12 Jun 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower
This is my first Hungry Go Where review and I would like to share the experience I had at Grand Palki so that more people will know about this seemingly unknown restaurant that has been in operation for 1.5 years. When I was there on a Tuesday evening, there were only 3 tables, including mine.
I have to qualify first that I am not a fan of North Indian cuisine as generally I find the spices too overwhelming, so I would say that this is a good restaurant even for the uninitaited. On the other hand, my companion loved North Indian cuisine and he thought the food was great.
My companion and I had the non-vegetarian tandoori platter ($40) which is not on the menu (I read about it somewhere which was how I knew). It consisted of fish, prawn, chicken and shish kebab. The meat was very succulent and moist. I don't usually like fish, but I have to say the fish was great.
We had the Rogan Josh ($30) as well which was very tasty and sufficiently spicy. We ordered the mutton dum briyani which was the only dish that disappointed. The mutton was too tough.
The attentive restaurant manager and staff came over and checked on us midway during the meal, and we feedbacked that the mutton was tough. Next thing we knew, when the bill came, the restaurant took the briyani off the bill which I thought was great service recovery, even though we did not request for it.
For deserts, I tried the gulam jamun ($12, balls of condensed milk and flour, deep-friend and soaked in a syrup flavoured with cardamom). My companion had the kulfi ($12, ice-cream) which was a much better call as I found the gulam jamun a tad too sweet and I do have a sweet tooth. We also orded the masla tea ($8) which was very fragrant.
Ambience-wise, I will not call the restaurant stylish, but it's not a deal-breaker.
Lastly, we filled up a feedback form on our way out. After we left the restaurant, we returned shortly as we forgotten something. We were greeted by the friendly restaurant manager who enquired if it was my companion's birthday (it was and the only way the manager would know is through the feedback form where we had to fill in our particulars) - it's great to know that the restaurant actually went through our feedback form right after we left, and the feedback form was not a token gesture. It's clear service is a priority for this restaurant and good service always enhances the dining experience.
Overall, I would say this is the best North Indian fine dining experience I have had amongst the other more well-known North Indian fine dining restaurants I have been to. I would return to the restaurant again and recommend it to my friends.