52 Reviews / 53 Ratings
Love the ambience and how spacious this place is. Well designed and the seating is out in the open and they have a place indoors as well.. The food is so gooood .. Love the chicken tandoori here..The service is great and they are very friendly! This place never disappoints you with the food .. Not very expensive and you must try the murg malai tikka.. ITS MY FAVOURITE!
Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch eaten during the week usually in the late morning but it can extend to as late as 3PM on Sundays Says Wikipedia. Considering its English origins, it was in my opinion, till some time back was a meal offering cereals, eggs, breakfast rolls, salads, mains and desserts; but now the brunch barring some star hotels do not feature any breakfast items. These days it is more synonymous with a lazed out lunch with timings extended to 1600 hrs in most cases and where fancy cocktails and wines are an inclusive feature. My brunch today was one such lazed-out one at the Punjab Grill, a modern Indian restaurant in Juhu.
This was my second visit at their Juhu outlet; first one was for their beautiful winter menu promotion a couple of months back. From that evening of a glamorous candle lit setting in the chill of January to a beautiful idyllic setting in the warm and breezy afternoon of March today; the outdoor setting is a huge plus (till another fortnight, the weather will kill it).
What does the Brunch include?
Starters: Tandoori (4 veg and 4 non-veg), Chaat counter
Main course: 3 veg and 3 non-veg gravies, 2 dals and dum biryanis
Desserts: A selection of 6 Indian desserts
Price: Veg- 845 +taxes Non-veg 895 +taxes
Chaat items like Dhai Bhalla, Palak ki chaat, Pani puris etc were tastefully made and set up my appetite. The tandoori starters of Subz Seek, tandoori veggies and paneer were all smoked up and rich. The main course was pretty commonplace and missed the wow element of the brand. A creamy but lack of spice in the black dal was disappointing and the same was with the paneer makhani. The veggie biryani was done with long grains of very fragrant basmati. All of it was washed down with a zesty red wine sangria, I must say I was pretty impressed with it.
It was time for desserts, the aroma of fresh jalebi had filled the promenade outside the restaurant, and I had made my mind to gobble quite a few before even entering the place. Jalebi and rabdi and kesar firni were brilliant, the Gajrela and Moong dal halwa good and the innovative rasmalai in toffee was a tad too sweet, couldnt go beyond a lick!!
Overall a great buffet with good choice, good food and comes at a great price. Dont forget the unlimited wines and beers!!!
P.S: If you are looking for corn flakes and pasta and eggs, search someplace else or wait till I come up with one :)
The taste of Punjab
The finest of fine dining joints cosset you with their sheer luxury, be it the ambience, the service, the sense of occasion to it all or, most importantly, the food. Punjab Grill is, in my humble opinion, not in that bracket of top, top fine dining joints that are spectacular on every count, but it is fantastic in the only area that ultimately matters, which is the food. And, to put the record straight, its service and ambience is good to very good depending on how finicky you are.
Of the three Jiggs Kalra chains in Mumbai, this one sits in the center of the food chain. Its not as expensive as Masala Library, but it doesnt offer the sense of occasion that Masala Library does. Made in Punjab is more inexpensive in comparison, but the food here is a slight step up. So its all a very clear delineation; the further up the food chain you go, the more expensive your experience, yet it is one to savor. I believe that all three restaurants have great appeal and popularity, and yet it is Punjab Grill that lends itself best to the Jiggs Kalra experience. It has the best balance of occasion, quality food and, maybe importantly, accessibility. This last point is vital as getting a table at Masala Library is easier said than done these days. I think its easier to land a meeting with Tendulkar than it is to land a table at the famed Masala Library.
Nonetheless, lets begin this dance, shall we? We were a party of 8, of whom 1 in particular adores a good Kaali Daal and I had assured him that Punjab Grill serves up a fantastic rendition of the timeless classic. The responsibility of ordering everything fell on yours truly since the meaty menu can be imposing for some with its variety and sheer size. No matter, this is me in my element. We opened the innings with 2 helpings of Chicken Kurkure and 2 portions of the Tandoori Pomfret, which came recommended by our server, Kamal.
You know that moment when you see a fast bowler steam in to bowl at Tendulkar and a hush falls over the stadium (or the TV, depending where you are) as they anticipate the best with confidence, but fear the worst. And then, when your champion unfurls a shot of such loveliness as to make everyone erupt with joy, you know all is well. It was much the same with the Chicken Kurkure. It was adored by everyone at the table, and its delicate crumbliness coupled with its subtle flavoring and filling combined to make it an irresistible delight. We called for 2 helpings and they were demolished by us. We could have called for 2 more and they would have vanished faster than you could say Want some? This was, for me, one of the highlights of the evening, especially since I had never had it before and simply handpicked it since it sounded so alluring.
The Tandoori Pomfret, on the other hand, was exactly what youd expect it to be. It was nicely textured and marinated and well done. Good, yet distinctly unmemorable and I will tell you this right here, right now; if it is seafood you seek, look no further than Gajalee. They do a fantastic Tandoori Pomfret and they are the measure I use for every other places offering, Punjab Grill included. Gajalee has broken me with their garlic buttered version of Tandoori Pomfret. I cannot appreciate it anywhere else, although Punjab Grill made a sincerely good effort to set a new standard. Alas, it was not to be. Very nice though, more than just passable.
We ordered a Murg malai Tikka for some of the people at the table, and I passed on it since I felt it wouldnt surprise. I guess Ill never know, but for what its worth, it was large and was layered lightly with cheese, so yes, it did look great. But I passed since there were only 6 pieces, and 2 of us had to pass on it, so I volunteered myself as one of the unlucky 2.
I ordered for the Kesar Pista Lassi with Pedha and oh my word. It was heavy. Let me put it this way; its got enough calories in it to make the health conscious among us feel guilty about it for the next few days. It had a lovely flavor that honestly reminded me off MM Mithaiwalas Kesar Pista Lassi, although this was loaded with more dry fruits than a Diwali mithai dabba! It was also thicker in texture, although I havent been to MM in ages, so dont treat my word as gospel. It was rich, and everyone liked it, but no one could take more than a sip or two of it since it was heavy.
Did I mention how heavy it was? Also, the pedha rather nice, I likes!
For the main course, I ordered one Chicken Biryani, one Yellow Dal Tadka, one Black Dal and a Chicken Tikka Lababdar. Well come to that in a moment.
Ordering so many gravies meant we needed Rotis/Naans, etc. and so the usual course of Rotis and naans were being ordered with gay abandon. That was when Kamal interjected and said that the Rotis and Naans were quite large and we should order with caution. His word of advice is something I listened to since its not often you hear a server caution you so. And so, we scaled down to 4 Rotis, 1 Paneer Kulcha and 2 Garlic Naans.
You might be pleased/dismayed to know that Kamal was absolutely right. We could not finish it all off, not even with 8 people at the table, so make of that what you will. I will say this; one of Punjab Grills Rotis is equivalent to 2 elsewhere, they struck me as being that large. Choose wisely, lest you too be left over with excess food.
The Rotis and Garlic Naans were as expected but my Paneer Kulcha (and this is why I was put on ordering duties) was ooh-la-la. As the Germans say, très magnifique. It was buttery, sinful and stuffed with more Paneer than you could have at one time. It was fantastic, and it was loved. It was the only one of the 3 bread types we ordered to be polished off, and that should tell you everything you need to know.
I did not have the Kaali Dal, but the Yellow Dal with tadka was nice (not as nice as it is when they make it at my home though), and the Chicken Tikka Lababdar was very heavy. Creamy, oozing with weight and too chunky maybe. It was difficult to finish it off since it was very, very heavy. It might make more sense to go for the Butter Chicken next time, since it will be lighter and about as good. Nothing wrong with the flavor of it, but it was a little bland too. Good, solid chicken pieces too, much like the Murg Malai Tikka.
The Biryani was fantastic, as great as I expected it to be. Succulently layered with flavor, it was the pick of the 4 main courses for me and well worth it all. Ive had better biryanis elsewhere, but on the evening, it stole the show without a doubt for me. That said, I am very partial to a good Biryani and the Chicken Kurkure too was quite fantastic.
Need I say anything about the Paan Shots? We called for seconds, which they graciously gave, and we savored every last drop of it. My mum maybe enjoyed it too much, preferring to have it like a sherbet instead of a shot, but my pleas fell on deaf ears. I guess you cant win them all.
Punjab Grill, in summary, has wonderful food and if you want high quality Indian food coupled with a nice ambience and good levels of service, this is the place to go to in Juhu. Jiggs Kalra has a winning formula with his restaurants and they consistently hit it out of the park. Punjab Grill is no different, and it comes recommended in my books.
P.S: In case you want to know, damages for 8 came to approx Rs. 8000
Great food alongwith great ambience
Was at this restaurant celebrating a Birthday. Surprisingly the place was not full. Many tables unoccupied. Anyways good for us as we got treated royally. The huge cooking vessels kept behind a show window drew many to take snaps. To come to the main point that is of food, well thats a given that it was awesomely delicious. As were in a big group ordered quite a few items. The jumbo prawns were really JUMBO and grt. Paneer tikka pcs were huge too. Mushrooms and corn starter was good too. Don't miss the Dal Makhani here. Overall had a great time. Courteous staff added to the enjoyment of the food.
Lovely ambience but the food is really heavy!
Have been here on numerous occasions and even to the one in Lower Parel.
The ambience in this one is MUCH better. The Lower Parel one is really crowded...
Even though the food is great, it's really heavy, and you really cant eat so much!
The staff is great and the butter chicken is the BEST!
Good food except veg biryani very bad
Have been to Punjab Grill a few times, but this time was a mixed experience. The galouti kebabs were nice. Chicken biryani good. The veg biryani was horrible. Firstly was served cold. Then the marination was not good, was not properly cooked, rice was semi-hard and had no flavour. One of the worst, dis-interested preparation by a chef, in an expensive restaurant. A massive disappointment.
Winter Menu launch
It was a Saturday evening when the temperature in Mumbai had dropped to its lowest of the season and I was at the prelaunch of the winter menu at Punjab Grill- A chain of specialty Indian fine-dining restaurants (A brand of Lite Bite Foods). The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating and we were in the latter enjoying the nip in the air. The outdoor setting looked pretty with aureate lighting and nicely laid covers with candles and flowers as table appointments.
It started with a choice of cocktails, Nashik Grape Martini, Anari, Mast Gauva , Sangria and the Mahabaleshwar Strawberry Rossini. I picked the Rossini, a blend of fresh strawberry pulp and Chandon sparkling, a good combination as the strawberry added to the flavor of the sparkling. I had a couple before I moved on to the plain sparkling. On the table was Shalgam (Turnips) ka achar, Mutton ka achar and fried sago papad and they only fuelled our hunger. There was a pre-set winter menu and food just kept appearing in regular intervals.
Kaali Gajar Kaanji ( INR 195)
Stay away from this if you hate mustard. This is a fermented drink made of black carrots and mustard. Over 3 days of maturing in earthen ware, it has the aroma and colour from the carrots and the pungency from the mustard, works as a perfect aperitif.
Shakarkandhi Kamrakh ki chat (INR 225)
Sweet potatoes and Starfruit (Kamrakh) tossed in tamarind and spice was again something different. It was presented with applewood smoke emanating from the dish, could not appreciate its effect on the taste though
Gucchi aur Pudine ka Shorba ( INR 195) (From the regular menu served as a veg option to Paya soup)
Laden with Umami this thin soup was extremely flavorsome and served with cheese stuffed coin-sized kulchas.
Chukandar ke Kebab ( INR 395)
Deep fried beetroot tikkis stuffed with hung curd and pine nuts was pretty ordinary. I thought a texture like a Galouti, richness of the curd with the crunch of Pine nuts would have worked better.
Bheja Masala (INR 495), Tabak Maaz (Lamb ribs INR 575) and Methi Chicken tikka ( INR 495) were the non-veg options . From the fellow diners; I understood that the Chicken was flavoured and cooked to perfection. The main course was Sarson da Saag (INR 495) with Makke di roti (INR 125) accompanied with ginger and ajwain flavored jaggery and white butter. Loved every bit, but thought it had some twist to the original. The veggie Bhaurangi Biryani (INR 595) was non-greasy and aromatic, excessively beetrooty in colour to look at though.
It was an hour to midnight, the desserts were on its way and trust me, despite of the mercury looming low we were all chirpy, comforted with the blanket of the winter menu. And then arrived the Gurhwale Chawal and Bajre ki choori; both were ethereal , one a mix of basmati sweetened with jaggery, flavoured with cardamom and fennel and the other a Bajri roti and jaggery crumble with Charoli and pop-corn like lotus seeds. The evening ended with pan-shots, the liquid version of Sweet pan in a short glass.
My verdict: Great setting, amazing hospitality, with many worthy dishes and few commonplace ones this place at INR 2000 for a meal for 2 warrants a visit especially in the outdoor settings given the seasons temperature.
The winter menu is on till Holi, the festival of colour marks the end of winter say some. Go soon though if you really want to feel the chill!
Good Mughlai Food
Dined at this place on Aug 7. Being a weekday and the month of Shrawan+Ramzan, there wasn't any waiting in this place as I had walked in without a reservation.
I had already been warned by a relative that the food and portions are heavy and one cannot enjoy both starters and main course. So we jumped to the main course right away.
Huge Portions - specially of the breads. Even the curries come in big portions. The Dal Punjab Grill was great and so was the Pindi Chana. The Amritsari Kofta had a really good gravy but the kofta wasn't upto the mark and could have been better.
Waiters/captain were friendly and service was good.
Would visit again with an empty stomach and thus enjoy the food better.
Punjab di shaan
This place is a must visit for non-vegetarian lovers.
We were seated at a side table which is close to the private room they offer for larger parties. As expected that room was being used by a large Punjabi family for their grandchild's birthday. Not surprisingly the noise levels were through the roof. As it is the kids being kids were all over the place - no complaints with that, but the noise levels by the elders was quite shocking and not just during the cake cutting but through the whole meal!
The place itself is quite decent with nice and big tables so that you don't have to jostle for space with your companion.
The dish we had to try that day was 'Hari Singh Nalwa' - a princely name for a princely dish. The preparation was of a baby goat but the method and the taste was out of this world. This was accompanied with a few Garlic naans which turned out to be quite a filling affair. After this, since the vegetarians in our group were hungry we decided to order their 'Guchchi Pulao' - a preparation that our server informed us would take atleast a half hour to make.
After the wait our Pulao was served and what a pulao it was. Apparently this 'Guchchi' is a mushroom like fungi that is grown in the hilly regions of India. An interesting fact about it is that this fungi is sold for almost INR 15,000/- per Kg in India and for USD 500 internationally. The taste is supposed to be a gastronomer's delight but almost all in our group agreed that it tasted like paper. The flavors it lent the pulao though were mind blowing. This pulao should be tried atleast once.
The drinks here are your usual cocktails and mocktails - nothing much to write about.
Overall we ended up spending close to 5K (without alcoholic drinks) for a group of 4. Expensive affair but well worth it.
Would advise anyone visiting this place to try their food and skip the drinks.?
Punjab Grill needs to change
Disclaimer: An old review, that was not posted here. The owners had spoken to me based on my blog post and assured of improvements. Having subsequently visited and not found too many improvements, am posting this here.
"It was the Diwali holidays and we were contemplating a new place to visit. Having eaten at Lower Parel, I suggested this place to my wife.
I called up for a reservation, confirmed and we reached by around 1.30 pm. And received the first shock. There was a buffet offering. Requested Mrs. D to try somewhere else but no go. Reasoning being you can try the non veg also *sob sob* after so many years also she refuses to recognise AND accept my aversion to buffet.
There was ala carte offering also, but too late. The buffet was no better than a 2 star conference offering. One soup, three veg/non veg starters each, salad, two veg./non veg one dal, rice/biryani. Menu planning absolutely pathetic.
Salads were basic, the samosa Chaat was excellent; veg starter Paneer very good, veg kebabs ok; the non veg starters were bad mutton sheek were bad, dry chewy and unpalatable, the chicken was a bit better but not marinated properly. Mains the Paneer was fine, the mix vegetables were leftovers which tasted barely decent. There was a mutton dish where mutton refused to part ways with the bone and the chicken dish was just slightly better. For the breads they were nice and hot, also made some fresh phudina parathas. The chicken dum biryani was fine the first time, but when refilled was over cooked rice. Not acceptable at all.
Sweets though nothing spectacular were ok. Gulab jamun which were broken and bit sludgy and Kaju badam Katli.
Overall, a complete disaster even as a buffet. No papad, onions, pickle available. Also one of the basic buffet rules being dont overload the same item Paneer, Chicken here.
The service was just bearable, given the fact that they charge a service charge also.
Fairly crowded with Gujju, Sindhi, Punjabi VFM crowd. It may so be possible that the Juhu place is not doing well and this may be the money maker, but it does not work for me and not expected from Jiggs Kalra."
Clearly on the downturn
First, let me tell you few good things: the ambiance is good, staff is courteous and service is above average.
Now, the problem areas:
** common drinks in menu eg. all varieties of white rum, Bacardi Black, Old Monk, Chivas Regal, Corona, Hoegarden - not available in stock
** simple thing like Tonic water not available
** starters served were cold. We had to request them to heat. Tandoori Aloo was pretty ordinary
** veg dum biryani was full of chillies and was so spicy that I am still repenting I ate it
** spotted flies and mosquitoes in the restaurant
** bill took 20 min to come
Believe Jiggs Kalra does not manage this place. They have to wake up or loose the brand image. Not surprisingly, on a Saturday night, restaurant was only 60 % full.
Great place to have North Indian food in mumbai
The ambience is really good,the service is fast and the food is delicious.One should go for the lunch buffet as it offers a wide range of dishes and is priced well(as compared to the ala-carte).Its one of the best places in mumbai to have north indian food
Paradise for non-veg eaters!!
My friends and I have been going here for the past 7-8 months and has not yet had a bad time.The Lamb chops are the best I have ever tasted and are really costly.And avoid the buffet it is very appealing but the after effects are really bad and give a bad impression to the restaurant. Also don't forget their signature dish "kababris" small roti with cheese filling!!! Warning: they reduce the quantiy of chicken if you go for doggy bags(if there is lot of it remaining)
Love the way they have made this restaurant.
The hara bhara tikki , the aloo chaat & paneer tikka are lip smacking
The dal Makhani , paneer gravy & khada masala subzi are the highlights of the veg menu.
Service is passable. The servers are a litttle lost & laid back at times though.
The gulab jamun with ice-cream completes the exquisite meal
Must have the Paan shot at the end of your meal.
We went to eat here with fond memories as we had eaten in Delhi. I was feeling a bit of a chill so I wanted to sit outside. There were chairs and sofas outside and I wanted to sit on the chairs due to its convenience of eating. Since it was a Monday, the section with the chairs was closed. That was the first reason given. The following reasons were that the fumigation has not been done and there were a lot of flies. Given that the sofa seating was right next to the chairs I was left marveling at the intelligent flies which flew only over chairs and not the adjoining sofas!!
The juhu punjab grill is just awesome - spacious and huge indoor and outdoor seating. We preferred to sit outdoors with a beautiful water fall view. The food is just fabulous. We called for hara bhara kebabs which were d softest i've had so far.
The paneer tikka and dal makhni too good but little expensive though. Their complementary paan shots are jus amazing.
After reading all the reviews, I decided to visit this place with my guy over a lunch. To our surprise, the buffet was AMAZING!!
Food : Delicious, Yumm, Briliant!
Ambiance : Very comfortable
Music : Pleasant
I am sure to recommend this place to my friends and all those who love to eat! We were so lost in eating the yummilicious food in the buffet.. What great texture, what amazing delicacies! Kheer was WOW with the kesari rang effect! Never so far that we were so delighted and happy after having food. All we could say was " Mazaa aa gaya!!"
Overhyped, Awful Service!
So this Friday on my brother's birthday we decided to go to Punjab Grill and finally experience what everyone has been talking about. Well, firstly the food was okay, not what we expected. The only place till now where I've found Veg food better than Non Veg. The Shikanjvi more like Fresh Lime Soda was really good. But the worst part was the service. Never expected that from a place like this. So the we ask for the cheque and we get a bill of Rs. 4000 which was quite expected. But unfortunately we had limited cash and we thought of paying by Credit Card and the machine wasn't working, that too at a place like this and the waiter tell us and I'm quoting his exact words, "Sir, aap 7 log ho phir bi cash nahi hai??" Well that is quite insulting for a waiter at a place like this to say that, isn't it Mr. Jiggs Kalra? And then when complained to the Manager, we get the same unconcerned behavior. I mean how insulting can you people get even after charging so much of money for what is just some over hyped, normal food! Definitely not visiting this place again!
Great ambiance, attentive staff, very expensive
Very nicely set ambiance for every type of crowd, attentive staff, good quality food are the positives of this place. Some unique to the place, must try dishes would be kurkure (a starter) & kebabreez (very small cheese garlic paranthas). Though, once you look at the right side of menu card, it certainly is very heavy on your pockets.
Last sunday we had gone there for dinner for my wife's birthday. The food was fine, but ticked me off was the wrong recommendation by the staff when it came to number of portions we should order for a group of 10. When my wife asked the captain as to how many people a particular dish it would suffice, we were told about 3 to 4. so accordingly we ordered for 10 people. But when we were done with dinner we were left with a lot food and many portions untouched. we had to parcel the whole thing and give it to our security. I really don't like to waste food, moreso expensive food.
PUNJAB KA TADKA!!!
What an amazing evening dinner it was. Me and my sister wanted to try this place since a long time and then finally got this offer on crazeal we just couldn't resist. We thought it wouldn't suffice but we were wrong, the quantity just dazzled us and we had a scrumptious meal for two. It was one of the rare restaurants that actually have Punjabi Tadka in their food...every bite of it was like little drops of heaven but especially the Dal Makhani is to die for. The only thing this place lacks is that the service is a little slow. But trust me its worth the wait. Punjab Grill is on my top 10 now!!!!
God save the grill at punjab..!!!!!
We recently had a family get together at the supposed to be great restaurant punjab grill... We went in with very high expectations and came out with a deadly experience...Except for the ambiance nothing at all is worth a try.. Right from the time we got into the resto, we had a terrible experience. The glass of water which was placed was visited by mosquitoes which was really awkward and ugly...the food was so ordinary for the over priced menu. Nothing was near to the authentic punjabi food. The butter roti served had hardly any butter and was really difficult to soak anything on the tissue...food also was so very bland...even a small resto gived a bteer food than this place...most pathetic was the services..It took such a long time and the wait was so unpleasant..we had to ask for water everytime the glass was empty and it took atleast 10-15 mins for them to serve the same. It is so highly priced..especially for the veggies this sis a strict no no place... really bad experience and never will visit again..I also would recommend the readers not to visit this placed ever.
Awesome is the word!!
This place is very close-by to my residence and though they have limited dishes on the menu, each and every dish is prepared in a such a way, that you would feel like you are in Punjab and served royal food. Have been there more than couple of times and would advise each and everyone planning to visit this place - is to call and book the table in advance, since waiting could an issue.
Went to Punjab Grill with my famiy on a weekday.Getting a table wasn't a problem at all.The Kadhai Murgh Full was very very spicy and had more spices than chicken.I guess that resulted in an upset stomach the next day with a lingering sense of burning in my GIT the entire day.Kurkuri is not worth the price.The mocktail mango Colada was good.I asked for mushroom-bharwaan khumb peshawari which took a long time to come .Mineral water (Himalayan) is exorbitantly priced .Overall a very highly priced ,non-satisfactory dinner.Your Paan Shots are good!!
Good place gone bad
This place is right next to where i live, so is among my most frequented spots. Lately, the quality of food and service has gone down dramatically. My last visit - 1. was asked by a guy if i was gonna be long because there was a queue outside! (and i hadn't even ordered by then) 2. the food took eons to come, and the check even more. Had to ask for the check thrice, and it finally came after complaining to the manager 3. Worst of all, i had a STOMACH UPSET after eating here. Word of advice, skip the place. Its not as special as it used to be.
We had gone for our wedding anniversary to this place for fine dining.....were very dissapointed.... as we entered...it took almost 7-8 mins for someone to even greet us forget seat us....then,even after making a booking...they did not have a table ready for us...when we finally did....it was too noisy for us so we opted for sitting out in the open....ordered freshlime soda....which the guy forgot about.....service was very poor...we had to repeatedly call out for some one to attend to us....we ordered veg kebab platter and non veg kebab platter.....very average in taste.... The only good thing was the pan drink they serve when the give the bill to you....All in all would not be dropping by again.
Pathetic service - Dont trust the valet.
Took family and friends to dinner last night. The service was intolerable and pathetic. Had to wait for ages before seeking some attention of the service for ordering the mains. To add to the disgust, on reaching home I searched my car for the bottle of Hugo-Boss perfume I had left in the car just before I gave it to the valet. The cheap pathetic scoundrels had stolen it. It hurts further more because I even tipped the valet guy.
Don't trust the valet and make sure you make some noise to get better service and attention.
we had gone to this place with our office colleagues, but we were waiting for the place since it was already crowded and then whn we got the place, there was noone to attend to us or to take our order, somehow v managed as we were really fond of this place and sp. food. the response was very poor and rather irritating...
The acoustics are very bad in all their restaurant
The same is experienced at the Palladium outlet in Phoenix Mills . HAve pointed it out several times, but to no avail. The Managers do not understand the importance and ambience of a quiet fine dine outlet. This place is like a mcdonald full of shouting kids. and then they have the music blaring over the Humans shouting at unrealistic decibels .
Pathetic food and service
I heard a lot of this restaurant, so thought of giving it a try..As soon as we entered there was chaos...no one to attend you...however after some 20 minutes we were offered a table across the bar. However as we preffered to dine inside, hostess escorted us inside and then she found the table has been given to someone else. So finally after some 50 minutes she managed to get us a table and we got the menus quickly. But there was no one to take the order. Menu is very limited by the way not many choices specially for vegetarians. We placed the order for Mix vegetable, butter naan, and some parathas. Mix veg was too spicy and breads were under cooked...Overall i think the quality of food and service in no way matches the price they charge...Its just like serving bad food in a chaotic restaurant owned by a famous person...
Will never ever go here again
1st .The food is not at all worth the money they are charging for
Now comes the fun part ....when i got out of the restaurant for my car,the valet guy came up and said I'm sorry sir....i was wondering whats wrong and then he said sir your car has been towed away by the RTO.. I was shocked to hear this..then the manager told me to wait for 2 mins as he had send his guys for getting my car back.
I waited for Half an hour only to see two guys coming in my new car at ease listening music with the ac on...and here comes the worst part i have got 2 very visible dents on my bumper thank you PUNJAB GRILL FOR MAKING MY DAY!!!!!!!
Have u ever paid 330 for 2 m. papads? Enter PG
So i know the defintion of a place marked with three inr symbols meaning expensive but thats not the problem I had with Punjab Grill Juhu.
Nor was the problem with the servers who were completely lost and tardy yet some efficient and polite managers who i give credit for to make the dining experience not so miserable.
Nor was my problem with the oversized water glasses in ratio to the size of the table if about 20% of the dining table is covered by the water glasses kudos to the person responsible for the call
My problem was with the pricing - not inclined to say that everything on the menu was expensive. I think much of the food we ate was value for money considering the ambiance ..the quality..etc but my math went for a toss when I saw the last item on the tab .
Some green soup 175 (good taste..good price)
Veg seekh kabab 325 (good stuff again huge quantity enough for 5)
Mix Veg Handi 325 (v v good worth the money again huge portion enough for 5)
Dal makhani 370 (didnt like the taste way too bland and makhani)
Biryani 425 (v different and rich)
4 breads total 235 (more than enough for 5 adults)
2 masala papads 300! (No, the masala papads didnt have an avocado dip alongside nor was it imported from some country .they were just the 2 normal lijat papads roasted and tossed upon some tomatoes and onions in one portion)!
So there you are other than that last item that made me resolve to always always check the menu prices for masala papads before ordering them I quite enjoyed the dining experience.
Sure it was a bit loud but considering the Saturday night and the massive dining space .thanks to also the space in between the tables and the courteous managers the dinner didnt really suck.
And as for the math goes 3k for 5. U ask me this Q a year later I wont know but u ask me a part of this Q 10 yrs later..i may know :) cheers!
MORE HYPE LESS SUSTANCE !!
WAS INVITED BY A GROUP OF FRIENDS THIS WEDNESDAY 01/06/2011, was excited , after all a resevation was given after umpteen attempts by one and all, moreover have fond memories of the place- origionally INVITATION 365 ,later on COPPER CHIMNEY...great place,great food & service...missed by all JUHUITES,
Was greeted by a group of Smelly Valets.... and a HUGE BOUNCER !! was i entering a PUB or a fine dining restaurant ?? Another huddle of people wondering if i have a reservation or not... led by a short skirted hostess to the AC area, wheron another hostess guided me to the table ..Finally after negotiating my way around a full house of very very loud guests was anticipating a great meal... to begin with starters were GREAT... nothing new, but very subtely spiced,& tasted fantastic... brilliantly infused with saffron and void of all food colouring ..ps avoided the PEDA LASSI !! the main course was very dissapointing, the indian breads or rotis were just not up to the mark , and all the veg dishes and BLACK DAL were the usual fare...the airconditioning was not equiped to handle the Mumbai heat..pity the people outside.
BOTTOM LINE- management losse the excess manpower,improve airconditioning,have fewer tables so people can getin and out with ease & enjoy w/o the SHIV SAAGAR atmosphere !! also seen people moving around with SHOWER CAPS !! ?? Ps juhuites pay up..& tip well..BOUNCER -ABSOLUT PUT OFF!!
TIP- go only for the veg starters(seeing the crowd probably the N VEG fare MAY be good).
MUST VISIT- the chotu panwala outside.. continues to serve gr8 stuff - SMILE- always.FREE.....
It was kitty week for us and we decided to try out a new restaurant. Punjab grill is near to our houses..so Punjab grill was the place.
Called to make the reservation for 9:00 pm ...denied. We were given an option for 8:15 pm or 10:30 pm. We opted for 8:15 pm slot.
We were 5 couples and we reached on time.
Got a place to sit as we had made the reservation. No waiting there. Score: 1 Point!
Ambience of the place is just about ok. Could not ask for anything better. Score: 1 Point!
That's all the points this restaurant scores! Now comes the worst part!
1. A/C cooling was low. The place where we were dining, seemed to have room temperature. Score: -1 Point!
2. Mosquitoes all over us and the best part was, the waiters gave us the chinese electric mosquito killer bats to kill the mosquitoes. Score: -2 Points.
3. Drinks ordered. Mojito. It was supposed to have vodka but it only tasted like lime with mint. Score: -1 Point. ( If you are serving a Mojito, it better be one and it better have VODKA )
4. SeaFood Platter ordered. The icing on the cake. ONLY 4 to 5 PIECES of some fishes and PRAWNS. THIS PLATTER COULD SUFFICE ONLY 2 BUT FOR GOOD EATERS.. MINIMUM 4 IS NEEDED! AND THE DISH IS NOT LESS THAN 1300 / -
PS: Brittos in Goa is a happening place and the seafood platter there is for approx Rs. 350 / - BUT THE VARIETY CONSISTS OF SQUIDS, FISH, OYSTERS, PRAWNS AND CRABS!
5. Main Course was just about OK. Some dishes had more salt. We sticked on to only veg starters and could go no further.
6. Ordered Pheerni for desert. Was just about ok.
7. Finally the Bill. We paid a COOL 15,000 / - bucks!! Score: -5 Points! We have been to better places with better ambience and food with half the bill above.
This place is a strict NO NO on our list henceforth. Jiggs buddy, the only reason u have opened this restaurant is for minting money as some crores would have been spent from ur investors pockets and u r now trying to settle ur debt ASAP.
Dont know about the authenticity of the positive comments received for this restaurant on this website but 10 of us who have had this experience cannot be wrong @ the same time.
You may go to this restaurant @ ur own free will.
all show, no go!
what usually happens if you have had too much publicity and glam sham, the ego gets to your head. let me first state, the food is just about average. the people there are good but have too much attitude. the person who takes reservations on the phone behaves as if she is the secretary to president obama (this is the biggest turn down!).. biryani sucks, butter chicken is ok, paneer dishes are so so, pan shot is good and the desserts are from the neighbouring sweet store called gangour (no kidding ; tastes just the same; you pay 10 times more)!! all in all, its just another hyped up place. save your bucks and eat at copper chimney, moti mahal, sheetal bukhara, etc.
The best Punjabi food this side of North India!
My memories of Jiggs Kalra date back to the time when he was a food columnist and had not ventured in the restaurant business with Punjab Grill. The highlight of most of his columns used to be the unique and discerning way in which he explained the flavor of every dish in his usual trademark style. To try and do justice to some of the food created by a great food connoisseur like Jiggs is truly a challenging and daunting experience, which one must embark upon with some bit of trepidation.
Without exaggeration, it had been 3 weeks of waiting for a table on the weekend at the spanking new Punjab Grill on Gulmohur road, Juhu. And given my habit of calling at the last minute did not help much either. Finally, after having learnt the hard way, I gave up and booked the table for a Sunday lunch about 4 days in advance. To top it, we also landed up on time, at 1 pm sharp on the due date.
Expecting the restaurant to be empty (whoever has an early lunch on Sunday anyway?) I was shocked to see it completely packed with some guests in the middle of their main courses. Goes without saying, people in Bombay do have a passion for good food, be it early afternoons or late nights.
Firstly, the décor. The place is big, cheerful, has a positive vibe and friendly staff who do seat you with a smile. The seating area outside is as large as or maybe larger than the inside area, but due to the hot Mumbai afternoons open thrown open only at night. Tastefully done interiors in cream and brown, large glass partitions letting lots of light in, some good, unobtrusive waterfalls on a few of the glass partitions, a live kitchen (spic-and-span) and comfortable seating are some of the hallmarks of Punjab Grill. Only small drawback, the tables are a little close to each other. And to take care of the same, they have cleverly raised the music (Indian instrumental) by a couple of decibels to drown any unwanted loud laughter or conversation from the adjoining tables.
Lets move to the meat of the review the food. Being a small group of predominantly non-vegetarians, we frankly did not try much of the vegetarian fare except for a few signature dishes recommended by the Senior Executive Chef, Zahir Khan. Even the non-vegetarian orders were the ones recommended courtesy the Chef, as between our group, we were finding it difficult to agree on what to order from the extensive menu! Like us, would strongly advise all to ask the Chef or the attentive Restaurant Managers Nareshwar Gupta and Chirag Sangani about the items being served. Being foodies, we picked the ever helpful Nareshwars brains for all kinds of details like what was being served at the next table, what was the predominant flavor or ingredient in each dish etc. etc. While he was ever obliging, Senior Manager Chirag was sporting enought to show us around the place and also shared details on the availability and packages for private parties.
We started with the Shuruat the Kesar pisteywali lassi pede de naal which brought back memories of the lassi served in the Amritsar, Parathewali galli, and interiors of Punjab. Though super heavy, the lassi was wow, as the kesar malai pedha added a slight Srikhandish flavor very pleasant on the palate and cooling at the same time.
The first starter was the popular veg Kurkuri wonton strips rolled out like long spring rolls and filled with assortment of flavors predominantly cheese and served with a sweet and sour sauce. This is one of their only items somewhat close to being Oriental /Mexican. Deep fried, crisp, served piping hot, with dripping cheese and steam being released with every bite, it was just the right flavor to begin the starters. So if you like wontons, spring rolls, or cheesy starters, go for it. They also had a variation of the kurkuri in non-veg. but as we were expecting lots of non-veg starters, we stuck to the veg variation.
This was followed by the Chaamp Tajdaar, succulent meat champ grilled to perfection and served with the trademark chutney. Perfectly marinated, melt in the mouth, heavy on the stomach, just what champ should be! A twist to this flavor was immediately offered by the Dahi Kebab a round largish tikki, fried golden brown with hung curds as a filling. Breaking the tikki led to the semi -solid curd oozing out.
The hung curd filling was a perfect foil for the rice and corn flour coating and a hit with the veg lovers! Not to miss the trademark almond, perfectly encased in the center of the kebab.
This was quickly consumed to make way for the Salmon Tikka. Nareshwar informed us that the salmon was from Norway. We loved it as it was grilled perfectly well without letting too many heavy spices take away the flavors of the salmon. Awesome in taste, just the right shade of pink and marinated perfectly well without letting the flavor of the salmon get subdued by the overpowering flavors the spices used during marinating it. To top it all, it was served a bed of raw, shredded and glazed beetroot giving it a very attractive feel.
For me the particular scene stealer was the next starter, Tandoori Duck. Having had the roast Peking Duck at China House on numerous occasions, I wondered how would it taste cooked the asli Indian way. Well it was fantastic! A few pieces looked like tandoori chicken but were far superior in terms of taste to chicken as well as mutton. The flavor and freshness of the meat without being overdone, importantly retaining the juices, moisture and softness of the meat classic, succulent, leaving us wanting for more!
One of the best grilled prawns - the Tandoori Jheenga - was the next starter. Fresh, tiger prawns, de-veined, de-shelled, grilled to a soft yellow sunset color abundant with the crustacean flavor and impeccable in taste! A must have for the seafood lovers. Done to perfection with the right kind of texture and flavor.
The last starter was the Bhatti da Murgh - classic chicken legs grilled to perfection, with the right amount of spice. This went really well with the kachumbar and the trademark dahi chutney. Just yummy!
Must definitely compliment Chef Zahir for conjuring up such wonderful starters. They were super tasty mainly because he had successfully managed to retain the authentic flavors. There was no masking them with excess of spice, and items like garlic, cardamom, onion and tomato. For want of a better term, I would like to state that most of the non-veg starters retained their humidity/moisture, freshness and taste!
Though we were quite full, we wanted to sample the main course too and predominantly stuck to the usual suspects in terms of Punjabi cuisine. Butter chicken, Daal Punjab grill, Meat Punjab Grill, Gucchi Pulao and their small surprise special -Kebabreez
To start with the best item the star in terms of main course was the Gucchi Pulao, which was simply too good. Fresh, steaming hot, basmati rice, without being over cooked, delicately spiced and purposely low on salt so that the flavor of the Gucchi and the delicately burnt onion permeates the pulao in its entirety. Easily one of the best pulaos I have eaten in years. Cooked artistically to perfection by someone who understood flavors and ways to highlight /subdue and magically work with flavors!
The Daal punjab grill too was great and somewhat similar to the Dum Pukht and Bukhara daal only a little high on the tomato flavour comparatively. The Meat Punjab Grill was amazing, a thick red gravy, bold in flavour, meat done to perfection. Reminded me of the laal maas, Ive had at speciality places in India. If you like mutton, order it blindly and have it either hot steam rice or plain rotis. Terrific in taste but terrible if youre on a diet!
And the piece-de-resistance their trademark butter chicken was just that asli, just like the butter chicken one is used to having in North India. Buttery, tangy, soft boneless chicken, unapologetic in the amount of calories and fat every bite brought along with the flavors!
One of the new items which we tried along with the Khasta Rotis was the Kebabreez small coin like parathas full of garlic and cheese unique, flavourful, a dish on its own ! Would make a great starter with some cold beer.
Though we were stuffed we did try out some of the dessert the Phirni and the Gulab Jamun. The Phirni, mercifully, was low on sugar and had the right consistency while the Gulab Jamun was true Punjabi dark, soft on the inside, juicy and sweet and if I am not mistaken it was stuffed with some chocolate too!
A perfect meal needs to have a perfect ending and what better ending than the unique Paan shots served complimentary to all guests, post their meal. Had never heard of it before and it is a unique Punjab Grill creation. A shot of asli Indian paan in liquid form served in a shot glass. Enough quantity to swirl in your mouth and retain the pleasant gulkand flavour and the perfect concoction to aid digestion too!
The pricing is in the range of Rs. 200 400 per dish but advantageously the portions are quite big too. The veg. / non-veg starter platters for around Rs. 600 are huge and easily enough for 3 4 people.
It was a unanimous decision that we need not travel to Delhi anymore when we pine for good Punjabi food as it was available right here in aamchi Mumbai thanks to Mr. Kalra. May his tribe increase!
Expected too much
on 10411 i had been to punjab grill after getting a good review from an uncle that place is good and food is amazing..
after going der may have been a lil dissapointed..
no doubt its situated in d heat of juhu.. a perfect place with a good ambiance.. i loved d chandeliers.. even d live kitchen was good to see..
but when it came down to food.. starters were tempting.. esp d chicken kukkery.. crispy and with a hot and sour sauce.,... but d dissapointing part was d biryani..
i would say even road side biryani would have been better.. it was tasteless.. d chicken piece was cold.. just worthless.. and to top it i found a hair in my biryani.. .
Amazing Food/Expensive Tastes
Following Describes my feelings for this place..
1. Amazing food
2. Amazing Service
3. The whole staff is cool and calm, even for college student like us where we usually have had bad experience.
4. SuperDuper Ambience. Love the music.
All in all People with deep pocket or those who wanna indulge in a north indian foodgasm, i recommend this place.
PS their Dahi Chutni served along with onions are yummy.
Being a Delhiite, I am a bit skeptical when it comes to some good old North-west frontier/Punjabi food esc the non veg. Lemme start with the place. Positives, the area is huge and very well done up, it give a very open feel to the entire ambience, but summers I think one would definitely give outdoor a miss, donno what they have in mind for the rains. We sat indoors and service was good. Negatives, outdoors can sometimes have a stench, I think there is some drain nearby, in fact I even heard the waiters talk about and frantically spraying away some freshener. Next the food, frankly. I didnt really care about the whole fine dining gourmet Jigs Karla brand, the food was just about average, we order Murgh tikkas Punjab grill and another gravy based chicken which was good, but I wont say, I l come back again for it,like it's some signature dish. In Delhi, you get such taste at a lot of joints. Price bit on the higher side, but with drinks I would say about 1-1.5k/head. Next the ambience, indoor was NOISY. I think there are absolutely no acoustics to the place/ or if it's meant to be noisy, then they got is right on target. On top of that, they play some trance kinda of music which didnt really make a lot of sense.
For me, overall it's a good place, more to go out with family. The location and set up nice, watch out for some spoilers like heat/smell though, and indoors maybe noisy. BTW watch out of 10% service charge already in the bill, so keep the tips tight
Super place, nice location, lots of staff but still it took a little more time to serve the food.
But excellant & very lively environment. I've been to the other at Palladium also, but I will give thumbs up to this one.
The environment in the outside bar & seating area is what makes the difference. Thanks to the cool climate also.
A must for food lovers & party animals.