50 Reviews / 52 Ratings
Most horrible experience.
Absolutely horrible experience with this Restaurant or i should say with the staff of this restaurant. The vallet parking driver broke the rear view mirror of my car and he was not at all sorry for that. The entire hotel staff including the manager was backing the driver. They looked like a bunch of some hooligans without any courtesy and refusing to admit that it was their fault. They refused to provide any kind of compensation and were foul mouthed during the entire negotiation.
It was one of the most annoying end to the day one can have. We went there to have some good time and lost peace of mind instead.I had to finally call the local police station to resort the issue. After which they finally agreed to repair the damaged mirror.
Beware of the staff specially the manager.
This review is for the Whitefield unit. I'm disappointed and disgusted. The chef should visit the neighboring restaurant "spice ka tadka" to know what real Punjabi food tastes like.
1. Too expensive for the quality they serve
2. Tables were dirty, sticky and overall disgusting
3. Cutlery and crockery was unclean and oily
4. Tandoori chicken was dry, very spicy, had no flavor, and was over cooked. It was evident that they just reheat and serve their food
5. Pindi chole was nothing like the real thing and again was just spicy and oily
6. Roomali roti was raw and stiff
7. Mixed veg was sweet and a complete mess of random vegetables in orangish sauce
8. Every single brew in the sampler was flat and tasted exactly the same. Honey seems to be a favorite flavor here. Hideous.
9. The cleaning guy kept wanting to clear or table even though we weren't done.
I strongly suggest you go to spice ka tadka. They may not have the booze but aster definitely better with food.
Was Better Before ... Misinformed Waiters
Had a not-so-good experience with Punjabi by nature today.
Went today along with my family to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Please do note that I have been here earlier .. maybe around 7-8 months back and I had a lovely experience.
Made reservations for a table. Received an OK spot. Could have been better considering we reserved earlier and there were so many places with a better ambiance but we were not encouraged to look for better seating.
The baby chair also did not have a lock.. i think that is something that needs to be worked on.
The 4 of us were given 1 menu card after which the waiter conveniently disappeared so we could not ask for one more..
We ordered a non veg platter for starters considering the rate was 650 bucks and there were 4 of us, the platter looked ideal and sufficient, at least it did on the menu.
When it came it was a humongous disappointment. I had one and a half tiny kababs on my plate and the starter was done... Doing the math, that's 150 bucks a person for you to direct your fork towards your mouth a measly 2 times.. Too expensive and definitely not worth it.. I say this because I had been here earlier with a group of 4 and I had a lot more to eat in the non veg platter.
For main course we decided to have butter naan and 2 gravies.. I could not feel the butter in the naan. Disappointed there as well .. We were informed by the waiter that each naan has 3 pieces.. When the order came, we could see that each naan had 5 pieces making it a waste of food.. We had to parcel the remaining stuff home which could have been easily avoided if we were given the right info.
We were told that each curry had 3 pieces.. Wrong information again. Each gravy item had 4 pieces.. Are they trained to make us over order ? That's a horribly immoral strategy !
Dessert of gulab jamun and jalebi were also over priced and the quantity / quality has seriously reduced (again ) when compared to the last time.
This is my last visit .. I will not go back again.
Bill came to Rs 3000. Rs 500 for the service and taxes :) I did not see / experience that kind of service ..
BTW, the ambiance is brilliant..
but at this price I'm sure you get better food/service.
Couple of evenings back (6-Oct-13) 10 of us went in for dinner at the Bangalore, Koramangala location for dinner. We actually had walked out of another restaurant before deciding on Punjabi by Nature based on our positive experience in the past.
While I understand we were late (10:20 pm) to arrive at the restaurant, the staff accommodated us and requested us that this will be the last order.
After placing the order, we started watching the CLT 20 match on the large screen. This was well appreciated. However, at 10:45 pm, the TV sets were promptly switched off and the rule book was thrown at us by the Assistant manager telling us that they cannot keep the TVs on. On questioning him as to whose rule this was, he promptly said 'Management'. I requested him to share the contact information which he said he will provide later.
Further, at about 11:00 pm even the lights were dimmed - as good as switched off. Only on our further behest, the lights were switched on again!!
Now, I do understand the rules and regulations in Bangalore but this by no means classifies the experience at Punjabi By Nature as acceptable. More so, the staff of the restaurant was enjoying the match in the kitchen. I personally saw this.
Further, at the time of settling the bill, I asked the staff for the contact information of the Management and he brought out the card of the same individual who had initially interacted with us - Assistant Restaurant Manager. On asking him to give me the owners details - he said, 'Mr Arjun Puri, Sorry we do not have contact information'. I find this hard to believe that you have been in the business for over 15 years and do not like to interact directly with your customers.
This only prompts me to believe that there is this "We don't care" attitude from the staff and this will not result is Punjabi by Nature as the restaurant of choice for us.
Only the food was Punjabi. The experience was not.
Artery Clogging Food
Came here Friday evening at 8 p.m. It has a grand entrance. The place is quite huge and I was mesmerized by it. It has its own micro brewery on the first floor.
Went through the food and drinks menu and ordered the following:
1.) Chicken Biryani.
2.) Amritsari Magaz Masala (Brain masala).
3.) Murgh Punjabi Masala.
4.) Besan Di Missi Roti.
5.) Premium Beer.
Was served masala papad as complementary. Biryani was good, although rice quantity was a little less but there were 4 chicken pieces in it. Brain masala had rich gravy but had a lot of tomatoes. Murgh masala was also quite rich and had lots of onions, capsicums and tomatoes. I had ordered only one missi roti, but was served 4 large pieces of rotis (equivalent to 4 large and thick pizza slices). They produce their own beer (4 types). Choose the Premium beer and it was the best (totally worth it - Rs.195 for 500 ml). All food items are not spicy and they have a hint of sweetness.
The ambiance is superb, beautiful decor. The restaurant is huge, even restrooms are beautiful. There are nice water bodies inside the restaurant. Just opposite the restroom, there is a small pond full of small fish (just beautiful). Service was top notch and the items ordered were served within 15 minutes. Food quantity is humongous and it is better to order a few items at a time (I had to parcel most items). All gravy items are rich and heavy and after I had a few bites, I was full (the tomato flavor was overpowering the gravies). Taste wise, food is average (nothing special for the price they charge).
My bill Rs. 1700 + taxes = Rs.2230 (for 5 items). Paid Rs.500 for taxes (felt bad). Overall, a good place for ambiance and food (but only if you have very deep pockets or someone else is treating you). You will be fine if you just stick to the beer.
Loud, Expensive, In Your Face And Very Punjabi!
When I say loud I mean the interior just screams "Look at me! I'm rich! I'm loud and boisterous!" With its maze like interior, it makes for a very uber, chic, luxurious setting for a get together with friends or family. But most of the good parts begin to end there. Except for their brewed beer, which is really nice. But not out of the world. Their pricing sure is out of the world! The food department really needs to improve by leaps and bounds. We ordered a non veg platter and the mutton sheek kabab felt like rubber hose pipe that we use to water plants. Not that I've chewed on rubber hose pipe but I had to chew the mutton sheek kabab like a million times to make it digestible! The chicken was pretty succulent though. Some of the waiters either have hearing issues or they don't understand the local language. On one particular visit here, we were running late for a movie so we asked him how long would the non veg platter take to arrive. He says sir I can get you in 20 minutes. We still had about 35 minutes before the movie started which was just across the road at Forum Mall. So we asked him to get it asap. At this point, it appeared to us that he took the order. 15 minutes after ordering, we were getting slightly impatient and we just reminded him and to he shocked us out of our wits! He says "oh sir you wanted the platter is it?" My friends and I burst out in laughter and decided that it was the waiter who's drunk and not us! This was just a communication gap but we had a good laugh! We paid up and left and managed to reach the cinema just in the nick of time! Very Punjabi by nature I must say!
A la carte good..Lunch Buffet very bad..
The previous dinner experience at this place was good.. Neat ambience..Food ordered from the a la carte menu was up to the mark and the overall dining experience made me recommend thisplace for a team lunch..
This Recommendation turned out to be a disaster..
The Buffet lunch comprised of
1. Tasteless soups..
2. Chats which tasted of rancid oil
3. Parotas which we were told will be served at the table, but never reached our table..
4. Forgettable starters that comprised of only seekh kebab and reshmi kebab which had the look and taste that was shockingly similar ( Whatever happened to those other starters that are Punjabi by nature??)
5. And beat this.. Of the three curries, one was nothing but longer chunks of reshmi kebab cooked into a curry :D ( these guys love their grilled kebab in every form :D)
6. The spread of desserts was meager.. ( personally not a great fan of desserts but places like Barleys, Barbeque nation have spoilt me with their generous spread of desserts for almost matching cost :P)
6. And I guess the service here becomes cheerful by the evening and afternoons are considered more of a 'nursing the hangover' times... And the fact that the SC+ST ( Service Charges and Service tax) that we paid was INR 1300 made it even more difficult to digest the lifeless service that we were subjected to..
My final verdict.. Go for their a la carte menu but not for their buffet
Never Going There Again
1) A microbrewery called "Punjabi by nature"! Really???
2) Very very average food. Nothing remarkable.
3) Very ok Beer. Not worth the money or the travel to Koramanagala.
3) Impossible to get parking space.
4) Waiters refused to speak English or Kannada. Speaks only and only Hindi. Big big let down. Hello! I'm in Bangalore, not Bihar!
Suggestion - Ditch this place. Biere club is far more worth the money.
However, everything is a little sweet. You crave for some spicy stuff by the end of your meal. Very limited items on the menu.
Microbrewery- Nice brews.
Price- A bit too much. They don't serve raita with biryani! You have to shell out 150 bucks to have raita.
One of the rare places to have good service
Quite liked the 4 brews. The caramel hint in the dark beer was quite pronounced. But it could have been a bit creamier. The premium lager was quite refreshing. The ale had a distinct flavor of honey. For people who prefer it a bit sweeter, this one is a must try. The wheat beer was the only one that failed to stand out. I would definitely recommend the taster that gives all 4 in small quantities.
We ordered the paneer starter, based on a recommendation and it was good. Fresh paneer with a distinct smoky flavor of the tandoor that is most often missing in tandoor dishes. The main course was tasty, but a bit rich for my taste. The jalebis with radbdi delivered all the syruppy sweetness that it is expected to deliver and in all the excess that one associates with Punjabi food. The portions were more than generous. Perhaps a bit too generous for my liking. But I will not complain. Felt like, it somehow reflected a big Punjabi heart. I quite liked that.
But something really stood out for me and in a very positive way - The Service. The waiters were well informed, warned us of the portions, were very helpful without being in your face and really knew what they were serving. They knew the beers, they knew the food, they knew the portions and they smiled sincerely. It's the only place I have been to where all the waiters we encountered seemed TRAINED! That's a novelty right? One that I much appreciate. And one additional note - as a woman, I felt acknowledged, something most places just don't do. Most places don't even acknowledge womens' presence looking to the man to take all the call. In all, the service just swept me off my feet.
The food is rich enough for me to limit my visit to 2 times a year. But I will look forward to the visits and I recommend it, definitely
Getting lost in the shoo sha
I visited this place sometime back and was pleasantly surprised. The food was great beer was good place was jazzy and quantities were huge. I didn't mind paying the extra bucks for a perfect experience. However I went there last night and found things very different. They are actually serving fountain pepsi/soda which is super flat. I was shocked as they don't even have cans other than diet. The rotis were chewy and by the time I finished my meal I had a headache from all that chewing. Paneer was very hard and the masala was stale. The Dal was very rich but couldn't save the day. All in all a big let down. Hope the owners pull up their socks and get back the quality.
Excellent Punjabi food
Hands down the best Punjabi food that I have eaten. I am not a Punjabi so I don't know if its authentic Punjabi but definitely the best. We were promptly ushered in on a Sunday where we went in for a nice brunch. Knowing the quantity of food that is provided here, it is definitely not for the average people to finish! The servings for all food items are in huge quantities and is very delicious. We tried only the vegetarian dishes but I am pretty sure non-veg would be as good. For all the things going good for this place including the location - its right in front of Forum mall in Koramangala, its definitely very pricy. If you don't mind in indulging a bit then this restaurant is a definitive treat.
Good food and freshly brewed beer
I had been to PBN last week with a group of friends for lunch. The food was good, especially the Galouti Kebab and Dahi ke Kebab. Special mention for the Kasturi Kebab which was the best dish served I would reckon. We had also ordered the Raan-e-Punjab which was not as good as it has been in the past. We were served complimentary Jalebi with Rabri which was divine and served as the perfect dessert. Talking of the alcohol, we ordered 4 pitchers of the dark beer and it is one of the best beers I have had in a long time, is what I have to mention. Ambience of the place is good - overall it is a nice but expensive (total bill value of about 8.5k for 8 people) fine-dining option.
Great ambiance & good beers from their microbrewery but lousy tasting food! Amazed at how they can charge so much for the oily food. Supposed to be cooks from Delhi but did not get any Delhi tastes! Also, the much hyped "large quantities" seem to be their own making - we did not find any super large quantities on any of the dishes ordered and can easily say the quantity is of equal proportion to any other place in town! Pricing leaves a huge hole in your pocket and we came away dis-satisfied with the service too - even after flaying our arms wildly we could not catch the eye of any of the waiters hanging around pretending to be so busy! Not worth another visit unless you are in the area & thirsty for a beer!
Excellent Punjabi Food & Great service
Had been to this place for a weekend lunch and simply loved the experience..Jhaanhi Chaap (lamb chops) were simply divine and dahi ke kebab had an interesting twist to it..In-house brews were decent enough without being exceptional but still much better than the mundane lager doing the rounds in most places...for maincourse we tried the amritsar tawa chicken which was again simply delicious..
the service was very friendly and attentive. we were even given a complimentary desert(jalebi with rabri) for our 1-year old..
the best north indian food i have tried in Bangalore barrin Dum-pukth jolly nobobs..
The Ambiance is awesome. If not for the ambiance I would give this restaurant just a single star. The food is average. But we were not happy with the deserts.
But the worst part is the service. These guys are very slow. It took nearly one hour to take the order and another one hour to inform us that the dish we ordered is not available. Pathetic service.
Great taste, Huge servings
They have a very large area and a nicely done ambiance. The food tastes very Punjabi and they seem to use good quality ingredients in their dishes. Even their curd/raithas are as thick as cream.
The serving portions are huge so do maintain caution while ordering food if you are planning to hog on food. Their pricing is bit towards the expensive side, however looking at the portions served and the quality n taste of the dishes I guess this is fair.
Beer Good - Food bad
The place has a nice ambiance. The beer was pretty good. Food was poor quality and outrageously expensive - Ma Ki Dal was 350 rupees + 29% on top - because of VAT 14% + Service Tax 5% + Service Charge 10% - so it comes to almost 500 rupees !!! For a fricking dal ! Which was mediocre at best. The Rotis are big but get cold and soggy by the time one eats them. Happened to be with a vegetarian friend, so we didnt eat meat, but even so the bill came to 900 bucks a head with one beer, one dal, one roti and one Lahori Paneer.
Service was poor and slow. Beer was quite good which was the only saving grace. Beer is not that expensive - around 250 bucks for a pint.
Its absurd what restaurants are getting away with nowadays ! Poor food and outrageous prices.
Went to Punjabi by nature last week and must say it was utter rubbish. The service staff @ the bar counter supposedly a brewery doesnt know how to categorize their beer. We ordered Dal Makhani, Butter Chicken and Galouti kebabs. The galouti kebabs looked liked a aallooo tikki wrapped in a silver foil. The Dal - was stupendously overpriced and was the regular dal which we get @ restaurants. The Butter chicken was a saving grace. The desserts are nothing to talk about as well and the ambience of the place is utterly confusing. The delihi outlet serve much better quality food though......THUMBS DOWN
Treat for foodies!!
If you are going in a group then this place should be on the list . Specially for lunch , their buffet is just awesome . Typical Punjabi spread of dishes and just mouth watering . Be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian , they are just awesome .
Specially their chicken varieties are just too good .
Top it with a beer or 2 .
Must visit .
Surely a huge Punjabi !! !!!
This place is by far the biggest restaurant i have come across in Bangalore ... The ambience and feel is very chic and has a uber-cool statement surrounding the place.. Coming to food , the chicken shorba was nice but generous amounts of black pepper sprinkled in it resulted in the whole thing tasting nothing but pungent..Chicken Kastoori Kebab was very medium spiced with succulent pieces in addition to the taste being exceptionally good ...Butter Naan was soft unlike other Indian joints and Mugh Makhani (Butter Chicken) was yummy too !!
The portions served are more than sufficient for 4 pax and if you a couple visiting this place , pls mk sure that you order either the starter or the main course as the servings are huge !!!
Its a fairly new restaurant and I particularly like the entrance with the blazing flame and the Glowy Sign -Board ! Do visit if you are a fan of rich creamy Mughlai food !! :)
For a pleasant evening
Finally tried out their famous golgappa shots - they were brilliant! decent in-house beer. great ambiance. good service but would've liked a heads-up about the spicy kebabs and the tad-too-sweet chicken gravy when we ordered them. the kebabs were good nonetheless, so were the desserts. the keema naan was excellent. Overall, a good experience.
Decent place but Not for Young crowd
I was recommended this joint by someone at the workplace as a place to have some decent food and drinks. Having already become a fan of the Bier Club , I was tempted to check this place for its serving of beer. Beer served at the bar was decent , liked the dark flavor especially, but have to say was absolutely put off by the crowd. you dont want to hear babies cry when you are sitting at the bar and sipping cold beer. food is decently priced but oily sometimes. you shouldnt go here if you are in gud spirits and want to party. this is for people who want to basically eat and drink maybe a little with the whole family. i like the Toit or beer club corwd and ambience better as u wont find babies and kids there atleast! adios beer garden!
A truly hearty experience!
I had been to the Punjabi by Nature in Delhi many year ago and the opening of this restaurant in Bangalore was a cause of great happiness to me. My visit to this restaurant reaffirmed my enthusiasm. The ambience is truly classy and eclectic with the seating spread over a large area. Everything from the cutlery to the music has been picked out with great care.
Moving on to the food, the servings are absolutely generous and don't leave any scope of wishing for more. The chicken kebabs were succulent and tasty and not overdone at all. The baby vegetables in the main course were pure genius with a generous tang but no unnecessary mirch masala, perfect for the discerning palette. The dal makahni was velvety and rich, just the way it should be. the rotis were the perfect accompaniment.
My jeans were a little tighter after this wonderful meal, but it was absolutely worth it!
We had heard a great deal about the micro-brewery at Punjabi By Nature and that the beer here was better than Toit's.
That's pretty accurate! I had a light wheat beer while my boyfriend had a darker one. Both were refreshing!
For food we ordered a kabab platter. They could have served a greater variety of kababs. Only 3 types were served on the platter - chicken malai kabab, mutton sheekh kabab, chicken sheekh kabab. However, all kababs were absolutely delicious! The malai kabab and the chicken sheekh kabab just melted in the mouth!
We also ordered a kofta dish, which my boyfriend found too tomato-ey, but I quite liked it.
It's always a good idea to reserve a table or you might have to wait a while to get one.
Good Ambience ..Not so gr8 food .. Over Priced..
Decided to visit this place with family after a +ve feedback from one of my friends on the ambiance but not much on the food. we thought that lot of time food review depends on what you ordered so decided to try out this place! My overall experience turned out to be a ditto of the feedback i had got. Ambiance was good and the restaurant is pretty spacious; service was pretty prompt too.
We decided to stay vegetarian for the day and ordered Paneer tikka and veg seekh kabab for starters.. both of the dishes were pretty nice! We also had tall glasses of Lassi which were better than what we have had at a few other places in bangalore. However, i think they should consider changing the lassi glasses to some other metal as the bottom portion of lassi tasted sour and metallic when i went bottoms-up with the glass. My wife also had the same taste. Otherwise the lassi (malaai maar ke) was a meal in itself. Tomato soup was pretty ordinary. Same for the main course, except the tandoori roti, veg biryani and Raaita. Raaita was the THE BEST .. thick and creamy .. simply awesome.. vegetables, curry & dals was pretty ordinary .. nothing great..Desserts didnt have much of variety on the menu. Rasmalai and Pista kulfi that we tried were pretty ordinary.
Overall an OK experience, Ambiance was good, Food Average, Service was OK.
Overprices for the experience they have to offer.
Heard a lot about this restaurant more so because of the micro brews.
Finally got a chance to visit this place on Friday afternoon along with a friend. Valet parking provided and restaurant is located close to Forum mall next to Man United.
Restaurant is huge and has a great ambiance. We decided to sit close to the water body near the entrance. The mist spray of water offer a very cool ambiance on a hot summer afternoon.
Ordered a pitcher of wheat beer and we were not disappointed. It was chilled and had a rich taste. I would rate this wheat better than the one at Biere Club.
We just had some masala papad as starters and order the main course. Order all veg - baby veggies semi gravy and yellow dal. Rotis were really hot and soft.
Service was prompt and over a great experience. The menu is simple and easy to order. I would love to give this place a revisit and try the Tandoori fare.
Awesome ambience! Gr8 food!
I find the seating arrangements very unique and different from any other restaurant in b'lore as there are areas that are separate for each group isolated from each other very conveniently - inside,outside,lazy couch,couples,bar stools,family dining,business group,friends get together and team outing!!! And there are projector screens in every area so that one can watch TV as well. Music that played is also very nice! Gr8 ambience! Have visited this place twice and sat here for 4-5 hours each time, sipping some nice cocktails nd enjoying some unique starters...
Food - menu is limited, but everything is very tasty! Serving size is also large. Be careful while ordering the rotis and other breads as the diameter is equivalent to a large sized pizza! Orders are rolled out very fast as well.
Drink - cocktails were good, but was surprised that they ran short of tequila! A word about the house beer - the beer(s) was not able to hold up the bubbles for a long time meaning that they may not have been completely ready to be served. My beer tasted like sugar water after 30 mins. Also, the vodka shot golgappas are just farce. Stick to cocktails!
Service - could be tad better. They wanna be stylish, but end up being a little rude!
Overall - id go for the ambience and the food!
Carries a lot of atmosphere. A+ Food!
I've been here twice, once in the afternoon and once in the late evening. And in my opinion, the atmosphere is a whole mile better looking in the evening.
It's in a pretty good location and it can leave you wondering what's in there if you pass by it and noticed it. And when I went there I couldn't believe it was so mad enormous, we kept walking and walking and it took a while before the end approached.. The interiors are glassy new age high roofed; a lot of lefts and rights when you head in.
Now, the food is pretty expensive but worth the price and portions. More about that later.
We couldn't care less to not notice people drinking the dark beer so we instantly ordered a pitcher with no double thoughts! (we were prepared not to drink that night) Their micro-brewery brewed beer is refreshing above and beyond.
The appetizers (Chicken, Panner) and hands down the best, can't get any better. Kastoori and Amritsar Kebab were magical. I don't know how they make it taste so good.
Yes, you pay a lot for the curries (575+ Taxes) but they arrive in massive bowls. We were 4 of us and 1 brutally rich butter chicken took care of our hunger.
Dalh (Yellow) wasn't too disappointing but it could've been a lot better. But I can safely assume they they do a good job with Dalh Makhni. I definitely want to taste it.
The rotis are 4 times the size of an average sized roti, so the waiters warn you! And I think they're really really reasonably priced for that kinda size.
So it is what you pay for is what you get, unlike most other restaurants you WILL NOT complain about the portions.
The desserts are pretty good too. Try the Jilebis and the Kulfi.
Despite the size of the restaurant, it can get ppreeeettyyyy crowded and waiting on the weekends so make sure to make prior reservations atleast 4 hours in advance. Oh I forgot, you might find some tables way higher than the chairs (appears like they were made for giants) they're very uncomfortable and unacceptable. When you make reservations, let them know you don't want to sit there.
All in all, I've had great experiences and I will definitely dine here again without a doubt.
Loved the place the spread of seats, the quality and variety of seating, the rock wall with rolling water makes you feel like you are somewhere away from the hustle bustle of the town. Considering the fact that you are in the heart of it says tons about the ambiance. Very helpful courteous staff. This is a versatile place. It can be what you want it to be, choose a place of your liking among the various seating options and oh my are there options at this place. No matter who you are with you will love this place. I took a two seater with my partner along the water front. It was lovely. Food and other options are yet to be exproled properly. Could not resist the golgappa shots. They were nyc. Had a chicken kandahari with roomali roti with beer from the brewery. All in all a great place as far as drinks and food is considered. But the ambiance is what did the job for me....
Great food...let down by terrible service!
Starting with the perfect location (near Forum Mall, Koramangala), to the innovative use of space (endless tables, yet no claustrophobia; soothing, classy interiors, including water bodies) to the idea of having a micro brewery on the spot...this is one of the few fine-dining options in Indian cuisine, that too strictly Punjabi.
And what a cuisine it is - you could be conventional (galouti kabab, butter chicken) or unconventional (dahi ke kabab, kandhari murg) and still be extremely satisfied. Mammoth breads (naan, roti etc.) and their trademark golgappa shots are perfect accompaniments.
BUT...the service. Have been there four times and each experience was worse than the last. Sometimes its the clueless person on the phone taking the appointment...sometimes its just confused, error-prone waiters...sometimes its the unusual delay in presenting the bill...sometimes its the convenient forgetting of the doggy bag.
The great food and ambience may get people in for a while but to truly sustain and be successful, it needs to get more efficient, honest, courteous staff. I have had my fill and am NOT going there again until a fellow foodie tells me the service has improved
Is management part of the scam?
We had heard a lot about this new place so decided to try out last Tue 20 Mar.We began by ordering a paneer and a chicken starter and decided to try 3 Plates of golgappa shots just to see what it was like. having heard that the portions were quite large, we decided within about three minutes that we would rather not have starters and enjoy the meal instead. But by then the super quick waiter had already placed the order and the chef had already started rustling up the dishes or thats what we were told by the waiter (Nilesh if I remember his name right). OK, can't complain, except that half an hour later, we are told that they have run out of paneer and can't give us our order. Friend Nilesh had no answer when we asked him why the order couldn't have been cancelled in the first place. Little did we know that worse was to come.When we got the bill, we had been charged for three trays instead of three plates of the golgappa shots, ie around 4500/= instead of around 1200/= if I recall the prices correctly. When pointed out, Nilesh apologised immediately and went to rectify the bill. On the way to the rest room, I overheard Nilesh telling the guy at the billing counter (found out his name is Ramesh, or so he told me), " Yaar unko woh golgappa tray ke baare mein pata chal gaya". Obviously, it was a scam and they must have thought they could get away with it. The surprising part was that Nilesh was not really flustered when confronted with it. He merely apologised for the wrong billing and pretended it was a genuine mistake, leading one to believe that the management may be a part of the scam, and that's why he was sure nothing would happen to them.
Anyway a bad experience and unlikely that we'll go again. For those of you who do, please cross check your bill.
By far the best ambiance in Bangalore!
Heard a lot about this place Punjabi by Nature(PNB) though I admit reviews were "mixed"! Finally decided to visit this place on a Sunday evening!
For me an ideal review covers the experience during booking till the time you have paid the bill and left. So I will try to make this review ideal!
Called PNB between 6:30 pm - 7 pm, they said its already full, but I can try a walk-in. Nevertheless when I arrived at around 8pm , I was very surprised to see a line of cars outside. I was sure I would have to go somewhere else.
Still, I went inside and had a look around. Oh boy! This place is amazing! It's massive, with distinct sections. There was one that resembled a lounge bar, another was a fine- dining, there was also a casual dining section replete with high chairs, and sofas. Its all here!
Let me say in no uncertain terms, PNB has by far one of the best ambiences (if not the best). The scale of this place really engulfs you!
They also have a micro-brewery for fresh beer. I noticed that almost every table had a big glass of beer, so definitely beer is a huge draw here. There are also large-screen TVs so during cricket matches expect it to be jam- packed!
The menu is limited, they just give you a slate like thing. What we ordered(prices as I recall mentioned in the bracket) -
1 Wheat Beer(195)
1 Mango Lassi(115)
1 Paneer Tikka(395)
1 Lahori Paneer Masala(299)
1 Butter Naan(150)
1 Mix-veg Raita(110)
1 Jalebi with Rabadi(225)
Total tab came to 1942(including VAT and Service Charge). Papad was served complimentary.
Needless to say, this place is expensive! INR 395 for a Paneer Tikka is quite steep, but then it's fine-dining. And considering the crowd prices are not a bother I guess. Another thing is that the quantity is decent(more on that below!)
The Mango Lassi was fantastic and my friend was drooling over the wheat beer he ordered.
The Paneer Tikka was heavenly with the paner almost melting in our mouth. And the Lahori Paneer was very different than the usual dishes served at other places.
The Butter Naan was perfect, and was done to a golden-crisp and yet it was soft. My friend who had been here before mentioned that it was a crime to order one naan for each person. After seeing the portion of the naan, I saw his point. There were 6 large pieces in one Naan!! Unbelievable. In the end we could barely finish 4! Here is where the waiter should have mentioned the portions of the naan.
Raita was perfect too It wasn't liquidy but had a foam like texture, real good!
What' s a meal without dessert! Even though I dislike Rabadi, we were in the mood for Jalebis so we went for the jalebi and rabadi combination! I don't have the words to describe how super delicious it was, even the Rabadi! 6 pieces of Jalebis along with 2 small portions of Rabadi. There can't be a better way to end a meal!! At INR 225, it is expensive but worth it.
Service was good and fast, though the waiters could have been more friendly.
Overall I loved my time spent here, even though it's expensive, it will definitely make your evening memorable. And the crowd needless to say was real upscale which is expected considering it's fine-dining.
I wont be surprised if PNB is giving Punjab Grill(opp Forum, Koramangala) a run for its money.
Make the call for reservation at PNB and look forward to a good time here!!!
P.S. - 1 star less for the price! :-)
Good food but limited options
First of all a noteworthy mention is the ambiance. Its pretty cool and they have a lot of space. They also have many screens so i guess it would be fun to watch sports matches there.
Coming to food and service I found them to be ok. Nothing great about the food or service. There are some innovative and new items on the menu which sound great (didn't try them) but then overall the options were too less. The taste is okayish and nothing like you can't find anywhere else. I expected the service to be great but it was average. It might have been so because of new recruits or the staff's mood was bad, I don't know. But the bottom line is that the day I went the service was ordinary.
However I visited the place 2months ago when it was quite new so I hope they have changed and acclimatised for the better in these past weeks.
| don't know if I would like to visit the place again. May be I will, but just to try their novelties. Go there if you wanna try their gol guppa shots, watch some match in a group etc. otherwise its not a place that would be on the list of must visit of many.
Firstly one would know what authentic punjabi is if they've visited punjab, haryana and delhi. And people from there would surely agree with me regarding the quality of food here. From what i tried the Galauti kababs and dahi ki tikkis are brilliant. The quantities of food are quite large, and one roti would suffice atleast 2 people.
The desserts were also delectable, with soft and mildly sweet gulab jamuns and crispy jalebis.
The ambience is quite good but do make sure you book in advance as it seems crowded at most times..
Great food/ambience, Service needs improvement
I visited Punjabi by Nature on a Saturday evening. The place was easy to find, considering it was conveniently located and the neon signs made it easy to identify the place. The valet was efficient and so was the staff at the reception. The ambience was enthralling - loads of plants, ceilings opening up to the skies, water walls, very private spaces, perfect lighting. However what came later washed away all the initial excitement - the music was very loud and did not suit the ambience; upon asking for options to ease our discomfort the waiter wasn't helpful. On asking for another chair as we had an additional guest, the waiter had to be reminded 4 times before he complied to our request - all the while we had to accommodate the additional person by putting together all chairs and squeezing in - that is a zero rating for comfort.
Water wan't being refilled until we gave 2-3 reminders for to the waiter, same with chutneys. The place has a micro brewery with a fair selection of beers, the dark beer was reasonable, considering the concept of microbreweries is still fresh in this part of the country.
Then came the food which very much appealed to the palate - the naan's are very filling and unless you are hungry enough to eat an elephant, a single naan should suffice for 2-3 pax. Needless to say we enjoyed the food. When it came to settle the check the waiter refused to split it on 4 cards. I would NOT have tipped the waiter for his obtuse attitude, but the check already had a 10% service charge, so I am sure he got his gratuity, despite doing a poor job at entertaining the guests.
Coming back to ambience, the restroom I was directed toward by one of the staff was a significant walk toward the end of the restaurant, it had an open window with plants outside, so looks like they have dotted the Is and crossed the Ts as far as the ambience is concerned, yet my primary expectation from a restaurant is being served and served well and that is an area that needs a lot of improvement, unless the waiter who had served us was just a one off case. Will I visit the place again? Though I tremendously enjoyed the food and beer here, I will not want to re-live the effort of getting our orders from our waiter - an effort akin to maneuvering an 18 wheeler on an ice road.
Ratings (on a scale of 5):
Service: 1 (for me - this can make all the difference)
Great food cloudy beer 3.5 stars
Great food great ambience, but cloudy beer , "rockmans" in gurgaon is the other way round bad food good beer , anyway cant expect everything to be great every where. The food is expensive however the portions make up for it. the service leaves a lot to be desired, will certainly go again.
Arrogant Staff, Flat Beer but Good food
I have been to this place thrice. And all the three time I have been disappointed with their beer. The beer is flat and not much of a difference been their beers. There are 4 varieties Premium, Pale, Wheat and Dark all need improvement.
The first two times the Staff were courteous and nice. Third time around a SOB was throwing too much of an attitude around and was one arrogant prick
All the food I have tried there was awesome. The portions of the Nan and Roti are huge. This place got nice ambiance.
3 star because of the arrogant staff
Very nice .. must visit
First off , the ambiance of the place, WOW !! Its a big restaurant with different seating arrangements and with greenery all around it. Beautiful setting .
The food was good, the quantity and the quality served were good. We tried quite a few dishes, for starters among the multiple dishes we tried the once that stood were the dahi ke kebab and the fish tikka, we wanted the prawns but they did not have them, for the main course we had rotis and rice with a few gravies, which covered different meats and paneer . Each gravy had its own distinctive taste and quite rich. I think the only dish we did not like was the paneer gravy which was not up to the same mark as the other dishes .
They do not have a exhaustive menu keeping it small and making it easier for us to quickly choose what we wanted.
Service is a bit slow but the staff are attentive and know the dishes quite well enough to explain it to us.
Drinks wise, they have have thier own micro brewery ,some in the group tried out the beers and the darker beers found approval. Tried their vodka pani puri , without any idea that it contained any alcohol, it was real fun,
On the whole we had a very nice time there, they have valet parking, and it is good to go with a reservation since the place seems to be packed. Prices on a little expensive side but worth a visit for those special occasions and the quantities are big.