NEW PUN­JAB CLUB

T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Hong Kong Restaurants -

New Pun­jab Club was last year’s re­cip­i­ent of the Read­ers’ Choice award for Best New Restau­rant

HK$750 per per­son

G/F, 34 Wyn­d­ham Street, Cen­tral, Hong Kong

TEL: +852 2368 1223

www.new­pun­jab­club.com This is among the most buzzed­about open­ings in re­cent years— and with good rea­son. New Pun­jab Club was last year’s re­cip­i­ent of the Read­ers’ Choice award for Best New Restau­rant and, un­der chef Palash Mi­tra’s guid­ance, has not only avoided the sopho­more slump but man­aged to el­e­vate its cook­ing, ser­vice and swag­ger to even greater heights. Star dishes have re­mained ex­cel­lent, from the samosa chaat (smashed samosas) to meats cooked in the sear­ing tan­door

(we es­pe­cially loved the machli, a crispy line-caught co­bia; and the scene-steal­ing masale­wali champ, lamb chops that are equally smoky and hearty, roasted to a per­fect medium-rare). The ma­jor­ity of dishes lean on the spicy side, so be pre­pared to take the heat (a sec­ond cock­tail from their gin and tonic trol­ley might help). But it doesn’t stop there; the ex­pertly-sea­soned tan­doori gobhi (cauliflower), mughal room makhani (but­ter chicken) and the al­most-sin­ful sticky tof­fee pud­ding de­serve pride of place on the ta­ble, as do some well-cu­rated wines and cock­tails from their gin and tonic trol­ley.

Ic­ing on the cake? The art­works and wood trim­mings-adorned dé­cor that oozes a post-colo­nial Pun­jabi so­phis­ti­ca­tion, plus the un­ri­valled snappy, ex­u­ber­ant ser­vice that keep din­ers re­turn­ing for more.

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