When it comes to North Indian food, a very few restaurants really make the cut serving good North Indian Cuisine in Pune - Nawab Asia is one of them.
Nawab Asia recently opened it's doors to the people of West Pune. Located at Balewadi High Street, this is their second outlet in Pune after the Bund Garden Road branch which has been serving delicious food for more than 10 years.
Nawab Asia has been hands down one of the Best Restaurants in Pune when it comes to North Indian - Mughlai cuisine.
Food Prowl Team was invited recently to check out the new beautifully done place, and we without doubt were super excited about it. The sun kissed interiors on wooden wall panels with bar on one end of the dining hall and a very intricate craft work wall on the other create a very warm and comfy ambiance for one to enjoy a wholesome meal with family and friends.
We started our elaborate lunch that was full of food and drinks, like a typical Punjabi family meal is meant to be. The cocktails kept coming from the moment we sat up to the very end of our meal, my favorite of all that I tried were –
Hazelnut Paradise: a whiskey based drink with hazelnut flavor along with pineapple and orange juice, a very titillating concoction for the palate. Funky Monkey: Vanilla, Kaluha, Baileys and banana flavors over vodka, very tempting and intriguing. Sangria Bianco: White wine sangria that had a hint of dryness to it, which I very much like.
Food has always been our focus and at Nawab more so. We ordered some of our all time favorites and we also tried some new menu additions that have been introduced at the Baner outlet.
Desi Nachos is unlike any Nachos you will find across Pune. The Nachos are served with some amazing Dal Makhani.
The Galouti Kebabs have always been a big hit here; they have gone further in innovating these by making Galouti Samosas from them. Enveloping the soft juicy kebab in a crispy deep fried crust, perfect contrasting textures without losing any flavor from the kebab.Squid Kurkure was my pick of all the starters we tasted, I haven’t had such perfectly cooked squid ever before, period. And then this was coated with a crunchy batter with perfect chakhna flavors in the masala, best as a side with your drinks for sure.
Jheenga-E-Jaitooni was another dish I tried for the first time and liked, it was crispy fired prawns tossed in curry leaves, garlic, and green chilly.
From the all time favorites we had Dilli Wala Chilly Chicken, a luscious blend of peppers, onions and chicken in a desified Chinese sauce.
Another favorite of mine here is the very unusual Nimboo Chicken, the name doesn’t gives you much idea what you will be served. It is a tangy creamy preparation of chicken, I just love it and highly recommend it, have had anything similar in Pune.
Makhmali Seekh Kebab was our pick from the veg appetizers, a delicate paneer and cheese kebab with hint of green chillies.Orange Chicken Salad was ordered by some of the health freaks in our team. The salad compromises of Orange slices, small chunks of chicken, red and yellow pimentos, cucumber and olives.
When it comes to mains I always order Lal Mussa Dal and Murg Makhni for sure. That Dal has the perfect earthy flavors, perfectly Punjabi. The rich creamy Murg Makhni is not to miss for sure.
Tawa Jheenga was perfectly cooked prawns in medium spicy tangy tawa masala, like everything else this was also spot on.
Nawab Asia has been absolutely consistent in terms of quality of food and service over the years. North Indian Food Lovers living in West Pune now can get a taste of their wonderful delicacies at the Balewadi High Street Branch.
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