Pakeeza, a restaurant serving Northern Indian cuisine has been in existence in Ipoh for many years. It's one of our family's favourite place for dining. I did try to blog about the food in this restaurant before, but unfortunately the pictures taken then didn't turn out well even after editing, as the ambience, at that time was quite gloomy with blue coloured dining tables and dim lighting.
Now it has been renovated and business was brisk and the place was packed when we were there last weekend. We only managed to get a table right near the entrance, just at the fringe of the restaurant proper. I took a peep at the interior, the place was full, not much decor but the ambience is definitely much brighter now.
Come to think of it, the place where we were seated is more conducive for picture clicking. We had to wait for about 30 mins. for our food to arrive and that gave me ample time to wait for the customers at my vicinity to leave before I could pull out my camera!
See this big metal cauldron? I observed that most of the customers who left the premises will take a peep into the interior, I did too ..... it's empty, just an ornamental piece. The place is very clean and immediately once customers leave, the waiter will promptly clear up the table.
These are the steps leading to the 1st floor. They'll open up the 1st floor if the groundfloor is fully packed.
We settled for 6 puri between the two of us, really puffy and yummy....... 1.20 rgt each
This is Brinjal Pajeri. Paired well with the puri and I like the thick sauce...... 5.50 rgt
This bowl of curry looks so appetising in the vibrant chilli red colour. Half a black pomfret cut into 6 smaller pieces soaked in thick curry and with a few pieces of okra........20 rgt
Chicken Masala - we never fail to order this dish whenever we dine at Pakeeza. A whole piece of chicken leg, cut up, slightly fried and cooked with the masala sauce..... 8 rgt.
The total bill came up to 42.75 rgt with 5% service tax.
A waiter came by and asked how we were doing. I took the opportunity to ask whether they've changed the chef for I noticed that the food tastes much better now, more oomph in the flavours. He said 'no' but then they're trying to improve on the recipes by using more fresh ingredients, like herbs, etc. instead of using dried ones before. That also explains why the food takes a bit longer to arrive.
15-17 Jalan Dato Seri Ahmad Said (Green Lane)
30450 Ipoh, Perak
Tel : 05-241 4243
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