While the décor may be minimalist, the food speaks volumes. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the redolence of the dishes. For appetizer, why not start off with the Kathi Kabab Rolls ($6.90), pieces of chicken rolled in flaky Indian bread. Generously proportioned, it must be savoured hot and is a great opening to any meal. Be forewarned that if you are not too hungry, this appetizer in itself would suffice as a main course!
Then, treat yourself to a Bengali specialty – the Chingri Maacher Malai Curry or Prawn in Green coconut ($17.90). Recommended for the adventurous, this dish comprise of prawns simmered in coconut cream with a dash of cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. The end product is a house special which is not only intriguing in term of presentation but one that will pique one's imagination. Try this gravy by itself with a scoop of the coconut meat to your stir your senses and tickle your palate. This gravy also goes well with the assorted naans or Kolkata Mutton Biryani ($12.90). The Biryani is not oily and proved to be a treasure trove with the layers of spiced mutton and potatoes.
The Macher Paturi or Boneless Fish in Banana Leaf ($13.90) is another must try from the array of Bengali dishes. Keeping an open mind is almost a requirement here given the unusualness of this dish. The snapper fish is marinated in mustard paste and the end product is a refreshing concoction that is neither too pungent nor too bitter, leaving a mild mustard aftertaste. Ms Radhika Abbi, the restaurant's director explains that this “taste” has been tailored for Singapore, as the Bengalis prefer a much stronger mustard taste.
Roomali Roti or Handkerchief bread ($3.50) is an extremely thin piece of bread folded a number of times, just like its moniker. An art in itself, it must be savoured hot as it will gradually harden when cold. If you have room for just bread, then this has to be it! Team it with the roasted eggplant or Baingan Ka bharta ($7.90) which looks deceptively mild but as one chews through the soft eggplant, a piquant aftertaste will come fore or combine it with any of the aforementioned dishes and you will be assured of a lip smacking meal .
On the Punjab side, the Sarson da saag te Makki Roti ($11.90) is another interesting find. Served in a round metal tray, this dish comprised of maize bread, which is surprisingly heavy and very, very filling! Eat it with a puree of mustard greens, sugarcane or jaggeri and onions; to savour it like any true blue native.
For a variety of grills, try the Kabab e Tastar or mixed kabab patter ($24.90). The latter is a mixture of chicken, mutton and seafood. What makes this platter different is that it is cleverly orchestrated with fresh vegetables, herbs, spices and natural seasonings to give it an assortment of taste and colour.
If you think that your tummy is near bursting but has room for a small desert, then it has to be the Rossomalai ($5.90). The petite, fluffy and spongy cottage cheese ball soaked in milk is not too sweet and is just the right size to finish off a lovely meal.