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Punjab in Arlington

shaebones Dec 9, 2008 01:56 AM

Going Friday for dinner w a friend. I'm unfamiliar w Indian food. Prefer something spicy and light if thats possible...no heavy sauces. Any suggestions as to what types of dishes to order?

  1. Ferrari328 Apr 23, 2012 10:37 AM

    Having had lunch here since they were in the original location I went today and it's still very good and they do serve lunch 7 days a week for a very reasonable price. The Chicken Saagwala was really good, ordered medium hot it come out bordering on being on the hot side but that's fine with me. Nice service as usual.


    1. greygarious Dec 9, 2008 10:58 AM

      Depends what you mean by "heavy" sauces, as IMO the best thing about indian cuisine is the delectable sauces. These are not necessarily heavy in the French sauces sense, although there IS some cream in many of them. Chicken tikka masala differs from chicken tikka in that there's a tomato-based sauce, with a variety of herbs and spices. Vegetable dishes are often in tomato-based sauces too, with or without dairy. With Indian cuisine, the spice combination often relies on black pepper and ginger for a "heat" that is subtler than chili-pepper heat. Anything that says "saag" will be in delicious creamed spinach. Those with "paneer" contain a cheese that looks like tofu but tastes like a dry ricotta. If you are averse to these sauces, try a biryani, which is a seasoned rice dish, usually with a meat/chicken/seafood component - sort of the Indian take on fried rice. A lassi is like a yogurt smoothie. Ice creams like kulfi are good. Kheer is a loose rice pudding.

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        Parsnipity Dec 9, 2008 09:49 AM

        I like the decor and atmosphere at Punjab but the service has varied from adequate to absolutely horrendous. On one visit, I eventually went up to the bartender (who is very nice and competent) and asked if he could facilitate the arrival of a coffee I'd ordered half an hour before since the waiter did not seem likely to come through and everyone else at the table was done with dessert already.

        As far as food, I would recommend the chicken korma. I like that many of the entrees are served in little individual chafing dishes with votive candles underneath to keep them hot. The one meal that I had that I would stay far, far away from was a nan-wich. I was thinking just a quick snack and the price looked good but it was really a horrible mistake- gloppy greasy ranch dressing on a nan with a little bit of chicken and wilted iceburg lettuce.

        1. Delhiwala Dec 9, 2008 09:34 AM

          Try the Chicken Tikka (which is a dish of boneless chicken pieces kebab style) or the Tandoori Shrimp (which is the shrimp version of the same dish). Enjoy it with the Nan bread and you should be very happy. For dessert, try the Gulab Jamun. Enjoy!

          1. StriperGuy Dec 9, 2008 09:10 AM

            I go to Katmandu Spice right nearby before Pujab; food is was better. Punjab is pretty standard fair.

            1. peregrine Dec 9, 2008 09:09 AM


              You'll find their menu here.
              For spicy and light, I'd go with vegetable dishes and shrimp or fish.
              I've eaten there several times and always enjoyed it.

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