By Guest blogger – Kamalika Basu, Chief Culinary artist at camelia.artisanal Instagram – camelia.artisanal Facebook – camelia.artisanal Camellia.artisanal is a small home based food company that delivers home-made norom pak sondesh & few other Bengali sweets to all over Delhi NCR & also organizes old fashioned sit down Bengali Sunday lunches at gurugram 2-3 times a month. The Overview In a nutshell, Bengal has a … Continue reading The nuances of Bengali food
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In a NUtshell A 180 year old sweet shop that still makes fabulous sweets using traditional method, unlike many other famous sweet makers who have got in mechanisation to bengali sweet making. Result – the sweets are still as rustic & real as they used to be – most people can surely make out the difference in a blind test. Address & other details: Satish … Continue reading Satish chandra das (Bandha Battala Vivekanada More, Fathepur 1st Lane; Garden Reach, Besides Hari Sabha Ln, Kolkata)
This is a review of a pop up ‘Firinghee thala’ by food historian & culinary artist Pritha sen, at Ekdalia rd restaurant by Surojit rout, a Finance professional who worked as Solution Architect in Global IT firm who left his job in America to open this restaurant in kolkata In a NUtshell: A pop up that laid out dishes that showcase (with huge success), global … Continue reading Ekdalia Rd (4/2 Ekdalia Road , kolkata)
This is a part of series on decades old pice hotels of kolkata where almost nothing has changed over time and they still serve freshly made food from catch of the day and serve at dirt cheap prices. In a NUtshell: A 62 year old pice hotel that serves daily Bengali food to officegoers, has a facade that might remind you of a haunted … Continue reading Jagannath bhojanalaya ( beside times of india building, SN Banerjee road, kolkata)
This is a part of the series of eating out at pice hotels in kolkata ( decades old, sometimes century old eateries that still serve authentic Bengali food). This post was written in 2017 Adding an update in 2022. Scroll down to read the Original post- We were pleasantly surprised to see the interiors re-done. there is still an option to sit on the floor … Continue reading Jaganmata bhojanalaya (Kailash Bose street, near Vivekananda road and bidhan sarani crossing, kolkata)
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. Address & other details: Big Bongg Theory Meal for 2: Rs 500 onwards. Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ … Continue reading Big Bongg theory (122, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi)
In a nutshell:
Spartan interiors, fast service, tasty long lost Bengali food & easy on the pocket.
Address & other details: Radhuni
Meal for 2: Rs. 100 onwards
Cuisine type: Vegetarian & non vegetarian
Bengali food is usually associated with fish, meats & everything non vegetarian. However there r some extraordinary vegetarian food items made from leaves, stems, flowers, roots etc that cost minimal but taste YUMM e.g. Mocha (banana flower), thor (the pith of the banana stem), oal (root), bok Phool (flower), kumro Phool (pumpkin flower), kochu pata (leaf), kochu (root), lau shak (leaf) etc. These have unique tastes & flavours and most of these r different from the mainstream usually available Indian vegetarian food.
Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:
Unfortunately, availability of most of the items mentioned above have limited availability nowadays in bigger city markets of Kolkata. Some of these dishes r difficult to make & the rest r painstaking to make / need lot of patience. A visit to Radhuni can however bridge this gap – u can enjoy the excellent taste traditional Bengali vegetarian gems without having to sweat it out to make these. Some of the ‘vegetarian’ dishes contain shrimps etc.
Radhuni also has a long list of Bengali nonvegetarian dishes that r good but not outstanding. However, if u r visiting Kolkata / planning to eat out local cuisine, it cannot get better than this at that price.
The service is fast. The people here r nice – they r not typical trained Restaurant Server types. They r normal human beings who respond well to good behaviour from customers.
The interiors r Spartan – a lot like South Indian Udipi Restaurants.
Prices r unbelievably low (by Delhi / Mumbai standards).
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