Royal Punjab is a no-go for weight watchers, but if you’re looking for mouth watering Indian cuisine, served hot, this is a place you will love. From samoosas to chicken, and lamb curries the Royal Punjab serves it all as delicious as something you’d expect from an excellent Durban eatery, in Johannesburg nogal. Chicken, cooked with potatoes and a mild hot gravy might sound standard, but your taste buds will tell you different about this restaurant’s chicken vindaloo, as they will about the chicken makhnie (butter chicken) and their other mouthwatering chicken dishes.
Their lamb dishes are just as noteworthy. Their lamb palak specifically – tender, cooked in spinach and cream – goes down as easy as a Sunday morning. Do try the magnificently creamy cashew nut and special sauce cooked lamb korma, also available in prawn and chicken varieties.
For lighter snack options, they have veg, chicken and mince samosas, onion bhajiya, and a fried potato snack called pakoda. Bunny chows and roti rolls are available in mutton, chicken and veg.
Don’t expect estate wines here, but rather cheaper options you’re likely to encounter on the affordable liquor store aisles, like Tall Horse, for example.
Staff are friendly, and graciously offer suggestions to the uninitiated.
Not very busy, Royal Punjab’s décor is nothing to write home about, but all that doesn’t matter much once you’ve tucked into their menu delicious offerings.
Should you want to visit Royal Punjab on a Sunday, it’s best to book a table as it gets rather busy. The menu changes every week and cost is R99 per person.
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