A couple of years back I was invited for an exclusive food tasting & review session at Aura, the marquee multicuisine all-day-dining restaurant at The Sonnet, Kolkata.
The tasting menu read “We welcome you to the AURA for a musical gastronomic sojourn with us.”
Indeed the food session was ‘Symphony in Harmony’ which is also the tagline of the hotel!
A three-course lavish meal was served. It comprised of the following items –
– Starters –
– Chilly Cheese Cigar: The dish comprised of mozzarella, garlic and jalapeno sticks, crumb fried and served with spicy BBQ sauce.
It tasted excellent.
– Veg Skinny Crispies: House special skinny vegetable crudités, crispy fried were served with warm cheese dip.
The crudités came placed inside a thin and wide strip of roasted bread with carved out circles!
The dish looked artistic, was unusual in preparation and tasted good.
– Paneer Aamras Ke Kebab: Thick cottage cheese cubes were stuffed with aam papad, cooked in tandoor and served with green chutney.
They tasted excellent.
– Badshahi Khumb: The dish comprised of tandoor cookes stuffed mushrooms. The stuffing was a concoction of cheese & nuts. Green chutney was served as the accompaniment.
The dish tasted good.
– Mains –
– Spinach Cheese Timbale With Tangy BBQ Sauce: The dish comprised of spinach and ricotta steak grilled to perfection and served with BBQ sauce.
It tasted good.
– Makhmali Moti Malai: It was Malai Kofta cooked in rich cashew gravy.
It was a rich sabji and tasted good.
– Bhatti Nu Dal: It was the popular black lentil cooked with tomato and white butter.
It tasted expectantly good.
– Mixed Vegetable: It was the usual melange of spicy and colorful mixed vegetables. The sabji was beautifully garnished with almond slivers and a sprig of coriander leaves.
It tasted nice.
– Roti Ki Tokri: It comprised of Tandoori Roti, Garlic Naan, Lachcha Parantha and Masala Kulcha.
All the breads were soft, fresh and uniformly cooked.
– Stir Fried Baby Potato With Dry Chilli And Cashew Nut: It was an oriental gravy based dish made of baby potatoes tossed with dry red chilli, light soya and roasted cashew.
– Stir Fried Noodles With Coriander Pesto: Infused with veggies and smeared in pesto, the noodles paired well with the Baby Potatoes dish.
The oriental combo of noodles & curry tasted nice.
– Desserts –
– Kiwi Marquis: Placed on a square and thin short crust pastry, it was a cube of cheesy delight, the top half of which was kiwi flavored and thus hued in parrot green.
The presentation was beautiful and the dessert tasted good.
– Bitter Chocolate And Vanilla Mousse With Salted Caramel Nougat: Presented in a small glass, it was an alternative layered vanilla & chocolate mousse, with nougat at the base and artistic chocolate spirals on the surface.
The dessert tasted good and filling.
– Palate Cleansers –
Watermelon Balls With Sprouts, Paan Shot, Virgin Bloody Mary and Guava Shot: The following palate cleansers were served at intervals to delimit the clash of flavors and to keep the meal interesting.
All of them tasted good.
All in all, it was a wonderful food session filled with The Sonnet’s trademark hospitality.
Average Pricing For Two: Rs. 1,400 /-
Timing: 7:00 am – 11:30 pm (Mon – Sun)
DD 8, Sector I, Salt Lake, Kolkata – 700064
Phone: +91 33 6633 9000
Note: My food journey has enabled me to taste an assortment of food items belonging to varied cuisines, most of which I have shared through my blog and social media posts. Still, I am left with a good collection of food pics that I never got time to share.
I am sharing them now. This is to support the hotels & restaurants industry, or let’s just say, the food industry.
The aforementioned dining took place a couple of years back.
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