Oye Amritsar >> “Oye Oye de Balle Balle!”
It’s rare for Indians not have a taste for Punjabi food… but good Punjabi food is quite rare as every cook jumped on to create his / her own Punjabi food versions and varieties. And our craving for the pure Punjabi one continued… ‘Oye, ki kariye’… ‘Sanu chakk de phatte’!!
Well, the fun is back in the city with ‘OYE Amritsar’ – the roof top dhaba. The witty, wild and tongue-teaser name joins the rest of the foodies clubs. With loudspeakers, lanterns, lurid filmi posters and asli Punjabi songs… oh, they do serve the food too!
Credit goes to Priyabala’s write-up in TOI-Friday that triggered our taste buds when it comes to ‘gurda-kapoora’, ‘makki-di-roti’, and ‘sarson-da-saag’. Yes, indeed it was worth it’s every penny.
I called 080-41122866 and was suggested to book the table as it was a weekend. I promptly did so and asked for valet parking; the only thing I worry nowadays going around MG Road eateries. I proved to be right as going via MG road to Church Street was tough as the roads were flooded with vehicles from Double Road as a huge tree collapse blocked the road. And you can imagine taking 45 minutes for a distance of 1.5 kms from Trinity Circle to Church Street was a frustrating experience – we did it for ‘Oye’!
The fun starts when you reach the place and check out the atmosphere, the walls, the roof, the lights the speaker (bhopus), even the menu is worth a read to it’s last word. The service counters do have some path breaking announcements.
The service is prompt and sets your expectations upfront when you ask the ‘oddies from the menu’ for a 15-20 minutes wait while you chew some mango bars and other goodies.
We came to the point and ordered the ‘sardo-da-saag’ and ‘makki-di-roti’, ‘aalo / paneer kulchas’, the great ‘gurda kapoora’, ‘tari wali wadiyan’ was to top it up with huge glass of lassi, that redefines ‘lassi’ for the Bangaloreans.
The table welcomes you with all steel cutlery a typical dhaba style green chutney with fresh onions and a special mango chocky (mini candy/toffee or whatever) to settle down and laugh.
The menu is a piece of art that divides the range in different sections with a theme that goes well with the ‘OYE Amritsar’ style.
Food is great, not that spicy to fool innocent explorers that Punjabi food is always spicy. The chicken mania going out of the counters talk about the huge demand it has generated when it comes to ‘Oye’. The portions served are large and can surely feed two hungry adults.
It was good that I could click many snaps while we were waiting for the food to arrive else the aromatic foods spell could have deterred me sharing few ‘hotties’ served on the steel plate.
On being wise, we requested them to serve everything together and they did – the food was upto the expectation and was duly appreciated as we finished it at quick speed.
The ‘tari wali wadiyan’ was great and tastes real great with soft rotis; they did not serve us achar which makes a real Punjabi meal, but I guess they were too busy making chutneys and masalas inside.
The fun continued till we shared a ‘glass’ of lassi – here the glass is a huge steel tumbler, I mean compared to those 180ml kiddos, this was huge and measured 350ml+ sweet lassi (surprisingly moderate sweet and not that sweetness that puts you off after few sips). This one was just perfect. In fact, I would like to visit them again just to have a lassi standing out of the busy place, which come with a thick malai and few dry fruits to catch your eyes and tongue while you eat. Yes, you have to eat this lassi and not try drink it!
The paan-bhandar is prompt to take our orders as we finish… the ‘maghai’ and ‘Kolkata paan’ served did override our way of summing the great experience.. Being honest, I read the menu again and hope to revisit after a while to relish the desserts from the menu!
‘Oye, ki kariye’… ‘Sanu chakk de phatte’!!
4th Floor (above Saigaon)
20, Church Street, Bangalore 560 001
(valet parking available)
Cost: Around Rs.300 per adult (without alcohol)