MADE IN PUNJAB is empiricism of the evolution of Indian cuisine. We, the passionate gourmand went to explore their innovative cuisine served in their restaurant on the 3rd floor of DLF Mall of India situated in Sector 18, Noida. We were excited to review the renowned brand owned by Zorawar Kalra, the famous chef. They have already set a benchmark in Indian food segment after acquiring the tag for being the favourite spot for the lovers of North Indian cuisine in Mumbai and Gurgaon.
MIP in Noida is decidedly well crafted in terms of decor, a flamboyant Punjabi dining experience producing authentic dishes inspired by the undivided province of Punjab. They serve food in a chic modern space where the ambiance is pleasant, ideal for both personal times with family also for a little gathering with friends. Their menu booklet is highly innovative with many quirky names of the dishes. The staff was welcoming and displayed courteous behaviour. We, after making ourselves comfortable proceeded to order the food and we started with cocktails.
1. KHATTA MEETHA
A refreshing drink, a mixture of different fruit juices, like orange, mango, lime and passion fruit puree providing it with a fresh flavour. This khatta meet a drink had more bent to the sweet aspect.
2.MALTED CHOCOLATE THANDAI
Among the exotic variety of the cocktails and mocktails, we tried a mixture of milk with Horlicks, chocolate sauce and milk made, named Malted chocolate thandai because it had a portion of thandai-mix. The drink is served in an infant feeding bottle but you consume it using a straw. I regret my decision of choosing it because I was never a fan of Horlicks milk. People who prefer less sweet in drinks might like it.
3. THE LOL TIKKI
A sumptuous dish! The LOL tikki is a lamb meat tikki infused with bone marrow served with smoked tomato chutney and a pinch of mint on it. The lamb leg, bone marrow are slow cooked for 6 hours, the resulting dish has a perfect crunch on the outside and nice juicy, flavoursome meat on the inside. This appetiser was so luscious that we will surely go and have it again. Highly recommended!
4. POPEYE PAAJI KI FAVOURITE CHAAT
No wonder Popeye was a fan of spinach!
My mother could not make me like spinach even after decades of her struggle in the kitchen but MIP's 'Popeye Paaji’s Ki Favourite Chaat' did a sinful magic on us.
There is a spinach leaf inside crispy fried gram flour topped with tamarind, pomegranate, pudhina chutney, yoghurt and a kick of aam papad. Highly recommended!
5. TOKRI CHAAT
A highly impressive presentation of the food was displayed by this dish, as the name hints the chaat is inside a 'Tokri' (basket) made out of the sweet potato with good crunch making it easy to eat the chaat stuffed inside of it while holding it in our hands. It had had a perfectly balanced flavour of all sorts of condiment and some tangy chutney.
6. WHEN MR. BHALLA MET PAP'DI'
Because Mr Bhalla was destined to meet Pap di!
Crunches and smoothness together taste amazing.
Wonderful balance of bhalla, tamarind, papdi, green chutney and tangy yoghurt. If I had it my way, it should have been among one of the tastiest Bhalla pap di.
7. SAMOSA 'GOLMAL'
Yet another chaat but was made out of
samosa! Fluffy potato samosas served
with yoghurt and chutneys. This was a
little spicy chaat but that is what makes
it tasty for us Indians.
8. CHICKEN CHILLI
A dry chicken dish mostly is eaten as a snack and is among the most popular in restaurants. They were simply delectable and yummy.
9. HONEY MIRCH POTATO
A usual snack made from potatoes but maintaining the Mirch aspect of the name 'Honey Mirch Potato' by remaining spicy.
10. CHICKEN KURKURI
Chicken kurkuri is served in the small glasses. The wonton sheets stuffed with a mixture of cheese, dry nuts, bells and chicken. The lower glass had sweet chilli sauce inside.
11. SWEETS FROM THE SWEET SHOP OF OUR VERY SWEET MS. SWEETY SINGH
To elaborate the beautiful Dessert Plater:
i) GOUSHALLA DI KULFI: Kulfi was the tastiest, a must try.
ii) RAG 'DATES' MALAI: Not too much sweet, a classic rasmalai accompanied with jalebis.
iii) NUKAAD JALEBI: The crispy thin jalebis.
iv) MANGO ROSGOLLA: Rosgolla with a flavour of Mango.
v) STUFFED GULAB JAMUN : Fat, soft gulab jamuns with a little garnishing of pista-badam
Their elaborate menu does offer a range of other delectable dishes in the main course but somehow we failed to save space for it in our tummy. After all, we were only two people at the table but our dining experience in MIP, Nodia was one to be cherished. All that lip smacking food and drinks were not only good but the ambiance was equally charming.