From our friends at Your Arlington, another hyperlocal website with which we occasionally share content. Jane Dornbusch wrote this review:
Arlington is a comparatively restaurant-rich environment, so the lamentations over the (as it transpired) temporary closing of Punjab were perhaps a tad surprising. The longtime Northern Indian favorite was forced to shut its doors in February 2016, when a water pipe burst during a cold snap; local fans were bereft. Issues with the contractor delayed the reopening, which finally took place this past August. From the way the news was greeted, you might have thought Punjab was the only restaurant, or the only Indian restaurant, in town.
It’s neither, but for reasons evident both before and after the hiatus, it may be one of the most beloved of area eateries. Staffers say the kitchen leadership remains unchanged, and the place seems as warm and inviting as ever. The night of our visit, 10 days after the reopening, there were a few glitches in service and pacing of the meal. But for food this fresh and flavorful – truly a few notches above the local standard for Northern Indian cuisine – we’re willing to chalk that up to opening-month jitters.
The large, lively room, done up in warm earth tones, could appear cavernous, but it’s cleverly divided into distinct areas, most notably by a sort of central “tent,” as well as by a large bar to one side of the dining room and by plush, oversized booths on the other, creating a series of [Read more…]