Big Bongg theory (122, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi)


In a nutshell:

A super tiny 9 seater restaurant that serves outstanding bengali ‘home food’ , at times with a twist. This was the closest to home cooked food among all my bengali food eat outs that I can remember.

Big bongg theory
Big bongg theory

Address & other details:  Big Bongg Theory

Meal for 2: Rs 500 onwards.

Cuisine type :  vegetarian & non vegetarian

Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured / sponsored reviews. YUMMRAJ believes in going to a restaurant in anonymity, as a normal guest, experience everything & give a honest account of the same to you.

bill - proof of payment
bill – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short description – in case ur in a hurry:

As I mentioned in my earlier reviews on Bengali food, there is two broad types – Small quantities of food cooked at homes vs. large quantities of food cooked by professional cooks (thakurs). Most good bengali food restaurants serve food that is close to what the thakurs make.

Food at Big Bongg Theory was more like excellent home cooked food. Most of the food was subtle, not on the face, delicate, yet YUMM to the core & full of flavors. While some were exactly how the original recipe is, some others had interesting twists to the original.

Big Bongg Theory restaurant is actually a shop in Shahpur Jat, split into two parts – one for the see thru kitchen & the other being the Dining Room. I don’t know how the dining area originally was, but the use of wood & glass doors makes that small room get a lot of natural light & gives it a bigger feel.

The Dining room
The Dining room

The Dining room had some interesting photographs on the wall.

There was a small cupboard with some books kept on top of them.

The Dining room
The Dining room

The Owner came in a few times to speak to guests, discuss order and we cud also see her actively involved in the kitchen. Not just giving directions, but doing things on her own. Hats off. That’s amazing passion….

The furniture was heavy wooden furniture.

Menu card was outstanding. They looked like old post cards. Each postcard had a particular section – like starter veg, starter non veg, main course veg etc etc.

Menu card
Menu card

Loved reading the one liners at the bottom  of the postcard.

one liners / few liners
one liners / few liners

Service was by only one person. She made us feel at home and helped us take decision on menu as well.

one liners
loved this one liner

Food was thoroughly enjoyable. Loved it.

Detailed description – in case u have the time to NJOY reading:

We started lunch with Chalkumro bora. It was totally unexpected. Buttery feel in terms of texture but watery and Juicy.

Chalkumro bora
Chalkumro bora

Thin layer of mustard in the middle. Crispy on the outside. The outer layer was more like a tempura. Rate it 4.5/5

Chalkumro bora
Chalkumro bora

Kumro o dhonepata bora was another unique creation. Unlike most leaf bora s ( vada / pakora), this one did not have the leaf randomly mixed to the batter. Here the leaves were single layer, flat and covered with a crisp translucent layer. The lines of the leaf cud b clearly seen , with the kind of transparency.

Kumro o dhonepata bora
Kumro o dhonepata bora

The bora was crisp, had perfect seasoning and retained the full taste and Flavor of the leaf ( pumpkin leaf).

Kumro o dhonepata bora
Kumro o dhonepata bora

Rate it 4.5/5 again.

The third dish we tried was Phish fry. No it’s not some unknown thing but a fish fry, written that way to mimic the Bengali pronounciation. This fish fry was different than all Anglo Bengal originated fish fries I have ever had.

Phish fry
Phish fry

This did not have the usual crumb fried dark brown outer layer. It rather had a thin, light brown, crisp outer layer that accentuated the taste and flavor of the fish.

inside Phish fry
inside Phish fry

The fish was layery, soft and juicy. Loved it.

Phish fry
Phish fry

Rate it 4.5/5 again.

Aamada shorbot was nice. It had flavours of Aam aada ( a kind of ginger that has flavours of mango). The shorbot had very tiny pieces of aamada floating in it as well. Quite refreshing I must say. Rate it 3/5.

Aamada shorbot
Aamada shorbot

We also ordered Mint shorbot – this was probably the only item that I did not get. I don’t know if the proportions went bad but it ended up tasting like electral water that is had as an ORS.

 Mint shorbot
Mint shorbot

The drink had a punch though, what is called ‘jhhaj’ in Bangla.

I rate this dish 1/5

For main course we started with niramish torkari (means mix veg curry). The translation actually made the dish 10 times less attractive than what it actually was, due to the sheer bastardization of dishes by that name in delhi.

It takes a genius to make humble aloo, pumpkin and gourds into a curry as good as this. Super simple, no obvious ‘on the face’ masalas. Each veggie retained its uniqueness of taste, flavor &  texture. Unthinkable, unbelievable, simply awesome. Rate it 4.75/5.

This is not recommended for those who like only strong flavors & taste.

We then moved on to Boal maacher jhol – gravy of boal fish. Boal is s fish with the Middle bone only and that makes it easy for all to have. The fish was excellent in itself and so was the preparation.  The fish was YUMM and full of fish fat that added to the yummness.

Boal maacher jhol
Boal maacher jhol

The gravy was somewhat hot, the spices made their presence felt but still the gravy managed to be not ‘on the face’. It was just wow. Rate it 4.75/5

Boal maacher jhol
Boal maacher jhol

We also tried Mangsho. Gravy of slow cooked mutton. There was a tinge of sweetness, the gravy was thick and somewhat hot. Since meat and gravy was slow cooked together, the flavours of meat entered the gravy and flavours of spices entered the meat.

 Mangsho
Mangsho

The meat was super soft and really YUMM.

 Mangsho
Mangsho

Loved it and rate it 4.5/5

We tried musur Dal. Just as simple and good as it is at any bengali household. Not sure people used to spicy & thick kaali daal etc  wud appreciate this subtle daal in the first go. Rate it 4.25/5

musur Dal
musur Dal

We ordered Jhuri aloo bhaja with the daal – deep fried potato matchsticks. They were super crisp, perfectly salted and just too good. Rate them 4.5/5 as well.

Jhuri aloo bhaja
Jhuri aloo bhaja

For dessert we had Mishti doi. We asked if it was made there or it was bought from outside. We were told it is made there. It tasted more like the good thick mishti doi that shops sell. This was unlike the ‘made at home’ feel which every other item had.

Mishti doi
Mishti doi

Rate this 4/5

Overall rating of food & beverages at big bongg theory averages out to 4.1/5

this is how the bill came
this is how the bill came

Overall rating of just food averages out to 4.5/5

I wud surely go here again to try other food items. Wud look forward to revisiting.

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5 comments

  1. My compliments on the excellent reviews you put up in today’s world of so called ‘bloggers’ and self styled reviewers. I follow your reviews and also referred to them when I visited Kolkata recently. Please keep it up. Appreciate your paying for the food and going incognito. Hats off. And yes ‘The Big Bongg Theory’ now on my must visit list.

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