Friday, August 14, 2020

Sardaarji- Flavors of Punjab @ China Street, Georgetown, Penang.

While there is no shortage of Indian restaurants in Penang, it is quite rare to find a restaurant specializing North Indian cuisine... particularly serving authentic Punjabi dishes. It can be quite hard to differentiate what belongs to the North and what belongs to the South but Sardaarji offers a well-polished take on North Indian delights... beyond the commonly seen Indian dishes. Found at one corner of the Little India in Penang, the restaurant is fairly new (only a couple month old) in the F&B scene and it can be easily missed. Except for the banner, the exterior barely suggests that the place serves Indian food but the big menu features quite an extensive selection of dishes- from appetizers to flat breads, Briyani, and various types of Curries. While it can be overwhelming to choose from the menu, you may check with the friendly servers on their specialties (we did and were introduced with various types of dishes). Interesting take on North Indian cuisine in a modern, trendy setting.

Plain Naan (Rm 3.90)

Pudina Parontha (Rm 4.50)

Local Mutton Briyani (Rm 19.90)

Chicken Vindaloo (Rm 15.90)

We had both Plain Naan and Pudina Parontha; the former one had crispy edges and fluffy middle... though not as fluffy as we would have hoped, the delightful burnt aroma was bold and we thought the thin flat bread worked pretty well with their Yogurt dip. The latter one was Mint-infused Parontha, another wheat-flour based flat bread but with greasier texture. It was our first attempt on this delicacy and we thought Naan would work better for us. To go with the flat breads, we had Chicken Vindaloo... Sardaarji's rendition packed a powerful spicy punch with amazing depth of flavors (also bold peppery flavor). We would have liked it better if it had not been that oily. We also had their Local Mutton Briyani, which we thought it was the best dish of the day. Every spoonful of the long grain rice registered a fair amount of spices and flavor; likewise, the Mutton was tender and flavorful... a contenting dish to be shared while sampling their range of Curries.

Mango Lassi (Rm 6.90) and Salted Lassi (Rm 5.90)

Taste: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Business Hours: 11 am to 3 pm, 5 pm to 10 pm on every Tuesday to Friday; 11 am to 11 pm on Weekends. Closed on Mondays.
Contact Number: 604- 263 7069

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