Around Covent Garden there are many Indian cuisine restaurants. One restaurant which has recently popped up is Little Kolkata which specialises in serving Bengali styled food. As a Bengali, I thought I’ll go by and give it a try.
Food - 6/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 7/10
Value for Money - 5/10
Serving up authentic delicacies from Kolkata, visit Little Kolkata for a taste in Bengali cuisine.
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 020 7240 7084
Address: 51-53 Shelton St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JU
Nearest Station: Covent Garden
Whether you’re visiting for a meal or going before the theatre run, be sure to book first as this restaurant can become very busy within the later hours of the night. My girlfriend and I wanted to visit this restaurant due to its catering towards Bengali style cuisine. Is there a difference against the normal Indian street food you find at a restaurant? Have a read below to find out.
Starters and Drinks
We started off by ordering the Mixed Berry Mojito and the Saffron Mango Lassi for drinks. The Mixed Berry Mojito was very sweet serving different berry flavours, while the Saffron Mango Lassi mainly just tasted like your standard Lassi.
For starters, we ordered Singaras and the Banana Flower Croquette all of which came with complimentary chutneys. The starters came relatively quick presented elegantly on rectangular plates. The Singaras were very crispy, puffy and flavoursome accompanied by the chopped salad underneath. The Banana Flower Croquette is a Bengali delicacy and was the one I was looking forward the most to try out. It had some odd sort of flavour as this is made out of banana flower, but I was very warmly reminded of something I ate many years ago back in my home country. Served alongside banana chips, this is a dish I would recommend trying and provide your own opinion on, especially if you’re a vegan.
The mains consisted of the Chicken Mughlai and the Aloo Dumm. The Chicken Mughlai was a chicken leg cooked in spices with cashew nut, rose water and saffron sauce, whereas the Aloo Dumm was a vegetarian dish, consisting of potatoes in a tomato and herb sauce.
Along with the mains we also ordered steamed rice and Luchi Buffed Bread which is something like roti fried in oil.
The chicken was quite soft and fell off the bone, however, the sauce did put me off as it tasted very nutty. I’m not very fond of boned chicken and kind of struggled eating this. The buffed bread was an odd choice to eat mains with as this traditional type of bread I have never tried with curry. The Aloo Dumm was something I was able to eat and finish up as there were no faults with that dish.
Nothing finishes a three-course meal without ordering desserts. As we both still felt peckish, we ordered two desserts and ordered a Linca soft drink. Limca is a lemon and lime soft drink made by the Coca Cola company and is very popular around the sub south Asian continent. The Homemade Cardamom Coffee Brownie came served with vanilla ice cream and raspberry jam. The brownie tasted great and was presented in a stylish way. The Bhapa Mishti Doi was the other dessert which was a baked yoghurt which can be found across all south Asian sweet shops. Taste-wise, this was nothing out the ordinary and tasted like other dois’ you would find elsewhere. I would like to comment on their small portions though as this only took a few minutes to finish.
Little Kolkata displays a variety of Bengali delicacies and sticks to bringing its roots from Kolkata into London. However, with its small and quirky menu, this isn’t your normal Indian style street food. The portions of desserts can also be improved compared to the price you pay.