Deshi Biryani- Bengali Food Jackson Heights

Posted on August 30, 2008. Filed under: Jackson Heights, Middle Eastern |

Deshi Biryani (75-18 37th Ave Jackson Heights 718-803-6232) offers traditional Biryani dishes at decent prices. Biryani is primarily south Asian rice dishes- mainly basmati rice served with meats and spices like cinnamon, cardamon, ginger and cloves. It’s difficult to imagine a restaurant serving dishes smothered in exotic meats and rich spices could fall so short of expectations, alas it did fall hard and short. The menu held such promise, but the entire experience from start to end was an unfortunate disappointment. Upon entering the restaurant, and standing and then waiting almost five minutes to be seated by one of the three servers. It’s a tragedy in the food business to have more waitstaff than there are occupied tables, but still having to wait to be seated. Brought by the first waitress was the crispy nan, hot and buttery. The mango lassi (yogurt drink) was palpable, thick and sweet. But the main entree-brought by a second waitress- left much to be desired. The Cocktail Seek Kabab with spicy minced chicken seasoned with coriander (cilantro) and ginger consisted of barely luke warm chicken sausages on a bed of iceberg lettuce, not so flavorful. The food here is lackluster and the service is scattered and inconsistent.  Perhaps another visit will bring a more gratifying experience with some of the other dishes like the Sabji soup (carrots, cabbage, peas and lemongrass) or the Kaci Biryani- (baby goat & rice with raisins), but wait if I can only find my server…

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