Mai Colachi BBQ & Grill

4.4
33 Reviews
$30 and under
Pakistani
Mai Colachi Restaurant is a casual dining restaurant in an upscale setting that celebrates the eclectic and inspirational culture of South Asia’s Mughal Dynasty. A colorful variety of spices, from mild to hot, embrace a worldly variety of cheeses, red meats, poultry, seafood, breads, and biryani- all of which come together on hot charcoal, sizzling grills, and aromatic ovens.
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.3
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4.2
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4.1
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vipPetePuma
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful new location.

Very impressive menu. First we had the Samosa bites appetizer.
The pastry was perfect.

The chicken entrée Hunzai Handi with garlic Naan as well as the Mutton Masala chops with vegetable fried rice were artfully presented on white table cloth and square plates.

Chai tea to finish a wonderful experience of Pakistani hospitality.

Very elegant.

Exceptional service and personable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

When it started few years ago it quality of food and overall experience was good but either there change in management or owner is focusing on other interests.

The furniture at present need TLC.

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KamranM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

My sister and I went there for iftar buffet and we were very disappointed with the food. We ended up paying $55.00 for two people. I feel like this price is outrageous.

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AlbertoM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at this restaurant. We love Indian food, so we decided to try Pakistani food. It was delicious! We'll have to come to their Sunday lunch buffet so that we can sample more of the dishes. However, the headwaiter told us that the Sunday lunch buffet is replaced by a daily dinner buffet during the month of Ramadan. Either way, we'll have to come again. The dining room was well appointed and clean.

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SamK
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the dishes are too spicy for my taste, but overall I really enjoyed the Sunday brunch buffet 🙂 Service was excellent.

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AdilF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service.....................................................................................

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EhsanD
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Goat karahi was really bad .. Service was ok .. food is over priced ..

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ShamsP
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty and quality food, great ambience. I recommend.

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AlmasN
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Ambiance was very nice and cozy. Loved everything.

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ShahzadB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I am just shocked. This is the 2nd time when they pull the trick and tell you I was a no show. These guys are cheats. I am happy to send you my bill. My guests and I were promptly seated at 5pm.

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HeenaK
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was ok but very spicy. Not planning to go back.

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RubinaK
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service & ambiance.
Would recommend to family & friends

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Farhan
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was copacetic! Esp since Iftar and everyone hangry a little 🤔

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ShadM
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The lights were very dim. Could not read the menu.
The seating were conjugated.
When the food came the table got over crowded.
The chemistry was not there.
We went to celebrate our 44th anniversary.
It was a horrible place .
We will never go over there.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food

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Robina
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was great! This is an authentic Pakistani restaurant and cultural customs rule. It is a small space and you may hear a lot of noise. Staff is friendly and eager to make your stay enjoyable.

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Nadeem
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have found a restaurant in Sugarland with great tasty food . Excellent service , small but nice place for a quite dining experience , nice place with having dinner with family and friends...

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Food was disappointing this time . I would not call this restaurant fine dining . It is just casual. Mirrors on the walls could be wiped clean . The chef changed the way they make the mai colachi goat Karai. Meat tasted preboiled before mixed with masala. Might be due to overload of customers and not enough help. Karai was mixed and came out in mins. The mutton Karai was not stir fried well and smelled very gamey! It is off my list . Spending $160 and not have a good meal was uncalled for. Will not return . Returned 2nd goat karai untouched after trying the first one but was fully charged for it. Waiter was nice but in experienced. Questioned items on the menu but he honestly stated he did not know what it was. Training of staff about the menu would be a plus . Skipped ordering many items because the waiter had no idea what it was . The ambiance/cleanliness is a little better than most local desi restaurants. Trending down though, not what it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Quiet for Saturday lunch, excellent service, overcooked fish and chop, great Karahi chicken.

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vipAmyM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. The food and service was excellent!. I strongly recommend it. Everything was delicious!!!

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lubnaki
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, friendly people. Quantity of food for in house dining was greater than when we ordered take out from the same menu.
Overall, great experience. Wil definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The majority of Pakistani/Indian restaurants are not known for their decor or service. You basically go just for the food. Not Mai Colachi, the owner has done a good job of creating an upscale environment without sacrificing on the quality of the food. I will go as far to say that it probably has some of the best Pakistani/Indian food that I have ever had. Now the upscale decor and service does come at a cost, this is probably one of the most expensive Pakistani restaurant I have been to as well. For a party of 4 our meal came out to around $130. I would not go here on a regular basis, probably save it for special occasions. I would definitely recommend trying the Mution Karahi, I think it is one of their specialties. Avoid the steaks, I had the rib eye. It was OK, nothing spectacular.

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Andrea
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic food! Great ambiance and we had an amazing dining experience with family. Staff is well trained and very attentive to details and service. Can't wait to visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2017
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The Karahi was great as always but they ran out of mutton and telling us to sub it for the chicken because it is fresh it just came today lol that was told by the manager ... hopefully their food are fresh everyday for the price that they are charging us ... the management needs to do some work there is a fine line on being professional and being rude which I got from the so called manager that they have who didn't even let me see the chief to compliment him ... if noor khan isn't there in the kitchen there is no point to go to this place

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vipluvrestaurantweeks
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dining experience; the food was excellent and we all left well fed and very relaxed....

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Mehmet
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed all the dishes ordered. Replace Big Kadahi with smaller Kadahi to suite
quantity of one dish order. Also if possible try to serve whole wheat Nan or Chapati
for customers on diet.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Its totally a rip off. Food quantity is so small and was not as tasty as I thought. Hey you charging high prize and not providing the right amount of food. It was kind of embarrassing in front of my guest who refused to order more. A day before we went to another Desi restaurant and the quantity was lasted 2 more days than what we ate at the restaurant. No absolutely not worth it to go or recommend. We reserved the table for Monday and received a confirmation of reservation. Only later at the location that we came to know the restaurant is closed on Monday. At least their web site or open table should mention it. So we had double embarrassment i-e on Monday and on Wednesday!!

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vipNOLATraveller
New Orleans
50 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Someone had told us about Mai Colachi and the good food, so we decided to check it out. We had made a reservation, but were delayed and needed to wait a bit. The restaurant is a bit on the smaller side, especially when the middle tables were booked for large groups. The decor of the restaurant is very nice, modern and a bit upscale. The food is also presented very nicely, which makes it more appealing.

The food itself was average. For starters we ordered the hot & sour soup, but it tasted more like chicken corn soup vs hot & sour. For the main, we ordered the paneer karahi, the chicken karahi, plain naan, roghani naan and raita. The karahi flavors were decent, but the food was really spicy. The spice level was so overwhelming that it took over the flavors of the food. It was a bit disappointing.

The naan were excellent and the raita was also very good. Overall, nice decor and ambiance but average food (and a higher price)

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Missbeautiful31
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always great and comes out hot and fresh. Staff is nice and friendly and we come for family functions.

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vipAngel
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have improved on lightings. The food is consistent in its taste and flavor. The chef, the managing staff are professional and accommodating. This is your classy Pakistani grill food. It's got repeat value.
PS if are wanting to try different cuisines and are worried about the spices and taking the risk, this is your place. There is nothing to worry about at this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service was poor. We were 9 people and made reservations 2-3 days earlier. But they didn't seat us in a table with enough chairs and space. After multiple discussion and arguments with staff and manager they gave us a table . Food was good.

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vipFuzzball
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I've been here 3-4 times now and the food is good, but beware! It can be VERY potent and spicy. Be sure to let the chef know to tone it down to better enjoy flavors.
Quick service. Nice ambiance compared to other Indian/Pakistani restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Was very expensive we didn't know that that day was only buffet so wasn't worth the money we spent

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Mai Colachi BBQ & Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.