Uniting people through food is a viable and beautiful concept, and one which perhaps lies at the heart of new Karama venue, Sthan. Meaning ‘place’ in Sanskrit, Sthan offers dishes from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which, in our minds, means interesting, tasty dishes.
The newly-opened restaurant serves plates of delicious street food from the likes of Kabul, Peshawar, Karachi, Bombay and Delhi, to name a few. Sthan offers café-style eating – think easy, flexible and welcoming. The menu is designed to showcase how food styles evolve as you move from Kabul to Karachi to Delhi.
The artwork and maps evoke a sense of nostalgia for the former Frontier Province, yet the interior exudes modernity, too, with funky prints adorning the walls. The interiors, with abundant natural lighting, blue and white floor tiles, distinct fabrics and an open kitchen are welcoming and a step up from many Karama eateries.
Commenting on the launch. Mr. K. Muraleedharan, Chairman & Managing Director, SFC Group – the brand behind India Palace and Golden Dragon – said, “The aromatic biryanis, gravies, naans, kebabs and chai are what culturally binds us all despite geographical borders. Although divided, Sthan offers a culinary blend of flavors and recipes that combine into a tale that cannot be left untold. Sthan weaves this magical tale to re-visit what the countries have to offer.”
Chef-recommended signature dishes include the slow-cooked raan Irani, (a whole lamb’s leg, marinated overnight with Kabuli spices, then slow oven-cooked); dhaba murg, Hyderabadi haleem and rara gosht.
There are tawa dishes, kebabs, grills, gravies and biryanis, both veg and non-veg. Just don’t make us try the Maghaz or kata-kat (or is that tak-a-tak?) While we’re great fans of onomatopoeia, we’re not that fond of offal.
Nostalgia runs deep with an impressive hot drinks menu, featuring a number of chai variants which might just take you straight back to those rainy days. We’re looking forward to sipping on the kadak elaicihi khullad and the dhud patti. ‘Faanta’ is served Bombay style, with ginger, while ‘Thumbs Up’ and ‘Limka’ are always welcome at our table. Mutton halwa probably isn’t, to be honest, but we are told you have to try it to believe it.
There’s a naan bread that is recommended to feed eight people (just let us at it!), and a smidgen of humour littered across the menu, which is nice to see. We like the “Tamartar and Mashroom” soup – spelt phonetically to ensure you get the pronunciation correct.
As the company chairman above says, this is the food that bonds the people together, and while the main courses are mostly chicken, mutton or paneer, there’s enough on this enticing-looking menu to keep us going back for more.
For more information, click here: www.sthan.com