Back at one of the first really good North Indian restaurants in Petaling Jaya. I first visit Pakeeza during one of my rare trips to KL back in 1987 thereabouts. Pleasantly surprised to see that it's still going strong more than a quarter of century later this evening. I brought a friend for dinner there this evening:
- Mutton biryani: fragrant rice, but with shorter-grained basmati than others I'd tried. Mutton shank was tender and very tasty.
- Chicken Afghani: unlike any Indian chicken dish I'd had. Probably a Malay-ised "Moghul" dish.
- Dhal Maharani: thick yellow dhal. Very tasty.
- Palak paneer: worst version I'd ever had. There was virtually *no* paneer (I was told by the waiter that it was Pakeeza's own version - yeah, sure, as in paneer-less palak?) and overly salty. AVOID!
- Kashmiri naan: filled with chopped almonds and a perfect foil for the dhal.
- Gajer ka-halwa: a wetter version of this sweetened carrot dessert which I'd had elsewhere. I presumed it's Pakeeza's own unique rendition.
- Kashmiri tea: thick milk tea containing slivered almonds. It tasted exactly as I remembered it from all those years ago!
Compared to 26 years ago, before I made my many visits to India, Pakistan, and other countries in the South Indian continent, when I was a relative novice when it came to North Indian cuisine, I realised now that Pakeeza's cuisine was actually customised and adapted to suit Malaysian/Malay tastes, and not really *authentic* North Indian, though a fairly decent rendition.
House of Pakeeza
The Right Angle
16 Jalan 14/22
46100 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +6019-328 8036