Esplanade – A Restaurant Review
Service: timely, polite
Vegetarian Specialty: Bati chorchori (my choice)
Non-vegetarian specialty: Rohu in mustard sauce (my choice)
Wallet factor: Rs.700 for two
Location:1st Floor, Building No. 1135, HAL 2nd Stage, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, 560038
Landmark: Near Foodworld
As soon as we were seated comfortably, we were presented with menu card and life seemed heavenly as my eyes rolled up and down the items. I chose the non-veg option which is known as amish in Bengali language. There was an equally tempting veg ‘niraamish’ option. As I settled down I noticed the owner of the place had put up framed b&w pics of old Kolkata. Hmm… perfect ambiance and setting! We were then served with cool aam panna, a welcome drink, so perfect for summers!
Soon we were served with items; one kept following the other until I felt I was surrounded by an army of bowls. After the starters which were mainly frys ‘bhajas’ I attacked the veg servings. The mixed veg curry ‘bati chorchori’ needs a special mention; juciliscious chunks of vegetable sautéed perfectly with the right ingredients. Though Bengalis are strictly non-vegetarians, a couple of veg dishes are compulsory part of the cuisine. Lentils ‘dal’ was again of the right consistency. Now my favorite: rohu fish in mustard sauce, I was glad I still had space in my tummy to fill. For non-veg course the combination can be fish and chicken curry or fish and mutton. People with good appetite go for both. I loved both fish and mutton yet I preferred the fish preparation more.
That done, there was sweet ‘mishti‘ chutney made of raw mango, signaling the grand finale of the meal. In Bengali cuisine, the sweet dish course is of two parts; the first one is sour-sweet, usually made from raw mangoes, pineapples or tomatoes. The final dessert is sweet. We were served with mishti doi and maal pua.
Presentation was done in earthenware. In my opinion the owner can replace earthenware with may be terracotta dishes. Earthenware dishes are not fired to point of vitrification therefore they are slightly porous and tend to absorb water. If food items are left for longer duration in earthenware bowls, the gravy feel of the food item disappears, rather gets soaked. But for this factor it was one of the most enjoyable satiating experiences I had in the recent times.
For the names of the Bengali dishes in italics check this Bengali Food Lexicon.