In a city that is teeming with cafés and restaurants, an establishment like Bianco is a rare find. Located on the post-pandemic, quiet, Ekdalia Road, it is a quaint place, with a wonderful, minimalist woodwork exterior. The space keeps to its aesthetic senses, with the same minimalist approach adorning the interiors. As we made our way up to the first floor of Bianco (which I must add has a wonderful view of the bustling streets outside), I thought what if, this is just another café, that promises a European experience but falls short, like many other cafés of this very city?
I was proved wrong, soon enough. I knew I was in for a ride the moment I took a sip from the Cinnamon Cappuccino, which arrived on our table as soon as we did. A subtle hint of cinnamon, with the invigorating aroma of coffee. What could go wrong? A lot could. Did anything go wrong? Not one bit. And to munch on, we were treated with a huge portion of Bianco’s Seafood Blankets. A unique expressive taste comes with a Salsa Dip and a curious Gondhoraaj Yoghurt dip. Moreover, feel free to squeeze the Gondhoraaj Lebu slices on the blankets for a tangier taste. If you are willing to relax through a weekend afternoon, with friends, after a hectic weekend, this should be your go-to dish from the menu. Recommended with coffee or tea, and a healthy dose of adda on the side.
Far from being done, what sailed to us next was Bianco’s Ultimate Boat, which literally is a boat-shaped platter of everything good that a food lover can desire. Chicken Satay, Chimichurri Wings, Crispy Mandarin Chicken, and Grilled Chicken! Included are two other dips, along with French Fries, and fresh salad to cleanse your platter. An explosion of a variety of flavours. Beware, this boat is ultimate in every way. If this is your solo voyage to Bianco, this boat is not for you to captain. You need a crew, and a big one, if you want to steer this one down to the horizon! This reminds me, there is an option for an Ultimate Seafood Boat as well, which is something I long to go back for!
Bianco’s Au Gratin à la Tikka Masala, a blend of the classic Au Gratin with Bianco’s very own tikka masala, with a generous dose of cheese comes next. Again, a perfect balance of flavours, something that is enticing to your tastebuds, with the very first bite you take. Piping hot, this is when you feel Europe descending right here, in the City of Joy, with the beats of North India spicing things up, with the tikka masala. And boy! We did feel the joy, indeed!
But if you ask me, every course, every meal, needs a champion. A crown dish, if I may. And that here, at Bianco, is hands down, the innovative, the explosive, the heart-warming, Chingri Malaikari Risotto. It is exactly what fusion food should be; something of a concept that some establishments often fail to grasp. It is grand, it is exquisite and extravagant, but in essence, the flavour is of our home. In the end, this dish is the comfort food that we, as weary travellers of a fast, corporate world, often look for. This dish, in essence, is a sense of belonging for the global Bangali, who lives and breathes Chingri Malaikari.
What brings us to a close? Of course, the evergreen, the forever known, the familiar (and again, the comfortable), Caramel Custard. One word review? Heavenly. Sit back, and let it seep your taste buds, mind, and senses.
Tell me how it was after you’ve tried this delicacy.
Yes, yes, all well and good.
But what binds it together at Bianco?
Is it the amazing culinary skills? The successful fusion of East and West? The grandeur of plating or the minimal aesthetics of the place?
All of it, yes. But these are all without direction, without Rohan, who helms Bianco, and plays the role of our host to the word “perfect”. It is evident that Rohan puts his soul into this venture of his. Hospitality, care, and good experience become synonymous with Bianco because of Rohan, who makes you feel right at home. Rohan made us ardent patrons of Bianco; his amiability knows no bounds. He’ll wait for you with a warm smile, and an enthralling menu, which will reveal to you, a new dimension of dining, altogether.
Location: Bianco, 9/9 Ekdalia Road, Ekdalia Ballygunge, Kolkata – 700019
Cost for Two: 900 INR ++
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