October 12, 2015
Puja is the time to forget all restrictions and indulge in everything. This is the time when you don’t have to maintain your diets, maintain strict schedules to come back home or wake up in time. With changing time dining out during the Pujas is a must now. You must ready with your plan for four days. If you are a foodie, then Buddha Bites is a very well known name as well as place for you.
Buddha Bites is a dynamic organization which serves some excellent Chinese cuisine and is loved the most by the GenY foodies. This year Buddha Bites won the Times Food Guide Award in the category of the Best Chinese Restaurant. With 4 prime outlets this award winning Chinese Restaurant serves you some lip smacking Chinese dish as well as sea foods.
Jessore Road, Lake Town has no lack of eateries, yet Buddha Bites stands out as a unique spot in the area. Foodies here now are having one more awesome spot to pick up some mouthwatering starters and irresistible mains. It sports a chic theme with assorted Buddha’s pictures and statues, with a touch of oriental flavour. Seats are limited to 4 at all square tables, with one big table with eight sitters, total capacity of this restaurant is sixty six which are decent enough. The place is spotless and it’s nice to watch your food being prepared in the open kitchen. Allow their knowledgeable, jovial staff to take you through the unique but easy-to-define menu, which focuses on traditional Chinese techniques such as salting, curing, brining and wet & dry cooking. Leave all preconceptions at the door, almost nothing you get will be what you expect!
Recently they have launched new and special menu to celebrate the Puja spirit of the city of Kolkata and I have been invited to check out the new Puja special menu at Buddha Bites. Today I tried their puja special only which includes Chicken Manchow Soup as appetizer, Chilli Mustard Fish, Chicken wrap Prawn & Peeking Duck as starters, Roast Pork in Chilli Plum sauce, Spicy Black bean fish, Mix Hakka Noodles and Seven Jewel Rice in mains and finally in desserts Fried ice cream.
Though we ordered everything non veg but they have many interesting dishes for vegetarians also. The puja special veg menu includes dishes like Buddha Feast which is veggies tossed with fresh chili and white sauce, Lo Hang Veg which is veggies tossed with light brown gravy, Oriental Delight that is veggies tossed with fresh chili in white sauce, Stirred Fried Veggies with Glass Noodles, Kung Pao Potato where you get potato tossed with Ginger and cashew nut and tangy spicy sauce, Buddha Feast in Shezwan and a lot more.
After the hot and filling soup first starter we tried was Chilli Mustard Fish. First when I heard the name it sounds bit odd to my ear as I could not match mustard with Chinese cuisine but when I took the first bite, fusion of taste and flavours just explode in my mouth. If you love the after kick of mustard mixed with Chinese spices, don’t miss their Chilli Mustard Fish — it’s so darn satisfying.
Fitting for anytime starter was their Chicken wrap Prawn, featuring smooth, soft prawn marinated in spices hidden in chicken wrap, would perk up any weary soul. If you’re in the mood for something unique and spicy, their Chicken wrap Prawn won’t disappoint with super fresh ingredients and pepper sauce that packs a good punch. Not many places get this dish right, but Executive Chef, Mr. Kiran Gurung focuses all his efforts on perfecting it, you can blindly count on him to get a perfectly cooked Chicken wrap Prawn. The Chicken wrap Prawn was very pleasing to the palate –extremely flavourful, juicy, tender and beautifully seared on the outside.
Peeking Duck was our last starter, though it’s always my takeaway favourite. Another wonderful preparation of the chef, deeply flavored boneless duck meat crackle and crunch with the slightest touch of my teeth, and in the other hand I also found meat was moist, tender, and flavorful.
In mains we started with Roast Pork in Chilli Plum sauce and Mix Hakka Noodles. Mix Hakka Noodles was less oily, extremely satisfying bowl of noodles that just screams ‘comfort’. Side by side roasted pork was pretty addictive with its crunchy exterior and juicy meat, and spicy yet sweeten gravy completes the startling experience. Marinating was also pretty nice, retaining meats juices and texture while providing decadence in the form of premium ingredients, gloriously cooked and full of flavour. Without compromising with our taste buds; the combination goes surprisingly well.
Subsequently Spicy Black Bean Fish and Seven Jewel Rice arrived in our table. Spicy Black Bean Fish was no Girls Generation, their spicy black bean fish boasting flavours that pack a serious punch. Seven Jewel Rice was also wonderful, cooked rice tossed with vegetables and spices, amazing, heart-stopping fried rice. This Seven Jewel Rice should not be missed, and was equally great for hogging and sharing!
The Spicy Black Bean Fish was spicy, tender, flavourful, and goes exceedingly well with the accompanying Seven Jewel Rice. Just a slight hit of spicy black bean fish was enough to make you forget you’re having a bad day.
For dessert, you can’t go wrong with their signature Fried Ice Cream. Be prepared to eat your ice cream quickly as it melts pretty fast! You and your date will be all smiles when you leave.
Buddha Bites is always packed on the weekends with families happily tucking in, and with good reason. You’ll understand why, once you try their signature dishes – Chilli Mustard Fish, Chicken wrap Prawn, Peeking Duck, Roast Pork in Chilli Plum sauce, Spicy Black bean fish and Seven Jewel Rice. You may even customize the level of spiciness here, making food comfortable to your taste buds.
You must have planned a day to watch the famous Pujas of VIP Road and Dum Dum? Enjoy all the mesmerizing Pandals, take a lot of selfies and drop at Buddha Bites, Jessore Road to tickle your taste buds. With pleasant service and honest, good food, you’ll be back.