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Winter is a small window of good weather in Kolkata and it is during that time when the markets look greener with fresh winter produce. It has been some time that across the world, chefs are emphasizing on the importance of local produce, which in turn will help in the sustainability of the ecosystem. What are the ruling vegetables in winter? Almost all fresh vegetables and this is a good time also for restaurants to decorate the plates with fresh winter harvest. It is not only vegetables but there are also several roasts, grills and sizzlers, which one can order during this season. Here is a selection of some of the winter special dishes that you can enjoy this chill in Kolkata.
Winter eat out and winter eating is incomplete without some sizzlers, is not it? The sizzling smoking tray placed on the table and smoke all around you, green cabbage leaves, half chargrilled at the base is the perfect one to offer some warmth all around. Ekdalia Rd has introduced 6 Sizzlers, especially for this winter.
Whole Baby Chicken Roast
There is a Veg Sizzler, Grilled Jumbo Lobster Sizzler, Whole Baby Chicken Roast and some more but our take will be the special Pork Sizzler. It comes with Caramelized Onions, Roasted Baby Potatoes a sunny side up, some Bacon and a huge portion of Spaghetti Aglio Olio. There is a Pork Chop too with this along with a meat layer of more than 3 inches.
Cost: INR 799
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How about a new take on the quintessential Bengali Mangshor Jhol or Luchi Mangsho?
Mangsho Ravioli in a Bone Marrow Broth
'Chef Auroni Mukherjee' at The Salt House comes up with Mangsho Ravioli in a Bone Marrow Broth. This dish comprises of bite-sized Ravioli stuffed with Pulled Kosha Mangsho and sauced in Mangshor Jhol (Bengali Mutton Curry) enriched with Mutton Bone Marrow or Nalli (an act inspired by wintery Nalli Nihari). That is not all, these come with Notun Alu or the Seasonal Baby Potato Medallions.
Cost: INR 625
Winter Corn and Mango Ginger Chowder
For the vegetarians, there is a desi take on creamy Boston chowder. Seasonal Bhutta or the Desi Corn with the Creamy Buttery Flavour is complimented by a topping of spice Mango ginger or aam aada.
Cost: INR 375
This gastropub has winter special dishes both in non-veg and veg section.
Veg Pie & Butter Chicken Casserole
Veg Pie - This dish has got all that is needed to bring winter on your plate. Sautéed seasonal vegetables with concuss tomatoes finished with herbs and cream topped with potato and pumpkin puree. Cheese is added to this and gratinated to perfection and finished with crispy laal saag.
Cost: INR 200 ( Taxes Extra)
Butter chicken casserole - Winter evenings are always special with butter chicken and how about a casserole of butter chicken with freshly made chicken tikka, with potato puree on top and cheese and gratinated. Crispy laal saag is added from the top.
Cost: INR 300 ( Taxes Extra)
Multiflavour Paneer Tikka Shashlik
Multiflavour Paneer Tikka Shashlik sounds interesting? That is what Bakstage, the gastropub in Salt Lake Sector V has to offer along with few more other dishes. Paneer gets marinated with3 flavours (Achari, Haryali and Masaledar) and then slowly barbequed and served.
Grand Whole Lobster with Lobster Nage
Try out the Grand Whole Lobster with Lobster Nage. A sight to behold, when served on the table, the whole lobster is scented first with fresh herbs and then barbecued and then served with Lobster Nage.
Lamb Paya Soup with Chur Chur Naan
The final introduction this winter in their menu is Lamb Paya Soup with Chur Chur Naan.
Macazzo has introduced an entire range of Latin American dishes for this winter and this is definitely going to spoil the guests.
One can select from Rocoto Relleno where the peppers are stuffed with minced meat sautéed with onion and spices, Bacon Wrapped Chorizo, the Classic Aji De Gallina, which is a Peruvian chicken dish cooked with yellow chilli and cream. There is Mix Platter Pork Asado - a platter of pork chops and sliced pork grilled with different asado marinades, served with chorizo and pork salami which is going to be the flavour of the season.
Cost of Pork Asado: INR 770
A true blue Kolkata foodie, Anindya loves cooking and eating his Kosha Mangsho. Anindya weaves stories around food as he believes exceptional food is an emotional experience. Previously a restauranter, now a passionate photographer and traveller, he runs a successful blog called Pikturenama and contributes to other publications.