything on the menu over the years and have loved almost all of it.
Shwetaa Sharma Rated : 4.5/5
When it comes to eating out I expect something extra apart from scrumptious food. Food is the biggest weakness but there are places which like to tantalize your taste buds with their mouth watering food items. Such is Kafila which serves always extra on its platter. The place is comforting, as eating is supposed to be done in peaceful atmosphere. On the menu what catches my attention is the name or titles of the food items. When it comes to the ordering food items I get confused as there are so many good appetizing foods. Noorani machi which is a bhetki fish preparation with cashew gravy is something to drool over. The fish smitten with gravy is yummy. I normally order sabzi pilaf which goes fantastic with murgh sufiyana pasanda. The shredded chicken is completely heavenly these are the few times when I like to go beyond the typical traditional homemade 'mangser jhol'. Sometimes I relish their methi murgh zafrani, or murg dhaniwal korma; the chicken laced with masaladar gravy is enough to make us all drool over instantly. Any veg curry is a treat for me; hence I love their mausaum ke sabzi, a preparation with seasonal vegetables cooked in thick gravy. Lastly or sometimes I can only try their Kesaria firni, a desert to come down my sweets cravings.
Romir Sen Rated : 4.5/5
Kaafila was on my wishlist for a long time....so finally got to visit there this sunday with my family....we entered around 1 for lunch....interior decoration was the first thing to catch our eyes....sitting was cosy & comfy.....any slow music on desert can make you feel like u r in arab....it will be my suggestion to the owners to arrange for a music system & play music on desert.....it would b perfect....now coming to main agenda-food....we first ordered kandhari laham-the taste & aroma was perfect....then we went for non-veg platter....fish & chicken kababs were perfect....mutton was okay....then we ordered tandoori roti & ghost kada masala....it was perfect....then we took away ghost siakndari biriyani & tehari murgh for dinner....tehari murgh was just awesome...everyone must try this atleast for once....for drinks we took marine delight & pink panther (okay enough)...for desserts boulawnee & kesaria firni...I liked the firni but not the other one....overall I would give them a 5 but have to deduct .5 for their pathetic toilet...it was full of filthy smell....you will surely vomit if u go after lunch.....owners must look at it immediately....overall it was a nice experience & a must visit for every moughlai lover....
SOUVIK@Food Rated : 4.5/5
The Kolkata restaurants, bars and food parlours are not merely caters to the food enthusiasts they are now experimenting with foods of all kinds and all sections of the world; ethnic, Mediterranean, sub continent, such a restaurant cum bar is Kaafila whose delicacies are appetizing keeping up the flavour and taste intact perfectly. Banjara Machchi is a pomfret is preparation and as I love pomfret I often order this dish and enjoy relishing it. Irani Machchi Tikka, fish fillet marinated in ginger-garlic, mixed wi8th cashew paste, fresh cream and cheese and then grilled in tandoor. Veg sheek kebab is also my favourite. How can I forget Tehari murgh or methi murgh zafrani or shahzani kofta, all these are excellent as all the masalas go with the meat very well. A person like me can't do without rice so I order jeera chawal with that I prefer tandoori angar or barburi aloo patiala. I have recently tried raita and I loved it also with raita roasted papad or green salad is suitable. There are also bread and nun items which I have not tried yet. Lastly dessert kesaria firni is apt to finish the whole meal.
Anirban Kundu Rated : 4.5/5
I have to Kaafila 5/6 times and everytime it has been an unique experience. The decor, ambience and overall the food is exceptional. The taste, use of spices, the percentage of grilling the meat is just perfect and you cannot have any better Afghani food in Kolkata than this.
From the drinks menu I tried Fresh Gold which was very unique and I really liked the ginger taste.
From the starters menu, I tried Tandoori Mahi Kebab, Irani Machhi Tikka and Murgh Tikka. Each was very good and holds perfect grilling, nice use of spices and not overdone in any sense.
Then comes the beauty of Kandahari Laham - When the waiter hold the beautiful leggy roasted leg of lamb infront of you with fires burning on top of it and then puts off the fire with a waive of his hand - the grilling smell, exceptional use of spices really puts your taste buds on run. This is a true delight and I love to have this time and again. Be prepared to wait a little for this beauty as they will take their own time to prepare it and present it to you. But rest assured, your wait will not be wasted.
From the side dishes I tried Lababdar Reshmi, Tehari Murgh and Rogani Gosht. All were very good.
I also had Gosht Sikandari Biryani which was not very exceptional - the biryani is dry and not a very juicy affair. They don't use potato and there is no sign of the Kolkata Biryani here.
The Khandani Naan is very good and must be tried. A very large naan which can be shared by 3/4 people full of dry fruits.
In desserts, Boulawnee was good.
Kaafila have been a very good experience and would love to be back here again and again. Thank You.
Sumitavo Paul Rated : 4.5/5
After reading so many positive reviews opted this place for an office party.
Simply amazed with decor which perfectly creates afghani ambiance.
Coming to food, we ordered for Murgh Malai Tikka and Kandhari Laham along with fresh lime soda as starters. The presentation of Kandhari Laham is very interesting. A whole leg of mutton on fire!! The taste was very nice. Murgh Malai Tikka was juicy and very tender, tasted awesome.
For main course we ordered only Teheri Murgh, a biriyani type dish though tastes much much better than biriyani. The rice was spicy and the chicken legs were very delicious. 1 of this dish is more then enough for at least 3.
For dessert we ordered Boulawnee and Phirni. Phirni tasted nice, but this Boulawnee was a different treat for taste buds. Made with dry fruits served hot with ice cream , a perfect finish for the day.
Though the pocket pinch is high (80 bucks for a glass of fresh lime is just too much!!), the ambiance and food really complement this.
Swarnabi Pal Rated : 4.5/5
You walk into Kaafila and you feel like you have been transferred into another world. The ambience is THAT beautiful. The decor lives up to its name, which means envoy or caravan in Urdu. The ceiling is done up like a tent, with stunning canvas panels and woodwork. There are rifles, various wall hangings, beautiful lanterns, tapestry artwork, shelves with various pots, pans and shishas and photographs on the wall. The lighting adds an elegance to the look and the feel. The interiors have been done up in a way to maximize space and utility, without looking too cramped.
Kaafila is well known for serving authentic NWFP cuisine, and the food will not disappoint. We did not experiment too much and ordered food we were generally familiar with as it was our first visit: the Kabuli Tandoori Murgh, Gosht Sikandari Biriyani, Chicken tikka masala (I forgot the name), Tandoori roti, and a Pink Panther for me (they wouldn't serve us alcohol as we were underage). The tandoori murgh was very good, but I've had better at lower prices. I absolutely LOVED the biriyani and I thought it was one of the best I've had ever. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it right now. The chicken was tender, marinated and cooked to perfection and the mix of spices in the gravy was absolutely divine. The tandoori rotis were light and fluffy. The Pink Panther was very citrusy and appetizing.
The staff of Kaafila is courteous and friendly, and service is fantastic. Prices are on the higher side but worth it. I plan on being back soon to taste their delectable kebab preparations. Kaafila is undoubtedly one of THE best restaurants in the city for North Indian food, but also in terms of ambience and service. It's definitely worth a visit and more.
Kat Rated : 4.5/5
So, did you have Kaafila binge yet?
This place, I guess serves the best Afghani cuisine in town. The taste of the food, the smell of the spices are the things to die for. Three of us went there to try their quite popular non-veg kebab platter. It's a block buster. You get chicken, mutton and fish together in it. Then came the legendary Tehari Murgh. It's a gem of a dish for the meat mongers. The rice and the chicken is just unforgettable. The quantity is huge. We couldn't finish and had to take the left over as parcel. The next time we had Kandahari Lahm, which has an unprecedented taste. All over if you are ready to take the pinch in your pocket, make sure you visit this place. It was a delight to eat here...
Md Imtiaz Sunny Rated : 4.5/5