My Encounter with “Unconventional” during Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

My Encounter with “Unconventional” during Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

Every other day, there’s a new restaurant in Kolkata. Don’t get me wrong: I love that! Because, a new restaurant means a new place to enjoy good food. And, because the city of foodies has thousands of restaurants, the new ones try to offer something new and fresh to the diners. The established eateries, simultaneously, try to revamp their menus and spruce things up. And, that is exactly what Bohemian has done with the introduction of Boho Hours. During the evening hours of 4 to 7, you can enjoy a selection of unique cocktails, paired with finger food you’ve never tasted before, all developed by Chef Joymalya Banerjee. My experience at Bohemian was full surprises – delicious surprises that made me very happy, and left me asking for more, even when I was completely full!

My Encounter with “Unconventional” during Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

My Encounter with “Unconventional” during Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata: JustODThings

My Encounter with “Unconventional” during Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

Location and Ambience

The restaurant is located at Old Ballygunge First Place, off Bondel Road. From the very entrance, the restaurant offers something unconventional and quite original in terms of decor. But it’s more than just the rope lantern and the candles and the mood lighting that sets the ambience of this place apart. It’s the music. When I was there for a bloggers meet, the songs playing in the background to set the mood included the Bengali pop-rock ones, by the likes of Anupam Roy, Rupam Islam, etc. Chef Joymalya Banerjee wants this place to be a house of good Bengali music, including everything from rock to Baul; in fact, as we spoke to him, it sounded like he is as passionate about what music he plays at his restaurants as he is about the food and drinks he serves here!

Ambience for Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata: JustODThings

Ambience for Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

Menu for Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

Chef Banerjee’s immense enthusiasm for food is evident in the items on his menu; all the dishes and cocktails have been curated to push the envelope. The unconventional pairings will leave your mind completely surprised! It’s not just the flavours that are unique, but the combos of ingredients used. The menu for the Boho Hours at Bohemian offers 25 appetisers, along with four alcoholic ice-creams and five desserts to go with a selection of unique cocktails. These are all absolutely innovative, and available at a reduced hour during this time. And I was totally floored by all that I tried!

Finger Food:

I tried some of the starters from the menu. And, while I know that experimental food is not everyone’s cup of tea, the flavours, tastes and textures worked just perfectly for me.

The spread started with the Spruced Watermelon with Yoghurt Mint Topping a spicy, fruity bite to get us all into the groove. We then moved on to the Smoked Fish on Toast, which was, again, something I really liked, because, honestly, I have not had fish on toast before. The crispy-fried Mushrooms with 3 Ways Coriander had the potent flavours of coriander seeds, stems, and leaves – my favourites! We then tried the Steamed Chicken Envelopes, which are actually chicken paturi, steamed in banana leaves, with all the flavours and smoothness you can expect!

Food You've Never Tried Before - Only during Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata: JustODThings

Food You’ve Never Tried Before – Only during Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

Next came the Cottage Cheese and Burnt Tomato Mousse on Papri. I did not expect such a gourmet-style use of the humble papri that goes into roadside chaats! The mousse had a rich, almost meaty, texture, and the touch of burnt tomato was just spot on! We then moved on to the Crab and Prawn Phuchka with Spiced Nolen Gur Water. I totally, TOTALLY, loved this dish – and I don’t even like meetha paani in Phuchka! I was massively and pleasantly surprised that my beloved phuchka, prawn and nolen gur, all people from with different characters, got aong so well! 

Pushing the Envelope with Flavours and Textures for Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata: JustODThings

Pushing the Envelope with Flavours and Textures for Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

The next surprise came in the form of Nolen Gur Glazed Pork Belly on Papri and this became my favourite, almost instantly, not just because it was pork, but because of the jaggery caramelization! After the flavour-packed delight, we tried the playfully sour-and-spicy Potato Medallions with Tamarind Chickpeas, and then ended with the creamy-tangy pair of Creamed Cheese and Pickled Chilli Wraps, with a lovely crunch from the wrap outside, and a delicious smoothness from the filling.

Food Full of Surprises - Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata: JustODThings

Food Full of Surprises – Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

Cocktails:

While we kept our mouths busy with the quick bites, the cocktails kept flowing in. And each cocktail was different, not only from the other, but also from any other I have ever tasted. 

My first pick from the menu was The Bengal Daab Sangria, in which the concept of sangria has been taken to another level, with tender coconut, seasonal fruits and herbs in white wine! Then, my attention was drawn to something lime and lemony – the Gondhoraj Martini. It’s the must-have for every Bangali who loves the aroma of kaffir lime in his daal bhaat. Our next cocktail, Made in Heaven, had whiskey, dark chocolate and vanilla creating some strong tastes and justifying the name.

Cocktails that Taste as Good as They Look - Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata: JustODThings

Cocktails that Taste as Good as They Look – Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

The cocktail which everyone was scared to try was The Kolkata Biryani. I have to say, it was something unexpected. It had the aroma of the Kolkata Biryani – the spice mix, saffron and all. But, it tasted nothing like our beloved Biryani (and we were all grateful about that). It was sweet and surprising. The next glass of uniqueness to arrive was in the form of Just Bohemian, a drink with the goodness of Nolen Gur, mixed with ginger and rum. But that’s not all; it comes with spicy puffed rice crisp – for a perfect Yin-and-Yang explosion in the mouth! 

Unique Cocktails for Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata: JustODThings

Unique Cocktails for Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

Then came The Kolkata Afternoon with chilli and preserved lemon that together made a zesty rum cocktail. After that, the Sunrise at Sundarbans arrived, with the colours of the sky at dawn concentrated in a glass of vodka, orange juice, spices, and Bohemian’s very own orange-mango-ginger liqueur! We ended our Boho hours at Bohemian Kolkata with a shot of Chef’s special Panchphoron Cream Liqueur, which had the restaurant’s homemade liqueur infused with Bangalis’ favourite five-spice mix!

Unconventional Cocktails - Available during Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata: JustODThings

Unconventional Cocktails – Available during Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

My Verdict

Bohemian has truly managed to carve a niche in the food scene of Kolkata. It’s pursuit to stand out is reflected in the food and drinks; the beauty in the uniqueness of Bangalis is captured in the form of flavours, and presented in the most unconventional combinations here. Now, I know that these odd combos don’t work for everyone’s palate, but if taste buds could dance in joy, mine would, after my evening at Bohemian. The ambience was an added advantage. Cocktails I’ve never tried before, food that surprised my senses in more ways than one, music and decor that got me in the mood – the Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata made me a happy, happy woman.

Availability of Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

4 pm to 7 pm

Pocket Pinch

Rs. 300 + taxes (excluding alcohol)

For the Love of Fusion Bengali Food - Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata: JustODThings

For the Love of Fusion Bengali Food – Boho Hours at Bohemian Kolkata

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  1. December 16, 2017

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