Bengali Food FestivalThe province of Bengal is where the food festival is inspired from and what best than to have a meal cooked traditionally at a Bengali food. The region has a rich history and is comprising of foodies who love their food (Sweet water fish, Desserts you name them) and unlike many parts in India they offer the non veg items to their deities too. A region from Assam in the east to Bihar, Jharkhand in the west and hilly bhutan to its north and orissa to south with bay of bengal covering the 80% south comprised of Bengal (Pre partion) the food was influenced by the natural setting of rivers, bay of bengal and neighboring states too. The current menu is from West Bengal (West of Modern day Bangaldesh) a state which has a mix of food which can be subtle (And fiery too!!). This is something I haven't had as entire meal was something I was looking forward too.
|Vessel full of Grains - A good Sign!|
|Fresh Water Fish Counter - Bengali Love it|
|Rolls Kolkata Style|
There is live Chaat counter (Yes girls you heard it right live chaat right from amhar Kolkata ) and a roll counter, fried stuff (good stuff) counters. The servers do serve you all the items just in case you are tired at your table. But then knowing me I can't sit on just one place while in a food festival (I get full if I sit for a long time and sleepy too) I first gave a visual treat to my eyes right from the desserts (Guilty me) first with the fish counter (Rohu, prawns on display) to the chaat counter.
|Puchkas = Bengali Version of Pani Puri|
|Assorted Starters - Veg to non veg from Left to right|
Kolkata Style Rolls
We were served Jhaal Muri (Bhel puri with mustard oil something which a very few may like as mustard isn't everyone's taste)
|Veg Thali with all its glory|
|Non Veg Thali in its Bengali Glory!!|
The yellow lentil cholar dal was something close to us Marathi ppl (varan). I guess Kolkata and Mumbai have a lot common in food due to being costal megacities. We were served all of this and even more in the Thali (Mega Bengali Thali as I called it) other items served were aloo dom (Dum aloo bengali style with mustard oil), dhokar dalna (Lentil Kofta in gravy is a yummy dish) and a refreshing Masti Pulao which complimented the mustard induced flavours of the menu items with its subtle dry fruit flavoured rice, koraisutir kachuri aka Luchi filled with Peas (Aka Peas stuffed Puri) is something i hadn't tried before well very well with the meal served. The three pickles / chutneys i talked about earlier were also served tomatoes chutney made up of tomato date and shelf life of a month was yummy tangy sweet one. This one plastic chutney raw papaya one is called plastic due to its appearance but its taste was something you wouldn't want to miss. Amber chutney the raw mango chutney (pieces of raw mango) with spices in it (Panch foran or the five spice powder (a mixture of cumin, fennel, fenugreek, kalonji, and black mustard seeds)as commonly used in Bengal..I gotta get my hands on the spice mix soon) was lovely addition to the thali.
|Chutney - Bengali Style|
How could I go for a Bengali food fest and not eat desserts. The array if desserts served couldn't be missed (after the heavy meal which made me motionless for a while till I gathered myself up for the desserts). Mishti doi (Dahi flavoured with jaggery dates and whey drained out if it) is lovely healthy dessert one needs after a heavy meal ( I wasn't missing it for sure). Mango Sandesh and Parval Sandesh (is something Joy u have to try to believe it..recommend it). Rasmalai was as lovely as it gets in Kolkata's kc Das.
|My Dessert Dish - Iam Sorted!|
|Chef who created the Magic!|
Type of Meal: Dinner (Either Buffet or Sit Down..Your choice)
Location: Courtyard by Marrriot Chakala, Mumbai ( https://www.google.co.in/maps?rlz=1C1CHBD_enIN729IN730&q=courtyard+marriott+chakala+mumbai&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjsqbP56MzUAhXEQY8KHd5FBCEQ_AUICigB)
Period: Till 24 June 2017.
Price: Priced at 1880/- per head + Taxes
My Recommendation: If you want to try bengali food you can visit the place.