Kolkata – the Cultural Capital of India is a heaven for foodies and especially for people with a sweet tooth. Bengali sweets are famous and certainly needs no introduction however the spicy, tangy and absolutely mouth-watering dishes that Kolkata has to offer will leave you undecided on whether you like the spicy Bengali cuisine more or the melting flavors of the sweetmeats. Add to that the traditional Chinese and Tibetan food that are found here and you’re spoilt for choices. Bengal’s vast repertoire of fish-based dishes includes preparations, a favorite among Bengalis.
So when Chef Anirban Dasgupta initiated this idea of presenting Kolkata on the plate for people, it got succeeded with #PethPujoFest-The Kolkata Food Festival running at The Cafe, Hyatt Regency. He put his emphasis not only on the traditional, bengali classics but also the fact that Kolkata has been known for its outrage and out of the mill celeberation over religious and ethnological tolerance. The culture has always been important for local favorites and same thing has been taken care of through all these years. The cuisines are rich in specialized spices and flavors giving unique tastes hence given a lovely touch via this fest to promote kolkata and its culture.
Set up in a buffet style, the spread includes diverse food range with host of variations from Street style foods to lovely delicious desserts. BAOs and DIMSUMs were definitely shining bright that evening for The China Town. The huge spread of Bengali Food was simply overwhelming. The fest asserts to indulge in exciting culinary fiesta by offering wide variety of food from the City Of Joy !
#StopOne – PUCHKA and JHALMURI stall. I just love to eat gol-gappe in a streak. During all these years of my tenure at Maharashtra has clearly stated one thing that I cant get a taste similar of kolkata or bihar here. Somehow I was expecting a little bonus for me through this fest. The package here includes the papri chat, dum aloo phuchkas, and dahi phuchkas Combined with tangy masalas, spiced, tamarind pulp water (tetul gola), mashed potato and broken papris. Flavour all the way. Churmur should have been also made available.
The Jhalmuri comprised of the honest-to-God, awesome union of puffed rice, peanuts, savory chanachur, lemon juice and onion and pungent mustard oil. Well, all the differences between a bhel and a jhalmuri can be kept aside when we mention Mustard oil. This has to be there in jhalmudi and trust me, it’s damn amazing. They have really done a good job here. A full score of 10/10.
#StopTwo – Momos here were served with a piping hot soup and the perfect sauce for accompaniments – the very definition of comfort food!
#StopThree – Telebhaja (deep fried in oil). Well, it was loved by almost all of my blogger friends. A lovely mix of seasonal veggies that were deep fried with minimum bare spices. Potatoes(aalu), Eggplant(begun), pointed gourd (patol), bitter gourd (korola) and okra (dhyarosh) were also available as an option.
#StopFour – Luchi and Alu Dom was one of the lovely pairs I was in waiting to try. If you’re in Kolkata, your Kolkata Street Food experience will be incomplete if you don’t have luchi and alu dom! Also were available some lovely alu chops.
#StopFive – Gheet Bhaat (Rice with Butter) with the likes of Musur Daal, Chanar Dalna (going perfect with authentic flavours of Bengal) and giving some company were chutneys like the plastic chutney (raw papaya chutney), kuler achar, the sweet tomato chutney with dates and the Kacha amer chutney (raw mango chutney). Superb no? So what are you waiting for, just pay The Cafe a visit within next 10 days before the fest ends!
#StopSix – Malai Chingri and Doi Maach were absolutely spot on. It been quite a while since I have been engaged in such a daunting task of fishing out those perky small bones from a fish dish. But nonetheless, worth the effort. There were few more main-course in non-veg varieties like Kosha Mangsho, and Chicken Chaap for the Nawabi.
#StopSeven – The dessert section was the most awaited one. I even started the evening with dessert section only during my visit. From the likes of Kolkata famous dripping Roshogolla, Nolen Gurer (date palm jaggery) Icecream, Mishti Doi, to mouthfuls of Cham Cham, Milk cake, and Lengcha were also available.
There were tiny pots of deliciously thick Mishti Doi and Roshogullas. The dessert section was a bit let down somehow as the taste and texture were kind of compromised and definitely not matching the standard of the fest.
Charges – Rs. 1050++ (Lunch) and Rs. 1299++(dinner).
Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event.This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source, however, I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency. All photos are clicked by my iPhone 6+.
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