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Shiny medieval swords and classical art hanging on ivory walls, flowers on every table and treatment of guests as royal as the décor – The Northern Frontier is a slice of old-world North India in the heart of Yerawada. The establishment is also pretty much the last word in Kashmiri cuisine in the city, if their crunchy nadur chips (deep-fried lotus stem) served with two particularly delightful dips – walnut (thick and nutty) and radish (creamy and mellow) – or the juicy tabak maaz are anything to go by. For mains, the gushtaba (minced meatballs cooked in a mint-flavoured yogurt-based gravy), the mutton rogan josh and the ninya pulao (fragrant rice with mildly spiced mutton chunks) are must-haves. And if you are a vegetarian, it is imperative that you sample their haak (spinach tossed in mustard oil) – a seasonal dish that epitomises the expression ‘beauty in simplicity’.
There are few places left in Pune which are timeless and pocket friendly in bargain. These restaurants maybe few but they are carrying on spectacular food and affordable prices which suits the families very well. The money bounded students look upon these restaurants as a blessing and visit them often to feast on delicious food. ‘The Northern Frontier’ in Yerawada, Pune is a fine dining restaurant focusing on traditional preparation of North-Indian cuisine. The restaurant in itself is classy in an old-fashioned way. It seems as if the décor is stuck in the 90’s era but somehow that works with the regulars who come in for nostalgic reasons too. A large room is simply decorated with the help of medieval swords and traditional art hanging on the walls. Dark wooden chairs accentuates the earthiness that is dominant in the room. A quaint outdoor area can also be used where you can dig into the spicy kebabs under starlight.
The Northern Frontier as the name suggests focuses on the traditional cuisine of North-India. The recipes are derived from the royal kitchens and are prepared keeping their originality in mind. Length of the menu is another plus. Menu is big enough to house all the best recipes giving the patrons a marvellous collection of curries and succulent appetizers. Begin the journey to North-India with mutton shorba, achaari khumb, dal shorba, reshmi kabab, tandoori aloo, tabak maaz, fish kanti, Makai malai seekh, prawn clear soup, tandoori phool, spinach soup, nadur chips, chakori kabab, murgh lasooni tikka, kabargah, zafrani boti kabab, jhinga mehrunisa, barbequed whole fish and galouti kabab. The appetizers are a long list of scrumptious delicacies which should be enjoyed at your own leisure. Don’t rush your meal at The Northern Frontier rather sit back and take your time over all the beautiful spread.
Armed with crunchy flaky rotis dunk the bread into piping hot nadur yakhni which is lotus stem cooked in yogurt gravy or machchi rahara, a tomato onion gravy with fish fillets. You can also enjoy kheema masala, murgh Patiala, paneer birbali, jhinga lazeez, khatti machli, rista, lahori murgh, dum aloo, phoolgobi roganjosh, kokur nadur and chokta. They also serve a house speciality of curry with a south-Indian twist. As the final touch sample some royal desserts like rasmalai, lychee with ice cream, phirni and gulab jamun. Sip on a warm kehwa (Kashmiri green tea) to complete The Northern Frontier experience.