While there are people going ga-ga over the buffet at Calcutta 27, the latest addition to Taj Bengal’s repertoire, I was excited after seeing the menu and finding a set of dishes that were curated from around Taj hotels across the globe. I was particularly struck by the unusual choices made during curation – it specifically emphasised on the countries which have been, in some manner, influenced by India, and vice versa. Apart from the Fish ‘n Chips, all the dishes had a vegetarian version, which is definitely good news for the vegetarians of the city.
Nasi Goreng (Taj Langkawi)
The use of coconut milk was pretty prominent in this dish, and although not as spicy as the ones I’d had in and around Kuala Lumpur, the crunchy wafers and egg on top definitely added to my Malaysia hangover.
Bunny Chow (Taj Capetown)
With an interesting history of stuffing curry into hollowed out shells of white bread, the Bunny Chow made here uses a bun instead, stuffed with a mild chicken curry, with a yogurt and cream-based sauce and a side of chutney to jazz things up.
Vegetable/Fish Exotica (Taj Maldives)
With chunks of fish and prawns carefully arranged on top of one another, the dish was doused with a coconut-curry sauce which either you love or hate. I wasn’t too sure of it, since the coconut did tend to overpower everything else, but the expression on D’s face confirmed otherwise.
Fish ‘n Chips (Taj London)
Beer-battered fish, mushy peas, hand-cut fries, tartar sauce, vinegar, and lime wedge – who can go wrong with such a dish? To top it all, the fish – oh, the fish – buttery, tender, and combined with the crunchy coating – a comforting plateful for the Bengali soul on a wintry afternoon.
Lamprais (Taj Colombo)
This was a dish I was eagerly waiting for, since I have never visited Sri Lanka and have limited knowledge about their cuisine. The dish came wrapped in banana leaf, and after unravelling, was a delightful mishmash of well-cooked yellow rice, chunks of meat cooked in a coconutty curry, and halved eggs, fried and boiled. Fish balls completed the dish – mashed portions of peppery fish which complemented the curry and rice.
The a-la-carte dishes are available round the clock at Cal 27, and is open 24/7. You can also check out their breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet, or their grills, that are well-known as well (they have grilled tiger prawns). A meal for two will cost roughly INR 3500/-.
Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was invited to taste the dishes by the management of Taj Bengal.