Firstly, I am a big time carnivore and frankly it’s not a secret now and secondly Kolkata is a city of non-vegetarians. But, nowadays vegetarian fine-dining restaurants are opening up in the city, which are serious in their business, and probably it’s a good sign. This time, the post is one one of the newbies in town- Nawwarah. The location is fantastic- it’s bang opposite of Quest Mall, Park circus and the outlet is spread over a whole 3-storied building. Parking is a bit of a problem, but valet parking is there, so nothing to worry about. The decor is super posh and it’s one of the USP’s of the place. Extreme care has been taken in designing the interior. From the staircase to the chairs, it’s fabulous. But, there is not lift and for an ageing elder customer, the ground floor sitting is suggested and advisable. Our seating was done on the 2nd floor lounge.
We were served a set menu and mocktails came in first. They were great looks-wise and taste-wise was also pretty decent. 3 variations were served. Safe sex on the beach (the mocktail version of the famous one), Atomic Cat and Guava Delight. Out of them, Guava delight was a bit spicy, but taste-wise it won hands down. Definitely recommended.
The food was a large spread. Now, something interesting came up first and the name is Nazza. Basically, what we understood is it’s Naan with cheese and herbs topping and given the looks of a pizza. Dal makhani (a pretty good one) was served as a complementary item along with it and frankly, I loved that. Paneer khurchan came next along with Baby Naan and Dal Makhani (again, loved that again) next and the dish made my evening- damn good. The Amritsari chhole kulcha was good, but somehow, the kulchas are most enjoyed in those rustic dhaba ambience, rather than this fine-dining outlet, but then I am opinionated- can’t help.
The Nawwarah kebab platter was served next along with the open sandwich. The kebab platter was good with stuffed mushroom, Paneer Tikka and tandoori stuffed aloo. The mushroom was best of the lot with just the perfect marination done. The open sandwich was nothing special frankly, but just okay-ish. Now, this outlet’s menu planner had (thankfully) understood something. Vegetarian menu can be designed without the mandatory paneer dish also. And, Arabic Falafel rolls came in next. They were cut in half, but still pretty huge in size.
We were almost full, but the next and final 2 main courses were not to be missed, especially for a cheese freak like me. IT was four cheese pizza (with actually 4 different types of cheese-mozarella, cheddar, parmesan and forgot the last one’s name- I was too busy to gobble actually). It was a tri-colored pizza, so great visually. And the final main course was Asparagus Risotto. Now, for a bong, a Risotto is a deadly combination- it gives a feel of rice and something we bongs love- cheese and lots of cheese. Now, whether there is asparagus of not (it was here in this case…), we love Risotto and this was no exception.
Firstly, we were full and secondly, I had to rush somewhere. So, couldn’t touch the desserts. But, I’ve actually heard good thing about them and they’re a definite try on my next visit.
Overall, the place is enjoyable and a positive vibe comes from within. And finally, somebody had thought of using sufficient lighting for the interiors, and that’s definitely appreciated. Thanks Nawwarah for hosting us …
Bon apetit !!!
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