Kolkata is opening up to new sights and smells. The several recent food International festivals in the city are testimony to this trend. KFB had a chance to attend the ongoing Balinese Food Festival at the Orient this Friday. Located cosily next to the Afraa in City Centre 2 (Rajarhat), the Orient is a pleasant breakaway from the noisy and crowded exteriors in the mall. Typically, ideal for a quiet laidback lunch at the end of the long shopping expedition. Team Orient would check upon you often and ensure you are being looked after well and having a nice time.

We sampled some of their tangy spicy Indonesian fare deliciously dished up by their Chef Ghanshyam who specialises in South East Asian cuisine.

Chef Ghanshyam
Chef Ghanshyam – the star of the day

We started off with the Soto Ayam, a Javanese rustic soup with chicken and glass noodle that uses a flavourful broth with lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime as base.

Soto Ayam
Soto Ayam
The accompaniments - Kimchi, Wasabi peas and pickes
The accompaniments – Kimchi, Wasabi peas and pickes

The crunchy Lumpia Sayur or veg and tofu spring rolls were served with a tangy tamarind sauce, followed by Sate Udang Besar (skewers of king prawns in a Javanese sauce). The grilled prawns in the spicy sauce would totally melt in your mouth, and highly recommended.

Lumpia Sayur
Lumpia Sayur
Sate Udang Basar, Bumbu Rajak
Sate Udang Basar, Bumbu Rajak

For the mains, we had possibly the most popular Indonesian dish worldwide, Nasi Goreng accompanied with a spicy Ayam Pelalah, shredded chicken coated in a tomato chilly sambal. While the Nasi Goreng is a milder version of the original spicy deal, there can be no better companion that the spicy sambal.

Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng
Ayam Pelalah
Ayam Pelalah

By the time we worked our way through the large portions, we were unsure if we had space for dessert. But one mention of wasabi ice cream and I decided to make space for it. I have always loved wasabi ice cream but what surprised me more is the Balinese chocolate cake that had distinct fudgy layers within, each bite taking you to heaven. A perfect end to a perfect meal. We were also told they make various Oriental takes on martinis, am totally going back for their Wasabi Martini!

Balinese Chocolate Cake with wasabi icecream
Balinese Chocolate Cake with wasabi icecream

The Balinese Food Festival is on for a while. Please head there one of these pleasant winter afternoons and if you’re going from South Kolkata, I’ll say its worth the drive.

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