Authentic Flavours of Kolkata at The Leela Ambience Hotel

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If you are in love with the appetizing food of Kolkata,this one's not to be missed. Head straight to the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel which is currently hosting an exclusive Bengali Food Festival. Wedding Fables was invited to an exclusive preview.

By POONAM THAPA

Those who have attended Bengali weddings will laud the elaborate and exclusive cuisine of the eastern region of the subcontinent. With so many dishes and varieties,it is perfect for celebrations and a food festival seems so apt! Chef de cuisine Ashwani Kumar Singh has made exemplary efforts in curating the entire culinary expereince, travelling to the bylanes of Kolkata, unearthing hidden culinary gems to offer authentic flavours of the state with a glimpse to its culture.The festival is actually the last leg of the Grand Trunk Culinary Journey that the hotel has designed, starting from Amritsar, to Delhi, Banaras and stopping at Kolkata to celebrate the delectable cuisine.

A typical Bengali meal follows a mutli-course tradition where food is served in a specific format. And that is what you can truly experience here amidst an open air setting. A model of Howrah Bridge, typical tea stalls and trams replicate the Kolkota ambience as mellifluous Bangali music transports you to the City of Joy.

We were invited for a preview during the day but it is a dinner only festival. The buffet menu begins with starters that are popular street food. The all-famous bhajas, chops, cutlets, Kolkata rolls, puchkas and the works will straightway entice your taste buds. As the dishes started rolling in one by one on to our table, we were in for a delectable feast. It was the Gondhoraj ghol, sweet and sour drink made of curd with distinct aroma of the Gondhoraj (large green lime) and the jhalmuri spiked with the pungent taste of mustard oil that immediately whiffed us into Bengal.

There is no doubt that a Bengali meal is a delight for non vegetarians but  there are plenty of options for  vegetarians too. I tried the mochar cultet , dhokar dalna and aloo chop along with the cholar dal and lucchi which was superb.

The Bangala Ranna or the mains included  lip-smacking varieties .You will find more that 10 dishes of Maach (fish) and even more of Tarkari (vegetabes) . I tried the sukto and aloo postho, both of which are my favourites. The Kosha mangsho (mutton curry) as all agreed, was the star. The mutton champ and the Kolkata Biryani in the Dastarkhwan (mains) were delightful, being luscious and flavourful. With over 75 varieties on the menu, one has to go repeatedly to be able to sample them all.

The sweet meats need no introduction as Benagli sweets are popular across the country .So it was all there from Sita bhog, to maal pua to chom chom and what not. I had my fill of mishti doi and sondesh before tucking in a giloru of fresh paan. Weekends will have live music by award winning singer Rini Mukherjee and also exclusive story telling sessions. The food festival is on till the 16th of this month. My stron advise is, don’t miss out on this.

 

Price: Rs 1523/-per person

Time: 7 pm Onwards

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