Way back in my childhood and partially into my adult life, restaurants serving Bengali food just did not exist. I remember people visiting Calcutta too lamented the fact that if you wanted to eat good Bengali food you would have to hope that somebody would invite you to their homes. Calcutta too did not have too many restaurants serving Bengali food. Oh yes there were the road side stalls, but one sort of hesitated to eat there. Thankfully things have changed, Calcutta for many years has a number of Bengali restaurants but what is interesting is that Bombay too is fast catching up. It all started with Only Fish which later transformed into Oh! Calcutta, others like Bhojohori Manna, Bijoli Grill followed. Then there is Hangla, a chain of road side stalls with outlets in several places in Bombay, but in recent times the restaurant that gets my vote is Bong Bong.
|Exterior of the restaurant|
If you happen to opt for pulao instead of luchis, you are assured a sumptuous meal as the plain steamed rice along with pulao, which has generous dose of raisins and cashew nuts, makes for a filling lunch. It would be wise to share it with someone.
All the dishes are delicious and what is most important is that they make it to suit your taste, so when I say ‘no chillies’, they serve the dish without chillies.
Having tasted most of the dishes on the menu, I can say that Bong Bong gives you good value for money. We have eaten several times at Oh!Calcutta, the food there is excellent but what we noticed was some of the dishes are over spiced making the dishes a little heavy on the stomach. Mochar Ghonto (Banana Flower dish) and Dhokar Dalna (steamed and fried cakes made from chana dal / Bengal gram dal served in gravy) are two dishes that I found are little over spiced at Oh!Calcutta. On the other hand Bong Bong’s dishes are less spice heavy, in fact their Mochar Ghonto was closer to what my mum cooked, here is a link to mum’s Mochar Ghonto.
As their overheads are much lower than that of Oh!Calcutta, they are able to keep their prices low. So you can have some of the same dishes as Oh!Calcutta at substantially low prices. The dishes are equally delicious as Oh!Calcutta and at times a little more delicious. So you can have mochar chop (banana flower cutlet), boneless hilsa, pulao, bhetki paturi (steamed bekti wrapped in banana leaves), nolen gur ice cream (ice cream flavoured with date palm jaggery) here at Bong Bong at about half the cost or even lower.
|Murgir (Chicken) Potli Kabab|
|Topshe Fish Fry|
|Bhetki Fish Fry|
|Koraishutir Chop (green peas croquette)|
For those interested, it is located at Bandra West in Bombay, near Pali Hill at the corner of 16th and 33rd Road, just round the corner from the very popular Khan-e-khaas.