My big fat belly !!! Big fat wedding – Delhi belly – big fat belly (myself off course) – my big fat belly ….. No, I am not trying to discuss the evolution of the name behind THE place for burger in Kolkata this time. Just that my thoughts go wild at times- that’s why…
So, it was the Kolkata Food Fanatic’s 3rd anniversary meet in february and My Big Fat Belly had worked out a fantastic deal for us, so the madness was held there this month. It’s a small joint in Lansdowne Road (sharat Bose Road) somewhere in between elgin road crossing and Padmapukur. Travelling towards padmapukur, it’ll come on your left and somewhat easy to miss during the daytime. In the evening , off course, the glow-sign shows its true color and it’s pretty visible. Parking is slightly problematic, yet managable.
The interior is minimalist yet tastefully done. Wooden panels are used abundantly and furniture gives a rustic looks. But, who cares for furniture when the food is good ? The standard condiments are given, nothing fancy.
The non-alcoholic drinks came in- a bottomless portion of flavored mojito and iced tea. Along with it, came the nachos with cheese cream sauce (in-house) and green salad with feta cheese. The nachos were good, but I felt, has become slightly soggy due to the sauce, but probably that’s the way it was supposed to be. The portion size is huge…. and the salad was good, but I promptly finished all the feta cheese dollops from the salad, despite everybody giving me stern looks. See, I don’t care, I am a bong and I love cheese- period…
The next item blew me out. Is was one insane stir fried sausage (both chicken and pork) with bell peppers. Now, off course, while pork is there, I normally don’t look at chicken- but here, even the chicken sausage was good. We were told, they are outsourced from Kalmans and probably that had made all the difference. It was moderately spicy, and upon request, Aakarsh immediately got me their BhootJalokia dip and it was insanely hot (boy, I was missing my old monk+ Thums up). a definite must-try.
Next came the fondues with veg and no-veg dips. It was probably one of the best collection I’ve ever seen in Kolkata restaurants. I won’t be able to describe them, so, please have a look. One portion can easily, very easily be shared among 2 persons and by the sheer portion size, it won hands down.
Next was the pizza time. Now, pizza in an supposedly american joint ? Probably I was smirking, and the owners probably sensed it. What came next, is one of the best thin-crust pizzas in the city. Though the pepperoni version is my favorite choice, the veg version is not left behind. And, my apologies to the establishment for underestimating them. thy were not over cheesy (pun intended…), but rightly finished.
I was full, when I was asked for my choice of burger and being the shameless glutton that I am, I asked for their Juicy Lucy. I loved it from my first visit to this place and it was one hell of a burger. Served with fries and a small portion of salad, it’s one complete meal for one person. And the good part, if you’re full, they can pack it nicely and you can have it next day and it’ll be almost as good as the previous night (pssst….. I did it). My big fat belly is famous for their burgers and within a very short time, they’ve made their mark and with this product, I can vouch for that.
They say, ordering an item in restaurant is something like choosing the bride (groom also… ) in an arranged marriage. Once it comes to you, you feel the dish ordered at the next table is better, but then you can’t return it. Such happened here. Rishi ordered for their Lamb Shank, and it was superb. A perfect shank of lamb braised with brown sauce and set on a bed of mashed potato- who am I lesser mortal to not to like it ?
There was some dessert after this, but frankly I was going to ask the owners to arrange something to lift me up, so full I was….. So, can’t tell much about the dessert. However, with few good, mad people around and damn heavy, sumptuous food, an evening can’t go wrong…..
Will I come back ? Hell yeah … and with a bang !!!
Bon apetit !!!
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