In a nutshell:
A small nice eatery, part of a larger Kolkata based chain that serves quite good Bengali food
Address & other details: Bijoli Grill
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Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:
We have eaten at different Bijoli grills in the past in kolkata & delhi & decided to pay a visit to the mumbai one.
The restaurant had 2 sections – an outdoor & an indoor. The guys dissuaded us from sitting outdoors as there were too many flies!!!!
The indoor seating was small & cozy.
Menu card had many items on it & was just a list without any description / pictures
Staff took care & heled us have a good meal
Food was good in general – with two of them being very average
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Fish Fry- it had a thick fleshy fish piece covered with a thin crispy crumb coating. The fish was marinated in ginger and green chillies and both made their presence felt. The fish was flaky and slightly juicy. The fish was good. Overall I have surely had better fish fry but this was very good on its own. Rate it 4/5.
Topshey fry was a fry of full fish ( with bones and head intact). This usually tastes excellent when fried with a thin coating of besan. However what they had done here was to have a thick puffed up coating outside that took away the joy of eating the fish. I wud say it tasted average. Rate it 2/5.
Parshey jhal was excellent. It was Parshey fish in mustard paste gravy. The gravy was thick and had a good punch. It had perfect seasoning.
The fish, unlike most other commercial places was not deep fried for long. That made it more home like and way more enjoyable. Very good quality of fish , super YUMM. Loved this dish and rate it 4.5/5
Patoler dolma was potol (a green vegetable) whose central part was cleaned and stuffed with prawns. Dolma is a bengali’s interpretation of an Armenian dish by the same name, only that the Armenians use other vegetables in place of potol. The filling in their case is also meats. Loved the way the dolmas were made. Rate it 4.25/5
Ilish paturi was ilish ( Hilsa) fish cooked inside a banana leaf. The fish itself was very good. It had acquired a smoky effect that wAs very enjoyable. The mustard paste in the wrap was just too good – flavours of fish and mustard had amalgamated very well. Rate it 4.75/5
Aam chutney was raw mango chutney sweet and sour. It was very good. Rate it 4.25/5
Patishapta was what we had for dessert – rice pancakes with a filling of scraped coconut ,Jaggery and mawa. It was reheated and served, resulting in it becoming a bit dry . It also made the pancake brittle. The ones made at people’s homes and served fresh r much better. Rate it 2.5/5
Overall rating average out to 3.75/5