The Kirrrrrrak Steak, Chef Inam’s Steakhouse
This hole-in-the-wall steakhouse is quite popular in Hyderabad, specially among body builders who frequent this place to get loaded with protein. Inspired by Chef James White of New England, Chef Inam has been cooking at his restaurant in the United States for the last 8 years before bringing his steak-grilling skills to Hyderabad.
The restaurant’s reviews online range from:
The main course was not just dinner, it was an experience of global standards. Obviously good, it was easy to eat, so juicy red meat, I rarely had, ever, anywhere! And I am counting in restaurants from Dubai & United States in ANYWHERE!
The steaks were juicy (if you fancy Desi masala) but hard as leather with a touch of rubber! WOW! Hyderabadi-“Bostonian” elastic steaks! They would give denture wearers a run for their money!
But since there are more positive reviews, we decide to try Chef Inam’s famous steaks ourselves, and see what the fuss is all about.
Location and First Impressions:
The Steakhouse is located near the Golconda Hotel in Masab Tank. We arrive for lunch, around two in the afternoon. A young man is busy sweeping the floor. We stand there for a minute, peek inside the empty restaurant, and ask the young man if they were open for lunch. “Yes”, he replies. But since he is busy cleaning the place, we remain outside and wait for him to finish. In the meantime, another young man emerges from the restaurant and begins to prepare the charcoal. The grill is located just outside the restaurant, next to the street. There is a bright blue plastic tub nearby that contains jars of assorted dried herbs and bottles of sauces.
Inside, the Steakhouse is a really small restaurant: four tables and sixteen chairs. There is no place to park your car properly, just pull up the curb.
The famous Kirrrrrrak Steak:
Quoting the menu:
Isn’t the name sounds funny? But as recommended by steak house regular guests Fazal and Nitin from Talwalkar gym as they and other gym goers want their Steak to be very special with loads of greens and olive oil garlic bread.
A very unusual choice, I know. But being first timers at the Steak House, we really couldn’t decide on what to order, so we ask the waiter for suggestions: he recommends the Kirrrrrrak Steak. I notice that it is the only steak in the menu that is said to contain loads of greens, so we take up his suggestion.
After taking our order, he disappears into the kitchen then reappears in a couple of minutes with the marinated chunk of meat. He walks past our table and takes the meat to the grill outside. He does not ask whether we want it medium rare or medium well. Few minutes later, we have the steak on our table:
Where are the loads of greens?
To be fair with Chef Inam’s steakhouse, I am only going to review the Kirrrrrrak Steak, since that is all we have for lunch.
The steak is well-seasoned; you can see from the picture that this piece of meat is dusted with generous amount of dried herbs. We are provided with forks and proper steak knives that cut through the meat easily. It’s flavorful, but the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of a properly-grilled steak is missing, and I wouldn’t classify the meat as juicy, either. Frankly, the steak was almost dry.
We’ve also read online that they serve you some pasta while you wait for your steak. We did not get the pasta. Maybe they serve that in the evenings?
Although we’re disappointed with the Kirrrrrrak steak, I’d still want to give Chef Inam’s Steakhouse another try. And we’ll visit in the evening to make sure the chef is there to grill our steaks himself.
Chef Inam’s Steakhouse FaceBook page.