Punjabi is known for serving Indian recipes with a modern twist. The food they serve does not swim in excess oil or “masalas,” and is prepared to keep different palates in mind. During a recent visit, we found their menu has gone through a makeover. It not only includes new dishes from different parts of the subcontinent but also categorizes them as vegan, gluten-free, kid-friendly, and low carb. Most important, the spice levels indicated for each recipe is quite a help, especially for those who are sensitive to a higher Scoville scale.
The seafood soup (¥52) justifies the name with chunky pieces of tiger prawn, salmon, and mussels in the creamy broth. The mustard seed tempering and the infused lemon leaf adds the Indian touch. Satiated by the soup, we were looking forward to some excitement, which came in the form of golgappas - a street food from the country’s capital (¥38). The round hollow crunchy flour puffs are served with mildly spiced dry mashed potato and a bowl of green liquid infused with mint and tamarind pulp. Add a little bit of the potato in the puffs, fill it with the water, and put it right in your mouth to enjoy the explosion of flavors.
Next, we tried some barbecue. The gluten-free, low carb, kid-friendly, broccoli, and malai paneer (¥72) was amazing. So were the jumbo tiger prawns (¥168). The four pieces of king-sized Australian lovelies arrived oozing cream and mozzarella. After the mildly-spiced barbecue, we were happy to dig into the spicy lamb rack. It indeed has the heat factor and is served with something extra; let’s just call them the Indian version of potato wedges and tortilla chips. We were quite full by then, yet ordered the Goan-style mussel curry (¥98) and a portion of saffron peas pullao(¥38). Inspired by the famous beach destination of western India, the New Zealand blue mussels come in a deliciously rich, flavorsome coconut-y gravy. The duo was a treat but we had to get them packed as we could not stuff ourselves anymore.
An Indian meal is never complete without a meetha (something sweet) and so we saved some exquisite Indian desserts for last; and left Punjabi happy and content, just to pay a visit again soon.
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