BottleDeck – Feast From The East

I have always admired bengali cusuine for it’s sweets and desserts but being a vegetarian I never had the opportunity to taste vegetarian bengali delicacies, until an invite arrived in my inbox from Bottledeck. Bottle deck is an open air-dining restaurant that has a Bengali Food Festival happening that aims to bring authentic flavours of bengal to the city.

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The rooftop restaurant is located in an apartment hotel on the outskirts of Pune city, bang on the Mumbai-Pune bypass road. As you enter, there is a large seating area with glass bottles turned into lamps that adrorn the entire restaurant space. The mosiacs on the walls, with dim lighting on a chilly winter evening made our dinning expereince even more amazing.

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For starters we were served Narkol diya posto bada, Beguni, Mochar chop, Bharwan alu tandoori. Each of the starters were freshly prepared and served warm accompanied with Kacha Kola Pepe Soup and sprouted moong salad. I’m not a fan of Brinjal but the Beguni, lighly spiced and deep fried in chickpea batter was delish. Another very authetic starter was the narkol doya posto bada, which was nothing but potato and coconut cakes covered in poppy seeds and deep fried. Mochar chop that is, banana flower fritters was a favourful and healthy delicacy.

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We were fully stuffed when main course arrived, which consisted of Sukto, Jhinge alu posto, Paneer dolma, Pui sag allu bodi deyeSukto is a traditional Bengali curry, bitter-sweet in taste. It consists of mixed vegetables in a coconut based curry and it goes best with steamed rice. This is a very easy recipe where Jhinge or Ridgegourd and Aloo are cooked with Poppy seeds, best eaten with hot phulkas. Paneer dolma was good in taste with tender paneer cubes in a mild sweet and sour tomato gravy, it went well with the traditional bengali deep fried bread call Luchi. Bengali main course is incomplete without the Pui sag alu bodi, a green leafy vegetable cooked with boiled potatoes and lightly spiced. Bhaja sona munger dal, that is bengali style mung dal with kadi suti pulao was comfort food in the truest sense.

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Bengali cuisine is incomplete with their remarkable sweets and so to end our meal, we were served with potions of Ras malai, Langcha and Chocolate ice-cream. The ras malai was spongy, fresh and had the perfect level of sweetness and texture. Langcha is a sweet that is very similar to Gulab jamun, deep fried wheat dumplings dipped in sugar syrup and coated with some more sugar!

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If you love bengali food or have never tasted it before, you must not miss a visit to this food festival! All thanks to the delicious food and amazing hospiality of the staff, we truly enjoyed our dinning experience at Bottledeck. Since they are a new establishment, other than a few hiccups on the management front, the restaurant is bound to give you an overall great experience and leave you wanting for more!

What is your favorite Bengali delicacy?

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