For a state where food is as vibrant as the culture, saying that Punjab has a rich culinary history will be an understatement. From Makke ki Roti Sarson ka Saag to Amritsari Fish and from Chhole Bhature to Butter Chicken, it has given a lot to different cultures to adopt and relish.
The rich traditions of Punjab are visible in its weddings as well. In fact the food in almost every North Indian wedding, whether Punjabi or not, is inspired by Punjabi cuisine.
Park Plaza, one of the two major hotels of Noida, is hosting a Punjabi Food Festival till the 28th of February. The food will remind you of a Punjabi wedding and just like the wedding food, you may like some of the dishes and others you may not.
The decor gives you a feel of a Punjabi village, with a truck, a well, a cart and various figurines made of cardboard depicting Punjabi village life.
The spread is lavish and you will be spoilt for choices. In starters I enjoyed Tangdi Palak Wali, in which the chicken drumsticks were marinated in spinach paste and cooked in tandoor. Malmali Boti were basically Mutton Tikkas which were a bit hard but the flavour was definitely there. The fish preparations, Amritsari Fish and Bathinda Tawa Machhi were cooked to perfection. Paneer Tikka was soft and flavourful. Highlight for me was the Chaat. I loved the Palak Patta Chaat and the Gol Gappas.
A buffet spread was laid out for the main course. In weddings I usually skip the main course and jump directly to desserts. But here I tried few of the dishes which I found to be ok. The gravy of butter chicken was tasty and the dals – Samrala Chowk ki Dal and Dal Teen Patti both were different and worth a try. The stuffed parathas were not very appetizing as they were precooked and were reheated before serving. I wish Sarson ka Saag and Chhole Bhature were also there in the menu. This is something which prevented it from being a complete Punjabi feast. In desserts Moong Dal Halwa, Chhena Payesh and Phirini were good.
I feel the service was a bit lacking as most of the starters went cold before they reached our table. Before the wedding season comes you can relish a meal here. The menu is a rotating one and the dishes keep changing daily.
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.