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Updated: February 17, 2013 17:42 IST

New Balluchi

Osama Jalali
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Passable: Chicken satay with peanut sauce.
Passable: Chicken satay with peanut sauce.

Pind Balluchi has a limited menu but offers some delectable options

Pind Balluchi, known for its Khyber cuisine, has come up with a new restaurant nestled in the boutique hotel Te Delhi, located at A3, Pamposh Enclave. Called Pind Balluchi— Grills and Platters, it offers a range of grilled starters.

For the moment they have started with a buffet menu having delicacies from Indian, European and Oriental cuisines. The ambience is nice with a fine dining setup and a good view of the kitchen. There are six starters each in non-vegetarian and vegetarian sections. I started with the latter and the first delicacy to arrive was Paneer Tikka. It was marinated well but lacked seasoning. The flavours were quite suppressed. The aloo corn tikki was crisp small and delicious. Honey Chilli potato, a street food favourite, was tasty with the perfect combination of honey and chillies.

I turned to the hot non-vegetarian delicacies. The Murgh Nawabi was flavoured with coriander and was tender. Mutton seekh was presented beautifully on a sword. It was a delight to watch the waiter taking the hot and sizzling kabab from the seekh in front of your eyes and serving it directly to your plate. BBQ Chicken balls were dipped in sauce but the chicken itself didn’t have any flavours. The Chicken Drums of Heaven had a crisp coating but I was disappointed that the chicken inside was a shade undercooked. I moved on to the main course. The non-vegetarian section had limited options. Out of the three options,

I took Mutton Roganjosh with lacha paratha. Chicken Schzewan dominated by garlic and went well with the hakka noodles. I went for the Italian Penne Arabiata which was made well and had good amount of olives. Baked vegetables were worth a try. I loved the veggies loaded with cheese.

Before signing off I satisfied my sweet tooth with nice hot Gulab Jamuns and a pistachio pastry. Gulab Jamuns were small in size, tender to the core and perfectly sweet. Chocolate lovers can opt for Chocolate mousse, black forest or Tiramisu.

The buffet is priced at Rs 750 per head

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