Papa passe: Papa Poncho

Yesterday we had dinner at Papa Pancho at Pali Naka, Bandra. The experience was so bad that again I felt I must write about it ASAP.

The sad part is we have eaten there a couple of times before when the food was pretty good. This place which was initially started by ad film maker Prahalad Kakkar seems to have lowered its standards. Prahalad Kakkkar, I believe is no longer a part of this venture.

I should have got a hint of things to come when we saw that the place was hardly buzzing on a Friday night. The two tables which were full in this Punjabi restaurant were occupied by Gujaratis. Again not a good sign for a Punjabi restaurant.

They didn't have a la carte menu so you had to order set meals which came with a main dish of one's choice, black dal, rice/ roti and curd.

The black daal was absolutely without salt and was stone cold. It was a travesty of what this delectable dish normally is. I must admit that the banjara chicken (chicken kebabs sauted in onion) weren't bad. The signature Punjabi dish, butter chicken, was very average and not well flavoured at all. The gravy was thick, colourful, tasteless and one could barely get a bite of chicken. No comparison with the tongue tingling butter chicken which I had had at Moti Mahal in Delhi's South Ex Market.

In terms of ambiance they had a 'dhaba' theme going. Dhabas are roadside restaurants frequented by truckers on inter city highways. They are famous for hot, wholesome, tasty food, A description which would not apply to the fare at Papa Poncho's.

We paid close to Rs 650 or 16 USD for two meals and two soft drinks. I could think of a million better things one could have eaten with the same money.

The feedback form at the end asked if we would ever recommend this restaurant. Guess our answer!


Anonymous said…
Theres a papa pancho opened in andheri-w; 7 bunglows...havent tried it yet.
Then 5 Spice opened its branch, in Andheri-West just recently(I think 2 weeks back)
Kareems & Lucky are also here.
Actually, there are many bandra restaurants having their branches in Andheri-w. Dont seem to recollect the names though.
5 Spice opening near my house is a welcome development. Hopefully the food will also match up to its bandra-counterpart.
But i m eager aWAiting for
Jai-Hind to open up in andheri-w.
Kalyan Karmakar said…
Hey Papva. never knew you were such a foodie. Where do you hide it? When I shifted to Bombay ten years back Colaba was the happening part and Bandra was the next best. Ten years later i think Colaba was replaced by bandra and Andheri is coming up as the next best things. All the best for your 5 Spice expereince. I guess we Bandraites will always have Candies as our special thing
Anonymous said…
Actually i used to be very thin during my college days when one of my frnds who is a foodie introduced me to lot of good places to eat in Bandra - Hearsh (sorry for the typos), Andorra, Luckys, Candies, etc.
After that there was no looking back!
But i generally prefer goin out with frnds to eat. That happens generally on weekends.
Now that many good joints have come up in Andheri, i think the frequency will increase...
But seriously, travelling to bandra to eat is different experience altogether..
And yes the Candies factor will always make Bandra very special..
Anonymous said…
also, forgot to mention- eating is a gr8 way to unwind & de-stress oneself...
Researchers claim that chocolate is a very good anti-depressant. Connecting to that logic, if chocolates or similar type of good food is had with frnds and loved ones, then it will make one really happy!!
Thats my research!!
Kalyan Karmakar said… advice to friends feeling down has always been 'go and have an ice cream'...chocolate makes it better. We can all be happy and round. Even I was skinny in college and used to try to put on weight! Met a wonderful set of people at work and loved eating out. I started getting super sized when I get married and felt. I think the sheer relief of someone chosing me was enough to make me eat in peace
Anonymous said…
And Kainaz must have been introduced to a vast variety of tasty foods after marrying u!

PS: Not many men cook for their wives on a weekend.