Time for some serious food hogging! Luchi, Shukto, Kasha Mangsha, Chops, Rosgolla, Mishti Doi and much more as it’s Durga Pujo time; a celebration of victory over evil. While making plans to visit Pandals and other community celebrations, I got an invite for the preview of ‘The Calcutta Connection’ from DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Bengaluru. The team from Hilton has abstracted the essence of East India’s popular festival to celebrate this Pujo with their upcoming 4 days celebrations starting from 27th Sep to 30th Sep 2017. Since it was a special dinner with the Hilton team and renowned food aficionados, I happened to hear more about this festival which added a bit more of an excitement to my festive spirit. I was literally transported to the streets of Calcutta (Kolkata) with alluring aromas of Bengali street food hitting my nose.
The Pujo special celebrations at Asia Alive - DoubleTree Suites by Hilton will have -
Day 1 – RajBarir Ranna (Saptami Special)
Inspired by the Rajbaris of Bengal, Asia Alive restaurant has created a wonderful menu with traditional family recipes which include Niramish (Veg) and Amish (Non-veg) dishes.
Day 2 – Bagbazar Ba Maddox? (Ashtami Special)
North and South Kolkata face off with a variety of favorites from the famous cafes and snack joints ensuring a one of a kind experience for the food lovers.
Day 3 – Calcutta -700016 (Nabami Special)
Kolkata’s Park Street is famous for its street food and if you want to experience a bit of the same then head to Asia Alive during this Pujo time.
Day 4 – Experience Opar Bangla (Dashami Special)
Experience a culinary reminiscent of a bygone era and of a land that once stood proudly as the eastern part of undivided Bengal.
My evening started with a peep into Calcutta’s street food like Phuchka, Shingara, Ghugni, Nimkeen and few other snacks.
Most part of India, people celebrate Puja with a vegetarian feast. But Bengalis can’t avoid their non-vegetarian spread when the occasion is very special. For the main course - Bengali Thala, we had a variety of dishes and to name few I love the Shukto, Cholar Dal, Mitro Café Mangsher Chop (Tele Bhaja/Cutlet with minced meat and mashed potato filling), Luchi, Chaka Aloo Bhaja, Fish Orly, Ucche Bhaja, Peter Cat (a popular food joint in Kolkata) Chelo Kabab, Shiraz Mutton Biryani, Golborir Kosha Mangsho with Mishti Pulao, and Maccher Paturi <3
While the debate on Rosgolla’s origin happens very often, I don’t care much about the history as long as I get a foodgasm from my favorite Bengali desserts. This time the Chef just surprised us with his creative take on Kolkata’s favorite tea and sutta (smoke) inspired dessert – an amazing Darjeeling Tea Panna Cotta with Goldflake smoke. While smokers enjoyed their share of dessert, my favorite was the Bhapa Mishti Doi with Apricot and Rosemary Compote. A perfect end to the perfect meal was with a Kolkatta Meetha Cheesy Paan.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Bengali Thala experience and this Pujo, people who would like to spend time with their families and friends must visit Asia Alive for this feast. The Calcutta Connection Buffet is available for lunch (12.30 – 3.30 PM) and dinner (07.00 – 11.30 PM) and it’s priced at ₹999/- (inclusive of taxes). For Children below age 6 dine for free and children between 6-12 years dine at half the price when accompanied by parents. I’m sure this home away from home experience, could be the best Pujo for people who love Bengali cuisine.
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