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Punjab in Covent Gdn. area

Steve R. | Jun 27, 2005 03:18 PM

So, here we are, 2 Brooklynites (that's NYC, folks) in London, staying in Covent Garden, and visiting the sights. An old friend of my wife's seems very knowledgable about the areas's pubs and we've had many pints already during the past several days. But, to get to the point, she recommended Punjab Restaurant on Neal (down the block from the great cheese!) for dinner last night. Sounded reasonable. Been there for 40 something years, run by a Sikh family, starting with "grandpa"... well, you get the idea. She said it was better than most other places. Uh oh.

Nice place, friendly staff, high prices for us Americans (not a surprise). Anyone know this place? Am I wrong that the emperor had no clothes? Chicken korma was bland, with cream the only discernable flavor; garlic naan shouldnt be hard to do but didnt zing with garlic (one loaf for L2.5 (I cant get the pound symbol to work -- sorry); saag was similarly non-flavory; okra (bhindi?) was okay at best; lamb jalfrezi had good quality lamb but no other taste; watery raita. Decent kulfi. Okay wine by the bottle (inexpensive chenin blanc went well). We're here 10 more nights!! Howler? Others? Help!! Thank you.

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