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

Nasi goreng

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

Bunny Chow

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.

Fish Exotica

Fish Exotica

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

Fish n chips

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

Lamprais

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.

Written by Poorna Banerjee

    14 Comments

  1. Sandy N Vyjay 2017-12-11 at 5:16 am Reply

    Firstly, it was highly innovative of the hotel to curate the best dishes from across the hotels of the Taj group from all over the world. But what I really like was the fact that there are vegetarian variations for most of the dishes. Being vegetarians ourselves, this was indeed heartening to note.

  2. David 2017-12-10 at 8:36 pm Reply

    Great pictures of food! It looks superb, yum! Thanks for this

  3. Punita Malhotra 2017-12-07 at 11:59 am Reply

    The pictures are fabulous and the dishes are all mouth-watering. Needless to say, Taj is Taj. One of the things on my agenda when I go to Kolkata next, is to have a food tour. You have certainly given me ‘food for thought’ 🙂

  4. lisa 2017-12-05 at 6:40 am Reply

    Indian food is some of my best!! I found this very interesting and my mouth was watering…. wow those Taj hotels know their food… I will remember that next time.

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-12-06 at 10:55 am Reply

      🙂 they sure do!

  5. Jas 2017-12-05 at 12:18 am Reply

    Okay… totally not a good idea to be reading this on an empty stomach because boy am I just drooling all over my laptop here! That lamprais looks and sounds absolutely to die for. Just reading your descriptive explanation felt like I could smell the curry and taste the fish balls even. I might just have to book a flight over to India to try all these delicious dishes!!!

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-12-06 at 10:58 am Reply

      My blog is known to be terrible for those on a diet.

  6. My Travelogue by Bhushavali 2017-12-04 at 10:09 pm Reply

    Ha! That sounds nice. Being a veggie, I’ll definitely check out this hotel when I head to Kolkota!
    Being a Taj hotel, the price tag isn’t really comfortable though! But its good for once in the trip pampering…

  7. Michelle 2017-12-04 at 11:14 am Reply

    Wow Wow! How lucky that you got to taste such a delicious spread 🙂

  8. Dominic 2017-12-04 at 9:03 am Reply

    I love the Taj hotels and make it a point to always stay at these properties when I am travelling through India. The restaurants are always great – but love this menu featuring a dish from the various properties around the world. Yum.

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-12-04 at 12:57 pm Reply

      🙂

  9. Martha 2017-12-04 at 8:10 am Reply

    My mouth is watering after reading this. I want to book a plane ticket right now and visit this restaurant. I love trying new cuisine and can definitely so I’ve never tried food from Calcutta.

  10. Bee 2017-12-03 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Looks fantastic! A little far from Vancouver but would love to try next time I’m in town :)!

  11. Chris 2017-12-03 at 3:36 pm Reply

    I’m usually one of the less adventurous people around when it comes to food, but the way everything here is described makes me want to give it a shot. Well written, and excellent images to boot.

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