We recently visited The Funjabi Tadka during one of our trips to Phoenix Market City Kurla. Its located in the ground level of the mall, right near the main entrance . Its a speciality North Indian restaurant claiming to sell dhaba like delicious food. It is run by Harpal Singh Sokhi, a jolly chef who anchors the Punjabi cooking show Turban Tadka on the FoodFood channel.
I was expecting it to be a dhaba like setting but was disappointed to find the decor very plain and ordinary. One side, was a brick wall while on the other few pictures of trucks and other dhaba settings or chefs were hanging. Moreover I found this restaurant to be too small, with less seating capacity.
Coming to the food, well the chef has tried to come up with an innovative menu, specially in case of the wide array of flavoured lassis ranging from ferro rocher lassi to lemon apple lassi. We ordered a lassi sampler, which had 4 different types of lassi along with Lahori Aalu Karareyh. The lassi sampler came in cute tea glasses, like the ones you get at road side stalls. The flavours – normal sweet lassi, salted lassi, mango lassi and oreo lassi. Taste wise salted lassi was the best, rest of them were just mediocre. I was personally excited about mango and oreo lassi but neither of them was anything spectacular. As for the Lahori Aalu Karareyh it was a simple fried aalu dish served with 2-3 different types of chutneys but still it tasted good. The main course consisted of Tari Wali Dal Tadka and Paneer Highway Butter Masala along with the regular butter naans. Both these dishes were average, though quite heavy, specially the paneer butter masala.
Service was a tad bit disappointing. The staff looked confused and ill equipped to make recommendation or explain us about the dishes in the menu. However, they were quick in getting the food on our table, which was a positive. As for pinch in the pocket a meal for two costs about Rs.1000-Rs1200.
Overall The Funjabi Tadka is nothing exceptional, it is just an average restaurant. Personally I did not feel it to be inviting enough for a second visit.