Papa Pancho is a vibe. You enter the small, quintessentially dhaaba-setup and at once, the restaurant feels warm and welcoming.
Sadly, we had an off day there recently, even though it's been a consistent favorite over the years. We called for Jaljeera (a spicy, salty and cool Indian drink) which was stellar. Topped with crunchy boondi, it's exactly what I crave come summer.
The next was a portion of their Mixed Pakode (pakoras). Chunks of paneer, green capsicum, potato and julienned onions coated with besan were fried beautifully. Their teekha chutney is out of this world but if you combine it with the meetha one, it is a combo-on-fire.
Unfortunately, the let down was their main course --- A Paneer Lasooni thaali which sported a curry, a huge cheese kulcha, Dal Fry and rice. The sabzi (curry) was thick, heavy and monotonous. The kulcha was too rich, especially when paired with the already-heavy Lasooni Paneer. The dal went cold really fast and all that could be tasted was tons of ghee. We had to swap for plain rotis in stead of the kulchas and even then, we couldn't finish the first serving itself.
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