"Debjani where to go for Bengali Pujor Khabar this year?" this was a friend from my complex!
"Debjani Dada is coming after 5 years during pujo! Where can we take him and his family for quintessential Bengali food!" This was Ahana, my childhood friend who hates cooking (don't kill me Aahi!)
"Dolon (well this is my dak nam) we are planning to have Bengali thali somewhere special. Where do you recommend?" My own brother this one!
"DCA wanted to take my family for Bengali lunch! We would prefer something traditional? Where should we go?"; a non-Bengali colleague who is planning to take her parents for the first time for Bengali lunch!
Pujor Khabar 2018
They are the reason I have decided to list out the Bengali food offerings as part of my Pujor Khabar Listicle. Not that I don't eat other variations during Pujo but found people wanted to savor true blue Bengali food outside. Here I must mention I was not able to try each and every offering I am mentioning below this year. Blame it to my tight schedule. However, I have tried their food over the years have confidence in their offerings!
Grand Pujor Mahabhoj by The Oberoi Grand:
Whatever they do; they do it with poise! Yes, that is what The Oberoi Grand to you. Brilliant food and amazing hospitality are the USPs. They have come up with rare and lesser-known age-old recipes from Bengal and mostly emphasizing on homely comfort food. Their Bengali spread for sure is prepared to keep in mind the age-old Bengali delicacies and the appetite. #grandpujormohabhoj2018 is indeed grand.
My Picks and suggestion: Kosha mangsho, Chingri malai curry Chingrir Chop, Macher Kochuri, and housemade Sweets are for sure must have from the buffet. Here I must mention the kucho chingri diye kalmisaager boda,kathal pata diye boda, aam ar macher jhol, aamada diye bhaja mooger dal! Though not part of the buffet but Ilish paturi for sure is a gem from he Mahabhoj Menu. I also had the Posto Paturi and Chingri Paturi. From the Dessert spread, I had my share of Khir Kodom, rajbhog, chanar payesh and Roshomalai.
Here's what Chef Rajat is saying about the Grand Pujor Mahabhoj.
Pocket Pinch: Rs. 2250 plus taxes per person
Timing: 16-19 October 2018. Lunch and dinner buffet: 16, 17 & 18 Oct 2018 | Lunch buffet only: 19 October 2018
Puja 2018 @ Taj Bengal (Sonargaon):
Like every year, Taj Bengal is having Pujor Bengali thali as part of their Bengali offering. I have tried the Non-veg thali. The Thali is perfect if you are looking for a set offering with signature Bengali dishes such as Topse Macher Fry, Shorse bata ilish, kosha mangsho, pabnar murgi, dudh roshogolla etc. A never-missed Pujor Khabar spread this one is for sure!
Special mention: Lamb Raan!
- Veg Thali- Rs. 2200 plus taxes per person
- Non Veg Thali- Rs. 2500 plus taxes per person
- Sea Food Thali- Rs. 2900 plus taxes per person
They are also having lunch and dinner spread at Cal 27.
Dates: 15th to 19th October 2018 - Lunch and Dinner
Here's a glimpse of the Taj thali!
Gateway Hotel, E M Bypass, Kolkata:
Gateway's offering is quite interesting!
They are having Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Combo for Rs 3000 Plus taxes per person (on the same day
Apart from that, Chingri Keema Diye Mochar Ghonto, Kankrar Jhal, Anaroshi Ilish, Laal Mass, Grill Counter of Baby Octopus/ Baby Pomfret/ Prawns/ Squid can be tried from their menu. Lunch is priced at Rs.1599 Plus taxes per person and Dinner is Rs. 1799 Plus taxes per person
Dates: 16th 17th 18th 19th October 2018- Lunch and Dinner
Hyatt is offering a special Bengali vegetarian spread this year on Asthami which is priced at INR 999++. apart from that, they are having their Lunch and dinner, both priced at 1999++ and midnight buffet for INR 999++.
I have organized a contest in association with Hyatt Regency for the #HyattPujorBhog. the winner along wht the family is going to savor Hyatt's Asthami's special Bhog.
Aaheli, Peerless Inn:
Aaheli has completed their 25 years of serving Bengali delicacies in the city of Joy. Their Menu is having 25 new dishes such as Kachupatay Chingri, Peyajkoli te Chingri, Bata Chingrir Murgi, Potol Mochar Sanjukti etc.
Timings: 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm (Afternoon); 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm( Evening)
For Reservation: 9831780403 (Aaheli, The Peerless Inn Kolkata), 9007770841 (Aaheli, Axis Mall Rajarhat)
The Lalit, Great Eastern:
Like every year The Lalit Great Eastern is having elaborate Bengali spread at Alfresco during Pujas.
Timing: 15-18th October 2018; Lunch and dinner
Price: INR 2200+Tax per person
Novotel's Bengali spread is available at the Square with the delicacies from both epar and opar Bangla.
Timing: 15-19th October 2018; Lunch and Dinner
Price: INR 1449++ for lunch and 1849++ for dinner
JW Kitchen at JW Marriott:
You can get multicuisine offering which is having several Bengali dishes as well as part of JW Kitchen's offering. What I found interesting is their midnight buffet from the Pujor khabar offerings!
What and pocket pinch: Lunch (1525++), dinner (1690++) and midnight Buffet (1270++).
The Westin, Rajarhat:
Westins' Pujo offering is priced at INR 1399++ for both lunch and dinner at the Seasonal taste.
Disclaimer: This post on Pujor Khabar 2018 is written based on my experience as well as the information received from different hotels.