Mumtaz restaurant is another venue that came highly recommended, the Jeddah Food Team decided it was high time we looked into Mumtaz, and see whether the place could live up to its name. Not every restaurant can get away with calling itself ‘excellent’ after all!
Located in the complex of restaurants that is home to Red Lobster and Brenda House, Mumtaz isn’t hard to find. If you’re heading to the Balad its just at the intersection of Khaled Bin Waleed Street and King Abdullah Road.
The canibal-like chicken-eating-a chicken drumstick is a peculiar but comical logo that sets the place apart. I guess it really must be excellent if the chickens are eating it!
They serve up some pretty good indian/pakistani food, including Biryani and some mouth watering mixed grill, make sure you can handle your spiced meat though, as the spicy option is pretty hot!
The interior isnt really what attracts people to Mumtaz, it is the price, you can order a massive dish of Mixed Grill with Biryani for only 13 SAR. Which is not bad going when that is more than enough for two people.
The Mixed grill is made up of chicken tikka, meat kebab, chicken kebab, and pieces of lose chicken. Of these the chicken tikka was probably the best, I’m not really a fan of processed chicken kebabs and this one was no different, that being said I can tolerate a beef kebab strangely enough.
Considering the price it is a pretty good deal, but the meat quality was not as ‘Mumtaz’ as I had hoped for.
The plain kebabs had little taste (we ordered two mixed grill, one spicy). The spicy was definitely the better of the two, mainly because it drowned out.. or enhanced the taste, (whichever you want to believe.)
The biryani comes with a selection of what must be e-coloured grains of rice that glow an incredible bright orange, nice to look at, perhaps not so good to eat, but it tastes normal enough! If you’re not a fan of artificially coloured stuff perhaps this is not the rice for you.
I must say the bread was delicious, soft and doughy, I would definitely come here again for just this and the Tikka, its logo includes the tag line “Chicken Tikke Inn” so I guess this is their specialty.
All in all a good value for money meal, generous portions, worth a look if you like to keep a tight hand on your wallet.
Other items on the menu include Mutton Masala, Chicken Ginger, and various Kormas and soups.Read more