Are your lockdown mealtimes feeling a lot like Groundhog Day? The days seem to run together and it’s the same ol’, same ol’ when it comes to working from home and eating in. Luckily some of our local restaurants across the region have been working hard to ensure you can still get great food, delivered to your home - giving you a break from cooking and a sense of normality!
Enter: Calcutta Brasserie. Their menu has a huge variety of dishes, so I was spoiled for choice!
My husband is a Calcutta regular as he was born and raised in Stony Stratford, so he opted for his favourite: Tandoori Mix. He remarked that the chicken was “expertly spiced”. I really wish I had a way with words like him because my remarks were more like “Mmmm!”, “Yum!” and the occasional “Pass me more sauce!”.
The more sophisticated word I’d use describe the meal would be: delectable. For example the mushroom dish was the ultimate comfort food, just flavourful enough to keep it interesting, yet not overpowering. I had second helpings of that! The scallops were savoury with a deliciously creamy sauce that I ended up putting on everything because I liked it so much. The okra (crispy, herby and delish) I had tried before when dining in the restaurant and it was my favourite little side dish…until I tried an onion bhaji. Oh. My. Goodness! Absolutely mouth watering.
The only dish I had any critique on was the crab cakes - I would have liked them to be a bit more moist. However, that’s about the only thing I wasn’t completely sold on. The fried rice was my preference to the pilau and I preferred the garlic naan to the cheese naan but both were good! Overall it was an excellent meal and I had enough leftovers for the next day.
I must admit I’m not as used to Indian cuisine as my British husband and friends from the UK are! I was almost intimidated to do this review as I’m new to the game. But I found that the flavours were a really refreshing change from what I grew up eating, which is more Tex Mex and Southern food. The flavours at Calcutta were an exciting departure for my taste buds for sure.
Isn’t it such fun to discover new cuisines? I’m lucky that I was treated to a beautiful array of Indian dishes that really came alive in these photos.
When you’re next in the mood to liven up your lockdown meals I highly recommend Calcutta. And after lockdown is over you simply must go into the restaurant and have the full dining experience. You may even see me there!
What I ordered:
Mangalorean Scallops (Pan seared king scallops with mustard and curry leaves)
Goan crab cake (Devonshire crab cakes spiced with roasted goan spices)
Karari Bhindi (Crisp fried okra in a spiced gram batter)
Mushroom Combo (Chestnut mushroom and English cup mushrooms sauted in garlic and caramelised onions)
Visit http://www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk to book your takeway!
This review was a true and honest representation of my meal. All the food was delivered free of charge in exchange for my review.