Sunday, March 30, 2014

Restaurant Review: Dilligate

Recently, I got a e-mail invite to attend the launch of new restaurant called Dilligate as a member of the Kolkata Food Bloggers. Initially, I was a bit hesitant to go without my family, especially my little S, who loves eating out. Due my hubby's constant encouragement and some prodding, I just decided to take the plunge and go ahead.

Dilligate Deluxe Restaurant
29/8, Dr Ambedkar Sarani, Topsia EM Bypass Crossing
Kolkata - 700046
Pocket Pinch (for 2 people): Rs 500-600 approx

When I entered the venue, it was pleasantly spacious and cool. The ambiance was soothing with low lighting. Being my first time, I was quite nervous. I was met at the door by the smiling PR personnel who escorted me inside. There I met Manjari (Chowdhury), my fellow KFBian and we got chatting with each other. It was also nice to meet fellow blogger Poorna Banerjee.

In the meantime, the starters were being served. I tasted the Hara Bhara Kebab (INR 145) and Crispy Chilly Baby Corn (INR 140).

The Crispy Chilly Babycorn lived up to its name by being crispy but was a bit more than my taste. But the Hara Bhara Kebab was just right. It was soft, flavorful, and tasted just right accompanied by the aromatic green chutney.

After tasting the succulent starters we got chatting with one of the Directors of the joint, who was a pretty, young lady. She told us that Dilligate restaurant has been founded by Manish Singh, who is a Food Consultant (and the Director of the Dhanoa Group) and Mukesh Agarwal, Director at Rajami Retail Pvt Ltd. Dilligate has been conceived keeping in mind that today every person wants good quality food within a comfortable budget. So, at this joint you can have a decent meal with 500-600 INR.

The Menu
Also, it is a multi-cuisine restaurant, so in her words, "If a group of 5 people come for a meal and order 5 different types of food, they can have it all under one roof at Dilligate". You get some lovely North Indian, Mughlai, Chinese, and Continental food all under one roof, here.

The street food of Kolkata also features prominently on the menu. The Dilligate Special Mughai Paratha is worth mentioning. You also get a wide variety of kathi rolls with different fillings such as chicken, mutton, aloo, and paneer. Cheese spinach rolls are a signature dish.

Sheekh Kebabs, Drums of Heaven, Spinach Cheese Roll, and Chicken Biryani.(clockwise)

By this time, the main course was ready! One look at the entire spread, and I was about to faint! I mean there were: Mughlai, Chinese, and Continental dishes in a buffet spread. I was in a real quandary what to eat and what not to eat? Even if I sampled a spoonful of every dish, they would have to widen the doorway for me!

Finally, I settled for Fish in Coriander Sauce (INR 215), Stir Fry Garlic Pepper Chicken with Exotic Vegetables (INR 175), Veg Fried Rice (INR 110), and Noodles Salad.

My plate! :)

The hubby man tells me to never go for Chinese food in a multi-cuisine restaurant. But I can vouch for the Chinese food. It was yum! Super yum! Light, non-oily, and the taste was just right.

Another dish that became the universal favorite among all the guest were the mutton dishes. They were well cooked. I sampled just a teeny-weeny bit, but it was spicy..way too spicy for me!

Also, a special mention for the Malai Kofta (INR 175).

The desserts that I sampled were Darsan (INR 120) and mini Gulabjamuns. The Darsan was crunchy and mildly sweet so it appealed to my taste buds.

One more special mention. I loved the cheeky and quirky pictures that were used as wall decorations. One says "Eat, Sleep..., Bhangra!" I liked this one too much! Jackie Chan and Jayden Smith as The Paranthe Kid!

The seating was done up in green and the sofas were pretty comfy. The music played old Bollywood songs that gave a 'Delhi-wala' feel!

After the meal, I left with a very satisfied and pleasant feeling in my heart. I am definitely coming back with my family for a cozy meal. Super-like!

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