I love Indian food, and after growing up eating some pretty amazing Indian food, I was excited to try Pukka – a restaurant on St. Clair West with a forward-thinking take on Indian cuisine. According to their website, Pukka’s menu will take you on a journey through decadent tastes, while maintaining a lightness that enchants the palette. The culinary team elevates the typical Indian curry into clean, modern bites that wow both the eyes and the taste buds.
For my first visit I decided to check out their 2015 Dinner Winterlicious menu. These were the options:
(all main courses served with basmati rice)
home-style chicken curry
Vegetable Curry (vegetarian)
seasonal vegetables, tomato, garlic + ginger
Lamb Shank Xacuti
coconut, red chilli + fennel seeds
South Indian Fish Curry
lentils, curry leaf + tamarind
Mango Mouse (vegetarian)
Chilli Chocolate Torte (vegetarian)
Rice Pudding (vegetarian)
What my 7 friends and I liked..
- The space was spacious, open, and clean with a modern feel
- The staff was friendly
- Service was efficient
- The mains were delicious
- Great portions
- They accommodated my friend’s gluten intolerance
- The Mango Mousse was heavenly – tasted like fresh mango “air” that melted in your mouth – sweet and perfect
- The Chilli Chocolate Torte did in fact have a chilli kick which I loved – too often chilli is mentioned but you would never know there was any in the dish
- The naan was crispy, fluffy, buttery – everything you want a great naan to taste like
What we did not care for..
- Though the staff was friendly, they were hard to flag down. I found myself spending a great deal of time waving my arms in the air trying to get the attention of a staff member to get basic items such as spoons for the curry
- Owners were at the door, sometimes just standing there doing nothing, when they could have stepped in and assisted the customers that were calling out for assistance – they eventually did, but I should not have had to jump up and down like a student dying to get permission to go to the washroom
- Tap beer options are limited, and all under 6%
- The kale salad was a huge disappointment – bland, lacking contrast and textures, and swimming in a flavorless dressing. My belief is that if you have to bathe a dish in a sauce, or a dressing, it is because the flavors suck on their own and this is a last-ditch effort to make the dish edible – sure the lotus root chips were a step in the right direction
- The naan was not included – so we paid for it separately
- I had emailed the managers before my reservation with a query, and they never got back to me
So was this meal a good deal?
Winterlicious cost was $25 + tax and tip (15%)= $32
Regular price would have been $8.90 for the Vegetable Pakoras + $17.60 for the Punjabi chicken curry $7.60 for the Chilli Chocolate Torte = $34.10 + tax & tip (15%) = $43.65 (other items may vary in price).
Price difference was $11.65