-By Marryam H Reshii
When you are celebrating 60 years of world-class catering, you have realized the seasonality of their business: It's not wedding season all the year round. So you venture into the restaurant business that virtually never has an off-season. Bijoli Grill is one of Kolkata's oldest and most venerable caterers: At the height of wedding season, there could be as many as 25 weddings, all catered to by this company. Fish Kobiraji (the Bengali equivalent of a Spanish omelette), Prawn Cutlet, Pabda Jhal - every wedding favourite is on its menu. There is a rush for its Bengali Thali, Malai Curry and Fish Fry. It pulls you towards its stall bijolir moto (like electricity).
Review posted within last 6 month
On my numerous visits to Dilli Haat, I had eaten at Bijoli Grill several times. The restaurant in a true blue Bengali way is little heavy in their non-veg offerings. They serve speciality Kolkata preparations such as fish/chicken kabiraji (fish/chicken cutlet with egg coverage), fish orley, chicken/mutton kasha, daab chingri (prawn cooked with tender coconut)… But Bengal does boast of excellent vegetarian dishes (mochar ghonto, shukto, alu-posto, dhokar dalna…); sadly these are totally missing from their menu.
In our recent outing, we wanted to avoid rice and thus their fish thali, which comes only with rice and other fish preparations, which are best enjoyed with rice, were ruled out. We had ordered a portion of chicken sweet corn soup (Rs.90.00 per portion) from their Chinese menu, four pieces of baby naan (Rs.35.00 a piece) and two plates of chicken kasha (Rs.155.00 per plate) for two of us. The soup tasted just OK like the dime-a-dozen Chinese food vendors of the neighbourhood. The naan was quite fluffy and not like its Delhi cousin, which comes in huge sizes soaked in butter. A portion of chicken kasha came with two very large chunks of chicken but the gravy failed to match the quality or taste of its famed Kolkata cousin.
I would prefer Bijoli Grill for their variety of snacks la Kolkata style and urge them to include a few veg dishes for a wholesome culinary experience in the future.
Review posted more than a year ago
Ambience: at par with Dilli Haat
This joint is the Bengal outlet in Dilli Haat. So what's the advantage? well.. One can shop, attend various festivals those are organized from time to time & also enjoy cuisines from all parts of India. And the disadvantage? If you want to visit Bijoli Grill exclusively, then you need to buy entry ticket to have the average food, sitting in the open, under a tree. The attitude of the staff is so unprofessional that it sometimes reaches to the level of irritating. Even then, if you want to try Bengali cuisine while on your next visit to Dilli Haat, then its worth a try!!!
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