Bengalis and winter have a strange relationship. Winter is much coveted like a desire till such time the mercury starts to dip. All of a sudden the mufflers, sweaters and iconic monkey caps come out like the national costume of Kolkata. If the temperature does not go down enough, there will be sighs and if it is a record low, then there will be foul cries. I think I will summarise that Bengalis refuse to acknowledge that it is winters which is the best time in Kolkata for them as well as for visitors. One of the best parts of winter is an open-air barbeque and live grill which a few restaurants offer. In addition to Christmas celebrations, these are some of the best food and drink options to enjoy during winters.
JW Kitchen Winter special Barbeque - Wintery nights and twinkling stars calls for some hot piping food in the vibrant alfresco of JW Kitchen. A special barbeque has been set up for the winter and with live performances and a picturesque setting, this is a dining experience not-to-be-missed. There is an elaborate set up with live grill stations, with equal emphasis on vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, along with terrific sauces to try them with. Garlic and Olive Tapenade Marinated Tenderloin Filet Steak, Jamaican Jerk Spice Marinated Spring Chicken, Grilled Asparagus and Pesto Marinated Grilled Cottage Cheese, Baby Potato are some of the show stoppers here.
Cost: INR 1699 for the buffet with soft beverages per person
Timings: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:00 PM onwards
Grill by the Pool at Taj Bengal - The blue swimming pool, a stream of floating fairy lights, tables set up with candles and a corner canopy from where you can hear the sizzle on the plate - nothing can be more romantic. Grill by the Pool at Taj Bengal has become quite a talk of the town over the years. This year, they have shifted their focus on Asian grills served on sizzler plates. Lemongrass and kafir lime have certainly become the star flavours in the various grills. Scallops with Scallion and a heady scent of lemongrass with birds eye chillies to start with and then move on to soft yet crunchy Asparagus rubbed with Vietnamese Yellow Curry. The Bouquet of different Mushrooms with Charred Kale having subtle Asian flavours is just enough to tempt the taste buds.
The show stopper grill is the Lamb Chops in Homemade Barbeque Sauce with Sesame Seeds. You can complete your meal with some Vietnamese Prawn Mango Curry or a Chicken Thai Green Curry.
Meal for 2: INR 2500 plus GST
Time: 07:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Poolside Grill at The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata - The beautiful setting by the pool of the Grand Dame of Kolkata is all ready to usher in the winter season. The grills are cherry-picked by Head Japanese Chef Raul Borja and some of the best traditional Japanese dishes and skewers. You cannot afford to miss the Butabara and Gyu - the pork belly and the beef tenderloin skewers are grilled on a charcoal grill and it is the perfect start. There is a Japanese style Chicken Wings called Tebasaki. The seafood lovers get their quota from Grilled Bhekti and Prawns along with a sauce made with seafood stock, bonito flakes, soy sauce, oyster sauce and more. There are enough grills for vegetarians as well, from zucchini and kinoko to mushrooms, tofu and asparagus, all cooked in style with different Japanese marinades.
Meal for 2: INR 2500 plus taxes per person for food only
Date: ongoing until 31at January 2020
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.
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