Gal Punjab Di arrives with a tagline ‘An UnTraditional Dhaba‘ to serve the traditiona Punjabi Khana. The decor tried to replicate a conventional dhaba, with typical Punjabi & Indipop songs being played at a volume not too high.
My visit to Gal Punjab di is part of a meetup organized by foodie group – Desi Foodies. A set menu priced at Rs400 per head included shikanji, Lassi, Soups, several varieties of kebabs & tikkis, followed by rotis, paranthas and curries filled with butter, biryanis and desserts.
We started the Desi Shikanji and Sweet Lassi. Swee lassi is good but the Shikanji was too sweet and lacked the flavor of ginger juice & lemon. I felt that a pinch of ginger and lemon would have made it awesome.
Dilli special chat items are the best chat dishes I ever had in Hyderabad. Dahi Papdi, Dahi Puri, Dahi Bhalla.. were awesome. Rich yogurt with a right blend of masala was amazing. These are worth trying.
Among the veg starters, I had Paneer Pardon and Palak Corn tikki. Paneer cubes sliced in the middle are stuffed with masala, coated with bread crumbs and deep fried. Palak corn tikki had the right spice quotient and aptly fried.
Mutton Sheek Kebab & Chicken tikka kebab were served among the non vegetarian starters. Chicken Tikka was juicy and soft but the Mutton sheek kebab had some extra masala and it was kind of over burnt. Pepper chicken is good – Boneless chicken pieces marinated aptly with masala was deep fried and served hot. It was crispy and I felt it had the right amount of spice.
Moving on to main course – I tasted butter naans, rotis, aloo paranthas & laccha paranthas along with butter chicken. The rich cream of the butter chicken curry was good to taste and it went well with all variants of breads.
Among the desserts, Lal Gajar ka Halwa was a bit dry and too sweet. Gulab Jamoons stuffed with chopped pineapple pieces was good to taste and the Rabdi Pinnacota is very impressive.
Overall, a small but decent punjabi restaurant serving the authentic delicacies of Punjab is worth trying.