Grill & Wok just about lives up to expectations with its simple fare

Grill & Wok in DLF Phase-3 market is a small restaurant which serves simple food which one can have again and again. It’s not a fine dining set up but is like a small joint which is popular in the colony and depends more on its home deliveries. Menu is simple and consists of common dishes which are hugely popular amongst youth. Some of the dishes are quite delicious, others less so.

Indian section had typical Punjabi menu offering butter chicken, egg curry, kadhai chicken, and rahra gosht.

From the grills I started with an Indian platter. Tandoori chicken was decent with subtle marination. Lahsuni tikka was tender but lacked the aroma of a nice tikka. Mint chutney served with the starters was shocking green and lacked the zing that mint chutney should have.

Seekh kababs again lacked the texture, taste and the meat quality. Not satisfied with the Indian delicacies I ordered a manchow soup. The soup, however, was bland. Again the seasoning was off as well as the texture. Chicken momos were dry from inside and the flour left its surface.

Done with the starters and soup I finally decided to start with my main course. It had all my favourite dishes but the only question was how they will taste. I ordered one of their most popular butter chicken, keema mutter and Kadhai chicken.

Butter chicken gravy was good but the chicken lacked the aroma of tandoor. Keema matar made by the off season Safal peas was decent enough and went well with the accompanying rotis. The thing which impressed me the most was their tandoori naan.The size of the naan was good and the texture just fine. It absorbed the curry of the chicken and made it taste better. I also tried their dal makhni which was below average for me. I had great expectation from dal makhni as the Chef of Grill & Wok is an ex-Moti mahal. It didn’t have the creaminess and flavour which dal makhni is known for. Mutton biryani was decent and had a nice blend of masalas in it. It tasted quite fine.

After the Indian it was time for some regular ‘chinjabi’ stuff. Noodles with chili chicken. Though it is one of the most common combinations and mostly tastes delicious even at a roadside Chinese van. The chef at Grill & Wok has not quite mastered the recipe yet.

Meal for Two: Rs.500

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