Restaurant review: Punjab 58, N16

10:58 12 July 2012

Meat sizziling on the open grill

Meat sizziling on the open grill

Archant

»We Brits love Indian food: it’s well documented that the curry is in some ways our national dish. And most of us feel pretty confident in a Balti house, ordering a vindaloo and knowing what to expect.

But the food of India’s sub-continental neighbours Pakistan I knew a lot less. Until now.

Punjab 58 opened a year or so ago and remains one of the few restaurants in north London serving Pakistani fare.

The menu wasn’t entirely unfamiliar as the Punjab region includes part of India and rogan josh, jalfrezi and tikka were all represented.

But we were there for something new, so, after a couple of zingy pomegranate and basil daiquiri from the impressive cocktail list, we kicked off with a bihari boti kebab.

Restuarant info:

Punjab 58

58 Stoke Newington Church Street

N16 0NB

Tube: Manor House

Tel: 0207 254 5021

Web: www.punjab58.co.uk

Mains: from £4.25

Wine: from £12.45

Disabled access: No

Children welcome: Yes

Ostensibly tender chunks of meat soaked in a traditional Punjabi marinade, the firm flesh came coated in a kind of soft pate, which was unexpected but very tasty – and fairly fiery.

Next we went for the kahari chicken – another Pakistani speciality (the kahari is a kind of wok). The sauce was a rich ruddy brown colour, with tomatoes, peppers and plenty of garlic and ginger, without the cardamon or clove scentedness some Indian dishes have.

The sauce was great but the chicken was on the dry side in both mains, though this was not true of the excellent chicken tikka we had to accompany.

We also had a lively sabzi mille jhooli – a medley of garden vegetables in a spicey, herby sauce.

After eating this with some gusto, along with a couple of pints, there was no room for the unusual desserts made with ingredients like carrots and milk.

Overall, something a bit, but not very, different to your traditional curry, cooked very well and inexpensively priced.

With an extensive cocktail and wine list, there is very little not to like about Punjab 58.

Related articles

Latest Stories

11 minutes ago
The men were arrested after crashing into two other cars in Station Approach outside West Drayton train station (Picture: Google Streetview)

Three people including a 15-year-old boy have been arrested by police after a high-speed chase in west London ended with a multi-0vehicle crash at West Drayton train station last night.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:19
The case is being heard at the Old Bailey (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

A former public school boy accused of sexually assaulting an ex-classmate after a boozy night out told jurors that their encounter was “definitely consensual”.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:15
Myles Lovell saved the lives of two people - and now wants to know how they are doing [Picture by St John's Ambulance]

A man who saved the lives of two people after their car flipped over is appealing for them to get in touch.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

Quizzes

Can you guess which bridge crossing the Thames in London which? (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Do you know your Blackfriars from your Southwark, Cannon Street from Waterloo, or do all of London’s bridges look alike to you?

Read more
Amy Winehouse's second album became a classic

Are you an Amy Winehouse superfan?

Read more
I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more