This Durga Pujo, Monkey Bar − India’s favorite gastro-pub, (part of the Olive group of restaurants), gears up to celebrate Kolkata’s biggest festival with its ‘Chayna Ochayna’menu from September 27- October 11, 2019, through the day – featuring traditional Kolkata treats with the quintessential Monkey twist. Old school meets new tricks with our Durga Puja Specials, created by our favorite Kolkata based home-chef Iti Misra, who combines her Bengali heritage with playful ideas picked up from her travels across the globe. The result? A spread that captures the spirit of Kolkata during its most popular festival, with just enough innovation to catch you by surprise!

Experience the Rosogolla in a brand new avatar, and an Italian dessert starring our very own Nolen Gur. With our unique takes on nostalgic favorites, get your sanskaar and surprises all in one place. So let the Puja and peyt pujo begin!

The ‘Chayna Ochayna’ Durga Puja Specials menu celebrates the city’s favorite dishes in a completely new and unique way. The festive menu comprises three sections − Jol Khabar or small plates, Boro Ahar or mains and Mishti Mukh a.k.a.dessert.

Start with Rosogolla Chaat, a dish inspired by the street-side delicacies of Hazratganj in Lucknow and the famous Bengali Rosogolla, in a not-so-sweet mood. Creamy yoghurt, house-made chaat masala, a drizzle of sweet and sour chutney and a sprinkle of crunchy bhujia. Who said Rosogollas can only be dessert?

For mains – try the Mangshor Jhuri Bhaja, a dish influenced by the famous pounded meat served in Yangon, Mynamar. It is your friendly neighborhood Kosha Mangsho in a brand-new puja attire. Slow-roasted mutton, hand-shredded and sautéed with caramelized onions, crisp-fried garlic and dried red chilies and served with flaky parathas. If you’re in the mood for something snacky to pair with your cocktail, order a plate of Jaali Prawns- Kolkata’s Chingri cutlet meets Bangkok’s popular noodle wrapped prawns. A tribute to Kolkata’s colonial past, the Mini Pantheras are thin crepes filled witha ‘desi’ curried chicken mince, rolled and crumb- fried. For vegetarians, there is a mushroom and bell pepper version. And finally, the Nolen Gur Panna Cotta- addinga local touch to the immensely popular Panna Cotta famous in the Piedmont region of Italy. Our version comes with flaky Goja crumble and a tuille of Jibey Goja on the side. So, amidst the dhaak, dhunuchi and pandal hopping, swing by Monkey Bar with your friends and loved ones to enjoy the Puja Special dishes with a quintessential Monkey Bar twist.

And there’s a lot more on this menu to explore. To chase the blues of a rain drenched Puja, try a platter of Bhaja Bhuji or telebhaja, declared ‘World Famous in Bengal’! This medley of batter-fried vegetables or ‘pakoras’, come in a whole new avatar, inspired by many similar street side fried snacks from around the world. Tepa Kachori, is a glamourized version of the famous Bihari litti. Our version is a crisp, savory pastry casing filled with a spicy fish mix, hand-rolled, shaped and deep-fried for that delicious more-ishness. Vegetarians should ask for the Sattu or roasted gram flour filled version. Everyone’s favorite paturi appears on our Puja Specials menu too but in a surprising new package. The Bhetki Bhatey is mustard-marinated Kolkata Bhetki, buried in a pillow of Gobindobhog rice and steamed in banana leaves, served with a side of stir-fried greens.

So, don your Lal Paar saree, wear comfortable footwear (we all know how tiring pandal hopping can get) and make way to Monkey Bar to be a part of the festivities this Durga Puja. Make your way to Monkey Bar to get your dose of sanskaar and surprises all in one place!

Chayna Ochayna: September 27th – October 11th, 2019, only at Monkey Bar, Kolkata.
Average Meal for two Rs. 1,100 (Food Only) Average Meal for two Rs 1,800 (Food & Cocktails)
Address: #901 A, Fort Knox, 6, Camac Street, Kolkata- 700017. Tel: 033-40606446.
Hours: Monday to Thursday 12 noon to 12 midnight; Friday & Saturday 12 noon to 1am; Sunday 12 noon to 12 midnight (Only guests above the age of 21 years are permitted after 6:00pm).
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