No 382, Galle Road, Colombo 06
Open until 10:30 PM
Street Foods by Punjab Grill is and Indian franchise restaurant, and they've have been perched on the first floor of GSH Colombo for quite a while now. What they offer in Sri Lanka isn’t exactly Indian street food, but a little bit of that and restaurant food.
For the past couple of years, the international franchise restaurant scene in Colombo has been on a sky rocket. Every few months, you get to see a new franchise restaurant setting up their roots in Colombo, creating a huge buzz on social media.
Street Foods by Punjab Grill however, didn’t make it to the headlines (probably because they don’t have a fancy restaurant in Colombo 07), but they’ve been perched on the first floor of GSH Colombo for quite a while now. It’s a popular Indian restaurant franchise, and as the name implies their main focus is Indian street food.
Anyway, what they offer in Sri Lanka isn’t exactly Indian street food, but a little bit of that and restaurant food. Their menu contains a few starters, a sheer range of grills, curries, biriyani, roti and desserts. Aside from that, they’ve also got some fried rice dishes, if Indian food ain’t your thang (gah!).
We started off with a Chicken Biriyani (Rs. 895), which was beautifully presented in a clay pot, along with the usual add-ons - a raita and a gravy. It was alright at it best, because we couldn’t quite locate the unique fragrance of the spices nor the flavor to save grace. The rice itself was oilier than we are used to, and the seasoning was incorporated with the usual spices like coriander.
The chicken wasn’t outstanding, but very tender and well cooked. Accompanied with a boiled egg, it was a big portion of biriyani that could have easily fed two hungry bellies.
Next up, the Bhatti Da Murgh (Rs. 850) we tried was brilliant! It had five chunks of chicken, generously marinated with yogurt and a spice blend, and grilled to perfection. The meat was succulent, and had a smokey, mesquite type of flavor that gets better with the crunchy bits charcoal stuck on the meat.
The mint sauce that was served with this tasted fresh off the grinder, and made a good combo with the perfectly done tandoor.
Out of their range of curries, we went for the Mutton Rogan Josh (Rs. 825) which was an excellent dish in terms of flavor and texture. It had about six chunks of boneless mutton, cooked so well - in a way which you can actually see them in layers. The gravy was oniony, and had a lot of curry taste, along with the oiliness that comes from the mutton itself.
We tried it with Butter Roti (Rs. 195), (as the naans weren’t available) which was intensely buttery and had a good crisp to bite.
We visited them during the Eid al-Adha and sadly they were already out of their specialty drinks, so we were left with soft drinks. Anyway, we got this complimentary Watalappan from them, and despite of the not-so-compelling presentation, it was deliciously sweet with a nice cardamom hint.
The interior pretty much looks like a normal Indian restaurant in Colombo, with a bunch of wooden tables and chairs neatly arranged on a tiled floor. It's air conditioned, and spacious enough to hold around 40 - 50 customers at a time.
The staff was so pumped (probably because of the festive season), and quite friendly with our order. They're trained to give you space, hover around a discreet distance from you, and slide right over whenever it appears like we need help.
Our experience here was more of a hit than a miss. While there's room for improvement, we totally recommend them for you to try out, if you ever get a craving for some good Indian food.
Our experience here was more of a hit than a miss. While there's room for improvement, we totally recommend them for you to try out.
සිංහල වැල්ලවත්ත පැත්තෙන් යන වෙලාවක ඉන්දියන් කෑම කන්න හිතුණොත් යන්න පුළුවන් තැන් ලිස්ට් එකට එක්කාසු වෙන තවත් තැනක් තමයි මේක.
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