Not a pretty picture…a Bengali meal gone wrong

Well pictures don’t always tell a story.

mochar chop

What you won’t realise is that this fairly tasty mochar (banana flowers) chop had a strand of hair in it.

Replaced immediately by the staff when I pointed it out. The chop not the hair.

luchi chholar daal

That while the luchis were good and the daal fragrant with ghee, the latter was under-salted.

check out the peas in the alur dom

That the lack of salt in the chholar daal was unfortunately compensated by the excess of salt in the alur dom.

And no, alur dom shouldn’t have koraishuti. Or peas for the uninitiated.


And that the tomato khejur and aamshoktor chaatni had only tomatoes. Worse still. Was served ice cold. Seemed wrong.

I checked on twitter. It was. *

And then there was the malpua…heated so much in the micro that it was shrouded in steam when the waiter got it to our table … and promptly disintegrated while serving. I didn’t even bother photographing it.

Pity had to happen on a day when I finally took my friend, who became a proud father just two days back, for a long promised Bengali vegetarian meal.

I must have had at least five great meals at Bijoli Grill Powai if not more. I am sure that this was a rare bad day.

I hope so.

* Twitter outrage against cold chaatni

10hKalyan KarmakarKalyan Karmakar@Finelychopped

Should Bong tomato chutneys be served cold in restaurants? Like fridge cold?

9hJarna GandhiJarna Gandhi@jarnagandhi

@Finelychopped chaatney ! Should be room temperature na?


9hKaniska ChakrabortyKaniska Chakraborty@kaniskac

@Finelychopped never. Slightly chilled is ok. Never in extremes, hot or cold.


9hAritro Chatterjee  Aritro Chatterjee @arichatt

@Finelychopped Na Dada gorom gorom better lage !! Mone hoy :-)

Satbir SinghSatbir Singh@thesatbir

@Finelychopped noooooooo! oshombhob!!

In reply to Kalyan Karmakar

Brown SahibaBrown Sahiba@Rajyasree

  • @Finelychopped Nope. I used to serve it at room temp though, not warm. Although I was told Oh Cal serves it chilled.


haha! loved the rant!
Hopefully you have better experience for your friend next time...
Kurush F Dalal said…
musta been havin a bad day had two superb meals there (after reading you initial recco) .... but then perhaps the emphasis is on the non veg here and they simply screw up the veggies ...??
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Somoo (home cooked) I hope i do...Bijoli Grill is my only hope for a good lunch in that area

@Kurush...i too hope they had a bad hair day...i don't think its a veg thing though...60 pc of each of the meals i had there was veg...shukto daal etc in the past has been pretty lives in hope
Ankan said…
So the chope chool story is actually correct :p Sad that this happened when you took your friend out. Had i been there with a few fellow Calcuttans, this would have made me feel more at home :) Jokes apart, the pictures just keep getting better! Is it the Canon. Noticed the white borders around the pictures with the shadow - adding a nice depth.
Jaya M said…
Hi Kalyan..
Well may be one bad day for the staff at the kitchen..I am sure after this they will have a parade LOL..
and well came here to inform you about a copycat site..many images are copied..I have mine also..and Sharmila says your image of golda chingri post is proudly being displayed as his/her work..have a look --
have put up a link in FB..

Not to overshadow the festive feeling right now..Wish you and yours happy Holi..
Unknown said…
I understand home cooks having bad days. But restaurants having a bad day with most of their dishes? Unacceptable.

P.S. I do add koraishurti to my alur dom during winters. And my tomator chaatney is always slightly cold. Else, all other Bong chaatney is room temp.
Meenakshi said…
I HATE when I find stray hair in restaurant food. Gives me the heebie-jeebies! My husband and I have had a few meals at Bijoli Grill, and they were quite nice. Like you said, must have been an off-day.
WeekendFarmer said…
Nice! Got so hungry. Just ate daal and karela baji for lunch. My American co-workers were wondering what I was eating : ).

Great I can just dream about dinner.
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Ankan...thanks, yes it is the canon...still getting to know it...just wish it wasn't so bulky...dropped the transfer wire from the clumsy bag the other day

@Jaya: thanks and hppy holi to you too...I saw the is not even a golda chingri

@Pree: I like chaatnee from the fridge too...but that's not the normal way like you said

@Meenakshee: I sure hope so

@weekendfarmer; thanks...nice to see your farm on your refreshing
Dew said… the foood ??? Arghhh very disgusting experience it can be!! Even the aloo dum doesnt look great..
I'm going to visit this place real soon. I hope they don't screw it up my first ever vegetarian Bengali food experience.