Review: Pind Balluchi (North Indian -Punjabi Cuisine)
Third floor, Great India Place, Noida Contact# +91-5120-4206 300/ +91-9958292958
My attempt to try something different did not go down well with my husband as he wanted to try something as authentic as possible, in terms of Punjabi food. So, to satiate his taste buds, and not to mention his nostalgia, we headed to ‘Pind Balluchi’, once again on the GIP corridor, to explore typical north Indian cuisine.
Co-incidentally, this happens to be the next door neighbor of the Italian joint, ‘Ristorante Prega’, my reviewed restaurant from last week. However, unlike the latter, Pind Balluchi looked hardly available for lunch and the huge queue of waiting customers, proved the fact.
Pind Balluchi’s interiors seem to be a take on ‘Chokhi Dhani’s décor, to create that very Indian village feel. However, the décor looks a little hotch potch and it hardly does anything to lift the mood either through its colorful hand woven umbrellas on the ceiling, huge tree standing in the middle or through the multi-colored block print design on one side of the wall. Honestly everything seems to be a bit of everything from those typical restaurants, which make futile attempts to reflect the Indian-ness of a place.
Excellent is what I would say. For a place, which is teeming with rushing customers, the service is at its best. I guess the huge churn of customers makes it quite obvious. The service was prompt and efficient. There was at least one attendant for each table, which was quite surprising, especially for a restaurant, which had a full capacity of more than 50 customers at any point of time. The staff greets you with a smile and a ‘enjoy your meal’ statement, which is quite a lot for a restaurant, where so much crowd would often make the business seem a burden rather than something one enjoyed doing!
The food is a definite value for money. We started by ordering ‘aam panna’ and ‘ananas panna’ to beat the heat of the moment. Though the aam panna did not taste that great and seemed to be an artificial aam panna concentrate, I liked the ananas panna. The latter was mildly sweet and spiced, making the drink quite refreshing.
For appetizer, we ordered ‘Dahi ke Kebab’ thinking it to be something like a tikka. We were slightly disappointed because what came out was an experiment with bread roll, which was stuffed with hung curd, mixed with cucumber, tomatoes and spices.
Although, the appetizer and the drink was nothing great, I was surprised by the main course. We ordered one portion of dal makhani, butter chicken ala murg makhani and pineapple raita to go with tandoori roti and lachcha paratha.
The dal makhani, served with dollops of white butter, was made to perfection, and was mildly tangy and spiced, making it a perfect choice for a dal.
However, what outshone, was the famous ‘Murg makhani’ or butter chicken. Mildly sweet, yet laced with wholesome flavors of the spices, the chicken was cooked in the gravy to perfection. The chicken was tender, juicy and went well with tandoori roti and lachcha paratha. I personally would recommend this to every Pind Balluchi non-vegetarian customer, as it tastes great and simply comes across as superb.
The food was served in decent portions and one portion works well for two people. For two people, a meal of 2 drinks, 1 appetizer, 3 main course meals, including the raita and breads, came about just a little over Rs.1000, inclusive of all taxes. In short, Rs. 500 per person seemed to be a prudent deal for a filling lazy Sunday lunch.