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Royal Punjab (Heathway)

Royal Punjab (Heathway)
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Cost
R100 for Sunday buffet
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Indian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Kholeka Kumalo

Food
If your knowledge of Indian food is limited to biryani and bunny chows, this is a good spot to try new dishes that won’t break the bank – although you won’t find bunny chows here. For a wide range of starters, go for the mixed tandoori platter for two, which offers spicy, bite-sized portions of chicken tikka, chicken risme kebabs marinated in a ‘secret’ sauce, lamb shish kebab flavoured with herbs and spices, vegetarian samoosas and chilli bites. The deep-fried prawns in a mystery orange batter are surprisingly tasty and crispy.

If you don’t have a large appetite, though, skip the starters and head straight for the mains, which are generously served. The saucy, tender lamb bhuna gosht is full of comforting flavours, cooked in a tomato and onion gravy, and the prawn masala is spicy and full of garlic – both are served with a simple onion, tomato and green pepper salsa. Mop up with plenty of freshly baked naan bread and add some salsa to each mouthful for a crunchy texture and tang. The vegetarian options are as varied as what’s on offer for meat-eaters – try the navrattan curry, vegetables cooked with cashew nuts and cream, or the black lentils cooked in butter.

Drinks
The wine list accommodates those who prefer their wines cheap and cheerful (Douglas Green and Tall Horse), but if you’re likely to ask about estates – bring your own. Alternatively, there are plenty of standard local beers (note: not craft) and spirits from which to choose.

Service
Waiters are attentive, friendly, happy to help you find your way around the menu and willing to make suggestions. And when you ask for a takeaway of the meal you’re unlikely to finish (because you’ll definitely run out of stomach space), you’ll be told that leaving with the food means "the blessings will go with you". Touching.

Ambience
Sundays aside, Royal Punjab is a quiet restaurant, with not much to offer in the way of décor, so don’t expect to go there for anything more than a quick, casual curry. The black faux-leather chairs and tables with chocolate-brown overlays make what could be a light and bright space appear much darker and more serious than necessary – so when the weather is warm, grab a table outside instead.

And...
Sundays are busy so if you’re making a beeline for the Sunday lunch buffet, book a table. Offerings change but include two starters, five main courses and two desserts – drinks not included – for R99 per person.

(September 2016)

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  • Echbert Boezak

    Food
    This is one of Johannesburg's gems, hidden away in one of Northcliff's quieter shopping malls. But don't let that put you off. This is North Indian cuisine at its tastiest and one of the more affordable options in the city. To kick off, try the delicious dal soup or the fresh onion bhajiya. The fragrant and spicy lamb biryani is a must and lovers of lentils in their biryani will be in their element. The curries are perfectly spiced, but be warned, the hot option is not for the faint hearted. Tuck into the chicken Badami, with its crushed almonds and tasty gravy, or the chicken makhani (butter chicken), which is cooked in tomato and flavoured with butter and spices. Don’t forget to order some of their signature naan bread to dip into the curry! They also boast an impressive array of vegetarian dishes. Have some Burfee ice cream (dessicated coconut whipped in flavoured Indian ice cream) to end off proceedings or some lassi (Indian yoghurt served plain, sweet or salted).

    Drinks
    A solid wine list with an assortment of soft drinks

    Ambience
    It’s not the most elegant setting, but cheerful and authentic.

    Service
    Good and not intrusive. Waiters are eager to make recommendations.

    And …
    The special lunchtime buffet on a Sunday is great value for money.

  • Echbert Boezak

    Food
    This is one of Johannesburg's gems, hidden away in one of Northcliff's quieter shopping malls. But don't let that put you off. This is North Indian cuisine at its tastiest and one of the more affordable options in the city. To kick off, try the delicious dal soup or the fresh onion bhajiya. The fragrant and spicy lamb biryani is a must and lovers of lentils in their biryani will be in their element. The curries are perfectly spiced, but be warned, the hot option is not for the faint hearted. Tuck into the chicken Badami, with its crushed almonds and tasty gravy, or the chicken makhani (butter chicken), which is cooked in tomato and flavoured with butter and spices. Don’t forget to order some of their signature naan bread to dip into the curry! They also boast an impressive array of vegetarian dishes. Have some Burfee ice cream (dessicated coconut whipped in flavoured Indian ice cream) to end off proceedings or some lassi (Indian yoghurt served plain, sweet or salted).

    Drinks
    A solid wine list with an assortment of soft drinks

    Ambience
    It’s not the most elegant setting, but cheerful and authentic.

    Service
    Good and not intrusive. Waiters are eager to make recommendations.

    And …
    The special lunchtime buffet on a Sunday is great value for money.

    October 2015

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Halaal friendly
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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