Pind Balluchi has been around for ages, and it was one of the first restaurants in the city with the rustic, village theme. The brand now has over 20 outlets in Delhi NCR, and as all the others, the Sector 29, Gurgaon outlet also had lively and colorful décor, with bangles displayed on one of the mud-plastered walls, mirror and painting work on the other, and of course, the effigy of the traditionally attired Sardar Ji is sitting on a cot at the entrance. They even have an artificial tree inside the restaurant to give that typical pind effect, and an open kitchen resembling an open dhaba. The restaurant has many small section, each with different seating styles and décor, including an artificial cave as well.Coming to the food, we started off with the Dal Shorba, which was delightful- the shorba was thin and was nicely flavored with cumin and coriander. This is something which should certainly be tried.Next, we had the Veg Kebab Platter, which consisted of Adraki Saboodane ki Tikki, Chatpate Tawa Mushrooms, Dahi ke Kebab, Paneer Tikka Shashlik, and Makai ki Tikki. The saboodane ki tikki had too much gram flour in it for binding, which made it very dry, but the flavor was nice. The paneer tikka had a nice marination on it, but that had unfortunately seeped inside the paneer. The mushrooms were very spicy and tangy, and nicely cooked, while the makai tikki was really different and tasty. And their dahi kekabs had tangy curd flavored with spices and finely diced vegetables with a thin coating of bread and fried to perfection.For main course, we went with Dal Tadka, Heeng Dhania ke Aloo, and Dhaniya Murgh Curry with Hari Mirch ki Roti. The dal tadka was very lightly tempered with whole red chilies, cumin seeds, and ginger, and tasted nice, and the aloo was well-cooked in a mix of coriander, asafetida, and cumin seeds. The chicken curry was cooked in a thick coriander-flavored gravy with spices and was quite nice as well.We ended the meal with Tilla Kulfi, which was nicely made.
Overall, a decent place to have a meal in a rustic, village-themed setting.
Overall Rating: 3.25/5
Location: Vatika Grand, Near Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon
Phone No.: +91 8010202020; 0124 4575759