The Café at Hyatt Regency is running a Kolkata Food Festival called ‘Peth Pujo – The Bengali Way.’
Headed by Chef Anirban Dasgupta who himself hails from Kolkata, has done a brilliant job in trying to recreate the magic of Kolkata at The Café.
Kolkata is famous for its street food which is a mix of various cuisines due to the vast spread of immigrants. You can find a puchka counter, jhal muri, rolls and noodles right at the entrance and that too in a typical street joint.
The food at the Kolkata Food Festival is clubbed in the buffet at The Café with the continental and Asian cuisine. So we started off with the fritters which are more popularly known as bhajjas. We had a variety of them including potato, bitter gourd, okra, pointed gourd and eggplant. The individual flavour of each of them shone out brightly.
Moving on to the mains, we had the Kosha Mangsho which has chunks of goat meat cooked in an onion-ginger-garlic gravy with tomatoes and mustard oil. We paired that up with some Luchi which is a deep fried flat bread made using wheat flour and is particular to Bengali, Assamese, Maithili and Oriya cuisine.
Amongst the vegetarian mains, there was Aloo Dum, Chanar Dalna – a paneer preparation in a very subtly spiced gravy, Musur Dal, Kodai Suti Pulao and Ghee Bhaat.
The Chicken Chaap, Doi Maach and the Chingri Macher Malai Curry made up the non-vegetarian mains. The Chicken Chaap had the touch of Nawabi preparation and tasted brilliant.
The dessert section just screamed, ‘Bong Alert!’ Rasgulla, Mishti Doi, Cham Cham, Lengcha and Gulab Jamun just satisfied our cravings and made it a complete experience.
The festival runs until the 30th April and is priced at 1050++ for lunch and 1299++ for dinner. A big shout out to Ankoura Verma and Chef Anirban Dasgupta for having The BTeam over.
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.
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