18 Reviews / 25 Ratings
Safest Bet in Velachery!!!
On a hungry late Saturday afternoon, we decided to go to Pind, as it was the safest bet in Velachery.
Since it was 3 o clock, we managed to get a table quickly. The decor at Pind tries to recreate a Dabha. There are a few cot style tables, few tables with a variety of spices on display and few restaurant style tables. Space between two tables is ample.
Family friendly, Couple friendly, Group friendly place.
As we were super hungry, we quickly ordered a bottle of chaas and Stuffed mushrooms.
Then we took our own sweet time to scan the menu. What I really like about the menu is the variety it offers - in starters, main course, their breads - the variety is huge.
After consulting with the waiter, we ordered Paneer TakAtak (a Pind spicy speciality). Among the breads we ordered a Chilli Cheese Naan, Makai Roti and Ajwain Naan.
The stuffed mushrooms and chaas arrived quickly. The Chaas was good but not exceptional. The mushrooms were stuffed with paneer. It was good but they could have been generous with the stuffing.
As soon as we finished our appetizers, main course arrived. I expected to see green chilli in the cheese naan. But we got a chilli paste cheese naan. Nevertheless, the Chilli Cheese Naan was very delicious with cheese oozing out of the naan.
Makai roti was very average, slightly burnt. Could have been better.
Ajwain Naan was good but only if you like Ajwain.
Paneer Takatak was good in taste but failed my expectations of meeting the 'Chef's special' tag. It was slightly tomato-ey which I didn't expect.
Service: Well I wonder if there was good service. The waiters come and keep your food and serve water but they do not serve food here. They weren't serving food in the other tables too. I wonder why.
They just come, keep the food and leave. The do not even wait a second. Odd isn't it?
All in all, the safest bet in Velachery, when you want to have good North Indian Food. Just don't expect service.
31.05.2014 Dinner at Pind
Great food not exactly Punjabi but all North Indian. Experienced a goof up by the staff who answered my call (@ 2.10PM) asking for reservation @8PM - she did not note my name. However got a table after a wait of 25 min. Children enjoyed the dessert after some great food. Try the banana split
Not Good, Not Bad
Food is pretty good but not something that makes you say wow. It was an la carte for a group of 15 people. The tomato soup was okay. The BEST dish we had was the Gobi 65 or Gobi Manchurian. It was excellent. Then came Paneer tikka. It was good too. Then came the debacles - naan (bit rubbery), rice (It was served with a doubt in mind, we did not get more than a small ladle of rice). The tomato pulao was quite oily and the server served it as if there was no more rice in the kitchen. 5 of us in the group were served "LITTLE" portions. White rice was quite good. The sides were nothing to write home about. My wife makes better sides and tomato pulao. Then came the dessert. The Gulab Jamun was wreaking with a heavy smell of fried "oil". The ice cream was pretty average. OVERALL, lukewarm service and average food. WILL NOT GO there again.
Worst Dining Experience
After a lot of search and analysis in Burrp our family decided to have our Sunday Lunch here at Pind. The ratings and reviews were marked very high for this restaurant so we had some expectations.The ambience was good and the restaurant was a packed house. After waiting for a few min we got our table .We saw a board saying that Buffet was priced at Rs 400/- per head but we couldn't find any of the customers moving around with their plates nor could we find the buffet spread on a table..So we decided to go for A la Carte. Our order started with Cream of Mushroom soup and Cream of Vegetable soup followed by a paneer, mushroom and baby corn starter. We asked the waiter which starter would be crisp and he suggested the baby corn...So we went with all the 3.
The food was delivered quick and our worst experience started with our taste of the soup. Both the soups were nothing but just diluted milk with 2 pieces of vegetables and 2 pieces of diced mushroom. There was no salt nor pepper. The taste was horrible and we were not able to take even one spoon of it. We have visited many restaurants and have tasted all varieties of soup. But never in our life have we tasted a cream of vegetable soup prepared with just diluted milk! We were shocked. We called our waiter and asked for an explanation...After listening to our complaints and having a look at our soup he humbly asked us to please wait and left our table...Later he came up and offered to replace our soup...but by that time we decided not to take any further risks and refused to try one more. So our soup experience brought down our initial expectations of the restaurant. We pacified our-self and decided to try the starters. The starters arrived and they were not any better. Our paneer starter was ok and the mushroom was just full of spice..The worst of all was our crispy baby corn which was all soggy and looked like a non-veg dish in front of us..We took one bite of it and it was soaked with sauce and was not even close to crispness..We called the waiter again and confirmed whether this was supposed to be a crispy baby corn and he was confused as well. We asked him to remove the dish. Luckily we didn't order our main dish..So we thought we should leave the place but my relatives looked around and still noticed that rush was coming in and people were still ordering without any complaints..This time we questioned our order..We thought probably we didn't choose the correct food here..So we felt we should try the main..(Our next biggest blunder).
We ordered Special dum biryani ,Cheese Garlic Naan and Cheese Naan.The dum biryani arrived first and it was decent..Then came our next horror Chesse Garlic Naan and Cheese Naan..The very first look at it showed that they were all burnt and not in a consumable state..To top it all there was Chili all over the Naan..We called our waiter again and asked him what this was? And he said Chili Garlic Naan...!! They delivered us Chili Garlic Naan instead of Cheese Garlic Naan that too over burnt.. We asked him to take it back and decided its high time we leave the place before any more frustration.Then the waiter came running and said he would replace our naan and also came with a second version of Crispy baby corn..He insisted that we should try it and forcefully placed it on our plate. After a lot of hesitation we tried the baby corn and it was good..We were totally surprised at the quality of food delivered here..We asked the waiter why he didn't serve this one on our first order After some time our Naans were also delivered which was okay. But we had enough and wanted to leave the place as soon as possible..With little curiosity we asked the waiter about the buffet and then did we come to know that all the people around us were having buffet served at the table..!!! And we were the only ones I guess who tried A'la carte. We will never return back to this place to try the buffet!! This was our worst dining experience so far...
An Awesome Experience. Will Come Back For More!
Being a devout non-vegetarian, I am really careful about the vegetarian restaurants I go to. On one such venture, four of my colleagues and me decided to change the usual non-veg joints and try out something different. We narrowed down our options to three fine details, it should be north-Indian, authentic and vegetarian (thanks to my colleagues). With that, we matched our requirements to Pind, situated in Velachery.
On entering Pind, it had a desi-dhaba ambience, with the smell of the desi makhan lingering around, which played its role in increasing our appetite. The vibrant cocktail bar definitely caught our attention while waiting for a table to clear up. It was so evident from the interiors and the dishes mentioned in the menu that Pind was influenced by the flavors and styles of Punjabi culture.
Finally, the most important part for most of us, the food! We were ushered to our seats by a smiling gentleman. Trust me, the menu here was extensive and we had to ask an attendant to help us out. With his help, we ordered a potion of Cream of Mushroom and Cream of tomato soup, Haryali paneer tikka and __ for appetizers, Malai methi paneer, Kaju Curry masal, Makke di roti, Tawa Ghee phulkha and peas pulao for main course.
The soups had the right consistency and it was rich and deep with their respective flavours. Coming to the main course, the main reason we ordered Paneer dishes were because of my colleagues recommendation. He wasnt wrong, the paneer I ate in those dishes were the softest, it was almost as if it was melting in the mouth sorts, and it was best paired with the rotis and phulkhas which were dripping with makhan. The Dal Makhani deserves a special mention as well. It was rich with the buttery and creamy tomato sauce, aromatic and extremely detectable, this is one dish to savor and treasure at Pind. The Kaju curry masala was cooked to perfection but the peas pulav had still more room for betterment. To top it all up all of us had a glass of the sweet lassi as well.
We were too full to order the desserts, which looked really appealing on the list, but decided to keep it on the to-do list for the next time. The total bill came to Rs 1570.
Though not on the main road, Pind was filled with a passel of vegetarian (read as Punjabi) foodie fans. For all the Punjabi veg food fanatics, this is the place to go.
Cost/Value for Money: 4/5
Paneer ka Baap
Seriously the best paneer I've had in town.
All paneer dishes are great.
Stole my heart with the amount of cashew in the cashew paneer.
One suggestion though - ask them to go easy on the chaat masala they sprinkle on the tikkas. Makes the thing extra salty.
And though the traditional touch with the jute chairs look appealing, not very easy to sit and eat on. I picked up my plate and ate as if I was on my sofa at home watching TV. Avoid those chairs if you have a bad back or a big belly
The standard Lunch Thali has all you need and was a great steal for 175 bucks.
Atlast somethng truly punjabi
We had been to Pind several times, but only bcoz of my lazy nature i always refrained from writing a review ;)
few points which i always feel shud be put first :
awesome punjabi food in its true taste
no adulteration with local flavors and all to attract local public
service has been good all the time and they better be always inorder to keep up the brand
though we ( i.e. me and my wife) never really face any sort of prob or issues with the food except 1 time when the Paneer tikka was served with few pieces of rotten type tomatoes. But it was soon changed by the waiter.
The rich aroma of the food along with the superbly and neatly done interiors gets a thumbs up from us every-time we visit there
pleasant experience, delicious paneer dishes
1. just at the crossing of Vijay Nagar bus stand, inside the lane thus prevents from too much traffic congestion
2. The only problem is that there is NO dedicated car parking - a major issue during rush hours
1. a satisfactory experience with clean, well laid out and spacious dining area.
2. Two neat touches -
a). A mocktail bar in the center for all drinks
b). The dining table has chambers with various Indian spices and dals.
Food quality and taste:
1. PLENTY of paneer dishes - sometimes you baffled as to how much will each dish differ from each other
2. Try the Veg Platter - sumptuous for 4 people at a reasonable price
3. The service is just about average and the waiters take a fairly long time to deliver your order.
4. The taste of the dishes is good, you can make out that 2 paneer dishes or a malai kofta have been made in separate gravies and not just mixed around.
1. Pleasant experience - not fancy BY ANY MARGIN
2. Value for money for vegetarians looking for a dine out.
Real Punjabi Food
Very few places serve authentic Punjabi food and Pind is definately one of them. Excellent Menu and punjabi dishes. Paneer is their speciality. As someone else also suggested ; I found Music too loud as well as the A/C, In winter also they keep it very low and it was very cold. Other than this Pind is the best. Far better than so called Dhaba's
The Punjabi Paneer Palace
If there is some one out there who hates paneer I insist them to visit PiND and try any paneer dish here and I'm sure your'e gonna become a big fan of panner and pind.
Vegetarian dishes never tasted better to me anywhere in the entire of Chennai.
The ambiance is really good and the pricing is very appropriate, if you're a vegetarian and love punjabi food , then this is a place you shouldn't be missing on.
Me and husband visited Pind yesterday for dinner. We loved the food very much. Paneer is mouth watering..i hadn't eaten this much soft paneer in Chennai..Must try paneer..Lassi also super. without doubt anybody can try this hotel for true Punjabi items..Highly recommendable experience got from Pind.
Felt like I got transported to Punjab
I must thank my friend Sharan for referring me this restaurant, because it is a little hard to find, tucked away in a side road from the main road.
Pind is more Punjabi than many "Punjabi Dhabas" in Chennai. And the ambience is also interesting. The front portion of a vintage scooter is hung on the wall overlooking the tables. There are also some objects like swords, kripans, kites that give the place a very authentic look. I could see many punjabi families there.
The music however switched between western and some Bollywood numbers, it would be great if they can turn the volume down and play some Punjabi songs.
The staff are also really nice and speak in good English, though I would have felt better if they spoke in Punjabi :) My phone was dead and i requested for a charger, a bearer escorted me to the billing section where he put it on charge.
If you go here, do try the paneer items because the paneer is amazing. Really soft.
I had the customary butter naan and paneer butter masala. It was unlike many others i have tasted.
The price was not bad either. A must try for a foodie who loves Punjabi cuisine.
simple amazing food. very tasty.. easily the best veg restaurant in velachery . i would go on to say best veg food in south chennai.. sarson ka saag is very good, the daal was also tasty. rotis came in quick. service ambiance food all good. though i want the pricing to be a little more economic. i know most fine dining restaurants are way costly. but still 1000 for 2 for a 3 course veg meal is a little pricey. i always take rabdi home..
An owesome extravaganza of punjabi food
Saturday mornings are pretty amusing to almost all those who are employed at IT firms, as their weekend starts the same day, but for us who work for government undertakings, the real weekend is the second half of Saturday and Sunday evening. Saturday evening goes into planning what needs to be done on Sunday and the Sunday of August 26, 2012 was no exception.
Thanks to "Velachery Times", through them I came to know about PIND and I decided to have my dinner at the restaurant. Zipping past on the Inner Ring Road (IRR) we reached the restaurant and were clean bowled at the ambiance. I must say that, the brain behind the ambiance deserves a standing ovation.
Now lets talk about the food and other service aspect of the restaurant:
1. FOOD: The Sarso ka Saag and the stuffed kulcha were a delight to the taste buds. The RUBDI was beyond the imagination of a foodie like me. The moment I took the first sip, I felt life ends here. Scorcher of a taste and prepared in a crafty way. High 5's for the chef who prepared RUBDI. The Sabjee Hundi was equally tantalizing.
2. STAFF: Staff members were pretty cordial, but at certain times there was difficulty in communicating with them, as the music was little loud.
---Verdict: A fatte punjabi khana at a reasonable price, with a sooopaaa ambiance!!! Loveddddd it! Miles to go Sadda "PIND".
(Suggestion: Please keep a tab on the music which you play. Songs were amazing, but the sound level was unpalatable.)
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Balle !! Balle !!
First and foremost i must say thanks to Times Of India whithout whom i wouldnt have found this restaurant. They had carried a review on Chennai Times on 24/08/2012 and were rating the restaurant as good. So decided to try it yesterday.since it was a pure vegetarian restaurant from the group owning Bombay Halwa House.
The restaurant is located at a neatly accessible area in velachery tucked just off the main road near Ganga sweets.Since i decided late at 9PM to go here, wanted to get my reservation before going so that i wouldnt be disappointed as it was a friday night. Wanted to do so more as TOI had just carried a review and i expected the whole world to be there......
They accepted my reservation as late as 945PM and was accordingly directed to turn into a street next to Ganga sweets. They have a big board too near ganga sweets. So finding the location was pretty much easier.
The restaurant is snazzy and colourfully painted and had a neat ambience, typical sardari affair with waiters in pathani outfit. They had kept a table readily reserved for us and were guided to it.
I liked the ambience Pind is your true blue authentic Punjabi vegetarian only restaurant typically styled in retro fashion with framed space with an actual tricycle, scooter headlight, a shield, sword and two kripans, while the rest of the walls are crowded with photographs, kites, etc.
The menu was wholesum and they serve not only northindian affair but also typical Indo-Chinese stuffs.
I didnt want to go for Chinese as i wanted to try their Authentic cuisines. Me and my wifey being moderate eaters we ordered a Tomato Shorba ( soup) and couple of Naans and Aloo ka Paratha. TOI was raving about their Paneer dishes and so wanted to try one and ordered Paneer butter masala and Vegetable Pulav.
The dishes came in no time (probably it was not so crowded as i thought it would be, it is only a matter of time before this restaurant becomes busy).
The tomato soup was good and tasty. it is not very creamy but very tasty. The Butter naan was soft and fluffy and neatly buttered and burnt to correct proportion. i just loved it. There were 3 pieces of it and was devoured in no time. The Aloo ka paratha ( tandoori not the tawa type) was just like what my mom makes at home diced with corriander and kashmiri kalimirchi ( it just reminded me of what my mom makes at home. i have had loads of it since childhood). i was very happy.
The paneer is easily the softest paneer i have had in chennai. it was fresh and would just melt in the mouth, the gravy was tomatoish and was decent too. An apt choice for the naan and paratha stuff.
The Pulav was colourful and subtly spiced and light on the mouth, Though it was served in small quantity (I would definitely want more for the 100 bucks i pay for it). Wifey liked the taste and Flavour, So do I.
Off late it has become a trend for me and my better half to order food in restaurants and if we dont like the taste we would just waste it and leave it on table even when we are hungry. But this was one restaurant where we did not even leave a morsel on the plate, more so because we were hungry and the food was decent and tasty too.
We were given a complimentary Pan flavored ice cream too, The taste of which lingered in my mouth even after we returned back home. i have had pan ice cream at haven sampoorna in velachery too and it was just the same and a perfect foil after sumptuous food.
The overall food bill was Rs. 418 and it included a service charge too. (Not too expensive , not elcheapo either)
2. Reservation available even on weekends
3. Authentic tasty food neatly served
4.Quick to serve ( Although it would not be the same if they become busy)
1. They must improve on the quantity of food they give. it must be marginally higher (pulav was minuscule)
2. Not so forthcoming friendly waiters ( i have seen some friendly waiters at some other restaurants in velachery and i keep those as benchmarks). especially when the restaurant is a newly opened one, the waiters out to be a little more forthcoming and smiling.
3. Music was a little loud to my liking ( mostly Punjabi, its ok if they just mellow down the intensity of sound)
Overall: Balle !! Balle !! (Both in Punjabi and Tamil)
Ratings: 7.5 out of 10