Being a Bengali and staying in Delhi, it’s rare that I get to eat quality authentic Bengali food when dining out. So it was a wonderful surprise for us when we dined at Bong Appetite at Qutub Institutional Area, Delhi.
The décor of the restaurant is pretty good and has a very café like feel to it. The owner himself manages the kitchen and runs the place with great passion and enthusiasm.
Coming onto the food, we went by the owner’s recommendation and were simply wowed by the delectable food present in front of us. The Bengali cuisine is a little on the sweeter side, and perhaps the reason of our sweet voice 🙂
First was Crab Malai Curry paired with steamed rice, superb in presentation and wonderful in taste. The crab was wonderfully cooked, and the feeling of cracking open the shell to be able to eat the tender flesh was amazing. The steamed rice went well with the malai curry.
Golda Chingri Paturi came in next, which was king prawns marinated with turmeric paste, wrapped in banana leaf and steamed. Too good, and made me nostalgic, reminding me of the wonderful food of Kolkata.
These 2 amazing dishes were followed by vegetarian fare – Potoler Dolma with Chena Stuffing which was pointed gourd (parwal in hindi), Allor Dum and Chollar Dal. I personally would never think of ordering parwal when dining out, but this dish was just too good! You’ll be missing something in life if you haven’t had this dish. Allor Dum was a traditional Bengali Dum Aalu, with mildly sweet gravy and tasted perfect and Chollar Dal is Channa Dal. All these were presented with Luchi (Poori) & Kochuri (Grean Peas stuffed kachori) and I loved every bite of it.
Mutton Rezala paired with Kolkata Laccha Paratha came in next and disappeared within minutes of coming onto the table. The paratha was crispy and flaky and the mutton – pure bliss!
Completely filled with the amazing food spread presented in front of us, we couldn’t think of taking another bite, but when the chef presented his signature desserts – Mango Patishapta and Nolen Gur Ice-Cream, we couldn’t control ourselves. Bengalis are crazy after nolen gur, and we get it during a very limited time period. On asking with the chef, he told us that he had made a huge batch of nolen gur which would definitely last for some time – so my advice to you all, go ahead and grab a plate of this wonderful ice-cream before the stocks run out!
All in all, it was a wonderful dining experience; the Bengali spread was wonderful and transported me to the by-lanes of Kolkata. The best part of the food was the hint of sweetness in all food items, but never overpowering it – which generally happens in many places. A place definitely not to be missed!
C-8, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi
Open 12 PM to 11 PM; Monday closed.