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Punjabi Dhaba tasting


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Punjabi Dhaba tasting

black bean can | Mar 15, 2007 06:15 PM

Ate at punjabi dhaba as part of our ongoing wedding catering tasting of Indian restaurants.
I know it might not seem like an obvious pick, but our friends were interested in bracketing the low end.

We've eaten there several times before, but this was a chance to try a lot of dishes at once.

first the winners:

Chicken Tikka Masala excellent
which is interesting because:
Chicken tikka by itself was bland, in need of salt at least.
But when put in the Masala sauce it was delicious.

special chicken curry. delicious stewed flavor.

Saag paneer. good. Hadn't had it before, I think.
mix of mustard greens and spinach. Had some of the bitterness of the mustard greens.
good paneer texture.

naan. good malty flavor
pakoras extra good. had more ginger than last time I had them
samosas. good crispness. slightly spicy filling.
onion chutney -- one of my favorites

the mediocre:
baigen bhartha
overly clovey, but OK

shrimp masala -- not a great blending of flavor and texture
(the shrimp was good, just didn't go with the sauce)

the not-so-good in my opinion:

aloo mater
very bland.

tamarind sauce very sweet

chole masalawala -- kind of garbanzo-ey, which I know is what it is,
but sometimes chickpeas are rich tasting and other times they can have this wet cardboard flavor.

also we tried all of the lassi
the mango and the plain were the clear consensus winners. strawberry and guava were too sweet.

I admit it's hard to imagine the food outside of the "ambience", the bollywood videos, and the utter chaos of the restaurant experience, but I think the food will work well in a nice buffet.

looking forward to more tastings this weekend!

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