Why 29? ‘Coz it represent the 29 states of India. 29 – Twenty Nine is an Indian cuisine speciality fine dine restaurant, located in a one-way lane in Kemps corner. It has on offer some famous dishes from all over the country in the most authentic way possible.
The menu is pretty vast, with elaborate explanations for all dishes but they will still leave one baffled considering most of us do not know such a dish exists, let alone that it is a speciality from a particular state. The wall is lined with boards having names of the 29 states in their regional language. The decor is simple and colourful with pretty colourful lights and vibrant panels on the wall.
The restaurant menu changes every 6 months (that is what we were told) to include new dishes and give patrons an opportunity to experience India’s culinary diversity. The restaurant owner/manager is a great host, slightly enthusiastic but really hospitable.
We started with Potato Chops with Sanmeholi Chutney, crispy potato tikkis served with a flavourful Assamese green chutney that has coriander and mint as its major ingredients. The chutney is essentially our homemade green chutney but with Sanmeholi chillies from Assam.
Next up a was the soup of the day, Tomato Soup, diluted tomato flavour with coriander, onions and mild sweet-tangy in taste.
Malmali Galouti Kebab : Galouti means ‘melt in the mouth’ and these were exactly that. Delicious melt in the mouth kebabs made with black beans (rajma), perfectly crispy and soft at the safe time.
Next we had Bhuna Kofta Curry with Kerela Parotta, a delicious and mildly spicy curry with super filling Malabari/layered parathas, a delight!
Masala Chaas and Shikanji were refreshing.
My two cents : 29 is a place one should visit if they wish to experiment with Indian dishes at really pocket-friendly prices. The service and food are really good. The ambience is chatty and lively with the restaurant being almost full during peak hours with a family crowd.
The Battle : Saying no to some scrumptious looking Mawa Jalebi coz we were so full with the main course. These are really famous and if you happen to visit 29, do give them a try!