Authentic Indian food is all about the delicate combination of herbs and spices, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, coriander, and red chilli peppers are amongst the most commonly used spices in Indian cuisine and thus, considered the ‘Seven Key Spices’. When perfected, Indian food can be as addictive as drugs; with it’s strong flavours, delectably rich to a point where the dishes may taste as if they’ve been drenched with a generous amount of dopamine. The outcome of the spectrum ranges differently too, from volcanic eruptions to mild scalding of the tongue for the uninitiated.
It has been raining during the evenings recently, and so we decided to try some tantalising spicy foods which we felt would warm our hearts. Lo and behold, we found ourselves driving to a North Indian Cuisine that has been around 34 years ago, founded by the late Mr. Naiz Ali and now handled by his son, Mr. Rizal Ali. Pakeeza is a restaurant that specializes in North Indian cuisine and is one of the oldest Indian cuisine restaurants in town, known for by local Ipoh folk for Briyani Rice, Mutton Curry, Tandoori Chicken, Fish Head Curry and Palak Paneer : mashed spinach served with cottage cheese for the more adventerous.
Pakeeza Restaurant & Catering
Briyani Set Meal – Chicken
Mango Lassi, Orange Lassi and Garlic Naan
Pakeeza Restaurant Main Dining Hall
Pakeeza Restaurant 2nd Dining Floor
Since Pakeeza is of well repute in Ipoh, we knew that we had to get there before 7.00 pm elsewise we might have to wait for a table to be seated. True enough, as we arrived at the last of the sun-rays permeated the dark rain clouds, we stepped out of the car and into the main entrance of Pakeeza at 7 pm. Curiously, we were met by Mr Shah, the Restaurant Manager of Pakeeza, who graciously (or dramatically) welcomed us to his Restaurant. Being typically Malaysian, one of our Family Members let slip (we were all in uniform lah!) that we were from M Roof Hotel & Residences and we are doing a food review on this restaurant; and so we were wondering why there was a portion of Mutton Vindaloo that mysteriously appeared on our table! This is corruption of our stomachs! However, we were all extremely grateful to their generosity as we still paid for the rest of the items ordered.
Family Shots Take 1
Mr Shah with a Big Smiling Face
As there are too many good things to order we got lost a bit on what to order, it took us 15 minutes to finally decided to order Chicken Masala (creamy spicy with tender chicken), Briyani Chicken Set Meal (a must to order), Brinjal Pajeri (even for people who doesn’t like brinjal or eggplant will love this to bit! delicious in taste guaranteed!), Garlic with Cheese Naan, Butter Chicken Tikka, 5 pieces of puri (this is a must order!) and the last but not least, Kheema Naan with Beef. Not into roti? Don’t worry. Pakeeza also offers a wide selection of rice to accompany your curry orders. From plain steamed rice to plain, vegetables, chicken, mutton or beef biryani, you would be spoilt for choices here. The food arrived after about 10 minutes of wait, considerably rapid seeing that the place was not exactly empty. And while we were busy chit-chatting, the restaurant was filled to the brim in mere minutes! So better to reserve a table if you’re coming in a larger group. Chicken Masala was the first to be served and it is very delicious! It reaches the balance of sweet and spicy with the adding of yoghurt into the curry. Followed by their signature Briyani Chicken Set Meal and Brinjal Pajeri. Briyani Chicken is a delicious savoury dish with a spicy marinated chicken top with caramelised onions and flavourful saffron rice. Brinjal Pajeri, on the other hand, is the most tender and juicy with mild spicy brinjal tasted which also in my personal opinion, the best brinjal dish ever tasted.
What about drinks? The most recommended drink according to Mr Shah, was their famous Mango Lassi and Orange Lassi. In case you got no idea what is lassi, it is a popular traditional yoghurt-based drink from the Indian Subcontinent. It is a blend of yoghurt, water, spices and sentiment fruit. Apart from the lassi, some of our family members order ice lemon tea, carrot juice, and Pineapple Mint. The price for drinks can range from RM7 to RM10 depending on personal preferences. Didn’t know Pakeeza can fit up to almost 200 people when the restaurant is reserved for some events until Mr Shah told us so. Pakeeza may look deceptively small when one first enters the restaurant (seats 80) with one private room for 10-12, but stairs leading to the second floor reveal a room that can accommodate up to 100 people. On busy days or nights, diners are led upstairs where they can dine in comfort. The room naturally, is also available for functions.
Needless to say, it was a very satisfying dinner. The meal came about RM22 per person. All in all, we now understand the reason behind that sustain their business for almost 40 years was their commitment to great quality food, service and good value. Keep it going, Pakeeza!
No. 15-17, Jalan Dato Seri Ahmad Said,
30450, Ipoh, Perak.
H/P No: +6018 767 7941
Opens daily from 11am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm.
NOTE : We do not eat for free, nor were we paid for this review. We ordered and paid for everything that we consume. This review is a general summary from feedback provided by all members of the M Boutique Family who partook in the Food Review.