The Nepali and Indo-Chinese chows on the menu were the first. And then there were a slew of it. Alvin Thomas chews over a roll call of surprises
The streets of Kolkata harbour some of India’s most prized chattels: Iconic buildings, aspiring poets, artisans and some of the nation’s most palatable dishes. These are some of the quirks that give the former Indian capital its much-needed identity.
There’s no doubt: Kolkata – formerly known as Calcutta – is the cultural hub of the country.
While a trip down memory lane will expose you to a galore of old poetries, ballads, movies and even paintings, it will also showcase some of India’s best chows; namely the Kathi rolls.
So, staring at The Famous Kathi Rolls restaurant in Ghubra, I couldn’t help resist
myself from trying out some authentic (West) Bengali rolls.
The insides of the restaurant are modern and unlike what you would find in Kolkata; albeit, that’s a good thing. The floors were clean and the chairs and tables were all prepped for customers.
The waiter presented us with the menu soon after. And then came the biggest surprise: The Famous Kathi Rolls serves Bengali, Nepali and Indo-Chinese cuisines. My brother Ninad and I found that rather surprising but still asked the waiter to bring us Kathi mutton and paneer rolls. We also ordered a plate of mixed noodles, paneer parantha, chilly chicken and chicken rezala.
The waiter was a bit aloof – which can be interpreted as a bit too authentic to some.
The rolls were the first to arrive and, to our surprise, they were rather small. But at 800 baisas, we didn’t complain. Though, the palate of the rolls wasn’t top-notch.
Mind you: it was satisfactory, but not as good as what you’d get, say, in India. The Kathi mutton roll was the better of the two but, even then, it wasn’t worth writing home about.
The noodles and the chilly chicken were the next on the list. Amazingly, the dishes were stupendous. The mixed noodles was done just right and the flavours were delectable. With its tender chicken lumps and hot flavours, even the chilly chicken was admirable.
The paneer parantha and the chicken rezala arrived soon after. The curry looked like a miss, as it produced some strong south Indian flavours. The chicken rezala is a very popular dish that originated in Bengal and was highly influenced by Mughlai cuisine – so it tends to be white in colour.
The curry was a tad oily, but we were quite satisfied with the taste. The accompanying parantha was delicious too, if a bit stingy with the paneer. We still gobbled all of it down without
With our experience dining at the restaurant still hanging in the balance, we made the decision to order two pots of mishit dahi (sweet yoghurt).
Of course, we had never heard of the delicacy before and were a bit circumspect about it. We waited about 10 minutes for it to arrive – assuming it being prepared exclusively for us – before realising that the waiter had forgotten to place
To no offence of his own, though, as he seemed to be overworked with the several take-away orders that were being placed. So, we didn’t react when he ran inside to bring us our pots.
The sweet invoked our taste buds (in a great way). The yoghurt, meanwhile, was consistent and creamy, and the sensation wasn’t too overpowering. Most Indian sweets tend to be overkill, especially after a hearty meal. This wasn’t the case here.
In all, our experience at The Famous Kathi Rolls restaurant was quite mixed: We enjoyed the Chinese dishes more than the actual rolls. But, given that it has just opened doors to the public, I’d like to commend the workers for their
resilience to make it one of the most versatile Bengali restaurants in Oman. I’d definitely visit this place again. I’m sure that things will take a turn for the better as time passes on.
Great Indo-Chinese food options at affordable rates.
The Famous Kathi Rolls
Adjacent to Mars Hypermarket, Al Ghubra, Muscat
Opening hours: 8am to 11:30pm
Phone: 9727 4226
(A heavy) Dinner for two: RO10.9
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