The Kulcha King in Cluster O, JLT is nothing less than a revelation in comparison with its other branches, especially the last one I visited on SZR. That was a real turn off; dark, dreary and reeking with the smell of curry. This one is just the opposite – bright, colourful and cheerful. It’s got an element of playfulness too, with the front end of an old, orange Mercedes Benz truck sitting at the entrance of the restaurant, and there’s a traditional floor seating area at the other end. Thankfully, there’re no gaudy Bollywood graphics reminding you that this is an Indian restaurant. Even the music is modern pop.
The food at Kulcha Kings isn’t, as its name suggests, only about Kulchas (although it wouldn’t hurt to order a couple to have with some raita or daal); today, Kulcha Kings equally about Kebabs, Biryani and Curries. We ordered a Lamb Biryani, a Chicken Tikka Masala and a Daal Makhani, with a couple of buttered roti’s to scrape our plates clean with. Whilst I wouldn’t call their dishes lacking in spice or flavour, one can immediately tell that the masala levels have been dialled down to suit a more international pallet. This is definitely one of those places you can bring your white friends to. Everything we ordered was good, the Daal Makhani nudging excellent.
Service is equally good, with a chirpy team of Filipinos adding their friendly smiles and chatty nature to the existing team of multi-nationals. It’s a happy marriage, reflected most in the positive attitude they show their diners, as well as in the way they go about their duties. Christine was amazing, a real gem. I have no reservations in recommending this restaurant.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.