Restaurant Review- ESPLANADE kitchen & bar

The ‘Mirror’ of Bengal

ESPLANADE kitchen & bar

Been born and brought up in Bengal and moving out to a totally different city like Bangalore, I have always craved for that authentic and traditional taste of Bengali food in the past two years. But recently I got an opportunity to dine in a restaurant named- Esplanade and the moment I heard this name I could connect to Kolkata. As I stepped in, I couldn’t help but notice the black & white painting of old Calcutta, dim lights all over the place, a mini bar at the corner, refreshing fragrance and chairs & tables perfectly balancing the ambience. 
As soon as we settled down, chilled Aam Panna was served as welcome drink which was perfect to beat the heat. Few minutes later we were presented with menu card which had options of Niramish thala (vegetarian thali) and Aamish Thala (Non-vegetarian thali) with end number of dishes on either of the category. . I being a non-vegetarian chose the Aamish Thala and waited eagerly for the foods to arrive (meanwhile chatting with my friends). Soon the wait was over as we were served with items listed on the menu and it kept following one after the other until my plate was full and surrounded by other dishes. Totally confused, I started with veg bhaja followed by fish bhaja and the later was so perfectly fried that I closed my eyes as the fish melted in my mouth. In no time I had finished the fish bhaja and picked up Loochi (poori) with aloo dum. Though I am a non-vegetarian, I have a soft corner for aloo dum and here it was perfectly cooked as it was reddish fried with spicy masala and garnished by coriander leaves. Moving on to the speciality, I was totally mesmerised as I tasted the best Mangsho (Mutton meat) and Rohu maach (fish) cooked in mustard paste followed by chicken in a thick gravy which was no less than the former. I loved Mangsho to such an extent that I couldn’t help but ask for one more bowl of it. Not to forget, Dal and Shuktoni which tasted great with Gobindo bhog rice and ghee.
 The main course was over but in the Bengali tradition a meal cannot be completed without variety of sweets. I was already full as I fell in love with the Mangsho and Rohu Maach but when Misti Doi (sweet curd) and Mal Pua were served I couldn’t withhold myself as it tempted me just like water tempts the thirsty and finally I ended up eating two bowls of Misti Doi
And to conclude, it couldn’t have got better as Misti Paan was served just like ‘six of a last ball’. 


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