Say Buraaaaahh with Made in Punjab
For a Mangalorean like me, who was born and brought up in the Northern part of the country, sometimes good ol’ desi food is all it takes to make me happy. So when friends and we decided to have dinner over the weekend, we thought why not give the usual Chinese, Asian, Italian fare a miss and try out desi khana.
Our quest for good North Indian fare brought us to Made in Punjab. We landed without any reservations and were seated immediately. Since there were five of us and we were famished, we immediately ordered for a non-veg starter and our drinks. We ordered for Bhatti Ka Murg and Minty Apple and Hadwana Shikanji. Our food arrived shortly and one bite into the Bhatti ka Murg and I fell in love with the dish. Chicken legs, marinated in subtle masalas and cooked in a tandoor — the dish had the perfect char and the flavor. Thumbs up for this one. Among our drinks, Hadwana Shikanji won the round as Minty Apple proved to be too sweet for everybody’s palate.
Next we ordered for the mains. We ordered for Rawalpindi chole, aloo and onion kulchas, Sunday afternoon Kukkad Tari and Tandoori rotis. While my vegetarian friends enjoyed the chole, we went straight for the chicken curry and rotis. The chicken curry got mixed reviews at the table. While my partner in crime thought that the curry was good but not homemade style curry as described in the menu, I couldn’t stop raving about it. Boneless pieces of chicken in a flavourful curry, I thought the dish was done to perfection. The curry had very subtle flavours and was not too high on the spice factor.
Meanwhile, the chole seemed a little average, whereas the aloo kulchas got a thumbs up from our friends. Since most of us were full by the time we finished the mains, we ordered for just one dessert — the Nukkad Jalebi.
I have many wonderful memories attached to this sweet dish. Though I absolutely loved the presentation of the dessert, I have to be honest and say that I have had better jalebis in Bengaluru that is not served at a fine dining restaurant like Made in Punjab. Even though it wasn’t the worst, I still liked digging into it and enjoyed it with the rabdi that was served. But we felt that there was a lingering taste of oil in the jalebi. While my friend felt there was some peanut aftertaste, I said it was normal cooking oil that we all could taste. And so ensued a lil’ friendly argument between us that lead us to finally calling us the server and asking him what oil the jalebi had been cooked in.
After enquiring with the staff in the kitchen, the server politely said that it was the normal cooking oil and I could not stop grinning ear to ear, with my faith in my taste buds restored 🙂
Verdict– Made in Punjab is a great place if you want to treat your family or friends to North Indian food but if you like your food to be a little spicy, it’s best to inform your server. PS- The place is a little bit on the expensive side…