Dilli 32, the Indian speciality restaurant at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel started with a Grand Trunk Culinary Journey last year – which started at Amritsar, cruised through Delhi, Varanasi and now is making it’s last stop at Kolkata, with the Kolkata Food Festival – starting from March 31st till April 16th.
Just as you will find the traditional meal of a Bengali household running into multi courses, starting from a teto (bitter), bhaja (fried), a number of vegetables, compulsarily meat and then ending with sweets, the Kolkata Food Festival brings a plethora of items from the cuisine to your plate. The best part about these festivals is the thorough research that Chef Ashwani and Chef Rohit do about the cuisine. A mini Kolkata is created, with a replica of the Howrah Bridge & stalls as you will find in Kolkata to create the right ambience. To complete the experience, there will be live performances and story telling sessions on the weekends.
Being the trade capital for a long time, Bengal saw it’s culture and cuisine influenced by various regions of the world. The Kolkata Food Festival has a menu which represents dishes from almost each influence. Choose from the 5 counters serving the starters – Cutlet/Chop/Bhaja, Moglai Porota, Kolkata Roll, Chat and Chai. We loved the Vegetable Chop, Mochar Cutlet & Aalo Chop – each briging out the taste you will find in Kolkata.
The buffet menu takes care of everything else that is not in the counters. Think about the likes of Bhetki Paturi, Kosha Mangsho, Murgi Jhol, Dhokar Daalna, Aloo Posto, Luchi, Korishutir Kochuri. Almost all dishes from the cuisine are on the elaborate menu and are served in rotation, albeit on different days. Most of the dishes manage to bring out the authenticity with efficiency.
Rightly called the Sweetest Part of India in a recent advertisement, there is probably no one who can’t associate sweets with Bengal. The Kolkata Food Festival has a dessert menu that will leave people wanting for more; sita bhog, payesh, pantua, sondesh, nolen gur rosogolla, langcha & mishti doi are just some of the names from the never ending list.
The last stop of the Grand Trunk Culinary Journey, the Kolkata Food Festival brings the best of Bengali cuisine to the people of Delhi. It is great opportunity to explore the intricacies of the cuisine which is otherwise obscure in this region.
The Leela Ambience Convetion Hotel
1532 all inclusive; Kids below 12, no charges.
March 31 – April 16
19:00 – 23:45
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