“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey.
I’m honestly overwhelmed by the responses I received for my Weekend Planner edition. From getting tagged at random Facebook posts, to WhatsApp messages, to retweets to even word of mouth appreciation- trust me when I say that I’m deeply humbled and am glad I could provide solutions for your stomach gurgles.
The Hindu and Punjabi calender embarks the New Year celebrations on April 14 and April 15 respectively. Vaisakhi (Punjab), Poila Boishak (Bengal), Bohag Bihu (Assam) or Puthandu (Tamil Nadu); whatever be the name; it’s sole purpose is simple- to embark thanksgiving and roistering.
The City of Joy therefore gives you another reason to satiate your appetite this New Years. Come join in the celebrations for your hankering.
Celebrate Poila Boishak and Baisakhi, Saffron, The Park (April 10- April 19)
Get the richness of Punjab and succulent flavours of Bengal under one roof as Saffron celebrates the festivities of Baisakhi and Poila Boisakh with a special A la carte menu for lunch and dinner. The 10 day extravaganza will see separate Punjabi and Bengali menus respectively. While the Punjabi menu incorporates delights like the Amritsari Macchi, Rahra Gosht, Pindi Chana and Aloo Masaley Da Pulao; the Bengali flavours include the likes of Chhena Kasundi Paturi, Samudri Pabda Macher Jhal, Mochar Ghonto, Topse Maach Bhaja, among others. If mix and match is more your thing, you could even customize your own thali. While lunch commences from 12:30pm- 3:30 pm; dinner begins from 7pm and stretched till 11pm.
Address: 17 Park Street,
Contact: (033) 4004-9000
The Poila Boishak Buffet, Haji Saheb (April 10- April 30)
Kolkata’s newest Mughlai outlet on Park Circus, ensures that the Bengali New Year is celebrated with utmost fervour for all its patrons by introducing a special weekday and weekend lunch/dinner buffet this entire month. Patrons can savour delights from the given menu below :
Address: 26, Circus Avenue
Gourmet Delight, Aaheli, Peerless Inn (April 13-April 30)
The city’s most beloved Bengali haunt celebrates the festivities gourmet style the entire month. You could dig into a wide range of starters like Pyaz Poster Boda, Mochar Chop, Dhakai Bheti; or sink your teeth to mouth watering main course like Kadoli Pushpo Ghonto, Jheenge Aaloo Posto, Daab Chingri Pelobata. You could also opt for their vegetarian thali Aaheli Mahautsob or their non vegetarian thali Naboborsher Bhuri Bhoj before you satisfy your sweet tooth with a range of authentic Bengali sweet preparations like Aahelir Sandesh, Kheer Kalash Bhog, Doi Kalash, etc.
Address: 12, Jawaharlal Nehru Road
Contact: (+91) 9903034456
Bangladeshi Delights, Aura, The Sonnet (April 14- April 16)
This Poila Boishak, celebrate the flavours of authentic Bangladeshi delicacies at Aura.The four star property lays a delectable spread of dishes like Ol Chingri, Ilisher Tok, Khashi Lobonger Dalcha, Parse Maacher Telkajoli, Tel koi and a whole lot of vegetarian nom noms as well. The menu is A la carte and is availble for both lunch and dinner.
Address: Block: DD,
Plot No: 8, Sector -1,
Contact: (033) 66339009
Thakurbarir Diary, K19, The Park Plaza ( April 15)
Always wanted to experience what Poet Laureate Rabindranath Tagore feasted during the festive season? Well K 19 at the Park Plaza brings your fantasy to life this Bengali New Year. Indulge whole heartedly with Aam Porar Shorbot, Gondhoraj Mangsher Chop, Maachher Pathisapta, Dal Raibahadur, Borishali Chingri, Lau Patae Ilish Paturi , Lady Kenny Cheesecake among others. This special lunch and dinner buffet is available on April 15th only so kindly make your reservations at the earliest.
Address: 17, Garcha 1st Lane,
Contact: (033) 40409999
A Reason To Celebrate, La Terrasse, Oberoi Grand (April 15)
Enjoy the customary Poila Boishakh smorgasbord with an early lunch at La Terrasse, The Oberoi Grand. Sink your teeth in the delicious Prawn Kobiraji, Ilish Paturi, Bekti Butter Fry alongside mouth watering Bengali desserts like Makha Sandesh, Chanar Payesh Rajbhog, that guarantees no stopping at one bite.
Address: 15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road,
Contact : (033) 2249-2323
Poila Boishak Lunch Buffet, Jhaal Farezi (April 15)
This quaint little establishment near the AJC Bose Road flyover introduces an elaborate Poila Boishak lunch buffet spread to welcome the festive season. The buffet hosts a fascinating blend of dishes including victuals like Jhuri Aloo Bhaja, Kucho Chingrir Narkel Bhapa, Gandharaj Chicken , Papad Bhaja and Nolen Gurer Souffle among others.
Address : 42, Circus Avenue,
Contact : (033) 65020202
Noboborsho Special, 6 Ballygunge Place (April 15)
The pocket pinch for this relishing buffet is INR 1000 plus taxes so if you want to grab hold of this king size spread; make your reservations now. The Buffet is available at both the Ballygunge and Salt Lake outlets.
Address: 1) Salt Lake – DD Block,
Salt Lake, Sector- 3
2) Ballygunge- 6, Ballygunge Place
Contact : Ballygunge Place – (033) 24603922/ (+91) 9903975614
Salt Lake – (033) 23372120/ (+91) 9748606000
Noboborsho Special, First Innings, The Stadel (April 15)
Poila Boishak is the realisation and manifestation of an ardent dream as it marks the 12th anniversary of the Stadel. The four star property therefore ensures there is double reason to celebrate with an A la Carte menu to mark the celebrations. The menu caters to both Indian as well as Chinese vegetarian and non vegetarian variants to choose from.
Lunch commences between 12 noon till 4 pm while Dinner takes place from 7pm onwards.
Address: Gate no # 3,
Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan,
Salt Lake Stadium, Sector-3,
Kolkata – 700106
Contact: (033) 23357220
Bengali New Year Week, Durbari, Swissotel (April 14- April 20)
The Swissotel rings in a week long of traditional Bengali fervour with the best of delicacies spread across A la Carte platters fit for a king. The menu will feature the likes of Ankuri Chola Ar Chicken Chaat, Sonali Chingri, Doi Ilish, Mangshor Chop, Khashir Steamer Curry, Kacha Lanka Mmurgi , Chocolate Patishapta and Pan Ice cream among others. The festivities will commence for dinner from Monday till Sunday between 7pm – 11pm; while the weekends will see an additional lunch between 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm (Friday to Sunday) respectively. There will also be a ‘ Special Bengali Brunch’ on April 19th at INR 1000 plus taxes per person.
Address: City Centre New Town,
Action Area 2 D,
Plot No.11/5,New Town Rajarhat,
Contact : (033) 6626-6541
I’m sure I’m missing out on quite a few names from this list. Please note this is NOT a top 10, nor a database…. just a few places which caught my eye. As long as you go out and spread the love and jollification amongst family and your loved ones this festive season; my job here is done. Happy New Year the Indian way 🙂