We are a gourmand couple who love to discover new places and eat our hearts out. Follow us for a guilt trip along the food road.
Hospitality par excellence is what this small eatery on the Mahim main road boasts of. When we specifically speak of hospitality, food incidentally becomes a part of it. As the famous saying by George Bernard Shaw goes “There is no sincerer love than the love of food” and if you are a Bengali, or have a Bengali friend, neighbor or even a far far acquaintance, who better than you will know that Bengalis live to eat and not eat to live. The love of food runs in their blood and they make sure as a host you are treated as royal as possible.
Coming down to detailing our royal experience at Feast @ East on our visit a few months back. As soon as we walked in, we felt the warmth. The aroma felt similar to that of entering a bong kitchen, or walking the by lanes of Kolkata. We were welcomed with a tall glass of ‘Aam pora Shorbot’. A typical raw mango drink which is a favorite amongst many. Tangy yet sweet with freshly roasted dry masalas was the best way to start the evening.
Along with the Shorbot came in the vegetarian and non-vegetarian starters. The ‘Fish Finger’ and ‘Vegetable Cutlet’. Also known as the chop this dish has a crust which is very different from the usual cutlets. A little hard (that is how it should be) but with the best crunch possible. The cutlets are not mashed till pasty but crumbly in a nice way. The veg cutlets primarily are a beetroot and potato mix with chunks of peanuts which gives it a nice crunch. The Bhetki (Asian Sea Bass) in the fish finger was soft and totally melt in the mouth kinds. We had to forcibly stop at one each.
Next came the ‘Egg Moghlai Paratha’. Known as Baida roti locally but a totally different take on it. A very crispy paratha stuffed with egg, green chilies, and onions and served with a spicy potato curry some onions and mustard sauce. A complete and fulfilling meal, but we were served this as a starter. The paranthas were very flavorful and one quiet dint need the potato curry.
A signature and a must have when at Feeast @ East is the ‘Chicken Malai Cheese Kebab’. Soft and succulent chunks of chicken coated with a thick layer of cheese and chargrilled to perfection then dipped into cream and cooked again. The chunks were so soft that the fork just slid through and we instantly knew that this is one dish which we would definitely order in our next visit as well.
Done with our starters we were all set to start our main course. ‘Koraishuti Kachuri & Cholar Dal’ is something no Bengali restaurant can avoid to have on their menu. Though we wanted to skip this but Sougato, the partner / owner made sure we have our share of the same. Glad we did, because the cholar dal was to die for. The light and puffed kachuris went really well with the lightly sweet cholar dal. The tiny bits of fried coconuts were a highlight. We were also served the Begun Bhaja along with it. Not many actually enjoy eggplant, but when marinated and shallow fried to perfection one just can’t say no. And not many know, that this is the best ever combination with hot luchis.
Our palates were now satiated enough to welcome the next dish. But what came in after that was a food parade. And we devoured all of it with equal dedication, love and a little bit of rice.
The ‘Bhaja Moong dal’ was a simple lentil preparation which was so comforting after all that we had so far eaten. Mild in flavor but high on taste.
‘Alu Posto’ was chunks of potatoes cooked with poppy seeds in mustard oil. Though it was a tad bit high on the mustard flavor but when mixed with the rice and dal and with small bites of onion in between was a winner combination. One just does not need anything more in life. A similar dish was made in chicken. The ‘Chicken Posto’ was a little too bland to suit our taste.
The rate at which we were enjoying food or rather the rate at which we were being served food one after the other we just dint realize the quantities that we were gorging. We dint even bother taking the shortest break. The whole experience and feel was so much like we were sitting with a few friends in their Kolkata residence and enjoying a hearty meal over great conversation. That is exactly how Sougata and Indra made us feel.
The next dish to arrive was the ‘Potoler Dolma’. One needs serious dedication to give birth to such a beautiful dish. Quiet a long procedure but the end result was what we witnessed at Feast @ East. Beautifully laid out on an oval plate were these 4 pointed guard which were peeled and stuffed with paneer and these in turn sat on a creamy gravy. Our explanations would be too less for this dish. A signature dish one sure has to experience to understand.
Egg curries have always been our favourite, and here too we were not disappointed even a bit. Hard boiled eggs marinated and shallow fried and cooked in pungent tomato based gravy. Spicy yet authentic in taste.
When enjoying Bengali cuisine one just can’t do without fish and we definitely were not deprived of it as well. The ‘Pabda Macher Jhol’, a healthy catfish fish in a mild and thin gravy which they call the Jhol was served. The tempering was simple and so were the condiments used. A basic turmeric, salt and chilly gravy. The fish was fresh and very soft and cooked to perfection.
No Bengali meal is ever complete without desserts. In Bengal it is a crime not to have sweets posts any or every meal. We had the yummiest, softest and most fresh Rasgullas which is made in house. We were forced to have more Pantuas , Mishti Doi and Firni which were a new inclusion. But with food there should always be stuff one should keep for the next time, and with places like these one visit is just not enough to calm our cravings for authentic, tasty and pocket friendly Bengali cuisine.
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