Restaurant Review:
Banarasi Kulfi


With summer visiting the UAE in full swing, there’s no better way to beat the heat than with some cold and creamy Kulfi, wouldn’t you agree? Kulfi is an extremely popular frozen dairy dessert from the Indian subcontinent that is similar to ice cream but thicker and richer than it. This delicious dessert is available in traditional flavors such as Malai (cream), Kesar (Saffron), Cardamom, Mango and more but in recent times vendors have been innovating and unveiling a variety of unique flavors that are usually big hits with all ages. A recent invite took us on a Kulfi tasting spree at the new and very colorful Kulfi cart, Banarasi Kulfi wala that translates to Kulfi seller from Banaras (an Indian city famous for its Kulfi). The server is clad in a traditional North Indian outfit with a cloth on his head and smilingly serves you the Kulfi you desire on a stick in a little paper bowl! For those who have been born and raised in India, like two of our guest bloggers at this session, everything about the experience was a walk down memory lane to the good old days when they as kids would scramble to the local Kulfi vendor and excitedly await treats.

Banarasi Kulfi Wala features the usual, traditional flavors along with some more inventive ones and here are all the types we tried:
  • Malai
  • Kesar
  • Paan (A rose petal infused Kulfi that is inspired by the popular betel leaf post meal snack)
  • Pink Guava
  • Rose
  • Coconut
  • Kiwi
  • Red Berries
  • Kulfi Falooda (Kulfi topped with Falooda or vermicelli, chia seeds, rose syrup and dry fruits)

The Malai and Kesar versions delighted us to no end as did the Falooda, Paan, Rose and Coconut. However, the pleasant surprises that we reluctantly agreed to on the insistence of the lovely team, were the Red Berries, Kiwi and Pink Guava! Neither of us are particularly fond of Berry based desserts but at Banarasi Kulfi Wala, this combination seemed to work wonders! The Red berries Kulfi retains the creaminess and silkiness of milky Kulfi and unites it with a hint of tanginess and we were blown away!

The Pink Guava has as its inspiration a snack in India where slices of guava are garnished with a mixture of spices and the resultant burst of flavors is where its popularity lies. Blending the sweetness of guava with a touch of spice and again, the creaminess of Kulfi, we absolutely loved this one too!

As mentioned earlier, the server, his cart and the Kulfi presentations all oozed authenticity. Additionally, the utensils and seats which resembled milk jars that are used by milkmen in parts of India even today and the rest of the décor, the rickshaw and truck fronts all added to the realistic ambiance of the restaurant.  Overall, it was unanimous, the desserts and everything at Banarasi Kulfi Wala get a massive Yay from us!
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