If you are a Bengali in the city craving for the flavours of Kolkata and authentic Bong food, then Oh! Calcutta is your safe bet. The restaurant, which has now grown in leaps and bounds through its chains across geographies, is a name to bank on for Bengali cuisine. There is also an expansive À la carte menu for those who want to savour specific, hard-to-find-or-make dishes like the 'Dhokar Dalna', 'Mochar Ghonto' or 'Mustard-steamed Hilsa Fish'. The restaurant also hosts some must-eat-at food fests, specifically during Bengali festival seasons, which offer speciality dishes.
Bengali cuisine has always enjoyed a certain fame due to its fabulous array of sweet dishes, for one thing, and succulent seafood fare for another. The cuisine has many fans in Bengaluru, especially the Bengali expats calling the city their home. Whenever they have the urge to feast on their homeland fare they make way for the one place where Bengali food is served at its best. Over the years ‘Oh! Calcutta’ has emerged as a strong contender for regional Bengali fare all over the nation and is responsible for familiarizing the cuisine to every average foodie. For traditional Bengali food Bengaluru doesn’t look anywhere else for this is one place that guarantees authentic pure Bengali food, prepared exactly in the same way as in Bengali households. An outlet of it is located on Church Street, Bengaluru.
When dining at Oh! Calcutta be prepared to meet serious seafood spread as that is the backbone of Bengali cuisine. Succulent fish fillet marinated in mustard and steamed in a banana leaf is a dish held dear by every Bengali. Called ‘fish paturi’, it is a must have Bengali delicacy. They even do mouth-watering buffets and food festivals to draw patrons in. Start digging into the spread with the help of a nice drink from their bar menu. Then begin with, banana flower croquettes, smoked hilsa, fried fish, steamed creamed cottage cheese with mango mustard, prawn cutlet, pan grilled chicken with aromatic herbs, steamed bekti with ‘king of lime’, cottage cheese & green peas croquettes and steamed crabmeat & shrimps. Pair a luchi or gobindobhoger bhaat with the curries such as, prawns cooked in coconut cream, fish in spiced yoghurt gravy, bekti maacher paturi, butter fish curry and pot roasted mutton.
As far as desserts Bengal is unbeatable. Some of their iconic desserts find a place on the menu like, rossogolla, brownie with ice cream, nolen gurer ice cream, mishti doi, baked rosogolla, payesh, bhapa sondesh and malpua. Oh! Calcutta is in every way an ideal reflection of subtle elegance of the city. Its décor is in tones of dark wood and ivory with some black & white photographs of Kolkata mounted on the wall. The interiors are tasteful, appealing and quietly elegant. The best part is Oh! Calcutta is not too expensive either.
Oh! Calcutta is a haven for food lovers. Get your Bengali curry fix here and indulge in the amazingly delicious world of Bengali cuisine. This outlet is Bengaluru’s only claim to Bengali food so it’s both popular and trendy. This is the place you come to when you crave for some fish paturi or baigun bhaja or mishit doi. Their weekends buffet are the biggest draw for local community as they pour in to get together over their favourite Bengali food. Bring your date to Oh! Calcutta on Special Occasion for an experimental trip to Bengal. Moreover, it doesn’t cost too much.
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