When we decided to go to Asma at Baruipur Station for lunch, a lot of people were interested to come down. I floated the idea on Facebook, and there were several takers. However, in the end, it was a bunch of food loyalists who walked down Asma Baruipur and decided to eat the Biryani. Our guide of choice was SC, who has a fab blog here, and he decided to take us there (since I am hopeless with directions).
Seriously, have you ever been to a food trip? I have a few times, and I love it. The most important thing to be is not to be judgmental, since, I would say this out loud, food, like every other thing in life, is a very perspective-based matter. That means, its private, personal, and extremely tasty.
I like tasty.
So, SC, like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, looked back at us as he entered through the gates of Aasma Hotel. Now, the thing here is, the following post contains matters related to BEEF and so, if you are squeamish about meat, STOP READING!
As soon as we did, we found seats. At places like this, you dont care about anything else but the food. So, yeah, if you are the fine china and cutlery type, go away. This is not your place to be. This is a place where paper napkins are mostly unheard of, and the best they can give you is a spoon. We decided to sit upstairs and immediately ordered five Beef Biryanis (50/-), four plates of Beef Chaap (40/-), and a couple of plates of Bhuna Beef (38/-). Our food took about 5-6 minutes’ time to come in, and by that time, all of us looked and felt HUNGRY.
Beef Chaap
Enter the Chaap first. The beef is tender, a thin slice cooked to perfection, smothered in oil and a thick, sticky, spicy gravy that is so tasty that you would want to lick it off the end of your fingers. SC dove in, and I, after taking a hasty picture, tried my luck too.
Behold the perfectly cooked Chaap, over slow fire, each shred of meat dancing on my tongue. I was smitten.
Truth be told, when the Biryani came, I was already a third down my chaap, not worrying much since the bhuna would come later, as promised.
Beef Biryani

The biryani was light, not oily and greasy, but fluffy and tasty, with thick pieces of beef hiding in the rice. The helping was overgenerous, and though I can eat a plate at a go, today, thanks to my slight dizzy feeling, I felt that maybe it was too much. The potato was soft, and the spoon cut through the beef easily.

So, then the Beef Bhuna came in to join the party. I was quite happy with this one. The gravy was seriously rich, and really tasty. The meat was soft and succulent, and it was different and yes, godawfully tasty. I polished off half a plate before I gave up.
Beef Bhuna
The overeating led to packing, and we packed away whatever we could after finishing our meal. They pack food for takeaway in plastic or clay containers, so no trouble for those who might not be able to pick them up easily. The bill came to INR 527 (approximately $10) for the five of us, with five plates of Biryani, Four Chaaps, and Two Bhunas.
Yes, I know. Its like that.
Five really happy and extremely full people exited to guzzle down Mountain Dew and Seven Up afterwards. See you soon, Asma!
Asma Hotel
Baruipur Station,
Baruipur
Written by Poorna Banerjee

    23 Comments

  1. Annmarie Holguin 2016-11-30 at 7:08 am Reply

    Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  2. poorna banerjee 2012-12-08 at 12:51 am Reply

    No no, it has not degraded. I have been there since 2008 or so, and in recent times I ate there twice. The quality is just fine. And I have had the kabaabs too. Very tasty.

  3. brainbarshan 2012-12-07 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Hey nice post about the famous biryani corner of Baruipur.
    With those mouth watering pictures, you just refreshed my memory of the time in 2010-2011 when I used to spend the weekend evenings relishing 1 plate of beef birynai,1 plate of beef bhuna, 2 plates of kabab with 2 plates of salad. I am talking of those days when biryani was 40/- bhuna was 30/- and 1 plate of kabab used to cost 18/- only.
    You should have tried kabab also. They make it real jucy and tasty. 🙂
    However , I heard the quality of food has degraded there from the time they extended to a short spaced upper floor.

  4. poorna banerjee 2012-11-27 at 7:55 am Reply

    it will be a lot of fun if you do. 🙂

  5. Anonymous 2012-11-27 at 6:23 am Reply

    awww poorna so sweet of u… wud love to join u.. I really like ur blog… 🙂

  6. poorna banerjee 2012-11-22 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Dear Sharmistha, I have put up the procedure to join the food walks. If you are interested, do join the group on FB and then meet up. I would love to have you with us.

  7. Anonymous 2012-11-22 at 12:30 pm Reply

    it such good and unique concept to explore good food in the city.. being a foodie i wud love to join u and the group.. 🙂

    SHARMISTHA

  8. poorna banerjee 2012-11-21 at 8:25 am Reply

    Hello and Welcome! So glad you came over. And yes, for $10 for 5 people.

  9. Unknown 2012-11-21 at 5:53 am Reply

    That looks amazing!!!!!!!!! 😀 Especially the beef bhuna. And for $10? WOW.

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  10. poorna banerjee 2012-11-15 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Glad you liked it. 🙂

  11. Shehrzad Dastaan 2012-11-15 at 8:15 am Reply

    mouth watering.I really like your blog.it has variety and just the right amount of adventure.following you.please visit my blog and follow.

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  12. poorna banerjee 2012-11-13 at 8:28 pm Reply

    🙂 hello, thanks for coming over!

  13. ife 2012-11-13 at 6:10 pm Reply

    oh wow… awesomeeeeeeee………

  14. poorna banerjee 2012-11-12 at 4:44 pm Reply

    It is! If we go for a trip when you're in town, I will totally love it if you come by. BTW, a Banerjee and Veg!!!! Sacrilege Sacrilege!! 😀

  15. Sukanya 2012-11-12 at 2:19 pm Reply

    though am veg! but it woud have been fun to join the group if i was in kolkata!

  16. poorna banerjee 2012-11-12 at 10:42 am Reply

    It is essentially a Calcutta Specialty, and I have not really had it as good anywhere else.

  17. Not Quite Nigella 2012-11-12 at 7:30 am Reply

    I don't think I've ever tried chaap before, nor seen it on a menu. It sounds interesting! 🙂

  18. poorna banerjee 2012-11-12 at 3:08 am Reply

    yay! see you there!

  19. poorna banerjee 2012-11-12 at 3:02 am Reply

    The company, dude. The company. And the fact that a hungry me had leftover chap in the night. 😀

  20. Saptarshi Chakraborty 2012-11-12 at 2:28 am Reply

    Thank you for the pictures. The trip was indeed a memorable one, as all Aasma trips are.

  21. Pout Pretty 2012-11-11 at 11:48 pm Reply

    Awesome! Just joined 🙂

  22. poorna banerjee 2012-11-11 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Join this group called Sunday Morning Breakfast Lunch Club. Loads of members. A lot of them serious foodies and like going on food trips. Join in and join us! Also, I often go for impromptu food trips, and mostly announce it on FB with a free for all status. If you like, come over. I would love to have you.

  23. Pout Pretty 2012-11-11 at 8:53 pm Reply

    My God lady..u just gave me a foodgasm with the pics n description. How do I join these food trips?

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