"The menu keeps changing each day so that we can offer a lot more options, Executive Chef Debdutta Banerjee added."
By Jinia Bose and Soumili Ghosh

Kolkata, April 14 - Indulge your taste buds this Bengali New Year with spicy cuisine alongside enticing beverages. From appetising Moroger Surua to yummy Bhetki Roll and Pomfret Paturi and improvised traditional sweets like Baked Malai Rosogolla, hotels in Kolkata have lined up a mouthwatering spread to woo their guests on Poila Baisakh on Tuesday.

From authentic dishes popular in erstwhile East Bengal - to an assortment of lip-smacking items associated with towns and regions of West Bengal, the wide variety in the menu could make gourmands spoilt for choice.

Underlining the theme Bangalir Bhuribhoj -, Kalash, the ethnic Indian restaurant of Hotel Hindusthan International, is ready to welcome its guests with a Aam Porar Sorbot - mocktail, accompanied by appetizers like Moroger Surua - and Pora Tomator Surua -.

The non-vegetarian mainstays include Bhapa Pabda -, Bikrampurer Murgir Roast - and Hanser Duck Banglow.

No Bengali feast is complete without desserts and hence the restaurant has attempted fresher variations like Baked Malai Diye Rasogolla -, Kalakand Diye Payesh - and the traditional Shakti Garer Langcha -.

Mythh, the 24-hour coffee shop of the same hotel, strives to attract gastronomes with quintessential Bengali delights like Aar Machher Jhal -, Murgh Biryani Kolkata Style and Mutton Quorma, along with Pan-Asian, Western and Indian delicacies. Rasogollar Payesh - and Hot Gulab Jamun finds a place in the dessert list, besides continental sweetdishes like Fresh Fruit Gateaux and Chocolate Grand Truffle Cake.

The Lalit Great Eastern, the new avatar of the city's landmark colonial era The Great Eastern, beckons foodies on Poila Baisakh with a menu themed Epar Bangla Theke Opar Bangla - at its Alfresco restaurant.

Gulping down the Gandhoraaj Lebur Sharbat-, one can move on to starters like Murgir Patisapta - and then dip into Enchorer Kaliya -, Dhokar Dalna, Pulao Ratno, Luchi - and Thakurbarir Dal -, to name a few. Those with a sweet tooth can relish Nolen Gurer Sandesh - and Chanar Payesh -.

No celebration is complete without food. Keeping this in mind, we have created a buffet that comprises dishes, which by their taste and smell, will remind people of everything Bengali, said Executive Chef Madhumita Mohanta.

Kolkata's niche Bengali food joint, 6 Ballygunge Place, known for its aesthethic decor and homely ambience, is ready to serve guests dishes like Pur Bhara Potol Posto -, Kasha Aloo Dum -, Bhetki Macher Roll -, Pomfret Macher Paturi - before rounding off with a brilliant evolution - Butterscotch Sandesh!

ITC Fortune Select Loudon has organised a three-day festival ending April 16 at its Zodiac restaurant to keep up with the festive spirit.

Christened Nabo Swade Nabo Barsho - the gourmet fare presents exquisite cuisine from the villages of Bengal.

One can gorge on a delectable array of preparations like Rewaji Mangsor Jhol -, Sorshe Dharosh - and Fulkopier Kalia -. For desserts, the Sita Bhog and Darbesh are some of the special highlights.

ITC Fortune Select Loudon Hotel General Manager Amitava Thakuruta said: The Bengali penchant for gourmandizing best comes through on Poila Baisakh when people love to revisit their roots. The true spirit of Poila Baisakh is incomplete without Bengali delicacies, so we are offering our patrons the best of Bengali cuisine.

The menu keeps changing each day so that we can offer a lot more options, Executive Chef Debdutta Banerjee added.

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