Paatra, the sanskrit word, literally means a vessel or a utensil. It could just as well have meant awesome food, because that’s exactly what this flagship Indian restaurant at Jaypee Vasant Continental serves. With new age Indian restaurants focussing their attention — and energies— on contemporarising Indian cuisine, here’s a place which can be truly proud of the traditional fare it’s known for. The cuisine features specialties from the belt between Amritsar and Lahore.
On an invitation to sample the recently revised menu of the restaurant by the very talented Chef Dhayani under the overall vision of the executive Chef Rajeev Bansal, who has recently joined the group, I was a bit skeptical as my companion and I entered an almost empty place. Guess the timing — early afternoon on a weekday — had something to do with us doing a solo show. But soon it was fun to be waited upon like royalty at a table next to the bay windows, with sun rays lazily streaming in. The decor of the place is pleasing, in hues of orange and rust, and a highlight is the visible open kitchen.
Now, this sounds surprising even to myself but despite being a hardcore non-vegetarian, I am inclined to recommend vegetarian starters to you when you visit Paatra. Their very famous Bhuni Chaat, an assortment of char grilled pineapple, sweet potatoes and bell peppers is to die for, trust me. In comparison, the ajwaini fish in the non-veg platter seemed too salty and not quite right.
For main course, I resumed my passion for non-veg and tried the Guchchi Murg, a delicately flavoured chunks of boneless chicken with India’s most expensive vegetable, the guchchi mushroom, costing around Rs 20,000 per kg. Pair that with their popular Shadras Sabziyan, a liberally spiced assortment of exotic veggies, and you have a winner of a meal. In all, I can’t hesitate in saying that Paatra serves one of the best traditional Indian meals I’ve ever had.
Address: Paatra, 1st Floor, Jaypee Vasant Continental, Vasant Vihar
Tel : (011) 26148800
Avg meal for two: Rs 2,500