|Category:||Far Eastern & Asian|
|Opening hours:||Noon - midnight|
|Price range:||High-end (Over LE250)|
|Payment method:||Cash, VI, MA, AMEX|
Written by Eugenia Ugrinovich
The incomparable Grand Nile Tower with its luminous lights, impossible-to-imitate taste and unrivaled style harbors many irresistible dining venues, yet unexplored by the capital’s spoilt food connoisseurs.
One of such is the must-taste destination, the savory North Indian Chingari, a small but cozy restaurant overlooking the Nile. Intelligently blending the sophistication of the grandiose Grand Nile Tower with the chic of India, the place bursts with an intricate combination of marble and wood. The dim lights create the atmosphere of intimacy and seclusion; the Indian needlework decorates the walls; whereas the sounds of a lonely piano coming from a distance add an extra spice to the feel of romance.
And though the décor might bear some elements of the West, the menu remains purely traditional. Every dish is carefully prepared by the venue’s talented Indian chef, who impressed us with his ability to combine excellent taste with masterful presentation.
Going through the menu with complicated Indian names, we were served a basket of freshly baked Papar Bread (crispy bread brought to you with three sauces: spicy-sweet mango, mint with yoghurt – a.k.a. Mint Chanti and the red pepper dip specially made for the brave and wild). After this short introduction, the waiters served us another renowned piece of bakery – the one and only Chapati Bread with Butter. Being so soft and tender, we had to resist the temptation to finish the whole basket. As a real Indian restaurant, this place also has the buttery Naan, plus a small yet worthy selection of dishes served with this delicious bread.
From the appetizers, don’t fail to try the tantalizing Punjabi Subzi Samosa (potatoes with green peas, coriander and tamarind chutney) or the delicious Dal Shorba (curried lentil soup with coriander, ginger, garlic and cumin). Being a traditional Indian restaurant, most dishes on the menu will be spicy for an inexperienced diner, you may ask your waiter to mild down the spices a bit.
For the main, do not hesitate ordering Murgh Malai Kebab (chicken breast, cashew nuts, ginger and garlic) or – if you like it light – the juicy Salmon ka Tikka (salmon, ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, coriander, mint and chili paste).
Biryani along with a wide array of Curries is also available in all the possible variations: you can have it with chicken, lamb or seafood. Yet, if you are vegetarian, make your choice from their meat-free items (marked with the letter “V”), among which are Dal Tarkiwali (split yellow lentils, butter, green chilis), or Palak Sabji (spinach, mushrooms, onion, garlic and fenugreek salad).
After such a spicy dinner (literally), it is extremely recommended to order something soothing, and Chingari’s choice of desserts is just what you need: Pistachio Kulfi (ice cream) and the Kaser Kheer (milk rice pudding) are worthy of praise; whereas their selection of Lassi (ranging from salty traditional smoothies to flavored and sweet tastes) is among visitors’ favorite.
The service is attentive; the dishes were served quickly with intervals of 15-20 minutes.
In short, the place is surely a perfect combo for all those looking for an incomparable atmosphere, fantastic view and exceptional taste.