As I’ve mentioned before, Punjabi hut has very delicious food and accommodating to vegetarians and therefore was the perfect place for birthday celebrations. We were a large table and people had their favourite dishes so we decided to go samosas, 6 dishes with sides and double of everything!
Vegetarian samosas– delicious and the sauces compliment them very well.
Pappadums, rice and garlic naan.
Sabzi korma– seasonal vegetables cooked in cashew nut gravy and spices ($15.50)
Beef korma– A mild dish prepared with grounded cashew nuts and creamy sauce ($15.50). Delicious and tender, although maybe not as tender as when I had it @ the Queanbeyan restaurant.
Dal Handi– yellow lentils cooked with chillies, coriander, onions and tomatoes ($14.50) Not the best yellow lentils I’ve eaten but I didn’t come here for lentils.
Malai kofta- fresh cheese and potato dumplings simmered in rich creamy sauce ($15.50) One of the most highly anticipated dishes of the night. Timmy’s cousin had talked it up (big fans of the restaurant) and said it was just as good as the butter chicken if not better- is that possible?! Yes it is! The dumplings went fast but I was even content with just the sauce. Definitely one to order!
A closer look at the Malai koftadumpling.
Palak paneer spinach and potatoes cooked in traditional style ($15.50)
And of course butter chicken. Delicious as always and I still hold onto my claim that it is the most delicious butter chicken I’ve had. It does disappear fast though, lucky we ordered two.
So yes, I came here again before I even posted about it the second time. This time there were only four of us but we might have eaten the same amount of food as when I came with 14 people! This time we got the banquet because some of us claimed we were hungry but I can assure you, we were quite content by the time we left.
Punjabi Hut Banquet $32.50/ Per Person (only for 4 or more people)
Mixed Entree Platter Samosa, veggie cutlet, chicken tikka and rum kebabs< that’s right one of everything for each person, no sharing except for the sauces.
Choose any Chicken Curry > of course we chose butter chicken
Choose any Lamb Curry > lamb rogan josh
Choose any Beef Curry > beef korma
Choose any Vegetables Curry > malai kofta (if we learnt anything from the previous dining experience it was order this dish every time you come here)
Naan/Garlic Naan, rice and pappadams
Side Dish Platter– Raita, Kachumber Salad, Pickle, Mango Chutney
Dessert – Gulab Jamun or Mango Kulfi
I know it sounds like a lot (and the end of the meal it sure did feel like it) but while we were ordering it didn’t seem like that much.
Mango lassi – Punjabi style mango yoghurt smoothie ($4.50) Not included in the banquet and maybe not recommended with the banquet as it is filling enough. It also didn’t taste all that mango-ey.
I really enjoyed the entrees although I do understand the look of some of them might be off putting to some. Definitely the thing to order to experience a variety of entrees.
Sides, rice and naan.
The clear favourites of the night were butter chicken and malai kofta. The beef korma was disappointing and the meat was really tough and although the lamb rogan josh was a bit more tender, it could not compete against the butter chicken and malai kofta. I talked up the butter chicken (a lot) so the pressure was on, but my friends agreed it was pretty darn good.
Malai kofta dumpling
The gulab jamuns have it, the better dessert, warmed and delicious. My friend was skeptical at first with the look of it but in the end she even polished off the syrup. Don’t judge a dessert but it’s cover.
Still the same friendly and attentive staff every time I come here (and the Queanbeyan restaurant). The banquet is a pretty good deal considering you get a pretty big say in what you get etc, the variety, and a set price for all the dishes that come in the same size as if you were ordering them individually.
Although it is very creamy and rich, butter chicken and malai kofta are my favourite choices. The beef and lamb dishes can vary in tenderness so it is a riskier choice but whatever you choose, I do recommend leaving room to try the gulab jamun or a punjabi malai kulfi for dessert!
Venue: Punjabi Hut
Address: Erindale Shop 3B/38 Gartside St, Waniassa, ACT 2903
Phone: (02) 6296 1088
Opening hours: Dinner 7 nights (5:00pm – 10:00pm) > other locations are open for lunch
Entertainment book: Yes a there is a tear out voucher
They have now opened a third location in Manuka!