The first thing that hits you upon entering Oh! Calcutta was how efficient and professional the service was. As the evening wore on, I realised that I'd interacted with at least 3 wait-staff (besides the maitre'd), and each & everyone of them - young or the more mature ones - was as marvellous as the next! They were discrete, yet totally confident and knowledgeable enough to interact and answer their customers' queries. Now *that* is what I call top-notch front of the restaurant service.
The main dining room was very tastefully done - minimalist and with clean, soothing lines. One wall had framed stills from old Bengali movies.
What about the kitchens? Oh wow Oh! Calcutta, that's all that I can say. Each dish was a delight to one's senses: moist, delicious fish preparations resultant from a perfect balance of spices, with a stab of pungent mustard oil. Heck, the Bengalis do love their mustard oil - I even found that in abundance in their tomato chutney when I mixed that with their "Hersheys Kisses"-sized/shaped little tear-drop dumplings. Bengalis also have a sweet tooth - the cucumber-yoghurt raita came across as almost dessert-like ... which suited me fine, as I myself have a sweet tooth (probably why I *loved* the Bengali food I'd had in Dhaka, Bangladesh).
The non-alcoholic drinks we had before the meal were fabulous:
- Aam Porar Shorbot - green mango juice flavored with black pepper and fennel.
- a rather sweet though quite refreshing Cranberry-orange punch.
What we had:
- Bekti Ghondoraj - steamed "Bekti" (freshwater fish from Kolkata) flavored with Ghondoraj citrus fruit - considered in Bengal as the "King of Limes".
- Oh! Calcutta's house speciality: Ilish Shorshay, where the hilsa herring fish is cooked in a pungent, mustard-spiked curry sauce guaranteed to clear your sinuses in the morning. The curry included chunks of herring roe. One should mash the roe and mix it into rice with lashings of the mustard-spice gravy to obtain a delicious cereal consistency. To-die for!
Didn't order any vegetables here, although the banana flower croquettes certainly looked intriguing.
- Mishti Doi - Bengal's most popular dessert: yoghurt sweetened with jaggery.
- Bhapa Sondesh - a steamed Bengali pudding consisting of cottage cheese and date jaggery
This restaurant is a must-not-miss dining destination!
House of Lords
15/16 St.Marks Road
Tel+ 9180 2227 7722