This is perhaps the only place in Mumbai that you can head to for a quintessential Bengali gastronomic experience. The menu is an interesting mix of typical favourites as well as dishes which offer a creative twist. The eclectic bar menu is varied. The seafood delicacies here are a highlight. 'Kakra Chingri Bhapa' - the light and flavourful crabmeat and shrimps steamed with a dash of mustard and chillies, is delectable. 'Herbed Drunken Prawns' again are delightful and perk up the taste buds. The 'Cottage Cheese Dumplings' in a nutmeg flavoured curry are palate-pleasing and can be relished by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Not many know that Bengali cuisine abounds in vegetarian delicacies and this place offers an interesting array. 'Dry Cooked Banana Flower' with coconut silvers with its mild and subtle flavours, wows one’s palate. The Classical Railway Mutton Curry with steamed Rice' is the pièce de résistance here. The desserts here are apt to pamper your sweet tooth cravings. The staff is polite and the service warm and efficient.
The best part about India’s gastronomy is that it is deliciously diverse with tons of variety and layers of techniques. Every state prides itself on having its own unique cuisine, effected by their local produce and heritage. The name West Bengal evokes a storm of food memories and a culinary fabric woven by a melange of various cuisines. But the traditional Bengali cuisine is a world in itself, dominated by the use of mustard and an abundance of seafood that gets delivered to each doorstep early in the morning. You can simply lose yourself in Bengali gastronomy, tucking into all those spicy curries with steamed rice or lucchi, a Bengali flatbread. You can enjoy the pleasure of Bengali gastronomy right here in Mumbai, at ‘Oh! Calcutta’ in Tardeo, a popular destination with the Bengali community.
The menu contains both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options for leans heavily on fish items. Steamed fish/crab with lemon, ginger, chilli makes a delicious and light starter. Steamed spinach and broad beans called as sheem palong paturi make an equally yummy choice. Fish fry and prawn cutlet taste as good as it sounds. Fresh water jumbo prawns can be cooked in your choice of gravy too. Fish cooked in spicy yogurt gravy or lovingly called doi maach is worth having. Fish dominates the menu. Vegetarians won’t be disappointed but if you happen to love your sea bounty then you will be in heaven. Fishes are presented in every technique and every way. Steamed, curry, finger, broth the ways to cook are mind blowing. Sweet crab meat in contrast to spicy rubs are multi-dimensional. It won’t be wrong to say that Oh! Calcutta has done a great job of recreating this fabulous cuisine.
Finish your evening with few traditional Bengali desserts like misti doi, saundesh and rosogulla, all of them available in multiple flavours. The décor of Oh! Calcutta resembles a Bengali dining room with shuttered dark brown windows and walls covered in Bengali handicrafts. The focal wall at the back is a canvas to a beautiful Bengali landscape and instantly attracts your eyes the moment you step across the threshold. The interiors are elegant, neat, subtle and minimalistic. Dining at Oh! Calcutta fits your pockets nicely and doesn’t pinch much. You are in for a delicious mouth-watering time.
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