|Where: 196 Rajdanga, Chakraborty Para, behind Kasba KFC
Meal for two: Rs 500
Timing: 11am to 3pm; 6pm to 10.30pm (Monday closed)
t2 picks: Mutton Adrak Ke Punje and Murg Lasuni Kebab
Size — or location — doesn’t matter for foodies on the lookout for that next appetising destination. Punjabee Rasoi is a case in point. This 40-seater eatery, lying in Rajdanga’s Chakraborty Para, has become a hit with meat-lovers, thanks to its kebabs.
Bite into a few of their signature dishes –– Mutton Adrak Ke Punje (tender mutton ribs with a hint of ginger) or Murg Lasuni Kebab (juicy drumstick-like chicken pieces cooked with a secret spice mix) — to know what we mean.
“Their kebabs are to die for! I live on SN Banerjee Road but each time I am close to Gariahat, I drop by,” said Shelley Dores, a teacher who was enjoying her lunch.
Besides 15 types of kebabs that are served every day, the restaurant also rustles up some special numbers during weekends –– Murg Khusnawa, Chicken Onion Kebab and Whole Bhetki Tandoori Kebabs. Then there is Mutton Roganjosh, Murg Tandoori Butter Masala (on the bone) and Murg Tikka Butter Masala. Enjoy all this with rotis or Kabuli Naan.
“We make food with passion. When people tell us, ‘Dada, darun chhilo (it was awesome)!’, we feel satisfied. I stopped my catering service to concentrate on the restaurant,” said P.V. Raju, the proprietor of Punjabee Rasoi.
Punjabee Rasoi has been in business for over three years and Raju has done well, though Punjabi food is not the staple diet of this man from Kerala! So how did the cross-cultural food pollination happen?
“When I was young, we had a north Indian neighbour who was a fantastic cook. I would often drop into her kitchen.... And, of course, my wife is Punjabi!” laughed Raju.
What: Sunday Brunch to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Where: Waterside Cafe, Hyatt Regency.
When: February 10,12.30pm-4pm for brunch and 7pm-11pm for dinner.
On the menu: Start with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian soups. And don’t forget to order a salad, like Green Papaya Salad, Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Chilli Flakes or Chinese Noodles Salad with Chicken. Favourite choices for the main course are Stewed Pork with Bamboo Shoot, Stew of Lamb with Root Vegetable, Stir-fried Fish with Black Bean Sauce or Stir-fried Egg Noodle with Shrimp. End the meal with ice creams and a selection of Chinese desserts. To wash it all down, there’s complimentary Prosecco sparkling wine, cocktails, Kingfisher beer and select premium spirits by Pernod Ricard (for brunch only).
Pocket pinch: Rs 1,850 (plus taxes) per person for brunch; Rs 1,650 (plus taxes) per person for dinner (without complimentary liquor).