BENGALURU:Punjab Grill is undoubtedly one of the finest North Indian restaurants in the city, even winning multiple awards. Recently they have introduced another menu which have dishes you may have never heard of before and in a new avatar, dishes that seem familiar yet exotic and dishes that are modern in approach but draw from traditional recipes.All that was served was outstanding, but here is my pick of what you should not miss.
Tikki Choley: This is right from the streets of Punjab or even better than that. The velvety fritters on a bed of spiced chickpeas, finished with a trio of finger-licking chutneys is the best I have ever had. Somewhere in the process of growing up, I had lost interest in chaats but this bowl of Tikki Choley at Punjab Grill won me over.
Mutton Champa: These mutton cutlets are panco crusted and shallow fried in desi ghee. Undoubtedly, one of the best, delectable, sophisticated mutton cutlets I have ever had. That crunch, that balanced mutton taste and to top it all, the fine aroma of desi ghee, that’s all you need for a fine evening.
Gurh Ka Halwa: For people with sweet tooth, this is a googly you would like to take on. Well, if you think what can be fascinating in a halwa, you need to get a spoonful of this sweet surprise. This home-style halwa of semolina and wheat flour is sweetened with not sugar but organic jaggery and is topped with cashew nuts. That soulful aroma and taste produced by jaggery is what makes this halwa standout.
The limited new menu will be available till June end, post which Punjab Grill is planning to combine the signature dishes of the old menu and the current menu.
Gulab Jamun (soft centered with either of Pistachio, Nutella or white chocolate) with Rum on Fire: This is from the old menu, but I cannot help but mention it. What makes this a theatrical dish and the one which raises the bar is when the rum is set on fire and then poured on the Gulab Jamun. Trust me when I say, you wouldn’t have tasted anything so wonderful ever like this before. This is a must have before you exit the doors of Punjab Grill. I am sure this will be included in their upcoming menu.
Other important mentions from the select series menu are Keema Karela and Makhhan Wali Lassi.
Cost for two: B1,500