Uttam Bhoj at ITC Sonar Kolkata



Uttam Bhoj at ITC Sonar, Kolkata part of Dinner Buffet Price Rs. 2250/- plus taxes


     Uttam Bhoj is being held by ITC Sonar by Chef Gunjan Goela who is presenting food made in rajasic (one which excites the senses) and sattvic (one which heals the senses) styles. Old Delhi inspired vegetarian cuisine is being served as part of the dinner buffet at Eden Pavilion till the 7th of June. A couple of us got to taste some items on the menu in a preview held by the restaurant. I happen to love Delhi cuisine especially since I have grown up with its flavors and stories since my mom hales from the city. She fondly recounts her childhood for us where the chaats and food from the “paratha wale gali” plays dominant roles…

 
Uttam Bhoj at ITC Sonar Kolkata
Tamatori Mattha
Uttam Bhoj at ITC Sonar Kolkata
Clockwise from top – Ghugni, Shakargandhi ki chaat, Dahi Bhalla
Uttam Bhoj at ITC Sonar Kolkata
Gol Guppa

 

     I was looking forward to the meal especially to see how the food would be since it was supposed to be “sattvik”. Usually hearing that term brings to mind plain food that is served during fasting aka bland and boring (most of the time). How would such food fare on a buffet menu was a question that I kept asking myself. We started of our meal with some buttermilk which tasted a little sour and different than usual. On inquiring about its unusual taste the chef mentioned that it contained tomato in it and the drink was Tamatori Mattha. I would have never guessed that the drink contained tomatoes as only the tang was present and not their taste. I’m not a fan of tomatoes but this drink I liked as it just hit the spot for me šŸ™‚

Uttam Bhoj at ITC Sonar Kolkata
Clcokwise from left – Pulao, Aloo ki sabzi, Aam ki Sabzi
Uttam Bhoj at ITC Sonar Kolkata
From left – Kofta, Khichdi, Ghwar phalli

     Next we got to try out some of the famous snacks of Delhi like Ghugni, Shakargandhi ki chaat, Dahi Bhalla, Gol Guppa…it has been a street food bonanza for me recently and I’m getting to eat some of my favs from Kolkata to Delhi šŸ™‚ The main course started pouring in and from then on I was lost in the taste of it all. Nothing was bland or boring but rather was brimming with taste! From poori’s to pulao to kofta’s and different types of sabzi’s we were spoilt for choices. I loved the aloo ki sabzi and the aam ki sabzi a lot. There was this kofta, whose name I forgot, which was super yum. There were so many things to try but I was stuffed half way through. Well had to keep some space for the desserts šŸ˜€

Uttam Bhoj at ITC Sonar Kolkata
Chef Gunjan Goela

 

Uttam Bhoj at ITC Sonar Kolkata
Clockwise from left – Seviyan, Rabri with Falooda, Chandrakala

     We were served Chandrakala, Seviyan and Rabri with Falooda…ah the quintessential old school stuff. I have always been found of seviyan and rabri so was quick to dig into those. The dishes were not overtly sweet but at the same time were satisfying for the sweet craving. I could have done with a bit more rabri in my glass than the falooda. Chandrakala is not something that I usually like and I ended up skipping it after a little taste. That was a decent end to a filling and satisfying meal. I wish my stomach had allowed me to try out some of the things I had to skip. This has been some of the tastiest food that I have tried in recent times and completely blew the image of Sattvik khanna from my mind. Definitely a must try if you are in town. The dinner buffet is priced at Rs. 2250/- plus taxes per person and the timings for it are from 7:00 to 11:45 pm. Catch you later!