I have visited the Hazra branch of Buddha Bites quite a few time as the place is adjacent to my college and always was satisfied with the taste of the food and even with the portion sizes. Now, for this typical Indian Food blogger, the portion size matters a lot, I am after all no Frenchman who can be happy with the little portions. Coming to the blogger’s meet I attended recently at Buddha Bites, I was happy with the food quality and taste but was a bit confused with carbohydrate-protein ratio; one portion of carbohydrate was served in form of a portion of rice along with various side dishes to a group of 4 bloggers which was not how we do in general when we order food by our own while visiting a restaurant. However, when we pay for our food, we naturally order based on our appetite, budget etc and obviously, we balance the side and main ratio but when luckily or unluckily we attend a promotional meet or bloggers meet the choices are actually limited. To be very frank I prefer to stick with the Chef’s or owner’s choice irrespective of the size of food portion served. So, to be precise, a nice evening, some tasty food and a little bit of confusion with what the rice to be paired and how to share one portion of rice between four.
Coming to the fest, Buddha Bites named it “Meet lover’s delight” and naturally the menu is loaded with various meat based dishes. From the specially crafted menu, we were served with the starters, Gai Sai takrai Chicken where lemongrass and sweet chili sauce tossed Crispy chicken was served followed by the Pork in Pimento Sauce, where the sauce was prepared with bell peppers. As main course there were Phad kee Mao Tela which was basically mixed Sea Food in Chili Oyster Sauce and then there was Slice Roast pork in bamboo shoot, Tausi Duck pancake roll that was served with a black bean and peanut sauce., Japanese burnt garlic fried rice,., Pork in pimento sauce and last but not the least the Kartisod which was the Coconut Custard with Vanilla Ice Cream. I found the starters, Gai Sai takrai Chicken and Pork in Pimento Sauce perfect to my taste buds and rest of the items were quite decent as well.
All in all, it was a nice evening with more than average food, and last but not the least the chat with the owner of the place who enlightened us with his food journey so far and what he believes and understands about the food bloggers and blogging scenario of Kolkata.
Disclaimer: Debjani was invited by the Management of Buddha Bites for food tasting.