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“Bengali Restaurant on Chowringhee” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aaheli

Aaheli
12, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Esplanade | The Peerless Inn, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700 013, India
2228-0301/02/03/05/06/07
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Ranked #206 of 1,355 Restaurants in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Bengali Restaurant on Chowringhee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

I enjoyed an authentic Bengali Thali meal.The Thali contained numerous items & lip smacking dessarts. Was delighted to see some old classical Bengali recepies

Visited December 2012
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bangalore
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42 reviews 42 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Authentic Bengali food - but very expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This restaurant serves authentic Bengali food in Thalis - but my goodness - the prices are way too expensive. Now when you pay that kind of food, you would expect the food to be out of this world. But no...it was pretty much standard fare.

Visited May 2013
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Rajkot
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Good but Expensive Option..for Bengali Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

it was been recommended by my hotel , located well in the market area in the peerless inn, the wonderful restaurant, the ambiance in good, the taste is also fantastic and they have suggested us authentic bengali food, we had POSTO and Some Rice verity with Dal and special to mentioned about MISTI DOHI [Near to Shrikhand in Gujarat]. The services requires improvements in response time. Overall good experience but seems to be an expensive option.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Gurgaon, India
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“very good Bengali food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Tucked away in a corner of Rajarhat, in Axis Mall, is this classy little place called Aaheli serving plates of magic.

Priceyyy it is- in the range of Oh! So-So-Calcutta but then right from the wedding invite style menu card and the brassware, you know this it is a connoisseur’s delight. I knew I had one shot at it and so opted for one of the three nonveg thalis on offer- the Rajbhog, and fit for a king it was. I had begun digging into my plate before it even landed on my table! A fish fry and begun bhaja to start off proceedings, followed by a lightly flavored musur dal to go with ghee rice, sukto and a chachori. Unlimited luchis that was the perfect foil to one of the best mutton curries I have had in recent times. Fish paturi (bhetki in mustard sauce) was a revelation, prawn malai curry and a sweet pulao for round three. The dessert menu consisted of payesh, a mega rasogolla, some awesome date-mango papad chutney. This thali was surely not meant for one person, even for someone like me with the appetite of a shark.

It is awfully hard for a Bengali to review a place serving Bengali food- we tend to look for mistakes and compare with home food. But Aaheli had more things right than wrong. Great tasting food, extremely polite waiters and lots of space, no wonder they are winners of the Times Food Guide awards for two consecutive years- 2011 and 2012! On the flipside, it is expensive, location is an issue, service is on the slower side and they simply have to cut down the contents of their thali!

Aaheli means pure- and true to its name, the restaurant offers a pure Bengali dining experience. A few years back we would not enjoy expensive home food, but the times, as they say, sure are changing.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pune
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“Good, but not worth the price...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Visited Kolkata after a long time, and took the family for a Bengali special meal. We ordered 4 different type of thalis -for 4 persons. That was a mistake-prompted by the waiter who suggested that one thali is adequate for one person. Well, 75% of the items were left, and we realised that 2 thalis would have been more than adequate. So much for the business sense of the waiter-who obviously did not want the restaurant to miss out on the revenue form 2 extra thalis...Luckily they agreed to pack up the untouched items served.

The common items across all the non-veg thalis we ordered was plain rice, sweet polao rice, 4 luchis, dal, 2 dry vegetables ( one aloo-potol and one lau-bori), sweet curd, one big cham cham, one topshey fish fry, one beguni, papad, chatni,one chicken curry and bhetki paturi- this one cost Rs 1150. The next one ( Rs 1250) had one additional prawn malai curry and one hilsa in mustard curry. The priciest thali ( Rs 1350) had another additional Chital mach boneless curry.

The vegetables, dal, beguni, chicken curry, prawn malai curry, boneless chital and the hisla in mustard were all very ordinary. Nothing lip-smacking or something to die for , or plan another visit-especially given the rates per thali. However, the bhetki paturi was really good, and so was the misti doi and the cham cham-some saving grace!

With the taxes, the bill came to Rs 6500 ( that felt like a rip-off). A similar meal in a not-so-upmarket Bengali restaurant (Bhojohori Manna) will definitely cost half the price...

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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