When it comes to fusion food and beverages in Kolkata, Chef Joymalya Chatterjee knows what he is doing and the end result is the delectable yet interesting fusion spread in Bohemian. Bohemian, has recently come up with the concept t of Boho Hours, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. they are serving food (mainly finger food) and alcoholic beverages (mostly cocktails) at a reduced prices. The menu, however, is not at all a reduced one and is, in fact, an elaborate to choose for.
A few days back I was invited at Bohemian to sample finger food and cocktails from their Boho Hours menu along with a group of bloggers. I went there directly from office and was a bit exhausted and naturally when I was served with the “Sunrise at Sundarban”, a Vodka based cocktail with Orange Juice, and a punch of “AAM AADA”, I was nothing but happy. I prefer my cocktails, with a strong punch of alcohol and that is the best thing I found there at Bohemian. They are good with the fusion without compromising the strongness of alcohol. When I was satisfied with the Vodka based cocktail, I decided to opt for something “shaken not stirred” and I opted for the”Gondhoraj Martini.” There is nothing new with Vodka lime but obviously when the normal lime is replaced with our very own “Gondhoraj Lebu”, I cannot say for the bad. Bohemian’s Kolkata Biriyani cocktail, is something, these days foodies are talking about and why not especially when a cocktail, is claimed to be with the flavors of Kolkata Biriyani. I decided to not to opt for that and just took a sip from somebody else’s “Dhunuchi”. Yes, the cocktail was served in a “Dhunuchi” (that is used during Pooja for Aarti). I was ready for a drink with the smell of Kolkata Biriyani and was not sure whether to go for it or not, however, the drink was prepared with the spices used (For me it was more of platonic love than sexual lust, concepts, Errrrrrrrr). For the third serving, I wanted to have the Just Bohemian, a Nolen Gur and dark rum based but I was told that they were finished with same and hence I decided to take a sip again from a friend along with a little bite of the puffed rice crisp which came along with the cocktail. The same thing happened with the Made in Heaven, they were short on a few ingredients, and finally, I decided to concentrate on the finger foods.
Coming to the finger food served, along with the cocktails, I loved the Nolen Gur Glazed Pork Belly on Papri, a twist to the normal Papri Chaat indeed. We were served with another version of Papri Chaat with Cottage cheese and burned tomato mousse topping which was again quite decent. However, the Steamed Chicken Envelope (in other words, Chicken Paturi may be) was actually the best food served on that day. The chicken was steamed perfectly withing the banana leaf, and soft and loaded with the flavors and juicy from inside, indeed worth trying for. The Crab n Prawn Phuchka with Spiced Nolen Gur Water was decent and so the Potato Medallions with Tamarind Chickpeas was. I quite liked the Potli Samosa and the Mushroom with 3 ways coriander.
It indeed was a good experience, sampling the food and beverages from the Boho Menu, which is having more than 25 appetizers, a good choice of beverages and alcoholic and non-alcoholic desserts which are moderately priced at Bohemian.
- What: Boho Hours at Bohemian
- Where: Bohemian, 32/4 Old Ballygunj First Lane
- When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m
- Pocket Pinch: starting from INR 300 per pax
Disclaimer: I was invited by the management of Bohemian for Boho Hours sampling