India on your doorstep

2016-04-12 06:00


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FOR those who cannot afford to visit India because of our plummeting rand, here is an opportunity to experience genuine, hearty Indian cuisine at its best. This little restaurant is a gem right on our doorstep.

Punjabi’s Restaurant is based in Hillcrest’s Oxford Village Market. This little restaurant can be easily missed if you do not know the area, but all you need to do is follow your nose.

Owned and run by a family from Punjab, this little restaurant became famous almost overnight for its authentic North Indian cuisine characterised by fragrant curries cooked in rich gravies. The menu includes a huge choice of curries, as well as seafood, Tandoors and, for us South Africans, the famous traditional bunny chows.
Punjabis are also well known for their incredibly delectable butter chicken and freshly made naan bread.

I’m a Durbanite and have been exposed to your “typical Durban curry” for years. I am a huge curry lover; however there was something different about this little place. It wasn’t the overpowering smell of a commercial curry mix that you will find in many other restaurants in the area. This is the smell of authentic Indian cuisine.

My meal was pleasant and I took a chance sticking with all traditional meals. The flavours were fabulous complimenting each mouthful. I was offered a dessert and again went with something different choosing Kulfi which is Indian ice cream made with milk and flavoured with almonds. This was amazing, not too rich or too sweet but just perfect. I ended off my meal with a cup of masala tea, I am sure this has some kind of healing magic in it. I am a huge tea lover and have never enjoyed a cup of tea like this one. This tea is brewed using masala and milk until it thickens. This is a real comfort drink.

On chatting to the owner Mr Kummar I was also pleased to learn that Punjabi’s will soon be introducing their very own “Shumiyana”. This is an area traditionally used for royal dining. The area is going to consist of your very own big screen TV, large colourful cushions, built in couches and mini granite tables where you will be provided with meals fit for royalty. All this while sitting in a private dining area draped in colourful fabrics and traditional décor.

The Shumiyana will be able to cater comfortable for 40 people. This is the perfect way to give you the royal feeling.

Punjabi’s also offer a takeaway service and you can phone in ahead of time and collect your order later.
All food is available in mild, medium or hot. Weekends and evenings are very busy, and their seating space is limited so you may want to plan to arrive a little earlier.
After my experience I rate this stunning venue and overall 9/10. The service and food are outstanding with a gentle ambience and décor that is not to over empowering.

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