Going back to the roots- Samvad at Tata Group

Somehow, I am not a rustic person. That “mera gaon mera desh” wala feelings somehow never come to me. For a couple of days, leaving the hustle and bustle of city life is fine, but saying in a rustic environment simply freaks me out. Tribal food, that typical tribal food, however has been simply a…

An escapade at Westin Kolkata

I was getting mind-f#$%ed shuttling between home and work and idle mind was becoming devil’s workshop. While I couldn’t go out on a vacation, primarily for my kid’s school and my work ….. suddenly, the result for one contest from The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat was announced. And even more surprisingly, I was the winner for…

Blogger’s cook off at Baan Thai, Oberoi Grand

It was a working afternoon and suddenly my inbox signaled me of a new mail. At my age, once, a mail comes, heart loses a beat but this was good news. Oberoi Grand, rather Baan Thai outlet, is organizing a blogger’s cook off or rather masterclass and I was, for some strange reason, invited.  Now,…

Mohamushkil to Foodka

“Good morning, this is Mir Afsar Ali” the phone came in the morning, maybe after 10 minutes I reached office… And to be honest, I didn’t have any single idea, this phone call will change my life like this. Frankly, apart from running my IT project management and consultancy firm, as a hobby, I write…

Chitto da’s Suruchee restaurant and Dacre’s Lane Kolkata

Let us talk about one typical joint in the heart of city- Esplanade. Have you heard of the name Dacre’s Lane ? You may or may not. Now, this area is the father of all khao-gully (food lane) in Kolkata. A whole stretch of around 100 mtrs is full of street food vendors on both…

Durgapuja 2017 and moha-mushkil …

The sound of dhaki, sky changing it’s colour and wearing the cloudscape and the smell of durgapuja in the air. Let’s call them Mr Moha and Mrs Mushkil. Age has got upon them, in all senses. Maturity had replaced youth and small talk (or rather just sitting together) had replaced the madness. And, after a…

Karavalli food festival at Sonargaon, Taj Bengal

Karavalli food comprises of the south-western region of India and it’s primarily a non-vegetarian cuisine. Meat along with seafood rules there. And, just like Bukhara is an epitome of north-Indian cuisine, Karavalli in Taj Gateway Bangalore is considered as the Mecca of south Indian, or rather Karavalli cuisine in India. Chef Naren Thimmaiah (executive chef…

15 years of ITC Sonar- the West View Chapter

It seems just like yesterday, but 15 years have passed since ITC Sonar, Kolkata has opened in Kolkata. Now this year, to celebrate it, they’ve come up with a lavish set meal @1599/- in all their specialty outlets. I was invited for the tasting session at their West View Grills. First things first, West View is one…

Kashmiri Wazwan food festival in Guchhi, Hyatt Regency

Kashmiri cuisine is something, which is extremely rare to get, not only in Kolkata, but throughout India. So, when I got invited to the Kashmiri food festival at Guchhi, the specialty Indian restaurant at Hyatt Regency Kolkata, I was pretty excited. The festival is there at Guchhi, Hyatt Regency Kolkata over dinner till 15th August…

Few restaurants where I am loving the biryani recently

I love my biryani and no that’s not a statement. Out of the few things that bind Kolkata together, biryani ranks high among them. We are kind of finicky when it comes to that particular item. But recently, few joints have come up, who’re giving some serious thought on it and producing some seriously good…

Mohamushkil at Hilsa Festival – Sonargaon, Taj Bengal

ইলিশ নিয়ে বাঙালির বরাবরই একটা কেমন যেন আদেখলামো আছে – মানে ইলিশ না খেলে জীবন বৃথা (অবশ্যই এখানে আমি গোদা ডিমভরা ১ কেজি + মালের কথা বলছি ) . মানে একটি সাধারণ মধ্যবিত্তর জীবনের অনেক অনেক ছোট ছোট না পাওয়া কে ঢেকে দিতে পারে সেই গর্ব যখন বাড়ির কর্তা সাপ্তাহিক বাজারের থেকে এক পিস ইলিশ…

Mohamushkil searching for Mumbai food – part 2

So, mumbai had been good for me for last few days (you may like to read that from my previous post here). Time was running short for exploring mumbai food . And, just at that point of time, Niladri fixed up time with me for another old time tested joint there called Bagdadi Restaurant. Now…