Ever since my favourite Indian restaurant closed down on Queen Street, I haven’t really been able to find an Indian restaurant I’d like to sit in and eat at, aside from the usual takeouts I’d do via Just-Eat online. Enter Pukka, a restaurant that challenges you to take what you know of the usual Indian cuisine and modernize that thought with delicious and creative twists.
Jo and Joanna(Hungry.Jo and Joannasable on Instagram, check out these wonderful ladies’ awesome gallery!) hosted an instagram get-together and tasting event at Pukka. Located at 778 St.Clair Avenue West, it’s quite the hike for me and I got lost twice since I don’t usually venture to that area. But for another fantastic meal at Pukka, I will mission there again!
The menu was defined for us folks so we came hungry and prepared to feast upon the dishes Pukka had to offer. The restaurant feels trendy and has a nice atmosphere with great decor. Warm and pleasant staff were attentive to us all night and the owners walked us through their vision for their restaurant and told us about the sister restaurant, Ji, just a few stores down.
Vegetable Pakoras ; Chickpeas Crusted Vegetable with Tomato Chutney
Chaat Salad with Veggie Strings, Rice Crisps, Pomegranate, Green Apple Mango Chutney and Yogurt
Chicken 65; South Indian Fried Chicken with Tamarind Chilli Caramelized onions
Gunpowder King Prawns; Moong Bean Salad and Pineapple Chutney
Pumpkin Curry with Garlic Naan and Rice
Beef Short Ribs; Braised with Black Cumin, Kashmiri Chili, Garlic Ginger and Onion
Spiced Toffee Popcorn and MoRoCo Chocolate
Overall, I was impressed with the food and service at Pukka, and although it’s a little more upscale and expensive than your usual Indian restaurant, and the taste is different from the usual heavy spicy Indian dishes, I think it’s a different type of great culinary experience you should definitely not miss out on.