Bloggers’ Dinner at Roast in Gariahat
If it’s continental, you’ll usually find me looking that restaurant up, reading reviews, asking people about it, and most importantly, searching for steaks and ribs on its menu. Thankfully, my search found a happy conclusion on the menu of Roast, an all-new restaurant that stands where Rubi’s Grill once did. The bloggers’ dinner at Roast in Gariahat was all about good food amid a lively ambience.
Location and Décor
This international comfort food joint is located on Dover Lane opposite Dover Lane Post Office. It is near the Singhi Park Durga Puja area. At the time we went for the dinner, the new year celebrations were still on, and the Christmas lights had not been pulled down yet. The restaurant’s seating area is spread across two floors, including the outdoor area. So, whether you want to enjoy the buzz of people, or prefer a more private dining space beside a window overlooking the road, you can have it here. The decoration has an element of quirk, with painted Bollywood posters and tribal masks, and an American diner kinda feel in the whole place. I’d say the theme matches the idiosyncrasy of the menu in which continental Mughlai co-exist!
Menu for Bloggers’ Dinner at Roast in Gariahat
The bloggers’ dinner menu was a long and exciting one, with names that had me salivating! All continental delicacies, these items are some of the classic favourites, from bacon-wrapped chicken to tenderloin steak, but most of them has interesting twists and tweaks.
The evening began with some amazing starters, each different from each, and in a delicious way!
Spicy Chilli Pork: Spicy and tangy, this dish created all kinds of sensations on the tongue! Beware – it’s not for the weak ones who don’t like heat.
Pulled Pork Burger: For a starter, the burger was surprisingly large and filling, with an abundant stuffing. The oozing cheese on the juicy patty just took it to another level of heaven!
Beef Burger: Another filling burger, served with a delicious salsa and fries, this one was an interesting combination of flavours because of the beef patty and the bacon lining!
Fish and Chips: What can go wrong with this classic favourite? The chips were crispy, and the fish melted in the mouth. My only complaint is that the coating of the fish could be crisper.
Bacon-Wrapped Baked Potato Stuffed with Mozzarella: What can possibly go wrong with bacon and cheese? Nothing! Every bite of this item is like a piece of heaven, to be honest.
Roasted Chicken Wrapped with Bacon: Unlike the subtle flavours of the above starter, this one was spicy, and I loved that. It’s definitely a must-have on the menu of Roast!
After an exciting tasting session with starters, the stomach started to say no to more food, but by heart wanted more. So, we then moved on to our main course, which went as follows:
BBQ Pork Ribs: The meat on the bones was tender, and the sauce did not have the dreaded sweetness of a BBQ sauce gone bad. But I felt it missed the stickiness of a dry sauce that I like in pork rib preps.
Grilled Pork Chops: It was spicy, and the flavours and tastes felt more Indian than continental; I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Strangely, I found no difference between the sauces of the two pork dishes.
Ham Steak: The taste was absolutely mind-blowing, with gentle flavours playing wonders on the tongue. If the meat had been just a tad bit less chewy, this would have been a perfect ham steak!
Tenderloin Cheese Steak: My long wait didn’t come to a happy ending. It was a char-grilled steak, and the charring was so strong that the smokiness and bitterness completely overtook the dish. Besides, there was no sweetness or tang in the jus to cut the monotony of flavours. The meat wasn’t tender, either.
Bacon and Beef Pizza: It was a thin crust pizza, with a prominent presence of the flavours of beef and bacon. But, the reason it didn’t work for me was the pizza sauce. It was a little too sweet for me. Altogether, the flavours didn’t quite come together.
Chicken Cheese Steak: This was one of the best dishes from the menu of the bloggers’ dinner at Roast in Gariahat. The chicken was soft and juicy, and cheese layer went brilliantly. It’s a must-try!
Chicken Cordon Bleu: Another one of my favourites from the evening’s menu at Roast, it was a large chicken breast with slits, filled with oozy cheesy goodness. What a delightfully delicious dish!
By the time my blogger friends from Panch Phoron reached the final segment of our dinner, i.e. desserts, we were extremely full! But then, desserts are like the royal members of the food community: everything inside the stomach moves to a side and makes way for them. And, the Blueberry Cheesecake, the Sizzling Brownie with ice-cream, and the Apple Pie indeed turned out to be incredible – quite royally so!
Alongside the delectable dishes, there were some delicious mocktails. Besides the classics like the Virgin Mojito and the Strawberry Mint Mocktail, there were some interesting drinks like the Mango Ginger Spicy Cooler and the Chilli Ginger Soda, which I absolutely loved, because of how the ginger added a spicy twist to the otherwise sweet drinks.
I loved the starters more than most of the main dishes. They raised the bar with the incredible starters, to be honest, and after that, the mains did not quite reach that high, even though most of them were quite good. But, I could see – rather, taste – the potential to improve on the little mistakes. So, if you’re a meat lover like I, and a patron of quirk, then my suggestion is, drop in at Roast in Gariahat – you’ll not regret it!