Punjab Grill, a timeless, self-styled Punjabi restaurant in Saket’s Select Citywalk, feels like the answer to a question people cannot seem to stop asking me. That question is: what is your favourite Indian food restaurant in Delhi?
The food at Punjab Grill is a slice of North India. Formerly owned by Jiggs Kalra It is a fully realised concept which never ceases to make my taste buds tingle. This restaurant was established with ‘a vision to take food connoisseurs on a scintillating journey across the five rivers to recreate the grand cuisine of Punjab’. Lite Bite Foods has done a great job in expanding this name and taking this delicious concept to different parts of the country.
The winter menu was appreciated by my fellow foodies and appeared to be a success. So, I had to give it a taste. This place is really sought after and there is always at least a 15-minute wait for you to be seated but people don’t mind that at all. This is one of those places that is genuinely worth queuing for.
The restaurant, with its open kitchen and cheerful young servers, has a positive flow of energy – absolutely love that. When they seat you they ensure you have something to nibble, so, they get you pappad and mint chutney.
As I discovered the delightful “Winter Menu”, I was amused at ever step. I had my “Kanji with Vodka” – what the Chef said could be enjoyed as an Indian version of “Bloody Mary” – it is an acquired taste but I love experimenting and the drink was very interesting.
The “Mutton Achaar” and the “Gobhi Achaar” were placed on our table as accompaniments to our meal but I just had to buy some more from the restaurant to take away because it was mouthwateringly divine. I savoured the the lovely “Kharode ka Shorba” which came with “Cheese Kulcha”. If you like soup, do not miss this, loved the aroma.
Another dish that was was terrific on the aromatics was the “Shakarkandi Kamrakh ki Chaat” – apple wood smoked sweet potato and star fruit tossed in sweet and sour tamarind. I never thought sweet potatoes could be this delicious, loved how the flavours had seeped into the sweet potatoes.
As I reached the Tabak Maaz, I was already applauding myself for being able to finish off everything on my plate. I really am a huge foodie. The waft of lovely flavours of the succulent lamb ribs simmered in fennel milk were calling out to me. Loved every bite. The outside crisp and the meat was really tender.
The “Sarson ka Saag” with “Makki ki Roti” was the best I have ever had. I would come back here for a plate of these. Or perhaps two, maybe even five with a foodie friend. Sounds ambitions? Well, if you were tasting the saag you would second my statement.
I love desserts and I was craving for some. Nothing tooth-achingly sweet as I had already had a lot to eat but something light, “Daulat Ki Chaat” was just what I wanted. it melted on my tongue and left behind a creamy and sweet taste. Chef Gurpreet who has also worked with Asha Bhosle at her celebrated restaurant in Birmingham and Dubai – Asha’s, did a great job outdoing the magic of Daulat ki Chaat in Old Delhi. The subtle balance of milky cloud, saffron, sugar and nuts was to die for.
To repeat, excellent service and fabulous food, the answer to the question I started my review with is: my favourite Indian restaurant in Delhi is Punjab Grill.
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