Pakwan, roughly translates to dish in hindi and delicacy in urdu. The fine dine vegetarian restaurant, specializes in north indian, chinese and continental. Located in the bylanes of G.N.chetty road , T nagar, its easy to spot, thanks to all the signboards and google maps.
The place screams Royal!! Done up in a melange of colors, with gold and red dominating the color palatte, the place looks breath-takingly beautiful.
The special dining room is entirely done up in gold, the intricately designed gold mesh casing on the wall, the golden craved and engraved king plates, the plush seating, the music, the whole feel and sight of the place pampers and spoils you.
We were there to experience the specially curated menu – Rajputana, which promises a royal dining experience and they kept up their promise.
What we tried and loved, a brief,
Drinks : We tried frozen mango, pollution chennai, cool as cucumber basil, wish your birthday and sunrise in Marina. All the drinks were unique,Refreshingly new blend of flavours and to sucessfully create the right blend, now thats wow! However, my personal favorites were Sunrise in Marina and wish your birthday – they had that zing!
Frozen Mango – Mango flavoured mojito with a hint of lime, mint and crushed ginger. Wish your birthday – layers of blue curacao, litchi crush and cranberry juice! This one looked plain awesome and tasted the same. Pollution Chennai – Green mint blended with lime, sprite and raw mango pulp. Cool as Cucumber – the name says it all. Sunrise in Marina – a perfect blend of orange, apricot, pineapple and fizzed soda.
Soup : We tried Lemon coriander soup, zuppa di asparagi( asparagus based soup) and dal palak shorba. Dal palak shorba was my favorite. A Mildly flavoured, lentil & spinach soup.
Paneer Dum Anari : Stuffing made with Fresh, seasonal vegetables and pomegranate seeds tossed in mild masalas, black cummin seeds. Stuffed into paneer rolls, dipped in a creamy saffron batter and shallow fried. when a hardcore carnivore asks for repeats thrice, you know it just has to be that good. It was plain wow!
Palak Kurkure Chaat : fresh spinach deep fried and tossed in a tangy tamarind and mint chutney and topped with curd. Crunchy and chatpata and wow.
Thai Spiced Spring Roll : Your regular spring roll served with a hot chilli sauce. The rolls were crispy and the stuffing fresh.
Aatish-e-Aloo : Tandoori baby potatoes marinatied in coriander and mint chutney and cooked to perfection over tandoor. Soft, well spiced and blissful.
Firangi Subzi Sizzler Biryani : Biryani on sizzler! Nuff said. It was omnomnomnomnom-ilicious.
Pakwan Delight : Thin crusted and topped with onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, brocolli, oodles of yummie mozzarella cheese. A cheesy affair.
Tawa Subzi : assorted vegetables stir fried in spicy masalas. Very homely.
Paneer Multani Masala : grilled paneer cooked in a thick gravy cooked using multani spices and rich cashew paste. Lip smackingly delicious.
Dal Pakwan: Kaali daal slow cooked over night in tomato puree, fresh cream and garlic paste. Served beautifully with a big dollop of butter. *sigh* (im drooling as im writing this piece) Rich in flavours and wholesome. This was just perfect.
Breads : We tried butter naan, garlic naan, tandoori roti, and bharwan Amritsari Kulcha. Hot from oven, fresh, soft and went really well with the gravies
Shahi Tukra: Toasted bread slices soaked in thickened saffron milk and served chilled topped with roasted nuts. My personal favorite. Rich, delicious and a royal end to the royal meal.
The plating, presentation and service deserves a special mention. Truly an experience. A meal for two can come up to 1000+, which given the ambience, service, food and the whole experience is very very very reasonable.
I wouldn’t mind giving tandoori chicken and sheek kebabs a miss for the rajputana meal at pakwan, now that says it all.