Cubbon Pavilion, in ITC Gardenia, has perhaps the most splendid buffet line up in the city. The large spread includes a staggering set of appetizers and mains from the far east, Indian, western and Mediterranean. And the dessert selection is overwhelming in just the lineup it presents – covering gateaux and pies, various Indian sweets and halwa and options with various dietary preferences as well. Currently ITC Gardenia is running a promotion celebrating the royal food of Punjab with a special menu that is both authentic and exquisite.
We were invited last week for a tasting at the restaurant. So Thursday evening we sat down to our beautifully custom menus allotted to seats around the Bloggers’ Table. The shikanji started us off and the Bhatti Di Tangdi was our first dish. This was leg of chicken cooked on a charcoal grill, nice and spicy, and quite juicy. The classic dish of Amritsari Machhi cooked with the sole fish was simple and one of the lighter dishes of the cuisine. Our table was rightly setup with homemade white butter, freshly cut onions and chutneys. Sarson da Saag and Makki di Rotti came next, which we generously topped up with butter – amazingly delicious!
The menu did not have a lot of non-vegetarian dishes, as the festival focuses on the true essence of Punjabi food. Which is simple, earthy dishes. The Rarrah Meat and Murgh Bhumi Khumidarh however made up in taste for this heavy bias to vegetarian food. The Rarrah is a slow cooked mutton and mutton mince in a dish, rich and flavorsome. While chicken was milder in comparison. Both paired quite well with the variety of breads served on the table. The Langal Dal and Stuffed Karela Aloo were also some favorites around the table. Lastly, fresh Kulfi, Gajrela and Khus Khus Firni made a formidable line up of simple yet so close to roots sweet dishes.
The Last Word
The Royal Punjabi menu is available for dinner buffet at Cubbon Pavilion until 4th March 2018. This is part of the Indian selection in the staggering spread of the restaurant. Making the culinary journey even more wholesome will be specially curated beverages like Lassi-e- Khaas, Patiala Peg & Goli Banta. Check it out for a truly regal Punjabi food experience.