To be very honest, when it comes to Indian cuisine, I’m still on my journey to discover. Even though I’ve been in India for more than 10 years now, there are so many dishes to try. So when I visit Indian restaurants, I enjoy every dish as the new combinations of spices and flavors sway me.
Up North in Chandni Chowk, Bavdhan, serves North Indian, Chinese and interesting fusion food. The restaurant’s outdoor dining area is very chill-out with rustic décor, flowers and plants surrounding the tables in contrast to the indoor area which is plain. In the evening, the candles are lit to make the ambience cozier. My foodie gang, Pune Foodiez, and I were invited for lunch at the restaurant.
The restaurant serves beers, cocktails and mocktails. I tried Pina Colada and Orange Caipiroska. They were refreshing, and Orange Caipiroska was especially delightful.
I loved all appitizers we had; Masala Papad, Masala Cheese Balls, the melting Cotton Kebabs, Murg Hazari Tikka, Paneer Tikka Schezwan and Tandoori Aloo. It’s been a while I had something as simple as Masala Papad, and it was fresh and full of flavor.
Masala Cheese Balls were addictive. The cheese balls were warm and oozy, the outside was beautifully crispy. The dip was creamy and went well with them.
Cotton Kebabs were juicy spicy chicken stuffed with cheese. The chicken was spicy, smoky and very tender, and the cheesy surprise in it just took the dish to another level of deliciousness.
Murg Hazari Tikka was grilled till perfection. It was soft and moist and covered with mellow fried onion.
Paneer Tikka Schezwan was packed with delicious flavor. The paneer was nice and soft, muddled in spicy Schezwan sauce.
Tandoori Aloo was the most delightful. It’s well-seasoned and baked with dollops of butter on top so it’s wonderfully crispy on the outside. We also tried shallow-fried Seekh Kebabs. The kebab was flavorful, but it was a little dried.
For main course, we had an array of Naans and rotis with Paneer Patialashaahi, Murg Dum Wazwaan, Kheema Mutter, Prawn curry and Dal Makhani. I enjoyed most of the dish, but they’re quite spicy for my taste. I loved Murg Dum Waswaan which I had with some garlic naans.
For dessert, we had Paan Ice-cream, it’s vanilla ice cream blended with Paan. I had never eaten Paan before so the dish was a bit strange for me.
My overall experience at Up North has been fun. I enjoyed the food and the outdoor ambience of the restaurant. I will definitely go back for dinner sometimes when I’m at that side of town.
Up North, Bavhand
20/4/4, Chandni Chowk, Opposite Viva Inn, Bavdhan, Pune
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