Had dinner in The Patiala Kkitchen yesterday. This restaurant is opposite The Kebab Factory in Sector 18, Noida.
We got a table on the ground floor, though the restaurant was fairly crowded. This place is a riot of colours, but everything is not Punjabi in the conventional sense. They have an entire wall which has a print of village life, which resembles Andhra Pradesh (in Kalamkari style) than a Punjabi pind. The runners on the table also had the same design. There is a bit of wood panelling on couple of walls which is an eyesore, a divider which is in Kashmiri style and there is little of Rajasthani decor mashed into one. The interior looked nouveau riche, than a well planned one.
We ordered Shahi Malai as a starter. This dish had chunks of chicken marinated in yoghurt, cashew paste ans cheese, cooked in a tandoor and they were delicious. The dish was served with coriander chutney, mint chutney and vinegar onions.
For the main course we ordered Raarhya Meat, Patiala Shahi Kaali Dal and some Tandoori Rotis. The Raarhya Meat had chops of mutton (and not lamb as they claim) cooked in mutton mince and whole spices and it was extremely delicious. The dal also was cooked perfectly with cream and ghee and went well with the tandoori rotis. The quantity per serving was more than adequate for two people. Though, the tandoori rotis could have been little bigger and better.
There were no titbits like roasted pappad or pickle which is served on the house like they do in similar restaurants in the neighbourhood.
The service here is little rough on the edges, probably because there was a party going on the second floor (which is better place to dine). Though the prices of the dishes may look slightly higher, the quantity makes up for that.
But when it comes to taste, this restaurant is certainly a winner!
PS: It is shame that this restaurant does not have a bar!