At Ista, you can tease your taste buds the Bengali way this fortnight, but only if you promise not to book the restaurant on charges of daylight robbery. The restaurant is organising "Rannaghar", a Bengali food festival, at its specialty Indian restaurant Deori, from 10th to 21st November.
Rannaghar means kitchen in Bengali, the most important room of a Bengali house. Executive chef Subhrajit Bardhan will supervise the festival at Ista.
The fest features a feast of Bengali delicacies perfected over time and passed through generations. A few of the special preparations are Shukto (a dish made of sweet potato, drumstick and eggplant in a light mustard gravy), Cholar Dal Narkel Diye (traditional Bengali chana dal with coconut), Chhanar Dalna (dumplings of homemade cottage cheese in cinnamon-scented onion gravy), Doi Rui (slow-cooked rohu fish in yoghurt gravy) and Baati Chingri (sweet water prawns tossed with mustard-flavored gravy).
Accompanying the meal are the popular Doi and Mishti Doi, followed by the well-known desserts Rasgullas, Sondesh, Pantua and Chom Chom.
There are special Bhoj (vegetarian) and Mahabhoj (non-vegetarian) packages available at the restaurant, ranging from Rs. 750 for vegetarian thalis (with unlimited wine and beer) to Rs. 950 for non-vegetarian thalis (with unlimited alcohol) per person.
Please contact Ista at 4450-9999 for further details.