In a warm ambience that is typical of Punjab’s hospitality, there are available traditional sabzis that you can wash down with a glass of fresh lassi, with folk songs by Surinder Kaur playing in the background. This is at 5 AAB, a restaurant dedicated to the land of five rivers that opened in Sector 22, Chandigarh, on Thursday.
Says owner AS Nagpal (who also owns The Party in Sector 34 and 35), “Our USP is a variety of sabzis that are cooked in a special organic masala that is ground by the chef himself. The food served here is light, made using desi ghee or butter. Refined oil is used only if required.”
Sticking to the customary way of eating in the state, there is a ‘thali system’ on offer instead of A la carte menu. “There isn’t any menu required,” clarifies Nagpal, adding, “A thali here costs R225 (excluding taxes), which includes eight kinds of vegetables, khichdi, rice, raita, salad, missi roti/lachcha parantha and chutneys. Of course, there is a glass of salted lassi to go with the food.”
Nagpal says there are ‘sewadaars’ (waiters) who will serve food and explains that the place is run by two head chefs, one of whom has previously worked in Radisson Hotel. Nagpal says the concept was thus far missing in Chandigarh, which is why he made efforts to design the restaurant aesthetically.
They also plan to open more outlets of 5 AAB in Phase 7, SAS Nagar, Sector 8, Panchkula and in Chandigarh apart from two in New Delhi.
Home delivery will be available with a thali costing R125
There is a special plan for kitty parties
Those getting their vehicles refuelled @R500 or more at the petrol pump in Sector 21, can avail a free thali after having paid for one.