Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon, Haryana is one of our preferred destinations for a fun time with family.Since it opened in  Delhi/NCR, we have been here couple of times,both for the food & theatre musicals (read previous experience here ). Last month, me and the husband were again invited by the gracious KOD team for a lunch at their Punjab pavilion and it was a delightful experience as always.

As the website rightly describes “ Kingdom of Dreams is a spectacular world of unparalleled imagination, which brings to you a blend of India’s culture, heritage, art, crafts, cuisine and performing arts buttressed with the mind boggling technological wizardry of today. This unique tourist destination, situated at the apex of the golden triangle of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi offers you the carnival that is India.”

The destination has been conceptualized to offer a complete magical Indian experience to the visitors, has presently got 4 segments  – Culture Gully, Nautanki Mahal, ShowShaa theatre and IIFA Buzz Café. I simply love the Musical ‘Zangoora’ which I have seen thrice in Nautanki Mahal.

We love the various food pavilions at Culture Gully. My favorite remains Rajasthan pavilion though we have also tried the other pavilions.

We love the various food pavilions at Culture Gully. My favorite remains Rajasthan pavilion though we have also tried the other pavilions.

This time we had lunch at the Punjab Pavilion on a weekend. The Punjab pavilion has a rustic décor, resembling a village/‘pind’ of rural Punjab. I liked the lanterns giving off dim light at one end of the restaurant.

The chef asked us for our preferences and we requested him to serve us as per his tastes keeping our dietary preferences (I’m a vegetarian and the husband eats everything!!). We were served paneer tikka and grilled murgh tikka in the starters. The husband quite liked the murgh tikka, hefound it neither too dry nor too juicy – it was perfectly flavored (that is, not overly spiced to death) and had a nice smoky flavor. I found the paneer tikka to be mildly spiced and the taste of paneer/cottage cheese beautifully combined with the mild spices. And yes the paneer was fresh.

In the mains, we were served the following – Balti Meat (Mutton), Chicken Curry, Dum Aloo, Dal and Kurkure Bhindi along with an assortment of breads (naans, laccha parantha and missi roti). The revelation for me was Kurkure Bhindi; now I don’t like Bhindi(okra/ladies fingers) as a vegetable but they way it was cooked made all the difference. I simply loved having kurkure bhindi and made it in my home afterwards!! The hiusband loved the Balti Meat; he said it was juicy and the flesh came off the bones smoothly at each bite. The dum aloo was lovely (now I am an ‘aloo’ lover so I tend to love aloo dishes anyways!!).

We were completely full after our mains but the chef insisted on a dessert, so we opted for kulfi, which turned out to be rather nice.

Food at Culture Gully on our previous visits has been a good experience and this time around too, we were not disappointed at Punjab Pavilion.

Kingdom of Dreams remains a total recommend if you are looking for a wholesome food & entertainment
destination in Delhi/NCR.

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