The restaurant business in Chandigarh has always been tricky. Foodies prefer the familiar and it takes a lot for a single cuisine restaurant to survive without turning into a multi-cuisine restaurant. Having said that,not every Indian restaurant in the city with its kebabs and curries has had a successful run. The Great Kabab Factory in Sector 34 is a case in point,as it downed its shutters few months ago.
However,the restaurant has reinvented itself in the form of The Red Kitchen. The name does not reveal much about the kind of cuisine,but its red-themed interiors envelope you once you enter,and the service staff were quick to hand us the menu.
Once youve flipped through its multiple pages,you realise that the restaurant is out to please everyone. Pick a dish across cuisines Indian,Oriental,Italian and even Mexican and chances are its on the menu. Paneer tikka,check. Fish Amritsari,check. Dragon rolls,check. Spiked nachos,check. Lamb Shanks,check. By now we are sure you get the drift. We put aside our dieting plans and aimed for the devilled fish and tandoori chicken wrap. The fish,sole in this case,was exactly what comfort food is all about. Sauteed with chilli,ginger,garlic,galangal and lemongrass,the flavours were well balanced,though it did tow the familiar Chin-jabi route.
The tandoori chicken wrap satiated all our carb-cravings for the day and since the kitchen recommended the pasta,we settled for a Penne Arrabiata. The latter was well done and the meal portion was decent for two people. The menu also caters to burgers,sandwiches,dishes from the wok,Mezze platter,Mutton Do Piaza and Thai curries,among others. A reminiscent of the past,the ice-cream had to be brought back on demand. The gulkand-meets-cardamon-meets-saunf flavoured ice-cream is worth trying. But thats not the only reason we would be returning,soon.
Meal for two: Rs 1,500
Location: SCO 201,202,203,