It is no secret that Bengal is at the apex position when it comes to art, literature, travel and food in all of India. With names like Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen, Subhash Chandra Bose, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kishore Kumar and Sarojini Naidu, if there were any doubts they would vanish in thin air. If you are still contemplating then to top it all, even our national anthem is by a Bengali – Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian to gain a Nobel Prize.
A place so rich in culture has to be equally good in food to meet the prime level of satisfaction for its knowledge hungry people. Just a few days ago I was invited for a lunch review at Sonar Bangla by TWCI (The Writers Collective of India), located in Sector 56, Gurgaon. The place downright denies the look and appeal of an up-notch eatery and gives a very homely feeling with a basic setup on the first floor. Upon entering, the first thing that meets the eye are the exotic Bengali sweets followed by the rest of the seating area.
Tantalized as I already was with dessert, there was no sense in waiting before I ordered. So I started with a main course straight away as I was unwilling to leave so many delicacies untouched. The first dish was Doi-Rui kaliya, which is Rui fish cooked with curd in tomato and onion gravy – slightly spicy and great tasting, perfect to go with plain rice. Next was Ilish Bhapa in mustard gravy, which is the fish I literally day-dream of. This fish can only be procured for short spans when it swims from Bangladeshi waters towards India. The fish never disappoints me and this experience was nothing different from others – wrapped in thick mustard paste I simply loved the pungency of it.
The Posto chicken was another delight, which worked evenly well with plain boiled rice as well as the tawa parathas. Now the dessert section was extensive and I wanted to squeeze in as much as I could but unfortunately I am a human being who comes with limits on how much I could push in.Hence, I opted for Langcha or Lady-Kenny. Now, there is a story behind this peculiar name, which is that Lady Charlotte Canning (wife of Lord Charles John Canning) tasted this once and it became her favorite dessert till her last breathe, hence the name. The last one was Nolen-Gur Rasogolla which is chena rasgulla sweetened with jaggery. It tastes unlike anything else I’ve had. I could not resist from ordering another one after only five minutes of eating the first.
The PLF for the place is 850 for two, the place can be contacted on (+91)9911346465 & the suggestive orders are Ilish Bhapa, Posto Chicken and Nolen-Gur Rasogulla.