Punjabis is also used as a synonym for foodies. They love their food. They eat heartily, pack bold flavours & always in need of an excuse to celebrate as that is an opportunity to cook some more food. They have spearheaded the highway eating culture opening a lot of Dhabas ( a rustic roadside restaurant) in India & Pakistan. The food in Punjabi Dhabas is rich, flavorful with entertainment on the side, all in all a total food delight! Punjabi Food Festival @ Antique Bazaar, Four Points Sheraton was exactly a throwback to that experience, minus the blaring trucks 🙂
A special invitation later, we landed at Antique Bazaar, which looks exactly the way it sounds, full of antiques. Right from the old palatial charm to the heavy wooden chests to the royal seating chairs, they do create a wonderful ambiance.
Add to it the paintings, the live singing, the heavy bronze cutlery & you would mistake this to be a darbar of a Nawab. They also have a bangle/ trinket vendor in case you want to add in some purchases to the dining experience.
We made ourselves comfortable on a table close to the Live Singing/ Bhangra dance & welcomed by their courteous staff & a Plate personalized with my Instagram ID. How cool is that! It’s small gestures like this which elevate your dining experience & bring a smile to your face.
The Restaurant Manager Ravinder & Chef Bisht personally ensured the evening was a memorable affair.
Apart from the regular a la carte menu, they had a Special Punjabi Festival Menu. We left it at Ravinder’s discretion to pick the Best choice from the Menu.
We started off with the Mango lassi that was right sweet/ sour balance with the mango flavour not over powering.
Then arrived the platter of appetizers from the Festival menu & it was a treat. My pick was the Tandoori Gobi ( right crunch & balance of spices), the Corn tikki with bits of sweet corn, the Patiyala Machchli that was pan fried with a spicy marinade & the juicy tender Chicken Tikka.
Then arrived the Mains : the Baingan Bharta was lightly spiced & flavour of roasted eggplant was intact , Kadhi Pakoda has right amount of tart youghurty Kadhi with tempering & tasty onion pakodas in it. My favorite was the Keema Kaleji which was Mutton mince & liver combined with robust spices. And the Chicken Tikka Lababdar combined the juicy chicken pieces with the tangy tomatoey gravy.
Pairing up with it was the Bread Basket with the stuffed Kulchas & the crisp Palak roti.
To finish up, arrived the trio of desserts with the Jalebi ( could have been crispier), Gajrela ( carrot Halwa) & the Oh so milky nutty Kulfi Falooda.
We dined as guests of the restaurant , but a meal for 2 would be approx 180-200 Dhs.
Final Verdict: A great place for some robust Indian fare, live entertainment & a regal experience.