Sunday, August 21, 2016

NH2 Food Festival at Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences

The NH2 food festival at Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences
Road trips are amazing ! The speeding cars, the lovely outskirts, the music, books and the constamt munching appeals to me. The amazing dhaba and roadside food is something which I look forward to during all my trips. Every location has it's own special flavour which captures the cultural background of the area. Streetfood and dhaba food are a discovery in itself.

Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences has recreated the experience of the busy Kolkata - Delhi NH2 highway with this food festival in Kolkata itself. It is amazing to see the sincere effort and creative thinking the Chefs have put into this festival.

Each and every dish has been carefully chosen and involves a lot of background research. Very rarely will you find litti chokha, mutton gurda keema, butter chicken, aloo bhujiya, Kolkata style mutton biriyani, egg tarka, tandoori chicken as a part of a single food festival. Novotel Kolkata always has a great salad spread. Their salad spread also got a desi twist with this festival with kachumber, fish tikka with tomato salsa, Indian style jhinga salad etc. What's more, you have a maggi stall which has Parle G biscuits and mango bite toffee in jars . It sure brings back some lovely memories :)

Litti chokha counter at the NH2 food festival

Maggi counter (Pic courtesy: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee)

The spread is creatively laid out with all the dishes arranged on both sides of a highway prop with tiny cute cars. The Chefs have taken special care to recreate local flavours with littis served with the authentic tomato chutney, buffet laid out in steel utensils, drinks served in kulhar like cups, lassi and chaas laid out in traditional steel matkas and the desi daaru dukan (With only breezers and beer bottles :P).

Mutton Gurda Keema

Aloo Bhujiya 

My picks from the festival has to be the amazing litti chokha, the mutton gurda keema, the tandoori fare, the Kolkata style biriyani, chicken bharta with a generous mix of eggs, tadka and the aloo bhujiya.The drinks are also a special reminder of the highway experience - nimbu paani, lassi and masala chaas, beer and breezers.

The Daru dukan at NH2 Food festival, Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences (Pic courtesy: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee)

The festival is on till 22nd of August 2016 at The Square, Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences. Go and try this out :)

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