Sufra – a big disapointment

I picked up the Spinach Pide last night for my dinner. Great anticipation to enjoy the meal.

Oh! What a let down. It was not good at all. No comparison to what I had eaten the first time. How could they go so wrong? The pide comes parceled in a box that says that no two pides are the same but one would savour them nonetheless – I differ – and I differ big time. I am definitely not going to order the pide again.

 

Sufra – Spinach Pide finally!

I ATE IT! FINALLY – WHEW!!!!

Check it out

Spinach Pide

Spinach Pide

I loved it…..but my hubby didn’t.  : (

So I guess, this is one of those dishes that you either really like or don’t – there is no ‘okay’ about it. This is made on a bread base which is over 10″ long. I can’t really say what the spread is made of as the taste is not very spinach-y but has a lovely texture and taste. Sprinkled over on top is what I think are flavoured cashews or nuts.

I absolutely loved this dish and want to go back for it again. At Rs. 175 its more that a tummy-full.

Sufra – encounters of 3 kinds

Had 3 Sufra experiences (after my first visit) in November and December. My experiences.

Having tried the Original Falafel the first time round, loved it and then I had to try their other dishes. So, went back on the 29th of November 2013. Between the Spinach Pide (Middle-eastern pizza) and another vegetarian fare, I was recommended to try the Paneer and Vegetable skewers with Moujadara. This is grilled vegetables and cottage cheese skewers served with lentil and brown onion pulao, served with their piquant tomato sauce.

In non-vegetarian, was suggested The Crisp Chicken in pita pocket. This is garlic and cumin spiced chicken with lettuce, tomato, tahini, fresh coriander and mint sauce.

The Paneer and Vegetable skewers with Moujadara.

Paneer n vegetables skewered in tomato sauce

Paneer n vegetables skewered in tomato sauce

pulao

pulao

Paneer n veg skewers with Moujadara

Paneer n veg skewers with Moujadara

At Rs. 225, its a tasty and wholesome meal. The skewers are flavourful. The tomato sauce is aromatic and has zest. It goes well with the pulao. The pulao, I felt was nothing great. It was strongly scented with cinnamon, cardamon and other spices. However, on the whole its a good dish. Portion size is good and it adequately serves 1. In the above picture, the plate could not accommodate half of the rice and more of the tomato sauce. However, I am not sure if I would order this often as it is not an exotic taste or does not make me feel I am eating a Middle- Eastern fare. Its good and different but not strikingly unusual.

The Crispy Chicken is a non-vegetarian Falafel. Credit to Sufra for the chicken – it packs in a good flavour. On the whole its a good falafel. Gets itself a rating of 3.5 on 5. At Rs. 150 its a good meal.

Crispy chicken

Crispy chicken

Experience 2 – wanted to have the Spinach Pide. Went to the outlet one night, in the first week of December. Time 7:30 pm. NO SPINACH PIDE. Ordered the Original Falafel. NO ORIGINAL FALAFEL!

Experience 3 – 13th December 2013. Lunchtime around 1 p.m. I was close to the outlet. I decided to call them before reaching them for a pickup. NO SPINACH PIDE.

Sufra

restaurant front

restaurant front

Sufra – Pure Middle Eastern Takeaway.

This is the latest initiative from Moshes. It is situated at Colaba Causeway, Mumbai (earlier it housed the famous Aga Brothers where everyone went for the famed Tibbs frankie). Sufra started operations on the 04th of November.

It houses the most well-known of Middle Eastern fares and at the same time introduces to us the larger variety of the cuisine we have not been exposed to. Its mainly set-up as a takeaway joint, having only 6 round tables with 2 chairs each, cramped together. Part of the kitchen is visible so you can see your order take form.

The menu is quite exhaustive, from Chicken Shwarma, Lamb Kebabs that can be had either in pita bread or as a wrap to the Traditional Falafel of dumplings, salad, pickles and tahini sauce in pita bread. They have Kabsa – a Yeminte chicken pulao, an Arabic spiced Roast Chicken and Moujadara – that is chicken with lentil and brown onion pulao and a vegetarian option for the same in their main course section.

Their specials include Kibbeh – kebabs of chicken, burghul and mint ; vegetarian and chicken Msakhan – marinated veggies or chicken in crisp filo pastry and a couple of more options.

Sufra also has salads, breads and dips to choose from. Hummus is available with pita. Combine with chicken, falafel, soujook, etc. 

Pide are Arabic flatbread pizzas. Last evening, I dropped in to pick up my dinner. I was oscillating between a Spinach pide and the Traditional Falafel – the falafel won. 

The Traditional Falafel was excellent. I’d give it a 5 on 5. At Rs 150, it is well priced. It is a 6″ perfectly-stuffed falafel. Totally satiating. 

Traditional falafel

Traditional falafel

Desserts, sweets, beverages and smoothies are also available at Sufra’s.

sweets n desserts counter

sweets n desserts counter

Sufra’s is still getting its act together. Last evening, there were people queuing up and service was slow. However, the servers were methodical and courteous. Also, many items on the menu were still not available. Home delivery is to start within a week. 

I will definitely go back for the Traditional Falafel as well as try the other options on the menu.