Imaginatively named, the Bengali Food Festival and Four Points by Sheraton, Bangalore beckoned a few bloggers last Friday evening. I accepted, for the call of Shukto and Poshto was alluring, not to mention the gollas as well.
Due respect was given to seafood, for it is Bengali food after all. Thankfully, the buffet spread offered more than maach (Bengali for fish) for a vegetarian like me. Apart from the Macher jhol, and Murg kasha, Nariyel diye cholar dal made its all important appearance. Fragrant with the bay leaves and panch phoron, I was happy to eat a bowl of this iconic dal by itself.
Aloor dum and Panner dalna were comforting. Were they authentic Bengali? Not sure. Were they tasty? Hell, yes. The Shaak bhaja, made with healthy red amaranth reminded you of a Bengali home with Kakima urging you to eat more of healthy greens!
The highlight of the evening was the aromatic, cooked-to-perfection Subz dum biryani. If you like your biryani aromatic, with each grain cooked perfectly, imbued with a bouquet of spices, yet with a restrained use of chillies, then this is the place to find it. You could choose hot steamed rice to accompany the gravies or ask for fresh hot luchi, naans or other rotis to be brought to your table from the live counter.
There were some Tangra dishes to add weight to the buffet such as the Wok tossed noodles, the sweet and sour vegetables, a grilled vegetable with cherry tomato confit. Appetising and flavourful, they lent good colour and gusto to the table. A fresh salad counter and breads enhanced the dining experience.
When there is Bengali food, how can sweets be far behind? Desserts were well represented with the Chaner payesh, Kamla bhog, Mishti doi, Kala jamun, Roshogolla, and several more! While dessert is called the ‘king of all courses’, the ‘king’ of the evening’s desserts was the Chaner payesh. Creamy, divinely aromatic with the saffron, sweetened just right, I had to fight the urge to help myself to a second bowl of this Payesh.
To sum up, I would have to loved to see some of the famous Bengali chutneys and baaja on the menu. I guess the recipes have been adapted to make even a non-Bengali food lover enjoy the spread. When there, be sure to indulge in the desserts. I can guarantee you will find happiness.
The soothing interiors at ‘The Eatery’ with ambient lighting, comfortable seating, attentive staff willing to serve with a smile are all great positives for Four Points by Sheraton, Bangalore.
Too Maach Bengali Food Festival is on at Four Points by Sheraton, Whitefield from March 11th to March 22nd. Open for dinner from 7 pm to 11 pm. At INR 749 + per person, it is a good value for money event. Do check it out, folks.