Le Jardin’s new food festival takes the focus to Bengali classic and street food
Beginning today, Kolkata Calling is a vibrant food festival being hosted at Le Jardin, the all-day, multi-cuisine restaurant at The Oberoi. On till July 30, chef Gopal Paul from The Oberoi Grand in Kolkata will be leading this promotion with the promise of Bengali delicacies that will evoke memories and also create some new ones.
The Oberoi believes in going the whole nine yards with its promotions. The ambiance of Le Jardin will bring the old world charm of Bengal, through its art and handicrafts, into the restaurant. This old city’s cultural tapestry is subtly woven into the table appointments you see, the embellishments at the buffet counters and the strains of music that you hear.
A rotational menu for the duration of the festival, this is where you want to go if you are looking for the classic Sorshe Illish (Hilsa in Mustard Gravy), Beguni (Batter fried aubergine), Kosha Mangsho (Mutton Curry) or the Mughal influenced Mutton Rezala. Your search for these classics will meet a delicious end at this buffet table.
While the classics find a prominent spot on the buffet menu planned out for each day, there is a range of treats that you can indulge in. The Prawn Kobiraji is a rendition of the fish version which is coated with egg and bread crumbs and fried for that hot and crisp beginning to your meal. Taking this egg and batter base a step forward is the Deemer Devilled Eggs where hard boiled eggs are stuffed with a spiced potato, chilli, yolk mash, batter-coated and fried. Dig into a plate of the Mochar Chop, a banana blossom croquette that is a street food specialty across the state.
Main course has the Pabda Jhal, a catfish preparation that gets its flavour from Kalonji seeds and Chingri Narkel, a coconut and poppy seed prawn preparation. Vegetarians have ample choice with the zing-filled Jhinge Poshto, a gourd preparation; the Shukto,a Bengali vegetarian dish akin to the Kerala Avial; and Dhokar Dalna, chana dal koftas simmered in a typical Bengali style gravy. If there are a few things that Bengaluru always lusts for, it is a good plate of Gobindo Bhog rice and Kolkata style biryani and this buffet is not going to disappoint on both counts.
The accompaniments take the form of various chutnies like Aam Shokto (dried sweet Mango papad with tamarind) and khejur-kismis (date and raisin).
End your meal on a sweet note with some desserts that Bengal is famous for. The Rosogolla, Mishti Doi, Sandesh, Langcha and Kalakaand are just some of what will be on offer. This promotion is available for the lunch and dinner buffets from today till the July 30, except for lunch on the July 24.
Rs 1,575 ++ upwards for two. At Le Jardin, MG Road. Details: 25585858
—Ruth Dsouza Prabhu