Here is The Telegraph guide for pandal-hopping foodies. So munch on, crunch on as you discover the gourmets available in Siliguri for the next five days. Here is to happy finger-licking
On offer: Authentic Bengali fare with vegetarian and non-vegetarian buffet
Specialities: Starters like Rupashi Bangla (mixed fruit juice), Kancha Amer Sherbet (green mango juice), Abak Jalpan (mixture of coconut water and pineapple juice topped with vanilla ice-cream and sprinkled with coconut).
For vegetarians: Sukto, mochar ghonto, potoler dorma, purbhora aloor dum, doi kopi
Non-vegetarian: Chingri malaicurry, patay mora chingri bhappe, anarash-e Ilish, aam mangsho, kachi pathar jhol, murgi poshto
Rice: Scented Basmati, Pulao Rajdhani, Ilish Pulao besides phulko luchi and radha ballavi
Dessert: Rajbhog, bhapa sandesh, malpua, chaner payesh and mishti doi.
Pocket pinch: The delicacies range from Rs 60 to Rs 395 per dish
ORCHID BANQUET AND RESTAURANT
On offer: Chinese, Bengali and Mughlai
Chinese specialities: Schezwan crispy potatoes, crispy chilli baby corn, cottage cheese Manchurian, Schezwan fish, chicken in hot garlic sauce, chicken Kum Pao sauce, golden fried prawns
Bengali: Jhinga malaicurry, kadhai jhinga, sorsae bhapa ilish, aar macher gorgora
Mughlai: Murgh banjara, murgh kali mirch, murgh mirch masala, murgh khurchan, kasha mangsho, lal maas, adraki gosht, paneer makhanwala, paneer lababdar, makai khumb palak, tawa subzi, subz akbari.
Pocket pinch: The delicacies range from Rs 100 to Rs 495 per plate
HOTEL DOLLY INN
Vegetarian: Lal saak with kasundi, dhokar dalna, fulkopi tel charchari, alu jhinga posto, aloo sojne data posto
Non-vegetarian: Pui chingri, kochur saak Ilish macher matha diye, chingri kankrol, pabda jhal, mouralla macher charchari, chicken kasha, mutton kasha
On offer: Visitors to the Palm, the multi-cuisine restaurant at the hotel, will be treated to ethnic Bengali cuisine but the menu also has Mughlai and Chinese dishes
Specialities: Tetul Illish, dhane pomfret tawa fry, kassa mangso and chingri malaicurry.
Mughlai: Murg malai kali mirch, ajwain fish tikka, chicken haryali tikka, mutton nilgiri korma, andra mutton
Chinese: Chilli honey prawn, golden fried prawn, Kumpao Chicken, Schezwan chicken
Pocket pinch: The delicacies range from Rs 200 to Rs 350
|The food fare on offer at Royal Sarovar. All pictures by Kundan Yolmo
KALPATARU PICE HOTEL
The nearly 30-year-old eatery — one of the oldest in Siliguri — is planning to have more than 10 varieties of fish in their puja special menu. Chital, Ilish, prawn, rohu, pabda, katla, ahar and goal maach are some from the list.
Non-vegetarian: Chicken and mutton kasha and chicken and mutton biryanis and pulao
This purely vegetarian restaurant cum bakery has introduced Italian spread and a range of 30 mocktails and shakes especially for the pujas.
On offer: Barbecue pasta, Portuguese pasta, cheese pasta, chef’s special pasta
Mocktails: Blue Lagoon, green mint, Honeymoon, Hurricane, Pink Melon
Shakes: Strawberry, kesar pista, vanilla, banana
On offer: Wanton soup, spring rolls, Manchurian pork, pork with vegetables, chilli pork, roasted pork with mushroom, black pepper chicken, garlic chicken, chilli chicken, American chopsuey and Chinese chopsuey.