Eat Naan and Curry On At Punjab Wok
Nothing quite hits the spot like a tangy mango lassi and a creamy butter chicken, am I right? After having spent 5 years in Asia, I have a constant craving for exotic food – so I was overjoyed to go for dinner at Punjab Wok. Set in a rather obscure location in Century City, but ideal after a day of shopping at Canal Walk, they have a wide array of Indian and Asian-inspired dishes to tantalise your taste buds and satisfy your stomachs.
Benike and I were welcomed into the colourful restaurant by friendly staff and, at first, I found the menu quite overwhelming with a mix of Indian, Thai, and Chinese classics. Luckily, they had prepared a taster menu for us to try their best sellers and I was so glad I didn’t have to choose, as I wanted to try everything!
First up were the Asian-inspired starters! Sadly the Tom Yum Mushroom Soup was not quite as hot and spicy as I would have liked, but, fortunately, the vegetarian spring rolls with authentic chilli dipping sauce most certainly hit the spot and left me wanting more.
The next round was a mixture of Indian bites, including Lamb Sheekh Kebab, Amritsari Calamari, Ajwani Prawns, Fish, and Chicken Tikka. They were all served on a beautiful sharing platter and each mouthful was a spice adventure for the senses. The calamari was overly battered in my opinion but the Chicken Tikka was well-flavoured and perfectly tender. I also loved the Kofte-type lamb and yummy big prawns.
Before tackling the main course, I also simply had to sample the Mango Lassi and I’m so glad I did. It was the perfect combination of sweet ripe mango and tangy yoghurt – my absolute favourite Indian beverage, blended flawlessly.
Rich & Creamy Curries
The main course was another array of show stopping dishes accompanied by various mini naan breads, covered in sesame seeds and fresh coriander. The deeply flavoured Rogan Josh with its rich, thick sauce and tenderly cooked lamb shank was very impressive.
But, of course, the Butter Chicken was my top pick and I continued to dip the mini naan breads into the creamy tomato sauce all night. As a borderline vegetarian I also tucked into the divine lentil Daal, which had just the right amount of spice to please any palate.
The Basil Thai Fried Rice served with an egg on top and a side of chilli padi was delicious but a strange addition to the Indian curries. I would have preferred this extravagant rice on its own as there were quite a few clashing flavour combinations when paired with the curries.
Finishing Our Feast
Dessert was not really my vibe as boarding school seems to have put me off rice pudding for life. Interestingly, one of the main ingredients in the Cardamom Rice Pudding is actually garlic as it aids digestion after a hefty meal – and I was certainly too full to eat anymore. Thankfully they have some lovely wines available including Buitenverwachting’s Buiten Blanc and the Leopard’s Leap Shiraz, which was a great after-dinner drink.
Check Out Punjab Wok
If you are looking for authentic Indian food with a modern twist, then Punjab Wok is worth the visit. As a lover of exotic flavours, I personally preferred the Indian food over the Asian dishes, so, when in doubt – Eat Naan and Curry On!
Address: Energy Lane, Century City, Cape Town
Call: +27 21 110 5190/1
Article Date: October 2018
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