A fantastic Buffet experience at Taste of Punjab !
Rating – 5/5
Where – Taste of Punjab, Clover Park 5th Floor (where Rude lounge is, from the same group)
Cuisine / Speciality – North Indian Buffet style food, no ala carte option is available.
Damages – Ranges from 599 bucks to 899 bucks based on veg/non veg lunch/dinner options plus 5% gst.
Parking – Valet parking available.
Alcoholic drinks – Available !
Ambience – The ambience is dazzling, happening types with Punjabi Music that comes out of a Truck shaped DJ.
What’s extra – A mehendi waala which I first found to be a bit odd but all the ladies at one point queued up to get their hands dirty (pun intended) including my better half and I guess a mehendiwaala in middle of a sumptuous buffet does work.
Also there’s a centre stage dedicated for live Bhangra that happens once an hour for a live Bhangra song by their dancers !
Was it any good – It wasn’t just good but it was fantastic . It was only their third day today but the Food and service were right on the button.
Recommendations – Rabdi was fantastic, a little thick just like you get way up North.
The dessert/Multi cuisine Chef is from Banaras and that shows up in the fantastic preparations of Rabdi, Dudhi Halwa & Warm Masala Milk (a first for me in buffets) !
Among the starters, the Chicken Tikka, Cheese balls, Corn tikki, Fish fry, Mushrooms were just fantastic.
From the live counters, the Gobhi Parantha was pretty decent and the Raan Biryani which you can customise like I did to have double Masala added which resulted in a pretty decent mix.
There was also an option to try Punjabi Dosa but we couldn’t try it at all.
From the Mains, both the Chicken and Hare Mirch ka Mutton were good preparations to have. In vegetarian the Daal Makhani was quite rich and prepared just the way I like it and the Paneer gravy was delicious as well.
I didn’t feel like I was having food from a buffet as the quality was as good as when you order something from ala-carte which offers a fantastic value for money quotient.
Preparations I didn’t like were as below:
1. Chicken wings – didn’t taste like your usual Indo Chinese wings but had a taste like that of Indian gravy preparation.
2. Seekh Kebab – as usual in Buffett places, it was hard and a bit chewy
3. Paneer Tikka – completely bland and didn’t offer much to my taste buds.
Although drinks are not included in the buffet price, some Mocktails definitely worth trying here are Mango Tango & Peach Margarita.
I was also told that the Alcoholic drinks are extremely reasonably priced and even the packaged bottles are available at MRP / near to MRP prices. I have been a teetotaler all my life so I have no idea about these claims but just stating what I was told, the interested ones may want to try them accordingly.
At the mentioned price, one is getting 10 starters (served on the table), 2 soups, 3 Veg Mains, 3 Non Veg Mains, 6 salads, 6 desserts, Chaat counter, Biryani counter, stuffed Parantha counter, Dosa counter.
I am definitely impressed by the quality of the buffet items and if they maintain the taste they had on just at Day 3 of their operations, this place definitely has the potential to be the next best thing among buffet food options available in Pune.