Search

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

0 comments

Latest Islington Entertainment Stories

Yesterday, 18:00
Groundhog Day at the Old Vic. Picture. Manuel Harlan.

The high-speed lyrical wit and richly layered variations means it will – appropriately enough – reward endless repeat trips.

Yesterday, 17:43
The London Rebel Choir. Picture: Benjamin Till.

Benjamin Till’s fourth album, The Pepys Motet, is based on the work of the diarist and is due to be released on September 2.

Friday, August 26, 2016
Marco Polo: An Untold Love Story at the Shaw Theatre

The Philippines and UK celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations, and the Shaw Thearre’s Marco Polo charts the explorers journey

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special leather outfit.

Despite not growing up with Elvis on her musical radar, Zoey Goto has devoted the past two and a half years to finding out about his style

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read entertainment

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now