Aquintessential Punjabi restaurant with a twist of Bengal sums up Bengal Dhaba that opened doors recently. Owners Mohini Bose and Rahul Singh believe that both Bengalis and Punjabis love food and that they will deliver a cultural blend of tastes to their customers. Designed by Khayrul Islam, the place has a mix of vibrant colours.
As one enters the 5,000sq ft restaurant, a painting explains the name of the restaurant. With a capacity of 300 people, most of the interiors is done up in wood, especially the ceiling. It also has a brick texture on its pillars. The food is served in copper utensils. They also have plans for a breakfast counter on weekends. .
“We’ve put our heart and soul into it, trying to find our roots so that people can connect to the place and our food. This place is for all those who have a Punjabi heart and love Bengali food or have a Bengali heart and love Punjabi food,” said Mohini. Rahul said: “The two cultures are very different from each other, one is soft while the other is loud, so we want to build a connection between the two that is the #bongballe connection.” What: Bengal Dhaba Where: Ganga Apartment, 86 Golaghata Road, ground and first floor Timings: noon to 3.30am, all week; 8am to noon for breakfast (Friday to Sunday) Meal for two: Rs 800-plus We loved the area with swing seats designed with recycled tyres of trucks and hand-pulled rickshaws. Kettle lamps hang from the ceiling, adding a funky touch. A seating area in the shape of a car bonnet gives the restaurant a quirky look. It is an ideal selfie spot too. The restaurant also has a lounge with a bar that will open soon. t2 loved Tandoori Bhetki, a spicy grilled preparation that is not just visually appealing but tastes great too. This white flaky fish has a mild flavour. It is served with pudina chutney. Rs 900 The first drink that comes to our mind when we hear Punjab is lassi. Bengal Dhaba serves five different flavours of lassi other than the usual sweet and salty — strawberry, mint masala, chocolate, dry fruits and mango. Pitcher Rs 350, glass Rs 110 Aloo Nasakat is a mouth-watering dish in the vegetarian section. The stuffing is tangy in flavour and the potato is soft. It is served with a sauce. Full marks for the presentation. Rs 190 Their signature dish — Sadda Wadda Kukkar — is an authentic tandoori chicken, which is named so because of its massive size. It is soft and juicy with spices infused, and will tempt you with its spicy aroma. It is served with salad, papad and two different types of chutney that go perfectly with it. Rs 410 Panko Crust Prawn is a must-try. Crispy outside and soft inside, it is served with spicy chilli sauce and a slice of lemon squeezed on top. Rs 410 Three signature mocktails of the Bengal Dhaba — Melon Sour, Blue Lagoon and Apple Struddle — provide great refreshment and these go very well with the starters that they serve. Rs 175 Text:Tunisha Sengupta (t2 intern) Pictures: B. Halder.
Source: The Telegraph