No Bengali celebration is complete without food!
Bengalis (not Bongs!) live by the adage ‘baroh mashe tero parbon’ (celebrating 13 festivals in 12 months). And it all begins with Poila Baishak or the Bengali New Year. When talking of celebrations, how can food not be on the list? From luchi, cholar dal, begun bhaja, alur dom (fried puffed bread, split Bengal gram lentil, fried brinjals and spicy potato) for breakfast to kosha mangsho, chingri-r malai curry and ilish bhapa (spicy mutton curry, prawn curry in coconut milk and steamed hilsa) for lunch to basanti pulao and murgi-r mangsh-er jhol (sweet rice and chicken curry) for dinner, the preparations begin weeks in advance.

But for those who can’t make time for the kitchen, yet wish to enjoy the beginning of the New Year with a hearty meal, here are some delectable options.

KOLKATA

Durbari, Swissotel
Sitting in Kolkata, this Bengali New Year, Durbari brings to you the flavours of Bangladesh. A special menu created for the occasion by eminent chef Nayana Afroz from Dhaka will tickle your taste buds with recipes and spices brought in for this occasion. Start building your appetite for the Bhorta Thali with four varieties of bhorta (minced dishes). Also, make space for dhakai musallam murgi and katla kebab. Ongoing till April 15th, 2019.

Price: Rs 1500 plus taxes for a three-course meal

The Rajbari Bawali
Owned by the Mundal dynasty of Bhavali, this 250-year-old architecture is now a heritage hotel. Enjoy the scrumptious buffet lunch or relive the grandeur with the special sit-down Zamindari Thali lunch. Also, a great option for a quick weekend getaway, if you book in advance, you can enjoy a boat ride on the River Hooghly to digest the delicious meal and prepare your appetite for the equally delectable dinner. There will be a special menu for April 14-15, 2019.
Price: Starting at Rs 1250 plus taxes

Itachuna Rajbari (Hooghly)
Built by the Kundu family in 1776, Itachuna Rajbari is a popular weekend getaway. Every year to mark the beginning of the Poila Boishakh, the management organises a Maha Bhoj (grand meal) for its guest and visitors. This will be on from April 13-15, 2019. With both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available, start with the traditional ghee-bhaat and five types of fried vegetables, move on to vegetables and lentils, take your fill of vegetarian or non-vegetarian main course, and end with traditional desserts and paan.
Price: Rs 1149 plus taxes

Chilekotha
Built as a tribute to the old homes of Kolkata and the small attics on terrace, Chilekotha is fast becoming synonymous with delicious fusion food in the city. This Bengali New Year, the menu will offer every Bengali favourite but with a twist.  While you wait for the bhapa ilish (steamed Hilsa), gorge on the chicken wings that are a part of the meal. But leave some space in your tummy for their speciality, tok jhal mishti prawn (sour, spicy, sweet prawn). And all this with a special live musical evening. The menu will be available on April 14-15, 2019.
Price: Starts at Rs 750

Victoria Tramcar Restaurant
What better way to celebrate Poila Boishakh than travel in the oldest mode of transport, trams! And if you get served your favourite dishes during the journey then we bet, you would be the happiest soul on earth. Travelling everyday between Sealdah and Khidderpore, this tramcar restaurant offers a fine-dining experience. Take your pick from Mughlai, Bengali, Continental and Chinese. It is best to make a reservation as it can only seat 27 guests at a time. There is a special menu for April 14-15, 2019.
Price: Starts at Rs 750

MUMBAI

Bhojohori Manna
Only for one day, April 15, 2019, Bhojohori Manna outlets In Mumbai will be serving special Bengali thalis for lunch and dinner to celebrate Poila Boishakh. With 10 popular non-vegetarian dishes that include kosha mangsho and paayesh,  the vegetarian meal will have around 7-8 authentic delicacies. Make a beeline for any of the seven restaurants in the city!
Price: Rs 1195 plus taxes for non-vegetarian meal; Rs 695 plus taxes for vegetarian meal

Peetuk
To celebrate Bengali New Year, Peetuk has a special feast on offer with 15 favourite Bengali dishes such as jhoori alu bhaja, postor bora, kosha mangsho and tomato khejur chutney starting from April 12-17, 11:30 am onwards.
Price: Rs 699 plus taxes.

Food Boutique by Pia Promina Dasgupta Barve
Bandra-based Pia Promina Dasgupta Barve renowned for her Anglo-Indian, Jewish and Bengali food is hosting a Bengali New Year brunch at The Bombay Gymkhana on April 14, 2019. Apart from an a la carte menu, there are also pre-plated vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals as well. Some of the star dishes of the menu are mochar chop, daab chingri, jinger kumro paturi and pineapple chutney.
Price: Rs 499 for vegetarian pre-plated meal; Rs Rs 599 for non-vegetarian pre-plated meal

Euphorea’s Kitchen
A special home-delivery menu has been curated by Rhea Mitra-Dalal for Poila Boishakh. Available from April 13-15, 2019, orders need to be placed ASAP for a delectable spread that includes potol posto, dimer devil, bhetki kalia and more!

Rajbari Rasoi
Indulge in classic Bengali dishes as such as beetroot chop, gondhoraj chicken, shukto, potol bhaja, narkel gur patishapta, as part of the exclusive Poila Boishakh buffet from April 13-15, 2019 at Andheri’s Rajbari Rasoi.
Price: Rs 795

Mustard
A Franco-Bengali restaurant, Mustard in Worli is celebrating Rongali Bihu, which falls on the same day as Bengali New Year. Curated by Kashmiri Nath, the Unsavoured Assam a la carte menu is available from April 12-16, 2019.

DELHI

Mist, The Park New Delhi
On Sunday, April 14, 2019, Mist's Sunday Brunch will have a host of Bengali delicacies to celebrate Poila Boishakh. Dishes will include macher kalia, panch phoran tadka vegetables, khir mohana and more.
Price:  Rs 2795 plus taxes with unlimited IMFL drinks; Rs 2593 plus taxes without alcohol.

Luchee
In an effort to showcase the exquisite variety of vegetarian Bengali dishes, Delhi-based Luchee is hosting a meal with 21 dishes to pick from on April 13, 2019.
Price: Rs 1200 per person.

PAN-INDIA

Oh ! Calcutta
The celebrated Bengali restaurant has a special Borshoboron, Bengali New Year, special a la carte menu. The menu will be available at all outlets from April 10-23, 2019. Dishes include kancha aam diye maach (grilled fish marinated in raw mangoes mustard), daaber torkari (seasonal veggies cooked with tender coconut kernels) and kosha kakra (slow cooked crabs).

With inputs from Nilofer Sen.

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