Ilish Chingri Festival at Saptapadi

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

September 12, 2015


This monsoon Saptapadi celebrates the Elish Chingri Festival to offer the food loving Bengalis a sensual alibi to stuff themselves with a memorable feast. Elish (Hilsha) and Chingri (Prawn) are indisputably some of the highly admired and delightful food items so far as the Bengali households are concerned. Therefore it is no doubt a praiseworthy effort to pay tribute to two of these wonderful foodstuffs.




Saptapadi is a well-known restaurant in Kolkata specialized in serving finest Bengali dishes. It is famous for some of its creative and exclusive dishes like Bhapa Murgir Paturi, Chingri Sabar Upore, Kancha Lanka Murgi, Posto Piyaji, Grilled Ilish, Nolen Gurer Brownie, Murgi Sabar Upore etc. The motto of the restaurant is to offer excellent quality food (prepared by creative Chef Ranjan Biswas ) and attain the zenith of customer satisfaction.


The restaurant was originally established in Bidhan Sarani in June 2011. After completion of a couple of years it got shifted to its present location i.e. Bagha Jatin, Kolkata opposite the Bagha Jatin P.O. on January 17th 2014. The quality of innovative food and the pleasing ambience however remained unchanged.




The Ilish Chingri Festival was a great way to enjoy the departing monsoon with the last remaining hilsas and the hot favorite prawns. It is a unique blend of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal flavor in an exclusive meal. In addition to that it also makes a great union between the “Bangal” and “Ghoti” the ever-opposing communities in Kolkata as well as West Bengal.




The festival happened till September 17th and is segmented in two halves i.e. from 12 noon to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 10.45 pm. It is undoubtedly a great feasting opportunity for those in love with ethnic Bengali styled dishes that are not available every now and then.




There was no denying the fact that the classical and old styled Bengali dishes are not easily available in our times. Even if they were attainable in some places, the quality of the food served and the ambience of the place are not up to the mark. And in today’s fast and hectic life-style it is not possible to prepare these mouthwatering dishes at home as they demand a whole lot of time and effort to be prepared not to speak of the required cooking skill.




Ilish Chingri Festival embraces Bengali diversity and highlights local culture and food traditions of Eastern India. More importantly, it is a further connection between urban and rural Bengal.




This festival highlights some finger licking delicacies like in starters, Ilish Spring Roll, Ilish Kobirajee, Moori Ilish Fry, Chingri Moori Cutlet and in mains Ilish Lemon Grass, Rasuni Gondhoraj Ilish, Golmorich Bedana Ilish, Bhappa / Sorshe Ilish, Bhuna Chingri, Dhonepata Kachalanka Chingri and Cheese Chingri Paturi.




Therefore making those great items at home and relishing them in a weekend stay latent in the hearts of so many food lovers in Kolkata. To fulfill those dormant desires Saptapadi arranges this Elish Chingri Festival in order to bring smile in the face of countless Bengalis. This great initiative is highly appreciated by Bengali food buffs in the city.




And the good news was that one does not need to spend a lot of money to enjoy this delicious festival. Yes, all these savory dishes can be relished at a very reasonable price so as to say. One just had to pay only Rs. 600/- for two in a la carte and one can also go for the thali if he or she prefers so at the cost of Rs. 895/- only.


Saptapadi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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About Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word ‘foodie’ and prefers, instead, the expression ‘food devotee’. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

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1915940_101100699948573_1759232_nRajdeep Bhattacharjee wears many feathers in his cap. A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – Rajdeep, once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word 'foodie' and prefers, instead, the expression 'food devotee'. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

He is the founder of Gourmets Travel Guide, a website devoted completely to food and travel. Rajdeep is an avid blogger and one can find many of his sojourns aptly expressed on the website

Rajdeep had been recently chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to board the inaugural flight from Kolkata to Bangkok (TG – 336) and received accolades for wonderfully recounting the experience, from start to finish, in his blog. In fact, his travelogue was featured in Hangla Hneshel, one of India's foremost Bengali magazine dedicated completely to food and travel. Rajdeep doesn't stop there! One of his undersea walks also got featured in The Telegraph, one of India's leading dailies. He is also one of the chief curators and a selector for chefs and restaurants for Channel One's Resto Ranna episodes.

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Rajdeep loves eating out at different restaurants. A true blue Bengali at heart and gut, experimenting with food and palates come naturally to him. And he doesn't mind leaving an endearing word or two for chefs who have displayed their talents on the plate and the restaurant management for the inviting ambiance of an eatery.

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He has been blogging for the last three years. When he is not writing on food and travel or working as a Government employee, you can most certainly catch him with a camera slung around his neck and travel gear ready to satisfy his inner wanderlust.