Punjabi By Nature 2.0, BTM

“Punjabi By Nature” has been an old favourite in the family, since it never serves your run-of-the-mill artery-clogging greasy Punjabi food. Food menu here contains a large array of Punjabi dishes and drinks menu is interesting too. There is a microbrewery as well that makes delicious brews.

The restaurant is quite spacious and divided into different sections, all of them beautiful and comfortable. There is a pretty waterfall covered wall here and we took a table near that.

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Churchill’s, JP Nagar

Over the last weekend, the usually jam-packed city roads were quite peaceful. So we decided to brave the distance and go to this place called Churchill’s in JP Nagar for dinner. The photos looked gorgeous on Zomato and it was also listed among “Best bars & pubs”.

The pub is spread across the second floor of a building. Interiors here have that typical dim lighting, nice wood furniture and the place offers loads of F&B choices. Both of us were famished and quickly asked for a portion of butter garlic mushrooms, crispy corn, a Manhattan and Churchill’s Long John. Read on for how I liked the food and drinks.

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Bathinda Junction, HSR

On the last day of pujo, we went for a dinner takeaway to Bathinda Junction. The place has a dhaba like setup with charpais(woven rope beds) etc. It was completely packed when we reached and there was a queue even for takeaway.

The restaurant has too many tables and charpais crammed into a small area. There isn’t much to the decor apart from a few photos of Punjabi singers/actors, but they do have loud Punjabi music playing in the background.

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Essence, Park Plaza, Zirakpur

On our last night at home, we went to Essence, Park Plaza for dinner. The restaurant menu on Zomato looked good and had something for everyone- North Indian, Southeast Asian, continental etc.

I was looking forward to a quiet place, but the restaurant turned out to be quite noisy. We reached around 8:30 and had to wait for a bit. There was a buffet spread but all of us wanted à-la-carte, so we placed an order for honey chilli vegetables, asian spinach and corn rolls, couple of mocktails, beers and wine.

To my surprise, they only had one variety each of beer, whiskey and wine. Moreover our server kept pushing us to take the only beer available(even though we didn’t want it), since there was some offer on it!

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Dak Bungalow, Whispering Willows, Zirakpur

Lots of new eateries have come up in Zirakpur since our last visit here. And the other day I found just the perfect place for a family dinner.

Dak Bungalow is a huge bungalow converted to a restaurant. In British India, dak bungalows were houses providing free accommodation to govt officials. They were also famous for their excellent food.

We reached the place at night, so not much of the garden area was visible. But from what I could see, the place looked beautiful. Interiors had a certain old world charm with ornate solid wood furniture and comfortable couches. Tables were spaced away from one another which was a good thing.

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The Marina, Shimla

Why go to a resort when you have a view like this from your house!

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It’s been almost two years since I visited Shimla. Weather was lovely and not very cold, though it remained cloudy most of the time.

It was hubby’s birthday too, and we all decided to go to the very beautiful Hotel Marina for dinner. It’s a lovely boutique hotel near Mall road. The restaurant looked neat with comfortable seating and well spaced tables.

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Kapoor’s Cafe, HSR

Last weekend we were looking for some good Punjabi food nearby, when I remembered Kapoor’s Cafe had recently opened a branch in HSR. The eatery is spread across two floors, one with the usual table & chair seating and another one with dhaba style charpais/khatiyas (woven rope beds).

The restaurant doesn’t have valet parking, but that’s the good thing about HSR, it’s never difficult to find a parking place in front of restaurants 🙂

We wanted to get some takeaway and placed an order for pudina khasta paratha, khasta paratha, matar paneer and dal makhni(you cannot go to a Punjabi place and leave without having dal makhni 🙂 ). Their menu is pretty big and has lots of combos as well. I also noticed white butter, but I guess that won’t be suitable for takeaway/home delivery.

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