The Dugga Pujo Isspecials around Town

While a sizeable portion of the country eat their vegetarian, no-onion, no-garlic food through Navaratri or fast throughout the day and eat nothing at all, taking their piety a notch higher, we Bengalis gorge on copious amounts of meaty meals, with spots of vegetarian things thrown in between as accompaniments. Durga Pujo is yet another excuse for a week-long, lavish ‘Pet-Pujo’. The queues outside most restaurants even in the middle of the night, is unbelievable. Be it special buffets, set meals or a jazzed up ala carte menu, happiness is served to those who seek it:D.

I was invited to check out some of the Pujo special menus, and here’s my take on them:

1. Alfresco, The Lalit Great Eastern: 

The pristine white decor with natural light coming through the glass ceiling, the lily pond outside and the great spread, all come together to create a truly calming and enjoyable experience for the diners. The food on offer is a mix of Bengali, Kolkata Chinese, Anglo-Indian and Street Food. And the desserts are a delight too.

Lunch buffet is priced at Rs.1999++ while the midnight buffet is priced at Rs. 999++.

2. Blu, Aauris:

The Pujo Buffet at Aauris will surely be a delight for those who like to relish Bengali food during pujo days. Light on the tummy, yet retaining the festive charm, this is a meal I really enjoyed. The Kosha Mangsho and the Chhanar Payesh stood out as the highlights for me.

3. Oceanic, Peerless Inn:

This restaurant offering North Indian delicacies, is mostly known for its seafood. Their mutton biriyani and Shahi Tukra made me happy too

There’s also a cheese platter, fresh juices, a salad bar and sandwiches in the buffet to break the monotony of gravies.

The special Nizam-e-Dawat Buffet priced at Rs.1495++.
Oceanic - The Peerless Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

4. Barbeque Nation, Park Street:

This chain is the boss of buffets around the year, but for Pujo they are heightening the experience for Kolkatans by a Hilsa Bonanza Festival with a menu which left me salivating.

While the Vegetarian Buffet is priced at Rs. 960++, the Non-Vegetarian one is at Rs. 1100++.

Starter Veg

Starter Non-Veg

Cajun spiced potato

 Tandoori pomphret ( fried fish with tarter sauce)

Crispy corn

 Ajwaini fish

 Crimini mushroom

Chilly garlic prawns

Vegetable chop

 Malai chicken

 Tandoori bagicha

 Mutton badami sheek

Tandoori aloo

Bhatti da murg ( wings)

 Paneer nasheman tikka


 Honey chilly pine apple

Lemon coriander chicken soup

Extra veg ( crispy fried babycorn, dahi ke sholey, veg spring roll, mochar chop)

Tomato basil soup

Main course veg

Main course non veg

Veg biriyani / pulao

 Mutton biriyani

Luchi + chana dal

Kosha mangsho

 Gobhi chandan bhog

Murg lababdar

Jhinga aloopposto ( dinner) / sukhto (lunch)

Chingri malaikari

Dhokar dalna

Hilsa bhapa

Doi patal

Sweet / desert

Faldari kofta


 Kadhai paneer

Misti doi

Dal mukhorochak



Angoori gulab jamun


 Chocolate brownie


Fruit truffle


 Cassata pastry


Cut fruits


 Vanilla / butter scotch ice cream


5. Ego, Peerless Inn:

The lounge bar known for its finger food and well-stacked bar, is geared up for the Pujo too. This will be a good haunt for peeps looking for something different than the heavy Indian meals typically associated with the festival, and are looking for a good adda session with a couple of drinks and a Chinese spread.

The Chinese Buffet at Ego is priced at Rs. 1275++ without alcohol. Alcohol may be added to the meal at a not-so-steep fixed price.

6. Aaheli, Peerless Inn:

For me the Bengali Thali at Aaheli is nostalgia as this was a must in my family’s Durga Pujo diary every year. The quality of food and the warm hospitality justifies the price charged.

The Vegetarian Thali is priced at Rs.1255++ and the Non-Vegetarian Thali is at Rs.1895++.

For me, it’s time for some serious Pet Pujo, bye!


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