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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular eating joints for authentic Punjabi cuisine in Chandigarh?

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For city natives, eating out and trying new restaurants is now a pastime that rivals shopping. Deep frying, roasting, grilling, broiling and braising are the varied cooking methods of choice in Punjabi cuisine, wherein you can simultaneously taste and sense the basic flavour of each ingredient even as the dish melts in your mouth in an explosion of flavours. Some of the popular restaurants offering authentic Punjabi cuisine to try are:


  • Copper Chimney


With its mind-boggling variety of Punjabi cuisine, Copper Chimney will delight you with its bold tastes and cozy ambience. Though they have quite a variety in their offerings of lamb and fish dishes, their chicken based dishes make an excellent meal and are sure to delight your taste buds. If you are a vegetarian, their Malai Kofta and Kadhai Paneer are sure to sizzle your taste buds, but you could go ahead and order any one of their main course offerings and you couldn’t go wrong. The Pudina Lachaha Prantha is an excellent accompaniment to any veg or non-veg main course.


A meal for two will cost anywhere between INR 750 to INR 1,200, not including the alcohol.


Address: Copper Chimney

SCO 23

Madhya Marg

Sector 26

Chandigarh

160035

India

Telephone: +91-172-5087373


  • Punjab Grill


Contemporary, with a bit of throwback to tradition, the setting in Punjab Grill sets off the perfect ambience for tucking into spicy and heavy Punjabi cuisine. Big tables are often filled with large groups of hotel frequenters, lending a festive feel to the scene. Fill up on the rare-to-find Bharwaan Kesari Guchchi or the more familiar Sarsoon da saag and you will find yourself in gastronomic heaven. From Murg Makhani, Tandoori duck, Salmon tikka to Paneer makhani, Malai kofta Amritsari-both vegetarians and non-vegetarians will find something to their taste and palate.


A meal for two will cost in the range of INR 1200 to INR 1400, excluding alcohol and service tax.


Address: Punjab Grill

SCO-120-122

Sector 17 C

Chandigarh

160035

India

Telephone: +91-172-4029444 / 4029455


Reflecting the contemporary restaurant scene of offering more than one cuisine is this authentic Punjabi cuisine eatery. Though they have on menu Oriental dishes as well, but its the North Indian fare that is the real draw. Ingredients are fresh and bold without depending on overpowering spiciness. Chicken may dominate the menu, but there are many vegetarian selections. You will find the prices as palatable as the meals.


A meal for 3 would cost about INR 600, without the alcohol.


Address: Sher-e-Punjab

SCO 321-22

Sector 35 B

Chandigarh  

160035

India

Telephone: +91-172-5016111 / 0172 5016444


  • Pal’s Dhaba


A place where you truly appreciate how filling and fulfilling even a morsel of Punjabi cuisine can be, Pal’s Dhaba is a gustatory adventure. A casual ethnic eatery, their chicken curry and butter meat is a must try if you are a non-vegetarian. For vegetarians, Baingan bharta and mutter paneer with piping hot rotis or butter dripping naan and dal makhani with zeera rice can be the makings of a great meal.


A meal for two would cost you about INR 500 to INR 700, exclusive of taxes.


Address: Pal’s Dhaba

SCO 151-152

Sector 28D

Chandigarh

160035

India

Telephone: +91-172-2650709


For all of Chandigarh's contemporary, upscale restaurants, some of the city's best food can be found on its streets. If you are truly adventurous, you will find more interesting and authentic fare off the beaten track in smaller, roadside eateries. Every sector, especially Sector 22 and Sector 17, has their own food streets and small food outlets with basic seating, selling all kinds of delicious local foods. As you enter their marketplace, spicy and pungent aromas will waft your way, making it hard to concentrate on anything.

They may not impress you much or instill much confidence with their bare ambience, but enter any one and order a plate of chana bhature or aloo tikki with chole. It will probably be one of the spiciest, most unique meal you will have in Chandigarh. One such place to lookout for is Eating Point in Sector 17. Don’t expect the Punjabi food here to taste the same as that at the more upscale restaurants; expect it to be distinct, bolder and possibly tastier.

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