Food, festival and football are the three aspects of a typical Bengali. They are very passionate about these three things. Come monsoon and this passion takes on a new turn with Hilsa coming in the fish markets of the city. To cater to this love for this fish from the Bay of Bengal, Kolkata’s top restaurant Oh! Calcutta started the fortnightly Hilsa festival at the restaurant. Sportspersons like Sambaran Banerjee, Laxmiratan Shukla and Ranadeb Bose were present at the restaurant to extend their support to this food festival.
Tasty Bengali Fish Hilsa Dishes at Kolkata Hilsa Festival (You Tube)
The festival will be serving this intensely delicious fish in both the traditional dishes and also in some experimental dishes. This has been done so as to appease to the taste buds of both the traditional as well as the experimental fish lovers.
Some of the traditional dishes available at the Hilsa festival include Ilisher Jhol, Shorshay Ilish, Ilish paturi, Borishaler Ilish Dim Bhaja and others. Amongst the new experimental dishes, Pyara Ilish, Ilisher Devil, Smoked Hilsa, Kumro Pata Aam aacharer Ilish also have been introduced.
The steamed, smoked and grilled preparations not only give lightness to the dishes but also enable the people to get a taste of the finest Hilsa in the ingenious steamed style. This is also healthy and will be a good option for the health conscious individuals.
Debasish Ghosh, GM, Oh! Calcutta said “We have a good supply chain and thankfully we have not faced any problem even during scarcity of the fish. The festival will be serving both the traditional and the experimental dishes to the customers. Of all the mouth watering dishes presented Sholoana Bangaliana’s favorite pick were the Pyara Ilish and Ilisher Devil; which were also the new additions to the menu. Though we have decided to hold this as a fortnightly festival, it may extend up to twenty five days like the earlier versions”.
The lunch for two individuals will cost around Rs. 1450 plus taxes. The lunch will be available from 12.30 to 3.30 pm while the dinner will be available from 7 to 11 pm.
Give your taste buds a refreshing break and head straight to Oh! Calcutta for the taste of Hilsa.