Paranthas form for a staple breakfast item in India, especially the northern part of it. though they can be relished at any time of the day. After a shopping spree in the posh Meharchand Market situated in Lodi Colony, we found this hidden gem of a place, that is Prantha Jn. situated just above Giani's where we had gone to have some ice-cream.
Prantha Jn. has a name which might lead you to believe that this place is all about Paranthas, just like the iconic brand Not Just Paranthas! but for Prantha Jn. it is a misnomer because this place goes beyond Paranthas to cater to Indian Cuisine with grace and aplomb.
Prantha Jn. as a place, is well-lit, has been done up in subtle hues, with spacious indoor and outdoor seating facility. The decor is minimal though it lends a feel-at-home vibe, with soft music accompanying the excellent food being served. The stewards are courteous, well-informed, and attentive as well.
The feel-good factor extends beyond their ambiance and reflects in the preparation, presentation, quality and taste of their dishes.
Here's what all made our meal at Prantha Jn. an extraordinary one.
Soups, both of which were warm and flavorful broths that held on to their individual flavors:
- Tomato Basil Shorba
- Chicken Shorba
Appetizers served alongside an accompaniment of Papad, Onion Rings, and Mint Chutney:
- Veg Platter, consisting of Khada Papad Paneer Tikka (Chef's special at Prantha Jn. - cottage cheese chunks layered with crisp Papad on the outside, while a bite of the cheese is soft and melt-in-mouth), Stuffed Aloo, Dahi Kebab, Stuffed Mushroom, and Veg Galouti Kebab.
- Non-Veg Platter, consisting of Mutton Seekh, Chicken Tikka, Malai Tikka, Fish Tikka, and Prawns.
Mocktails / Shakes:
- Apple Cinnamon Iced Tea
- Italian Smooch
- Hazelnut Mocha with Ice-Cream
- Cold Coffee Frappe
- Paneer Methi Tandoori Prantha served with Chole, Raita, Achaar, and Makkhan.
- Chicken Pyaaz Tandoori Prantha served with Silky Gravy, Raita, Achaar, and Makkhan.
- Shabnam Curry, which was essentially Mushroom and Peas cooked well.
- Silky Chicken is their signature rendition of Butter Chicken and the gravy is literally silky as it leaves a lingering taste on the palate. The chicken was also brilliantly prepared.
- Prawn Curry had a Goan hint to its preparation.
- Dal Makhni, which is a classic that must be done right. Here at Prantha Jn., it was served with a dollop of ghee on top.
- Gur Ka Parantha is to die for, here at Prantha Jn. Jaggery or Gur is a solace in Winters and when you pair melted Gur with Fennel or Saunf, it renders a cooling effect on the palate. This one was a visual treat too, more than being appetizing.
- Gulab Jamun is a classic North Indian dessert and this one was just fantastically soft and right degree of warm on the palate.
I loved my meal at Prantha Jn. only because each dish was well-prepared and courteously presented. Their Gur Ka Parantha has earned a special mention from my side because it was simply heart-warming.
Prantha Jn. is essentially a fine-dine restaurant that is a family place that entertains no nonsense of alcoholic beverages or the newest fad that Hookah has become and I loved being here because this place is so humble and down-to-earth in its functioning.
I would definitely love to be at Prantha Jn. over and over again. :)