Restaurant Review: Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba, Guwahati

As the winter is here and so does the spicy food, what will be better to start the season with some spicy dhaba food? And as it happens that the Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba, Guwahati introduced their recent menu. Here is my review of Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba.

Where is Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba, Guwahati?

The Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba is situated on the G. S. Road. It is situated in a small lane opposite to the Sohum Shoppe. The best thing about it? The place has a parking lot!

Ambience at Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba, Guwahati

The ambience at the urban dhaba is really good. It is spacious, well-lit and has a 80 plus sitting capacity. The interior is kept just like a dhaba with the tawa counter and a real tractor which can be used as a sitting space. My son was thrilled to see the tractor and we had a good time on it.

Food at Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba, Guwahati

Now comes the real deal! All the convenience or ambience is nothing if the food is bad. But I am happy to share that I loved the food at Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba. What I loved there? Their starters. They have a variety of starters, both veg. and non-veg. It ranges from fish to chicken and mutton to paneer. Their names are so interesting that we had a great laugh about it. The fish starter was Kambal Fish Tikka, fish wrapped in nans to give a crunchy feeling. We tasted Malai Murg Chakee (chicken), Paneer gulgule (Paneer), Tileya hara kabab (spinach) and Sawa footiya kabab as starters. Out of the starters, I loved the paneer one the most. It was one of their best things to try and I am glad that I tried it. We tried their teekhe daal ki shorba in the soup section, which I did not found much appetising.

 

 

For the main course, I tried their jeera chawal, Ghanta Ghar Cream Chicken (their own version of butter chicken), Oh teri Paneer (Paneer) and Nan. My vote for favourite food here goes to the chawal and creamy chicken which was really delicious. Now, the price of the food. I found their price is little higher in comparison to the quantity they serve. Otherwise, taste-wise, Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba is a good place for a family dinner. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Review: Illish Festival, 6 Ballygunge Place, Guwahati

Ok, let’s admit. I am a self-acclaimed fish lover and every summer I look forward to the fresh batches of illish in the fish markets. I am totally in love with this fish and despite innumerable bones they have, my love for it increases with every bite I take. So, when the Guwahati chapter of 6 Ballygunge Place, the leading chain of Bengali cuisine organizes an Illish Festival, who could be happier than me? 

Where is Illish Festival at 6 Ballygunge Place, Guwahati? 

6 Ballugunge Place is India’s leading restaurant chain in Bengali cuisine. The name is enough to allure the Bengali food lover to their tables. The restaurant chain was started in 2003 and it was actually started in a mansion whose address is 6, Ballygunge Place! Since 2003, it has become synonym with good Bengali food and habits. Everything from their plates to sitting arrangements, from servers to the mukhsuddhi is a reflection of Bengali culture.

The Guwahati branch of 6 Ballygunge Place is the exact replica of its main edition in terms of food and hospitality. Even if you have not visited the original 6BP at Salt Lake, you can have everything legendary about the award winning restaurant sitting here in Guwahati.

The restaurant is located in the Lachit Nagar area. It is just near to the foot bridge of Lachit Nagar and the next building to the KFC Lachit Nagar. There is ample space for parking once you enter the premises and you need to bother about your car while savoring your favorite food.

What is Illish Festival at 6 Ballygunge Place, Guwahati? 

Illish festival at 6BP is the celebration of the fish Illish (Tenualosa ilisha) which has started on August 1st. Illish is one of the most favorite fish for most of the Bengalis and as well to a large part of Assamese people. The festival will be there throughout the August month and it’s a treat for all fish loving people out there.

Here is a look at what 6 Bllygunge Place is offering at their Illish Festival.

Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati

 

Honestly, I knew just one or two dishes that can be cooked with illish. I had no idea that illish can be made in such a luxurious manner with different ingredients. Apart from the begun illish dolma, I found everything appetizing and mouth watering. Here is a photographic journey of what my taste buds got at Illish festival at 5 Ballygunge Place, Guwhati.

Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati
                                                                                        The spread!

 

Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati
                                                                    Illish Amrar Tok

 

                                                    Illish and Paleng saaker dom

 

Personally, I was not blown over these two dishes. They are good but dont give that ‘exotic’ feel that illish carries. The amrar tok was very different from what I am used to and may be I was looking for that flavour and was disappointed.

Paleng and illish was ok for me.

Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati
                                                                 Aam Kasundi Illish

Aam kasundi illish was good and though I expected it to be in the savoury section, it was sweet and went well with the flavour of illish.

Govindbhog illish was just like fish biriyani but every grain of this dish was loaded with the typical illish flavour. It can be eaten as stand alone with some mustard sauce. When asked, we at the food blogger’s table was informed that the secret of this amazing rice dish was to cook the grains in illish stock. (Amazing tip, isn’t it?)

Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati
Govindbhog Illish

 

The dish below was the show stealer for me. Cooked in green chilli paste, the illish absorbed the right kick but not so spicy to your pallete. This dish was enough alone to give the illish festival a thumb up. Next time a fresh batch of illish lands in my kitchen, this is the dish I am going to try first.

Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati
Lanka baata Illish

 

The Iliish kata chorsori was ok so did the illish cooked in coconut paste. Narkel bhappa illish was steamed with coconut paste and spiced up with dry chillies. It was good but not as good as the lanka bata illish.

Narkel bhapa illish.

 

 

 

 

Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati
Illish Kata chosori
Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati
Mango Illish roll

These rolls were cooked with raw mango and deboned illish. And boy, what a dish! I was totally bowled with the subtle mango flavour mingled with deboned illish. I mean who does not love deboned fish!!!

Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati
The Table at Illish festival Ballygunge Place, Guwahati

 

Overall, the experince was good, tummy filling and amazing. We talked about food, bonded over it and look forward to such amazing food in future too.

So, if you are in Guwahti this August, do not miss the festival. It is upto 31st August. Go and live some life!!

Lastly, here is the famous crushed pan from 6 Ballygunge Place, Guwahati!

Restaurent Review: Genuine Broaster Chicken, Guwahati

Guwahati, the gateway to North East India is an assimilation of cuisines. Besides, local and ethnic cuisines from the region, the place is now home to international flavors catering to the mass. This is the reason that from time to time, international food chains are coming up in Guwahati and being loved by the crowd. The latest entrant to join the list is Genuine Broaster Chicken.

The restaurant was open on 22/05/2017 and I was invited as a blogger to know about the brand, the food and the overall what the brand is offering to its customers. It was a lovely afternoon with delicious food, cozy ambiance, and fine company.

The brand: Genuine Broaster Chicken

Genuine Broaster Chicken is one of the popular food joints of the USA. It tied with the Yellow Tie Hospitality, the food, and beverage franchise management group, in May 2016 to expand its reach in India. Within a year, the brand has extended its reach in major cities across the country. It was the brand’s first foothold in Guwahati while Mr. Ambarish Saha, Eastern head, Yellow Tie informed that they have the plan to open at least ten other outlets across the northeastern part of India. 

GBC is also known for the food equipment it makes. In fact, they are well known for pressure fryers, the same thing they use for frying their signature dishes. 

The Menu at Genuine Broaster Chicken, Guwahati

The menu at Genuine Broaster Chicken is a varied one. It is diverse, offering American food with some desi tadka. Here you can have a look at the menus here.

I tried quite a few items from the menu. The drinks are good and so does the food.

From the drinks, I loved the Chulbul and Bulbul. Yes. We Indians can be that crazy about Salman Khan that we prefer to name our drinks like that! Ok, jokes apart, drinks are soothing on a scorching hot day in Guwahati.

I loved the legendary GBC chicken fry so much. They come with a variety of dips which go well with every bite.  The chickens were fried using the Broaster pressure frying method which kept the juice in the chicken intact. The fries are crunchy yet moist. 

Crispy bu moist Genuine Briaster chicken fry
The crispy and moist chicen fries

The next item on the menu which I tried was from the Fries and Franchos section. It was a smoked BBQ franchos with lots of jalapenos, tomato, franchos and chicken bites. Personally, I somehow could not love the dish. The flavours somehow disobeyed to mingle and the dish tasted like a mess,

Genuine Broaster Chicken
Smoked BBQ Franchos

Then it was time for burgers and we were served two burgers, both veg, and non-veg. The veg burger was named PalakPaneer Burger where they used fresh spinach puree to make the patty and color the bun. The non-veg burger was named Lamb Rogan Josh Burger where the patty was made of the famous Indian dish. Unfortunately, the patties were too salty for me in taste and I couldn’t enjoy it much. 

Genuine Broaster Chicken
The burgers. No points for guessing that the green one was the Palak one!

Then came two fusion but ‘not-so-fusion’ dishes. The first one was Ghotala khichdi (non-veg) which was sassy, spicy yet delicious. I practically devoured it. It was hot but the flavors were well mixed and I just loved it. The second dish was Indian flat bread with Begum Jaan Keema. (Mind name, by the way!) Begum was well blended minced chicken with gorgeous spices. The parantha also went well with Cheese Maskedar of which I took a few bites but it was worth having. 

Ghotala Khichdi
Genuine Broaster Chicken Guwahati
Begum Jaan Keema with Indian Flat Bread

The meal was ended with some sweet note. We were served Choco Samosas with Mango Icecream which I loved. The samosas were filled with nuts which gave it a crunchy edge too. But the ice cream was divine. It was perfect for the evening and I think, I will order it whenever I visit Genuine Broaster Chicken, Guwahati next time. The other treat for sweet teeth was Golkund Muffin which melted as soon as the tongue met it. 

The Ambience and Service at Genuine Broaster Chicken Guwahati

The ambiance of the place is trendy and crowd puller. They have the sack lights in the ceiling and decoration was done to suit the mood. I, however, felt that the place would be a little congested on a busy day as there is hardly space between tables to roam. 

Genuine Broaster Chicken Guwahati

Service can be better at the place. We had to ask the attendants to lower the music several times which was at its loudest. And the cleanup crew needs t be alert each time someone finishes their meal. We had to sit with dirty plates for more than half an hour and the dishes were served without clearing the tables. But I believe in second chances and hope that as the time passes, the service would improve.

Overall, the experience was good with good company. If you love having chicken fries and good desserts, this place must be on your list.

Name of the Restaurant: Genuine Broaster Chicken Guwahati

Location: Zoo Tiniali, Guwahati

Cost for two: INR 500-600

Food: Good

Service: Poor

Ambiance: 50-50

 Picture courtesy: Self, Mitali G. Dutta and Guwahati Foodie