Kitchen of Punjab

Punjab Grill
2nd Floor, Food Court
Select City Mall, Saket
New Delhi  

Counter


My Special Thank You's to Mr. Anand Singh - Sous Chef, Mr. Deepak Mishra - Manager, Mr. Anil Sen - Asst. Manager, Mr Pankaj & Mr. Bhagat -Service. 
Without the support, guidance, recomendations and complimentary dishes - beverages, our Lunch would not have been so Comforting, Enchanting, Delicious & Wonderful!

Punjab Grill, a restaurant that has won several critic awards, is a perfect example for fine dining. The decoration and the furnishings that are used at this restaurant are Jazzy and Impeccable. A relaxed atmosphere compliments the place perfectly.




















The lighting is perfect. Open kitchen and cheerful young servers, makes the restaurant flow with positive energy. Tables are well prepared and neatly set. When they seat you, they make sure that they place a small black bowl with a white tablet inside and pour few drops of water. The tablet immediately unfolds into a roll to become a Wet Tissue, for you to wipe and clean your hands before you start to nibble on the onion and mint chutney, which is placed after. Something I experienced for the first time at a North Indian Restaurant and absolutely liked the idea.

Wet Tissue
They have a lavish Buffet display and offer Ala Carte too. The buffet usually costs around Rs.1000/- which is good only if you have the stomach to gorge. 
The Buffet begins at a counter that has little glasses ( like the ones we have for tequila shots), just that its not tequila but Red (Tamarind) and Green (Mint) water and topped with Gol Gappas, also known as Puchh-kas. I liked the unique way they used to display them.


Gol Gappa / Puchhka

While enjoying the Gol Gappas, we were each given a complimentary dish, Dahi Bhalla. Dahi was light and mixed with Indian spices like Secale cereale (rye), Cumin (jeera) and salt. The bhalla's were made from the grounding of Yellow Pulse, fried and then dipped in curd. 

Dahi Bhalla

Soon we placed our Main Course order that consisted of Dal Punjab Grill, Amritsari Malai Kofta. 
Breads - Tandoori Roti and Lachha Parantha. 
They recommended us to order Mock-tails and we ordered two and got 1 mock-tail complimentary. 

Dal Punjab Grill

A delicacy of Urad (pulse), simmered overnight in mustard oil. Finished with tomato puree, cream and tempered with lots of butter. The Dal had perfect blend of spices and is the best. Just that its a little heavy, so go easy on this dish as their portions are big.  
Amritsari Malai Kofta, had a lil sweet taste in the end. So after my meal, I walked up to the counter to have a word with the Chef. He explained why the sweet taste made the dish different from the other restaurants. It actually made sense when he told me the secret ingredient which one usually skips in knowing. Creamy Paneer (cottage cheese), the Kofta is stuffed with a delicate blend of cloth cream, Pistachios, Sage and Green Chillies. It is then simmered in flavorsome and cashew-nut gravy which is passed into a pleasing pungency with Fennel (Sauf) and Fenugreek (Methi). The secret ingredient is the Onion. The paste is used while making the gravy. Its the Onion that adds the sweetness in the end. Thank you Chef, Anand Singh, for providing the information and increasing my knowledge :)

With the main course, they gave us a basket full of Papad (Papadum) which is crispy disc shaped typically made from black gram, either fried or roasted. Served as an accompaniment with Indian meals.
Papadum

Mock-tails Ordered :- Ginger Caprioska ( unusual combination of ginger and lemon chunks muddled with brown sugar in soda. Would rate it as 3 out of 5.
Meetha Patta Mojito ( Kolkata paan patta and rose petal preserve Mojito) A recommendation and a must try. Each flavor had its timing of taste in every sip. Loved it!
Melon Moon was served to us as a Complimentary Beverage. Fresh watermelon muddled with lime chunks and mint topped with grape juice. I thought it would be very very sweet, but it was not. Perfectly blended! 

Ginger Caprioska

Meetha Patta Mojito

Melon Moon


Though we did not have the Buffet. Yet I clicked few pictures after seeking permission from Mr Deepak Mishra - Manager. He most willingly guided and helped me.

Few Pictures - 









Even with the crowd, the staff at Punjab Grill, patiently co-operated and helped while I was clicking pictures. It was like there is someone to give all the information that you require. Very friendly and pleasant staff, must say. I have a voucher now, so I will be visiting the restaurant again to try the dishes displayed at the buffet :)

Aha, did I hear you whispering, what about desserts? :P 

Desserts

If you like Indian Food, you will most certainly fall in Love with the flavors of Punjab Grill. The Chef's are class apart. Service is brilliant and they take care of each and every customer. They really know their business. A must try. An absolute Paradise for Punjabi's. 

Overall experience : 
Service - 4.5/5
Food - 5/5
Ambience - 5/5

Thumbs up! :-)

























































Bon Appetite @ Side Wok

Side Wok
N- 11 Greater Kailash - 1, New Delhi


Chinese is a weakness and Side Wok never, never fails to appease! It has become the favorite place for family. 

As soon as you enter the staff greets, asks for the number of people and takes you to your table to be seated. They smile and bring you the Menu Book. Warm welcome! They do not make tall claims of being the most fancy restaurant in the capital city, but they ensure and promise to make your meal comfortable like its at your home. 

Ambiance

While you select, order and wait for your starters, they bring "Kim-chi" to your table. Also spelled as "Kim-chee" or "Gim-chi", a Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. Usually spicy and sour. The variety consists of Cabbage, Radish, Scallion or Cucumber. Not all Chinese restaurants serve Kim-chi, that is why, Side Wok satisfies all your cravings for Chinese. 

We ordered the "Som Tum" (Raw Papaya Salad) and Grilled Vegetables in Teriyaki Sauce. 

Som Tum (Raw Papaya Salad)
This is my favorite salad and I am a big fan of this dish. Although its a Thai dish made using fish sauce. But I prefer the Vegetarian flavor as its spicy and sweet. It has lots of Garlic and Chopped Peanuts. Served cold on a bed of Lettuce and grated Carrot. Do not go on the quantity, I was not able to resist myself when it was served. And then I realized I had to click a picture *winks*

Grilled Vegetables in Teriyaki Sauce
Ordered it for the first time. Vegetables like Broccoli, Radish, Zucchini, Mushroom, Yellow and Red Pepper, Eggplant are glazed in soy sauce and sugar. "Teri" means lust or shine given by the sugar content and "Yaki" is the cooking method. Little ginger is added too and finally served with Green Onions. I was glad to have ordered this dish as it gave me a different taste.


Main Course:

Chilly Garlic Noodles
Vegetables in Schezwan Sauce























Chilly Garlic Noodles very apt. A spicy touch to the regular noodles. Chili oil , garlic and chilies enhances the flavors. 

The vegetables in Schezwan Sauce is a Chef's recommendation. Go easy on this one if you are not a Chilly fan. Its a lip-smacking. Fiery, Tangy, Colorful. A perfect blend of sweet, spicy, sour flavors. The only vegetable in this dish, I could not eat, Eggplant. Seriously, why?

We asked them to serve us the Chinese Tea as the combination of Chilly Garlic Noodles with the vegetables in Schezwan sauce left a tingling feeling on the tongue. 

Chinese Tea
Tea

A beverage made from the leaves of the Tea Plant (Camellia) and boiled water. Its drunk throughout the day and during the meals as well. A substitute for normal water usually drunk for health or for pleasure. 

Towards the end of this wholesome meal, a raised glass bowl with fortune cookies, were kept in the center of our table. Its made of flour, sugar, vanilla and sesame seed oil and a piece of paper with fortune wrapped inside. 

Fortune Cookies
Our dinner came to an end with words of wisdom from the Fortune Cookies.



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Barista LavAzza

Barista LavAzza Expresso Bar
Gyandeep Main Market , Defence Colony, New Delhi

Oh what bliss to enter a cafe on a rainy day that makes you crave for the smell of coffee beans and coffee in some form or the other. I am a big coffee fan but not such big a fan who needs coffee every morning. But this time of the month when its raining, is perfect and calls for a good cup of coffee. For a good chit - chat with an old friend, to read a book, to work on my laptop, for meetings etc to name a few, makes me a visit the place, often. This time, I was here waiting for my mother to return from a get together. I had no nerve to return and get stuck in the heavy traffic jams.

The cafe consists of two floors and I prefered to read in peace, so I chose the first floor. I sat there and saw the rainy street of Defence Colony Market.

I was quite hungry as it was Lunch hour. So I decided to order a "Paneer Tikka" sandwich in Brown Bread and a "Green Apple" Mojito, since I knew the get together would take more than an hour or so, I knew I could order another beverage while peacefully reading my book, later.

Paneer Tikka Sandwich
Rye Brown bread with cottage cheese and sauteed peppers. The bread was fresh and all the ingredients were mixed well.
Green Apple Mojito was refreshing. Added with lots of lemon and mint leaves. 

Green Apple Mojito
I knew the waiting will take longer and with the regular size of Mojito, few slurps down, I craved for a hot beverage. Call me weird of craving a hot beverage over a cold one. But the smell of coffee was so intense, it mesmerized me. So I ordered a Cappuccino.

Cup of Cappuccino
Fresh brew with foamed milk with the special aroma and that rich taste, who can resist. Bliss!

The staff is very helpful and have smiling faces. Prompt service. An overall decent place to sit peacefully, read a book, wait and enjoy your coffee.