There are those who rave about their vodka golgappas. The pakke Punjabis in the capital claim their food is to die for. And when we were invited to Punjabi by Nature in Rajouri Garden, we couldn't help but agree.
The outlet lives up to the legacy that the other branch at Vasant Lok has created, both in terms of décor and food. The non-veg kebab platter comprising Amritsari Fish Tikka, Murg Malai Kebab and Peshawari Kebab looked and tasted great, but the best in starters turned out to be the Raan-e-Punjab.
It's no wonder that the dish enjoys the reputation that it does, but watch out for the quantity - a portion is good for four. Their trademark vodka golgappas can make you really adventurous - they taste fairly bitter initially, and are to be followed by a sip of beer! Vegetarians must try the Tandoori Broccoli, which is crisp and surprisingly doesn't turn soggy even if you decide to retain it and have it on the side with the main course.
We tried the Murg Punjabi Masala for the main course, a delicately flavoured kadhai chicken which had the right spices and was not overloaded with cashew paste or cream, the most common mistake restaurants make to make their dishes 'rich'. The dish of baby vegetables with masala okra, which is essentially bharwan bhindi, is a sure hit. The gulab jamuns we ordered for dessert looked great, but they won't be a good idea after a heavy meal. The overall experience turned out to be great. The prices are steep but anyone looking for a great dining option in West Delhi now knows where to head.
Where: Punjabi by Nature, City Square Mall, Rajouri Garden; For two: Rs 2,500