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Fishing for compliments

Besides regular Bengali food, which is still a bit of a rarity in Mumbai, the restaurant also has unusual dishes on offer, like macher jhol with exotic fish.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2010 13:07 IST
Lina Choudhury-Mahajan

What: Bijoli Grill
Where: Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
When: 12 pm-3.30 pm and 7-11pm.
Call: 265286604/ 65286605
What’s on the menu: Veg and non-veg Bengali food
Drinking: No
Smoking: No

Mumbai’s Bengali food aficionados can thank Bijoli Grill’s fan base. It’s due to their repeated pleas that the management decided to open an outlet here. The 63-year-old Kolkata restaurant recently opened in Powai, which boasts of a considerable Bengali population.

Though it’s located in an upmarket area, the restaurant has a homely feel to it. This explains the atmosphere — the 600-seater outlet has warm lighting and cosy wooden furniture. It does not cater only to the upper crust or the hoi polloi. It’s one of those places that everyone will feel comfortable in. It isn’t hard to find the restaurant — it is on the road perpendicular to the IIT Powai campus.

Besides regular Bengali food, which is still a bit of a rarity in Mumbai, the restaurant also has unusual dishes on offer, like macher jhol with exotic fish (Rs 160), mughlai paratha (Rs 140) and tel potol (Rs 140). If you’re not familiar with the dishes, ask the waiters for help; they will rattle off the choicest dishes on the menu. You can also try Bengali favourites like aloo poshto (Rs 160) and chanar kofta (Rs 180). The food is delicious and not too oily or mustard-heavy.

Indulge your sweet tooth with mishti doi (Rs 40), malpuas (Rs 60), gokul pithe (Rs 60) and pati sapta (Rs 60). Anyone who has tried the real deal will agree that the sweets at Bijoli Grill come a close second to those churned out by the numerous mishti (sweet) shops that dot the bylanes of Kolkata.

The prices that range from Rs 40 to Rs 550 (per dish) are certainly another USP. So you can have a full meal with a starter, main course and dessert, for under Rs 100. The restaurant does not serve alcohol but does serve snacks from 4 pm to 7.30 pm. You can make a reservation, but only on weekdays.

On weekends, it’s strictly first-come-first-serve. But it’s worth joining the queue for.

What we like
The food
The prices

What we don’t like
The food took a tad long to arrive
No home delivery service yet