There is nothing like Punjabi food- robust, flavoursome and hearty. And add some more tadka (seasoning) to it and the zing gets even better. And that’s exactly what happened when we sampled a meal at the newly opened Amritsari Tadka, Linking Road, Khar Mumbai.
Being a Punjabi and a foodie myself, none of the dishes were alien to me. In fact being familiar with the original taste and flavours, I was even more excited to try these and rate them. The murg shorba that ere served first s aromatic. The soup was indeed flavourful and comforting. The Chicken tikkas were spicy, well- marinated, succulent and had the right texture. We were off to a good start for sure. The fish ajwaini was something I was looking forward to. That too met with my expectations. But I wish they had used some other fish than the oh! so popular Basa. I am not a fan of that bland fish at all. It needs to be boosted with strong flavours of other ingredients.
The keema chicken in the main course disappointed me hugely. I did not relish the idea of both these being combined in the first place and added to that was the excess salt. The dal makhni more than made up for the chicken though. Well cooked, the dal simply melt in our mouths. The Amritsari garlic naan and the pudina(mint) version were crispy and yummy too. Made for a delicious pairing with the piping dal.
Rabdi with kulfi was a good suggestion. The rabdi texture was a tad pasty. But nevertheless we enjoyed its’ creamy taste.
Anil Singh Arora aka Pappi Singh of Only Parathas fame, has succeeded in opening a fine dine non-vegetarian restaurant serving authentic Punjabi dishes. The menu consists of Amritsari Bheja Masala, Amritsari Gurda Kapuda, Tawa Chop Lahori, Murg Jalandar etc. After scouring the whole of Mumbai city, customers find their way back to Amritsari Tadka for its Murgh Chatni Anardana and Murgh Ludhianvi Kali Mirch which are the some of the special dishes offered only by Amritsari Tadka in Mumbai.
But for those of you, who do not relish Punjabi food or want other options, there are plenty. Chinese food, Continental dishes et al. And lots for vegetarians too. Added to that is the quick and efficient service by polite staff, cheerful family ambience and value-for-money good food.
I love my Punjabi food so am definitely heading back for the asli taste of Punjab!