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There are few Chandigarhians who would be unfamiliar with this restaurant chain in the city. Not only has it featured on the must-visit lists chronicling the food business in Chandigarh, but it has also to its credit multiple awards. Pashtun, one of the city’s oldest Indian restaurants, specialises in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) cuisine. However, its outlet in Elante mall, unlike the one in Sector 35, offers a primarily north Indian buffet with no a la carte options. The restaurant housed on the mall’s third floor retains its ethnic Indian ambience complete with nomadic scenes painted on the wall and recurring copper hue. The selection of music is well done. There are 2 options for seating – the long sofas and the more comfortable dining chairs. Styled like a value-for-money buffet, which it is indeed, there are no starters here. Instead, there is a decent spread of dishes, a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian along with salads. We liked the addition of 'Chaat-Papri' and 'Dahi Bhalle' on the buffet; it will appeal to the larger groups dining together. The 'Rogan Josh' remains a winner as always as does their signature 'Dal Makhani', which we are told sits in the tandoor all night long. There is also a polite reminder on each table that requests diners not to waste food as it may incur an extra charge. Service was quick though we wished the food warmers were turned on high as some dishes seemed lukewarm. For dessert, there is only the option of ice-cream.
Why can deny the never-ending lure of North Indian food? Our desi hearts beat for curry and naan and not a day goes by when we don’t feel like stepping away from pastas and back into the familiar arms of a traditional North Indian curry. Chandigarh is a quintessential North Indian town with deep adoration for dals and curries. It is the birth place of classic curry dishes we have come to expect on North Indian menus and one restaurant has been integral into laying the foundation of desi cooking in Chandigarh city. ‘Pashtun’ enjoys an iconic position in the city’s fine dining culture. It is a very sought after restaurant still even after being around for decades. Pashtun is perched on 3rd Floor, Elante Mall, Chandigarh Industrial Area in Chandigarh.
Unlike the outlet of Pashtun in Sector 35, this Elante Mall outlet does things a little differently. Rather than having an expected a la carte menu, this outlet lays out a luxurious North Indian buffet for their diners to dig into. The whole feast of classic North Indian and Mughlai delicacies finds its way into the buffet. As it mostly is with buffet restaurants, the wastage of food is extreme, hence, Pashtun encourages it’s diners to finish what’s on their plate or they will be charged extra on wastage. The chef whets your appetite with a smorgasbord of nibbles such as, jalpari kebab, soya chilly, sikandari raan, bhutta seekh kebab, lamb pather kebab and so much more. Break a piece of kabuli naan to mop up curries like, raan dera ismail khan, soya takatak, palak kofta, murg wajid ali, paneer pashtuni and handi gosht.
Sip a jaljeera to refresh your palate before tackling the final, sweet course. For dessert, you can polish off any of the classic North Indian sweet. Our vote lies with gulab jamun, malai kulfi or tuti fruti chhoti. Kids can choose an ice cream to end their meal. Buffet at Pashtun is complete value for money. For affordable rates, one can dine lavishly at this popular family-style restaurant. To continue the desi flair, Pashtun is given a traditional North West frontier appeal. The dining room is a lovely blend of modern and traditional. Snowy white booths and chairs are paired off with pale wooden finishes. A wall depicting a scene of the frontier stretches across, grabbing the eye instantly. For view, snag a table next to the windows.
Keywords: Elante Mall, Chandigarh, Buffet, North Indian, Family, Traditional, Mughlai, Affordable, View, Popular, Iconic.
Summary: Reserve a table at one of the most sought after restaurants in Chandigarh, Pashtun, next time you feel like having a curry. Their luxurious North Indian buffet is not only affordably priced but is brimming with all the classic North Indian dishes you have come to love.