Delhi is the place to be if you are a Bengali and once a while would like to get back to your roots. We Bengalis are big foodies; our life is almost decided by what we are going to eat for our meals. My mom used to ask me, when I used to be back from a friend’s wedding, with a ‘Ki kheli’ (What did you eat?) question, as regularly as a clockwork.
When it was my turn to get married, days went in planning a menu, not only for the reception party, but for a whole lot of days before and after. We, Bengalis, are like that, pretty dedicated foodies.
So for people like us, visits to restaurants serving Bengali food in Delhi serve twin purposes, that of relishing the Bengali delicacies and reliving our childhood taste memories through some of the food items we have forgotten to cook now.
A Sunday buffet at Oh Calcutta restaurant in Delhi’s Nehru Place is one such gastronomical delight. At INR699 plus taxes per person, it is expensive, no doubt. But the food is absolutely mouth watering.
I started the meal with a beer and some delightful corn pakoras, and Anglo-Indian Grilled Fish and some salad.
The main course included Bengali delicacies like Chholar Dal, Shukto, Aloo Posto, Murshibadi Chhanar Torkari, and Dhokar Dalna, served with Steamed Rice, and hot Luchi. There is something about Posto (Khus Khus), which is quintessentially Bengali, cooked to perfection with potato, that always makes me think of home.
The next items were Lau Chingri, and Kossa Mangsho, again eaten with rice and Luchi respectively.
And the choice of desserts included Bhapa Doi, Lichu Mousse, Natun Gurer Payesh, and Malpuas.
There’s one thing which my daughter insists on having every time, and it is not part of the buffet, so we ordered separately, it’s Nalen Gurer Icecream.
I will always rate this place a 4/5, only thing keeping me from giving a 5/5 rating is the steep price, which is sure to dent your account a little. Happy eating, people.