I was delighted when the FBAI (Food Bloggers Association of India) invited me to participate in “Citi presents Gourmet Flavours” , Kolkata. I was sent across a list of participating restaurants all of which are dishing out great food in the City of Joy and finally decided to choose Saffron at The Park simply because it had been quite some time since I had dined there and they have served up some excellent fare in the past.
We headed there for dinner and settled down at our table. The Service as always was very good and extremely warm. The menu comprised of a three course set meal where you could select either a soup and starter or two starters, a main dish accompanied by staples and a dal and finish off with a dessert. It was a great deal and there were more than enough options on offer.
We decided to go for two starters and skip the soup. Since we were two of us we had the opportunity to order a greater variety and taste more of the items. I ordered the Mini Cheese Kulcha served with a delicious dip and the Mahi Malai Tikka which is a Tandoor Smoked Bekti in a Cheese and Cream Marination , Lamb Gilauti Kebab and Murg Reshmi Tikka a delicate and aromatic boneless chicken kebab was ordered by my fellow diner. The Kulchas and the Fish were brilliant and totally stole the show. The chicken was very tasty and perfectly done. We found the Gilauti slightly dry though. Overall the starters were really good, top notch stuff and to put it simply we pigged out on them.
For our mains though there were a lot of options we went for Kosha Mangsho , a classic and traditional Bengali Style Lamb Curry and we paired that with Luchi and Cholar Dal from the Staples Section. My co-diner ordered a Chicken Tikka Lababdar , a Dhaba Style Boneless Butter Chicken and we decided to pair that with the Dhaba Dal ( Kali Dal ) and Butter Naan which made for two classic combinations from the North and from the East. The food was brilliant. The Kosha Mangsho was superb perhaps the best that I have had in Kolkata in a long long time , perfectly tender meat and spices balanced to perfection. The slightly sweet Cholar Dal and the yummy luchi’s made for an outstanding combination which we thoroughly enjoyed. Next up we ate the Chicken Lababdar which was very good along with the delicious Dhaba Dal and a Butter Naan but alas we were too stuffed to do it justice. We ended by ordering a Tutti Frutti and Bombay Style Kulfi and Falooda both of which were very good but being a Tutti Frutti fan I was slightly more inclined towards it.
Overall an amazing meal, the Fish Tikka and the Kosha Mangsho were the undoubted standouts for us. My compliments to the Chef and his Team for a wonderful dinner.
Citi presents Gourmet Flavors is an opportunity to sample the best gourmet meals at your favorite restaurants. Choose from a bouquet of options across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Pune, Hyderabad, Chandigarh & Ahmedabad.
Impeccably curated by top chefs, the Gourmet Flavors menu is bound to tantalize your taste buds and keep your palette asking for more. Book a table now at your favorite restaurant in your city. From August 19th to 28th, 2016. Kolkata Rates Rs.950/-*for Citi Cardholders and Rs.1,150/-* for non-Citi cardholders. Taxes as applicable. Book your table now. Website link http://www.gourmetflavours.in/index.php for all other details and bookings.
Thankyou FBAI for inviting us we had a wonderful meal , hope we have many more such events in Kolkata.
DISCLAIMER : The Culinary Commentator was invited by FBAI for this event
Picture Credits : Suneha Saha