Thinking of something rustic and tasty, some aromatic Punjabi dishes pop up in the mind accompanied with a glass of classic lassi. Cannaught Place’s Punjab Grill has come up with a new menu boasting of classic dishes from different corners of Punjab. A groups of five chefs have handpicked dishes from places that have been preparing them for multiple decades and have conjured up a little array of non-alcoholic drinks with flavours from our childhood.
In a tribute to the 90s when kids were more interesed in toffees and bubble gums, and played antakshari and luka chhupi, the restaurant has rekindled the feeling of childhood pleasure in munching onto poppins, pan candy, cigarette candy, and kissme candies through a kind effort of introducing thses flavours into lassis, martinis and monitor. Although it may sound surprising, their malai laddoo and kiss me lassi tasted superb, while the minty fresh mojito and pan candy martini were very refreshing for a summer evening.
Moving on to entres, being a kebab lover, I could watch pure joy oozing out when I cut through the steaming hot Barra mutton kebab! Not only was it cooked to perfection, but also the mutton was soft and flavourful. And the masala over the meat was bliss! Although the chicken kebab tasted rather dry, chef explains that since they’d adopted the rustic method of preparation for their Noor-e-Punjab menu, they chose to cook it juat by marinating the chicken with the masala mix and no yoghurt or fat.
The mutton chaap named Ambarsari chaap was quite unique for me. Cutting through the thin flavour of mutton layered between two crunchy sides, I could hear that little crisp when the sides gave in — that’s like a melody for foodies. Dipping that bit into some pudina-dhania chutney I took a bite and viola-I loved every bit of it. Needless to say I finished my plate clean.
Some more of their outstanding dishes were the stuffed kulcha with a block of butter on top which melted away as I stared at it with the look of love and lust! The yummy kulcha was accompanied with Dhaba dal and keema matar masala, another lovely satisfying dish.
By the time my friend and I could come to finish all these, in came Amritsari fish kebab –the softest and tastiest one ever! I hadn’t ever tasted Amritsari fish better than this. Ever.
By now, we were more than full, but the sight of gur halwa toped with pistachios and cashew was quite alluring, so we gave it a try as well. At the end of this lavish meal when we were quite sure that the tiniest morsel of another food items would quite possibly make our tummies burst, we gulped down a pan shot. Thanks to that decision – we were able to walk out of there on our own!
Not only is the food at Punjab Grill tasty and satiating, but also the pretty decore will attract your back with their walls upholding history, and squeaky clean furniture, and cozy little corners. The place it suitable for every occasion – be it an outing with friends, or a family get-together, or even a date. Also, given the get up and the foods on offer this restaurant is quite the bargain, that too in CP! I’d love to head back there soon.