There are several Indian restaurants in Manila and Kashmir is the oldest one. It’s been around since 1976 and that can be considered a miracle in Manila’s fickle restaurant scene. It’s also unbelievable that it’s the first time for many of us to eat there that night. Good thing Deb had been going to Kashmir since the late 80s and she ordered the food for us. She did an excellent job if I may say so.
Instead of plain peanuts they served an Indian spiced “trail mix” made of peanuts, potato chips, fried noodle bits and raisins. It was salty, spicy, crunchy and totally addicting. We kept asking for refills and only stopped munching when the food came out.
In India bread like naan are eaten with curries and other main courses. In Manila we eat it as appetizers. By the time the meat was served the naan and roti chanai were all gone.
roti chanai P90
I ordered lassi to calm my tongue and throat from the spicy food. It was so delicious that I was half way through it before I even took a bite of the spicy lamb.
The lamb or mutton stew was my favorite dish of the night. It was fork tender and mildly spiced. A piece of lamb and the sauce was enough for at least half a cup of biryani rice.
rogan josh kashmiri P450
This was the Indian equivalent of the Greek moussaka or the Italian eggplant parmigiana. Considering I don’t like eggplant this was very, very good. It must be all that gooey cheese on top and the assertive spices used on the eggplant that made this a big hit with all of us.
baingan ke tikka P300
Deb had to pre-order the roast leg of lamb a day before. It was good but way too spicy for me so I just stuck to eating the lamb stew.
Deb made sure we had as much veggie dishes as meat dishes. She ordered this flavorful vegetable dish cooked in tomato and cream sauce. Yes it was spicy too.
kashmiri subzi P260
The chicken was well marinated but a bit dry for my taste.
chicken tikka masala P450
Everyone raved about the okra except for two non-okra eaters, Cherry and me. We did try it and simultaneously declared, “yuck! it’s slimy.” So it was a pass for us.
bhindi masala P260
Eating at Kashmir was an exciting adventure for our palates. The food ranged from mildly spiced to extra hot. And that meant rice, rice and more rice. But who’s complaining, right? As long as we’re happy and you can see we truly were.
appetizer/soup, salad/yoghurt/lentils, bread/vegetarian specialties,
seafood/mutton/chicken, grilled/international, rice/dessert, Malaysian
6 thoughts on “Dinner at Kashmir”
Great pics.. everything looks soooo yummy that I may have to eat Indian food for lunch because of this! For me, I started hating Indian food but eventually ended up loving it the more I ate it. The key for beginners is to start with the mild ones first then work your way up to the spicier dishes. Looks like a wonderful combination of good food and great company!
i could see on your comments that you dont like spicy food 🙂 i’m therefore a big fan of Indian and spicy foods and having quite a broad knowledge on Indian food cos i love it so much lol.. i would suggest if you prefer milder curry version, (lookin at the menu) i would go for the makhani dish wish is mild because it is cremier. palak paneer is also good as a veggie dish which consists of cheese and spinac. The starters all seem to be medium in spice but samosas are nice to start a meal 🙂 To end the meal i would recommend you order kulfi, faloodaaaa is a winner for me 😀 or barfi.. if you have really sweet tooth go for gulab jammun which contains syrup. Those are only my recommendations & suggestions incase you visit this restaurant again 🙂 i would love to visit this place when i go back to Manila 😀 ❤
Thanks for your tips! My tolerance for spicy food has increased a lot from the recent US trip. I can’t wait to eat spicy Indian food again.
ur welcum 🙂 OOoohh what spicy food did u hav whilst u wer in the US? i kno me 2 🙂 i cnt wait to eat curries again :Dcan u suggest the perfect location for korean cuisine in philippines prefererably round manila region pls, i thought i’d ask u cos ur d expert, reading ur blogs 😀 thnk u x
There are a lot of authentic Korean restaurants in Manila run by Korean nationals who have made the Philippines their home. From the few that I’ve tried I really like Yedang. http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/2009/08/yedang-korean-restaurant-again.html
dats rli gud 2 kno coz i only kno a lot of chinese restaurants in Manila 🙂 i’m excited to go bk to Philippines & try dat place now 🙂 Thanks again 🙂 x