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Address:23/2-3, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Tel:+6626454952

Service day:Everyday, Service hours: 18:00-23:30

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There's a sacred ruby of a restaurant tucked away in the deep depths of Sukhumvit Soi 13, officially housed within the Radisson Suites but, on approach, it looks grand enough to be a stand-alone. A royal blue awning, pressed with the golden crest of Punjab Grill's internationally recognised lion covers the arched wooden doors. When you step through, a world of class and elegance cascades over you; the interior exudes a warm and contemporary atmosphere that somehow mixes in a "British India" colonial feel; warm wooden floors, red tints, high ceilings, long golden curtains and of course, a Chesterfield sofa form parts of the magnificent whole. You won't feel cooped up in here, that's for sure. There's an open kitchen featuring three authentic copper and clay tandoor ovens.

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THE SETTING

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There's a sacred ruby of a restaurant tucked away in the deep depths of Sukhumvit Soi 13, officially housed within the Radisson Suites but, on approach, it looks grand enough to be a stand-alone. A royal blue awning, pressed with the golden crest of Punjab Grill's internationally recognised lion covers the arched wooden doors. When you step through, a world of class and elegance cascades over you; the interior exudes a warm and contemporary atmosphere that somehow mixes in a "British India" colonial feel; warm wooden floors, red tints, high ceilings, long golden curtains and of course, a Chesterfield sofa form parts of the magnificent whole. You won't feel cooped up in here, that's for sure. There's an open kitchen featuring three authentic copper and clay tandoor ovens.

THE MENU

You can choose to dine à la carte, or, if you're new to Punjabi cuisine, a tasting menu might be more suitable. We wanted to get in as many dishes as possible while not getting ourselves overly stuffed, so we went with the latter. Executive chef Bharath S Bhat personally prepares and switches up this menu every month. With wine pairing, the non-vegetarian tasting menu is B2,100 and without, B1,490. For every tasting menu, there is also a vegetarian counterpart; with wine pairing it comes to B1,600 and without, B990.

Before starting our meals, we were delighted to meet a magical tower, of sorts; a little hand towel that swells when rose water is poured over it. It's the little things that bring us joy! The evening then kicked off with some classic Indian cocktails and mocktails. We tried a few, but the Meetha patta paan mojito was our absolute favourite, and surprisingly, a mocktail! Tastes exactly like a mojito but more flowery, thanks to the gulkand and furthermore, it had a slightly bitter hint, thanks to the betel leaf and areca nut combo, which you'll find featured in many traditional Indian drinks.

Food-wise, we started off with a savoury snack, -- a chaat -- Shakarkandi aur anar chaat, to be precise: a salad covered with what looked like snowflakes; underneath the bed of white was a delicious mix of sweet potato, pomegranate and mint with tamarind chutney. Super creative and super tasty!

Chef Bharath S Bhat working his magic with a tandoor.

The vegetarian starter included a platter of tandoori paneer, brocolli and a kidney bean patty; the non-vegetarian included grilled prawn, tandoori fish and chicken. The prawn looked magnificent and juicy and the paneer was stellar. The starter was followed by a lychee sorbet that cleansed our palates smoothly.

The main course for the veggies was Moti paneer biriyani, a mix of basmati rice and fresh cottage cheese, slow-cooked with the fragrances of green cardamom, mace, and rose water. The non-veggie offering was Nalli gosht biryani, which featured some delectable New Zealand lamb shanks, prepared in the same manner. Both mains came with dal makhani and garlic naan; the former not finished as we were getting quite full, but the latter engulfed at lightning speed, simply because it was too delicious to waste.

The most entertaining part of the evening was the dessert; a chocolate sphere filled with kulfi (Indian ice-cream), topped with cardamom scented chocolate sauce and set alight with brandy. We were licking our bowls clean with this one.

Shakarkandi aur anar chaat.

INSIDER'S TIP

If you like to dine while listening to authentic Indian music, head to Punjab Grill any day of the week, apart from Wednesdays. On Wednesday, you will be met with a jazz trio by Karla Sylvestre. Also, we hear Punjab Grill do a fabulous Sunday brunch; if you're a fan of every flavour of kulfi under the sun -- think rose or pistachio -- head there!

VALUE & VERDICT

This is elevated Indian dining with a contemporary twist; Chef Bharath S Bhat, who brings 12 years of experience in Michelin standard cuisine to the kitchen, has real creative flare for preparing Punjabi cuisine and certainly knows that he's doing. The atmosphere is top-notch; understandably, the high prices match but they aren't outrageous. Punjab Grill will most likely be our monthly go-to for fine dining. We like to keep it classy. g

Moti paneer biriyani.

Meetha Patta Paan Mojito.

Chocolate Sphere.

Chef Bharath S Bhat (left) heading the kitchen.

PUNJAB GRILL

NORTH INDIAN FINE DINING Open daily, 6pm-11:30pm Radisson Suites Bangkok, Sukhumvit Soi 13 www.fb.com/PunjabGrillBangkok 02-645-4952

Location

23/2-3, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

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