Park Plaza Hotel Noida is all set to delight the food lovers with ‘Punjabi Food Festival’ being featured at New Town Café (NTC), on till 28 February, 2017. The hotel’s aim is to familiarize the guests with authentic Punjabi cuisine including exotic delicacies. Meal for two is priced at Rs. 2898+ taxes.
There is more to Punjabi cuisine than the usual dal makhni and butter chicken. “These are restaurant dishes that hardly ever make an appearance on the traditional Punjabi table,” shares Chef Rishi Kapoor the hotel’s Executive Chef, who has curated the Punjab food festival at Park Plaza Noida. The 10-day food festival will introduce city gourmands to the rich, cultural diversity of the state.
I recently sampled the same and to gel with the ambiance the restaurant was decorated with props and staff were attired in Punjabi finery. Even though the buffet mostly comprises of Punjabi dishes but they have also keep continental dishes keeping the foreign clientele in mind. The menu was quite extensive and there was only so much that I could have tried.
Began the meal with Murgh Dhaniya Shorba and Dal Kali Mirch Shorba, both of which appealed to my taste buds. From Live counter I ate Bathinda Tawa Surmai and Subz Tawa Punjabi. Absolutely loved both of these masaledaar preparations. Live Stations also included Chat Chandigarh se and Gurdaspur Ke Paranthe. Apart from this, they also had 9 types of salads.
In starters I ate, Macchi Amritsari, which was crispy from outside and soft within and my favorite starter out of the lot. Mal Mali Boti which was a mutton preparation but sadly too much fat in this dish which made it hard for me to swallow. Chandi Wala Murgh, a milder version of chicken tikka. Tangari Palak Wali, which was spinach flavored chicken, quite well cooked.
In main course I opted for Durgi Rarra Gosht, Meat Pulao, Samrala Chowk Ki Dal, Patiyala Bengan and Amritsari Wadiyan Da Pulao. The Patiyala Bengan was my favorite out of the lot. This beautiful tangy dish is highly recommended. Pulao had a bitter taste to it which I didn’t like. Rest everything tasted quite nice.
The buffet had about 14 desserts to savour but I would mention the highlights. Pyaz Ki Kheer, yup you read it right. I tried pyaz ki kheer and absolutely loved it. Believe me when I say this, do not miss this, it was unlike anything I have ever tasted before. The other highlights being Moong Dal Halwa, Amritsari Phirne and Angoori Rabdi.
Summing up, it is quite a humongous feast being served at Park Plaza. Something being regular and something being totally different. A nice combination of the familiar and the unknown, if you ask me.
Location -: Park Plaza, Sector – 55, Noida