A fine Punjabi restaurant sits on the top of The Raintree, Anna Salai and is easily one of our favourite al fresco restaurants in the city.
Asli Punjabi Khaana At This Romantic Rooftop Restaurant On Mount Road
Top Floor Dining
Situated on the terrace of The Raintree, Anna Salai, the Punjabi restaurant “Up North” is a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of Mount Road below. The view from the terrace is amazing because the hotel is one of just a few high rises in the vicinity. Having been invited to try their new menu we were greeted with a gentle evening breeze as we were ushered to our table.
The dimly lit deck and adequately spaced tables and chairs are great for private conversations and quieter interactions. Chef Amrick, their in-house culinary king, whipped us a storm of neatly plated dishes that we dived straight in to. We were started off with pani puri in a shot glass and taken to their soups and kebab starters. The ingredients used immediately stood out, right from the rich spices in the galouti kebab to the softness of the paneer in the paneer malai wala. The unlikely star of the kebab section was the unassuming dahi ke kebab which is curd made in to dumplings and served with fresh herbs and spices, it was amazing!
The kebabs are definitely worth trying, however we weren’t too blown away by the soup, and that seemed to be the trend of the evening; the Punjabi food was top notch and authentic, while the outside additions like the soup and mocktails were a little lackluster. Moving on to the mains, we were treated to a large spread of rice, breads and curries. Non-vegetarians you’ll enjoy how the meat has been prepared in all their curries. Each morsel of meat is marinated and by the time the food comes to your plate it’s absorbed all of the rich flavours it’s meant to.
Special shout out to the murgh tikka kandhari and the butter chicken which went really well with the signature Bakarkhani paratha. On the vegetarian side, the stars were the aubergine concasse, Bhartha Rawalpindi wala and the aloo tiki. The meal was ended with a very thick and creamy, malai-filled kulfi, that was quite the icing on the cake. The preparations had a distinct sense of homeliness and that’s what the staff at Up North want to convey, homely Punjabi cooking. The attention to detail, quality ingredients and meticulous preparations are things you’d expect out of a luxury hotel like Raintree and we’re glad to see them deliver; however their pricing is quite high, so if you’re a real fan of asli Punjabi khanna and don’t mind forking out extra, we think you’ll love Up North.
Up North - The Raintree
- Price for two : INR 2500
- Delivery Available