The dining room mimics a kitschy village-style décor and the affordable prices and honest to goodness food ensures a large and loyal customer base. In a neighbourhood packed with restaurant choices, Pind Balluchi is consistently one of the busiest spots in the area and is particularly well-known for its sizzling kababs, which are cooked in a charcoal-fuelled clay oven, and its house-made Thandi kheer. The moist Kalmi Kabab marinated in homemade yoghurt, ginger, garlic and Indian spices is one of the most popular items. Amritsari fish fry followed by butter chicken remain sublime options. Recent menu additions include Pind special crispy chicken, succulent chicken pieces left overnight in a tangy marination, dusted and then crisp fried. The paneer quality is outstanding and the vegetarian would love the Paneer Shashlik and spicy golden cheese fingers. It’s for classic versions of up-front Punjabi cooking that Pind Balluchi has increased acclaim. Alert service, great accompaniments (homemade chutneys, dexterously rendered breads, first-rate rice), a cocktail list and a room full of happy people confirm its pedigree.