The Grid

I am writing this post after multiple visits to The Grid and its fast become a favorite place to hang out not just because of the ambiance and vibe but the delicious food served up by Chef Chiranjib Chatterjee and his Team. The brainchild of Gourav and Ritika Karnani spread across 10,000 square feet and designed by Ayaz Basrai it has an eclectic vibe that I really enjoy. The Lego freak in me loves the Lego Bar and with the Brewery ready to serve its Beer from 25th February onwards I suggest you drop by sooner rather than later and experience the fun yourself.

The Grid offers Global Cuisine and has something to please every palette. Feta Crumbles and Marinated Melon Salad, Juhu Gymkhana Coriander Noodles, Bhindibazar Chicken Tikka , Dry Sriracha Chilli Chicken , Fresh Green Chilli Prawns , Mini Pork Samosas are some of the dishes I have ordered and happily reordered. The Guptaji Toast one of their signature desserts tastes wonderful and is something to leave space for because it’s a large sharing portion.

The Cocktails are innovative and wonderfully presented my favorite being the Skull Jamaican Candy made with Rum , Baileys Irish Cream and served with a Nolen Gur Sandesh which was really super and a must order. Their Long Island Iced Tea which I tasted from a friend was also spot on. The other Cocktails all looked wonderful but I did not taste them but my co-diners seemed to enjoy them.

The Grid has also started a really lovely Sunday Brunch for families where they offer over 70 items. The idea behind it was that Sunday Lunch with family is always special and I wholeheartedly concur because I cherish all the wonderful Sunday Lunches I have enjoyed with my parents and extended family over the years. I attended the brunch as a guest of The Management and it was a delightful afternoon with some delicious food and lots of laughter. The spread with a variety comprising of Salads, Cold cuts, Chaats, Starters, Main course and Deserts was huge. There were dishes available both buffet style and on direct order from the kitchen. The variety made it impossible to taste everything on offer but in particular I really liked the Pizza with Assorted Toppings, Chicken Picatta, Green Chilli Prawns, Manipuri Machhi Pakora, Irani Berry Pulao, Mishti Doi with Rabri , Fresh Waffles made to order and Aflatoon which I was rather delighted to discover in the Dessert Section. All this food was paired with some lovely Sangria and Sparkling Wine which my co-diners enjoyed. I particularly liked that they have gone out of their way to make sure their little guests have a blast right from the food where they have a special kids section to the costumed cartoon characters who interact and entertain the little ones … it’s a super fun fiesta for the family. Another lovely touch are the timings which extend from 12noon till 6pm …. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning followed by an afternoon of family bonding over some delicious food.

The energy and buzz that The Grid has makes it stand out from the crowd. The portion sizes are generous  I also really like the music they play and the warm smiling service that I have received on my various visits. Looking forward to more delightful meals at The Grid soon and yes I can’t wait to go try out the Brewery.

 

Average Cost for a Meal for Two: Rs. 2000/= (with alcohol)

Sunday Brunch:  Rs.800/= plus tax without alcohol

                              Rs.1200/= plus tax with alcohol

There are a couple of steps when you enter so Wheel Chair Access is partial.

 

Disclaimer: I dined there as a guest of The Management twice including the Sunday Brunch. I have also visited in my personal capacity. This post is a mix of all my visits and experiences.

Photo Credits : Suneha Saha

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Of Winter Evenings and Alfresco Dinners in The City of Joy

Though I was born in Kolkata I spent my childhood primarily in the North, hence I love long cold winters which many of my friends in the city don’t. Sadly Kolkata barely has really cold winters but the best way to enjoy the season in my opinion is to dine alfresco so I can combine my two loves great food and cold winter evenings.
At the onset of the winter season we were invited by ITC Sonar for the Winter Barbeque which goes on all through the winter months on the Eden Pavillion lawns by the Water Garden . It’s a spectacular setting, and one of the loveliest ways to spend a beautiful evening and indulge in some wonderful food in a beautiful ambiance. The spread includes Soups and Salads, Cold Cuts and Antipasti ,Biryani and what have you. However for me the main attraction is the Live Grill Section which has the delicious Peshawari Kebabs , Mediterranean Shawarma , Various proteins and some fantastic fresh Seafood. There was a lovely live music arrangement which only added to the relaxed mood of the evening. The Winter Lawn is a destination and your meal is an experience not to be missed so do put it down on your winter calendar of must do’s.


There were over a dozen varieties of Grills of the World and we were truly spoilt for choice. For the Vegetarians I loved the Paneer Ajwani Tikka , Rajma Ki Galouti and the Veg Seekh Kebab all of which were worth a second helping. The Non-Vegetarian section was equally outstanding Murgh Angaar , Gosht Shami, Tenderloin with Crusted Black Pepper , Prawn with Lemon Juice and Chilli Flakes Squid with Coriander and Lemon Juice. I don’t have to say much about the Indian selection because the Peshawari Kebabs are outstanding but what I loved about the other grills was the fact that the produce was so fresh that the ingredient was the hero. Loved the seafood and the tenderloin. Though I wish my sausages were Pork rather than Chicken because personally I am not partial to Chicken Sausages.
We were pretty stuffed but I wanted to try a bit of the Biryani which I did and once again it was perfect. We nibbled on dessert and relaxed and chatted till quite late because of the wonderful setting that made us feel we simply don’t want to go home. Many thanks to ITC for inviting us … it was one of my favorite meals of the season. Timings are 7-30pm onwards.

A few days back Novotel Kolkata Hotels & Residences called and invited us for their Weekend Grill by the Pool which they have on Friday and Saturday nights. Though I have attended a couple of functions in the Banquets I have never visited the restaurants. Everytime I was invited I had some prior engagement and could not make it so I am very glad I finally did. Their poolside was lovely and the Weather God’s were kind and it was a nice cool evening. A few other friends who are also fellow food bloggers were invited and so it turned into an evening filled with fun and conversation about you guessed it….Food !!!


There was a live counter with separate Grill selections and sections for Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarians which was a nice touch , a salad bar and an assortment of Breads, an Indian Section with Biryani , Kali Dal and Indian Breads , a live Noodle Counter as well as a Dessert Counter along with the Poolside Bar.
The kebabs were served to us on Charcoal Grills to keep them warm on our table and the delectable aroma of meats grilling on coal will get me every time. I loved the Chicken Tikka which used a Sriracha Marinade as well as the Juicy Fish Tikka made from Kolkata Bhekti that was served to us. The Chicken was my personal pick and I loved it. They were serving us Cocktails and the Musk Melon Mojito seemed to be the crowd favorite though I stuck to my Diet Cola as I rarely drink. There were Mushroom and Paneer variants for the vegetarians and the Paneer was melt in your mouth good. The Mushrooms were passable, I think because of the size variation the degree of cooking differed so it was a bit of a hit and miss. We were also served Grilled Chicken and Fish both of which were good as well as some sausages. Baby Corn and an assortment of mixed vegetables followed. The kebabs were however the winner for me.


We then made our way to sample the Indian main course which I felt needed a bit more variety. The Chicken Biryani was light and flavorful though I missed the presence of the Potato in it. The Kali Dal was a bit underwhelming it lacked punch. A non-veg and veg gravy option would certainly have been welcome and added much needed variety to this section. We also sampled the live Noodle Counter though our portion was a tad too salty for my palate.


Dessert was calling out and though we were rather full we purposefully made our way to the dessert counter. Both the Poached Pears and the Blondie with Chocolate Sauce were excellent and demanded a second helping to do them justice. The Crepes however were a bit of a letdown because they were undercooked. I like my crepes thin and golden with a sauce or syrup to complement them .The chocolate sauce served with them was very good though. Chef also made us sample a wonderful Chocolate Mousse that was heaven and I would gladly go back for it time and again.


The Grill by the Pool is on only on weekend’s 7-30pm onwards. Priced at Rs.750/= for Vegetarians and Rs.950/= for non-vegetarians (plus taxes as applicable) it’s a fantastic deal. Make plans with friends and drive out for a wonderful evening out at The Grill by the Pool before the summer sets in.

DISCLAIMER : I dined as a guest at both the above mentioned venues by invitation of The Management however the views expressed are entirely my own.
Picture Credits : Suneha Saha
Both venues are Wheelchair Friendly for guests with limited mobility.

Vintage Asia

I have to admit I am a little partial to Asian Food though I love all kinds of food as those of you who read my blog will know. Vintage Asia at the JW Marriott , Kolkata was the venue for the New Year meet for my foodie group the Kolkata Food Fanatics. My mad crazy foodie family is now almost 3 years old and is very close to my heart I had wanted to do something a little special to kick off the year and I doubt it could have been more perfect. I had visited the venue to check out the place and fell in love with it because I loved the understated elegance of the place. The little touches like the burnished copper tea kettles used to pour the Jasmine Tea , the Blue and White pottery , the Wooden Tea Chests , the lovely rustic earthenware kettles all just added to the charm of the place. The Bar with its 24K Gold plated glasses for their Signature Cocktails, the cozy spaces created by the layout of the tables , the open kitchens where you get to see the Chef’s in action only added to its charm.

We were a group of 17 hungry foodies and our menu was specially curated and designed for our meet but all the dishes featured are available on their regular menu. We began our epic meal with Cocktails , Dumplings followed by Soup , Appetizers , Main Course , Accompaniments and finally Dessert. It was an unbelievable experience for any food enthusiast and I am delighted that we could start the New Year on such a gastronomic high.

Kobid Sinha the Beverage manager had created some special concoctions from the Asian Beverage factory at JWM. Sinsen the wonderfully presented Cocktail which had a Tequila base , herbs from Asia ,lemon grass and celery, perfectly complemented by the sweet flavours of Palm Sugar. There was also a lovely Mocktail Called tom Yum Siam where the Red chilies from Thailand paired perfectly with basil and lemongrass further complemented by galangal. We literally started our repast on a high !

Soon we were served four varieties of beautiful fresh steaming hot dumplings –  Prawn Har Gow , Pork Xiao Long Bao , Edamame and truffle (v) and Asparagus & Water Chestnut Crystal Dumpling (v). They were all excellent but the Pork Xiao Long Bao, the Chinese steamed soup dumpling was just amazing. Pick one up carefully so the covering does not tear and pop it into your mouth and then feel the flavors literally explode on your tongue. The Vegetarian Crystal Dumpling with its almost transparent casing made with potato starch was also brilliant and I am sure the vegetarians are going to love this one.

The soups followed, Hot and Sour and Wonton in Superior Broth. S and I ordered one of each so that we could taste both and I liked both. The Hot and Sour one of my favorite soups was lovely because the heat did not overwhelm all other flavors and it had great balance. The Wanton Soup had a lovely broth indeed. A superior broth is a specially made stock / broth prepared using various proteins as well as ginger and scallions. It therefore has more complex flavors and enhances the taste of the soup. The soups were available in both the Vegetarian and Chicken options and both ours were Chicken.

Four appetizers followed Steamed Silken Tofu with Edamame & Chiu Chow Chilly Oil(v) , I loved the punch and texture the Chilly Oil gave this pretty looking dish. Thai Glass Noodles with Bean Sprouts Spring Roll served with Sweet Chilli Sauce (v) followed and the Spring Roll Casing was thin and crunchy and the Sweet Chilli Sauce was a huge hit with all of us. Chicken Wings with Chilli & Golden Garlic Paste was up next and a crowd pleaser albeit a slightly messy dish to eat but juicy and tender nonetheless. The best was saved for the last with the Crispy Fried Prawns Salt & Sichuan Pepper with Wasabi Mayo, which were absolutely delicious and the Wasabi Mayo was spot on and the perfect accompaniment. The one thing I noticed and appreciated with all our Appetizers was that the accompanying dip/sauce lifted the dish even further.

The Main Course was a gorgeous Mapo Tofu with Celery, Young Corn, Sichuan Peppercorn possibly the best Mapo Tofu in the city and being a staunch non-vegetarian I had two helpings of it. The Crispy Potato with Spring Onions and Fermented Chilli Paste was another winner and I really liked the Thai Red Curry with Asparagus, Squash, Water Chestnut & Thai Sweet Basil. The Sweet Basil gave it an added dimension altogether. The vegetarians are going to be rather happy with all the options that Vintage Asia has on offer for them.

The non-vegetarian options were all excellent starting with the Sichuan Fried Chicken with Peppercorn & Mountain Sun-Dried Chilly which was a beautiful dish with lovely flavor and texture. The plump and tender Wok Tossed King Prawns with Xo Sauce was wonderful and I sea-food lovers should not miss out on this dish. But yes I am guilty of leaving the undoubted star of this brilliant meal for the end ….. Spiced Caramelized Pork Belly with Pineapple & Crispy Garlic. I can truly say we were practically worshipping this dish and could not get enough of it. Possibly one of the best things I have eaten in a long time and you all know I am lucky because I get to eat a lot of great food thanks to my blog so that is saying something! The Pork was perfectly cooked, juicy but with the outsides perfectly caramelized. The sweet tender diced pineapple gave little bursts of pleasure from time to time and out of all the wonderful things we ate yesterday for lunch I will carry the memory of that Pork belly in my heart and in my very happy tummy for a long time to come.

The brilliant Main Course was served up with some lovely Burnt Garlic, Spring Onion Fried Rice and Hakka Style Chicken & Egg Noodles which were the perfect canvas for the works of art Vintage Asia was whipping up for us.

This extraordinary or as we say in Bengal “ashadharon” Meal ended with a choice of two desserts. A Mango Coconut Creme Brulee with Palm Sugar Caramel & Sesame Tuile and Toffee Sesame Banana with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. As always S and I ordered one of each so we could taste both. The Crème brulee was comfortingly delicious but I missed the Sesame Tuile which they did not serve. I would have liked to see how the sesame worked with the Brulee . The Toffee Banana and Salted Caramel Ice-cream was excellent and I loved it.

A special round of thanks to Chef Sudip , Chef Tan and his wonderful Chefs in the Kitchen who labored tirelessly to put all this wonderful food in front of us , to Kobid Sinha   for the wonderful cocktails and mocktails we were served and to Armaan Khan who took great care to fuss over all of us and make our meal a memorable one. Ashish ,Trinaa and Khushi for patiently tolerating my finicky tweaks with the Menu during the planning stages and indulging my whimsies and fancies. Thankyou JW Marriott for a beautiful experience and making sure that the Kolkata Food Fanatics have a truly delicious year ahead!

 

Vintage Asia is open daily for Dinner and for Lunch on weekends only. The number to call for reservations is 033-66330000. A meal for two would cost Rs.2500/= . There is an elevator so there is complete ease for people with impaired movement or those who need wheelchair access.

 

Picture Credits : Suneha Saha
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Phir bhi dil hai hindutani @ We.Desi

If you like to eat and live in the City of Kolkata you are spoilt for choice nowadays. Lots of new place are opening up and one of them is We.Desi. I was invited as part of a Bloggers Table when they opened in September but regretfully was unable to make it due to work commitments. Thereafter they diligently kept in touch and I finally went across a couple of weeks back for dinner.

We walked in and I loved the quaint and quirky interiors done up in Black and White. Arrestingly striking and quite unique. The big fan on the wall mesmerized me. Shivangi Bhambani introduced herself to us and she came across as extremely warm and so we settled down for a nice chat. An M Phil in Economics who has opened a restaurant that has loads of Desi Swag and showcases food from around the country. It was such an interesting combination that I was immediately intrigued. Shivangi’s spouse Nikhil was her biggest support and is the Managing Director of Shehnaz Hotel Pvt Ltd and We.Desi is a part of the group. The little touches like the original newspapers displaying important historic headlines that are decades old, the block printed pictures on the walls and all the little special touches created a pleasing ambience.

Those of you who know me know I have both studied and worked in Delhi and Gurgaon and I have a soft spot for the place and the food. We started our dinner with Palak Chaat and Bread Pakora which was specially ordered on my request. The Chaat was plated up in a little street push cart or “thela” and the Bread Pakoras in a typical aluminium Dabba (box), the kind we used when we were kids. Both were delicious and I was happy munching away on them. We.Desi has these great Cutting Chai Set Meals which consist of your choice of pakoras ,rolls, kulchinis, vadas and so on served with unlimited cutting chai. What I would call fun dining! The Vada Pao which I tasted on a later date was really good too and I will definitely go back for more soon. The Palak Chaat and once again the Papdi Chaat which I sampled on another day were both very good. Then came the wonderfully plated Talwari Murgh Malai Kebab which certainly lived up to it name. Delicious, Juicy and melt in your mouth Chicken Kebabs plated uniquely on a mock sword (Talwar). We gobbled it down in record time.

Our main course followed with a super Amritsari Kulcha served with the Chutney that had a lovely tang to it and thanks be to the minutely chopped onion in it texture as well , this was as close to the original as I have had in Kolkata and I loved it. The Laccha Paratha was also excellent and both the flatbreads paired perfectly with the Purani Dilli Degh Mutton, Murgh Methi Bharta and Chicken Tikka Masala. Delicious and I truly felt I was back North. But the Mutton Khichada was yet to come and was comfortingly good. Add a drop of ghee and some lemon, some coriander and the browned onions and get lost in its rustic and robust flavors. They also served us a lovely Papad Platter (another weakness of mine) and I was happily satiated with my dinner. Suneha had a bad cold and they made her a lovely hot toddy that soothed her throat and she raved about it long after the meal was over.

Dessert followed and both the Chia Seed Phirnee Pannacotta and the Nolen Gur ka Sandook came beautifully plated. The Pannacotta was nice in terms of the flavor but it was slightly too dense, I enjoyed the texture of the Chia Seeds. The Nolen Gur ka Sandook was quite different. A huge Nolen Gur Sandesh covered with squares of dark and white chocolate to give a checkered design. Not too sweet and something that was a nice foil to the meal we had just eaten.

Another concept they have “ desified “ and which sounded really good was their Curryaki Meal Concept where they have a separate counter like a Teppanyaki Counter manned by a Chef who serves up a set meal consisting of Soup / Salad / Curryaki (option of Subz,Paneer,Chicken or Prawn) , Dal Tadka , Tawa Rice and Dessert. It’s a fun interactive experience for a group and the Chef prepares your meal right in front of you.

I really enjoyed my evening at We.Desi , if you like North Indian food don’t miss out on a meal here. I will certainly be back specially for the Talwari Murgh Malai Kebab and the Chicken Tikka Masala both of which were very good not to forget the Amritsari Kulcha.

PICTURE CREDITS : Suneha Saha

DISCLAIMER : I was invited to dine at We.Desi as a guest of The Management but the views expressed are entirely my own.
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Kolkata Market by Karen Anand Third Edition at Taj Bengal

When my friend Anindya who also writes a lovely blog called Pikturenema along with his wife Madhushree called and asked me if I would join in for a Bloggers Table hosted by Karen Anand to showcase her products specially curated by the wonderful Chef’s from Taj Bengal I naturally accepted his warm invitation. I have long admired Karen Anand and loved her delicious products and read her blogs but I had never had the pleasure of meeting her. On the designated day I was there at Taj Bengal where, along with my fellow bloggers we were introduced to our lovely and gracious hostess. She was very warm and made us all feel welcome and soon we were chatting away like old friends and yes the conversation was all about my favorite topic food.

Once we were seated and our beverage orders taken we were given a tasting of the new sauces and conserves that were being introduced by Pune Farmers Market. Wholegrain Mustard with Chili, Tibetan Sauce and Singapore Chilli Garlic Sauce. She also made us sample two Conserves the lovely Alphonso Mango and Fig and Orange. They were all brilliant and we went at them with gusto. I absolutely adored the Wholegrain Mustard with Chilli (its brilliant) and I really liked both the Conserves and would happily sit with the bottles and a spoon and polish them off. For those of you who could not make it to the Farmers Market there is a shop called Velvet Tango on Judges Court Road (9831026799 or 09830013782) where you can stock up on her products.

Then we began an absolutely fantastic lunch. Three delicious soups Forest Mushroom Cappuccino, Cream of Garlic with Enoki Mushrooms and Cherry Tomato Basil Broth. The Mushroom Cappuccino was the pick of the lot and our meal was off to a wonderful start. This was followed by Pomelo, Beetroot and Goat Curd Salad and Olive Oil Poached Prawn, Fennel Confit, Rocket and Picked Tomato. Now most of you who know me know that I am not a salad person but I confess I wiped my plates clean because both the dishes were excellent and made with such choice ingredients that it would be an injustice not to eat every morsel with relish. The prawns were plump juicy and perfectly cooked and greatly appreciated by every one of us.

After this kind of a first innings we were eagerly anticipating our mains. I was torn for choice between the Organic Cochin Vanilla Marinated Bhekti, Quinoa Pilaf, Minted Squash, Agro dolce or the Cumin Crusted grass fed Australian Lamb Rack, Roasted Peruvian Potato and Tamarind Glaze. Thankfully Indrajit was sitting beside me and we decided to share our dishes so we could enjoy both the protiens. That was a great decision because they were outstanding. We were transported by the lamb which was fantastic and the degree of cooking spot on and perfectly pink. The Fish was lovely, fresh, and flaky and went well with the Quinoa Pilaf but the Agro dolce was a tad on the sweeter side and I preferred to have my fish without it. Guilty confession I added a huge dollop of that heavenly Multigrain Chilli Mustard and enjoyed it with my mains. Karen was also kind enough to order an extra portion of the Vegetarian option a lovely Spinach and Organic Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Pesto which we all liked but shameless carnivore me was bowled over by the Lamb and Fish. The Chef certainly did the Taj Bengal proud.

Dessert was an Organic Lavender and Honey Crème Brulee that was delicate and quite lovely. Even after great proclamations of overeating we all ate dessert! This mega meal was a perfect setting for our interaction with Karen and lots of talk about Food in general. We were also gifted with some of her delicious products and a cookbook. She was kind enough to patiently sign all our cookbooks and pose for selfies and pictures with us. It was fun and by the time our afternoon came to an end we were all looking forward to the Kolkata Market the next day.

It was a bright Sunday afternoon on the terrace of Taj Bengal which was where the market was held. Wonderful arrangements and a great turnout. I reached mid-afternoon and the place was absolutely buzzing. My friend Ritika was kind enough to accompany me, she is a wonderful person and spoils me silly and it was absolutely lovely to spend some time with her that day. The first place we went to was Karen’s Pune Farmers Market where we bought some of her wonderful products. That’s always a good thing to do because they tend to get sold out rather fast.  We went on to have an absolutely lovely afternoon at The Farmers Market which was a runaway hit. Some of my favorite stalls were Karen Anands wonderful one. The Living Free stall had some lovely Cheese and yes I tasted and picked up some. Calcutta Stories had the dish of the day for me Pork Boti Kebab and a Roast Pork Bao that was delicious. The Churos from Bodega were sinfully good and the Berry Pulao at The Grid a treat. Hakuna Matata had an excellent Nolen Gur Cheesecake. Mumbles Lab , Cakes by Pooja and Souk were other stalls that had some very nice food on offer. Zomato and Easy Diner both had stalls there. Zomato had a Beer Drinking Competition which was a great success. But I was delighted and amazed at the quality of what the stalls had on offer and Ritika and I came back with a couple of bag fulls of stuff each rather happily. Met lots of friends and had a lovely time.An afternoon well spent and those of you who did not make it missed out on a lovely day out.

I am looking forward to the next Farmers Market already, Thankyou Karen for your graciousness and warmth and Anindiya for the lovely invitation that made it all happen.

DISCLAIMER : I was invited as a guest of Karen Anand and Taj Bengal for the Bloggers Table but I visited the Kolkata Market by Karen Anand in my personal capacity , the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

 

My Big Fat Belly

Passion is the word that I would most associate with Aakarshh and Adarsh Bhargava. I first met them at Streets of India at Swabhumi a few weeks back. I had heard a very positive buzz about My Big Fat Belly or BFB as they refer to it. I liked my interaction with them and I promised to visit soon. A few days later I was on Zomato and bookmarked them and I immediately got a call from them inviting me over. We fixed up for dinner a few days later and boy am I glad I did!
What followed was a feast fit for a carnivore like me…. Adarsh was waiting for us when we reached. I loved the décor, very edgy and yet very chilled. It’s a small cozy place. The ceiling made with old windows was lovely and the light fixtures all made with recycled industrial junk were charming. Some quirky artwork and solid rustic wooden tables with catchy foodie phrases on them made for a very chilled out vibe.


Aakarsh entered shortly after we reached even though he was quite unwell and I thought it was a very kind gesture to take the trouble to be there despite being indisposed. We all chatted and then the food rolled out. Our meal began with Sausages in Chef J’s Signature BFB Sauce. We opted for the Pork Sausages and with one bite I was delighted. These were not sausages out of a packet but lovingly made in house by BFB. They were tasty and had just the right texture and we were very happy with the dish. The BFB sauce was a great pairing and it enhanced but did not overpower the great flavor of the sausages. We were also served up with a lovely refreshing Iced Tea and a Watermelon Mojito (Virgin).
Next up we sampled the BFB Bruschetta Platter (Vegetarian) with three types of Bruschetta’s on offer – Italian Tomato with Parmesan Cheese , Shitake and Button Mushrooms with Truffle Oil and lastly Spinach ,Corn and Ricotta Cheese all of which were really good and rather filling. They were plated on a garden trowel which I thought was a great way to present the dish. A sample of their various house sauces and dips were also put out for us to taste and they were all good but I especially liked the Garlic Aioli, Strawberry Chilli and Thousand Island.


Then followed their Pizza which they call Bellizzaas and believe me they are bellissimo. We had one called The American and it was brilliant. Italian Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella Cheese Blend and Pork Pepperoni drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I loved that the ingredients were so well showcased. I am going back for dinner tonight with friends and I will most definitely be ordering it again.

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Then the burgers followed and that was what I was waiting for all evening. Regretfully there are very few places in the city that make a good one. The Ultimate Lamb Juicy Lucy with add-ons of Bacon and Sautéed Mushrooms was served and I fell in love! It was the best Burger I have had in Kolkata and I would tell all those who like their burgers to go and try this out as soon as possible. The patty was melt in your mouth delicious and I absolutely loved it. It was served with Onion Rings and French Fries and we polished it all off. Next up was another winner, The Big Bong Burger. A pulled lamb filling with kosha mangsho reduction, a fried egg and cheese sauce. I love burgers and I love kosha mangsho and this was an absolutely perfect jugalbandi of the two.

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By now all I wanted was to go home and dream happy food dreams but wait…. there was more … dessert was due. We were served up a Squidgy Brownie with Ice-cream which was lovely. The brownie was actually squidgy and not dry at all. Despite all our protests we polished it off rather quickly.

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It was a lovely evening filled with lots of great food made from fine ingredients and no compromises on quality. Conversation was about food, food and more food which suits me just fine. Chef Joseph Gomes was kind enough to show us around his small but spotless kitchen. A special shout to Chef J and his team for such a wonderful dinner. The Bhargava Brothers told me something that rang true about BFB, they said it was a small place with a big heart and that sums it up perfectly.

Picture Credits : Suneha Saha
DISCLAIMER : I was invited for dinner as a guest of The Management but the views expressed are entirely my own.
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Paranthe Wali Galli

When one of your dear friends happens to be a very talented Chef and you’re a foodie it’s always a happy situation to be in. Rahul Arora is as passionate about food as I am, has already gifted Kolkata with Bon Apetite the Café (Salt Lake and Hazra) and Café Pranah (Ballygunge) both of which I frequent and wholeheartedly endorse. Naturally when he told me he was starting Paranthe Wali Galli I was thrilled. Having grown up in North India I am totally seduced by a good paratha and with Rahul at the helm I knew I would not going to be disappointed.

Our foodie group the Kolkata Food Fanatics of which Rahul is an integral part was given the singular honor of being the first customers. Some of us had been given a sneak peek to the quirky bright restaurant and I was lucky to be one of them! The décor is quirky, kitschy and a whole lot of fun, just like Rahul himself! A special mention to the wall of framed photographs all shot by Rahul himself and the crazy funny sayings all over the walls conceptualized by Rahul again. The day of our scheduled dinner came and we all trooped in for what we knew would be a wonderful feast. So you have a cozy restaurant filled with twenty people who are your foodie family and the feast begins! Golgappe Bombs were served as soon as we were seated in two varieties Dahi Puchka and Nachos Bomb , both were very good but the Nachos Bomb was my pick , lovely flavors and you could not stop at eating one ! We were also offered two drinks each and over the evening I tasted the Gulabi Gulkand Lassi , Motichoor Lassi and Masala Thumbs up all of which were great. They also had a Hajmola Lemon Tea on offer which I did not sample but everyone who did seemed to enjoy.

Then the onslaught of Parathas began and we were blown away. We started with the Olive Jalapeno Paratha which was different and delicious, it has a nice hit of heat so those who like spicy food will enjoy this one. This was followed by Aloo Methi Paratha and Achari Paneer Paratha which were both really good and polished off in no time. Then came the showstopper, the Cheese Paratha filled with melted cheese which oozed out when you cut the paratha and left me in absolute bliss. If you like cheese as much as I do then please go eat this one very very soon! The Dhania Mirch Chicken Paratha followed which was really good. The interesting thing was that instead of the usual mince they used a shredded chicken and I liked the texture it gave the paratha.

These deadly parathas were served with curd and a fantastic pickle and onion combo that Rahul has created and goes fantastically with them. This was followed up by some delicious chicken wings served up in an old style tiffin box and some paneer skewers both of which were rather good. As you can imagine we were quite stuffed by now but the rice combos and dessert were still to be served. We were served up some herbed rice with helpings of Rajma, Kadhi, Chicken Curry and Egg Curry all of which were excellent and felt like they had been cooked in Grandma’s kitchen. My only complaint was that I had no space left to do justice to them.

We were almost rolling off the benches by now but what followed rocked our world! A sinful chocolate paratha filled with chocolate cake and chocolate sauce and then generously topped with white and milk chocolate chips and more chocolate sauce!!! Sighhhhh! Then followed the Paratha which surprised me the most …. Khoya Paratha topped with Condensed Milk! It was an absolutely wonderful jugalbandi and if I had not been so full I would have certainly done a happy dance (which I did in my head instead!)

What a wonderful evening we all had. Thankyou Rahul for taking so much care of us and getting such wonderful parathas to Kolkata. We ended our evening with wonderful mementos from Rahul, a very cute belan (rolling pin) keyring and some kala khatta lozenges to carry home.

There are over 40 varieties of Parathas and 15 different Lassi’s along with lots of other stuff so go ahead and eat your way through their menu. Thankfully they are available on Swiggy as well so I will both visit and order often. Its winter and the Parathas are calling out to me already.

Picture Credit : Suneha Saha


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