Restaurant Week India and our journey to Guchhi- Hyatt Regency, Kolkata

Ola Prime presents Restaurant Week is the largest pan-India culinary events spanning over 10 days, 6 cities and gives discerning food enthusiasts the opportunity to dine at some of India’s finest restaurants at a fraction of a la carte rates. A nominal booking fee of INR 60 per person will be secured online at the time of making bookings and the customer can pay for the meal directly at the restaurant.

Ola Prime, the presenting sponsor for Restaurant Week, is Ola’s premium offering and the only Wi-Fi enabled cab in India.

This year, all Restaurant Week diners will receive complimentary Ola rides to and from their meals in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. In addition to this, all Ola Prime Customers in all participating cities will get be given exclusive booking access 3 days in advance to when general reservations go live and a waiver on the INR 60 per diner booking fee.

How to book your seat ? 

Please go to the RWI Link (here) and pick your choice. BTW, the detailed menu is also attached their for easy reference.

List for Kolkata restaurants:-

  1. Bodega Cantina Y Bar, Park Street
  2. Gucchi, Hyatt Regency Kolkata
  3. La Cucina, Hyatt Regency Kolkata
  4. Pan Asian, ITC Sonar
  5. Peshawri, ITC Sonar
  6. Saffron, The Park Kolkata
  7. Smoke House Deli, Ballygunge
  8. Souk, Taj Bengal Kolkata
  9. Studio – The Pan Asian Galerie, Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences
  10. The Legacy Grill, The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata
  11. West View, ITC Sonar
  12. Yauatcha, Quest Mall
  13. Zen, The Park Kolkata
  14. Kalash, Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata

Luckily, like last year (you can read about the experience here), we were invited for a sneak-peek. Among the options given, I chose The Guchhi, Hyatt Regency. The place is merely 5 minutes drive from our place and the drive was a breeze. The decor was top notch and so was the service. We were given a royal treatment (but all the patrons are treated like that only here) and the special menu was given to us. Now, I won’t disappoint you with all the options here, but we chose Murg Makhmali Kebab (suggested by the server) and Raan-E-Sikandari (I had to take this) as starter. And those who may visit this place, I’d suggest ot to miss the Raan. The portion size is huge for each of the items and 1 Raan can easily be divided among 3 persons. Regarding the taste, though the Raan was the champ of the meal, chicken Makhmali Kebab was extremely soft, yet properly cooked with just the right tinge of smoky flavor. And what portion size- my goodness…

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Makhmali murg Tikka

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Raan e Sikandari

After gulping down all of the above with some chilled coke and puffing like anything, we ordered the main course. It was Kadahi Fish and Kareli Gosht with lachha parantha and Garlic Naan. Frankly, for me, mutton always overpowers fish and it was no different here. Though with a little extra bit of kasuri methi, fish was interesting on its own, we fall or rather dipped in love with the mutton. soft shanks, cooked for long till its soft enough to leave the bone with the touch of the fork, it was something else. It was pure orgasm and definitely recommended. and, I was saving the best for the last. Somehow I’ve seen, apart from 1-2 restaurants in Kolkata, somehow, standalone joints can;t make a good Kali Daal and Guchhi (trust me) is a stalwart in that. So, go for the Dal. even if you have to sacrifice the main course, I’d suggest, go for it.

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Garlic Naan
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Guchhi Dal

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The main course offering
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Kadahi Fish

And, finally the dessert time. Frankly, I am not a sweet-tooth guy. But the Shahi Tukda is good here. A little extra soft to my taste, but good however. Rose Kulfi looked different and was scooped out like icecream and served on a bed of Falooda without the syrup.

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Shahi Tukda
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Rose Kulfi

The next day, being a businessman, I was calculating the last evening’s dinner. If I would’ve ordered all the items from the A La Carte menu, the bill would’ve been around 8000/- and in this RWI event, one could taste it all for just 1800/- + Tax (for 2). And, now, I am planing for my next place on the list (the post off course will come up real soon). Would you go for it ? Definitely recommended.

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The pan stand on our way out

Comments and critics welcome.

Bon apetite !!!

I can be reached at 9903528225 / indrajit.lahiri@ymail.com

 

 

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