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The taste of Bengal

Temptations, for authentic North Indian and Bengali food


MENTION KOLKATA and what comes to your mind is mouth-watering rasgullas and the ubiquitous machli (fish). So, a restaurant offering authentic Bengali and North Indian delicacies in Coimbatore would definitely interest any foodie in town.

Little wonder that we were tempted to check out Temptations in Ramnagar. Tucked inside Gokhale Street off the bustling Crosscut Road (behind Pavizham Jewellers), the restaurant also offers Chinese cuisine and South Indian meals.

"We are introducing certain special Bengali delicacies. Our restaurant also offers authentic North Indian non-vegetarian food," says D. Majumder, proprietor of the 56-seater restaurant.

Predictably, most of the items on offer are non-vegetarian... chicken, mutton, prawn and fish items. To make the dining experience unique, attention has gone into designing the interiors and the lighting. "The right ambience matters," he adds.

With Majumder telling us that Kolkata kati roll is a big hit, we decide to check it out. As the chefs got busy roasting the Kati rolls (veg. and non-veg) in butter, we dipped our fingers into the chewy Mushroom Manchurian, fragrant with sweet and sour sauce and other spices. You can also try the Chinese fried vegetables.

By this time, the steaming kati roll arrives. What helps it stand apart is the preparation. Fried vegetables are stuffed inside cooked rumali roti and roasted in butter. The taste of butter comes through in every bite. The non-veg kati roll comes coated with egg and a filling of chicken tikka.

In the kebabs section, there are a whole lot of items to choose from. The `Temptations' kebab was heavy on spice. However, the mint chutney offset it to an extent. This is served with butter rice, another in-house speciality rich with cashews. The aroma and taste blend perfectly to leave you asking for more.

The mint-flavoured `Haryali' kebab was good. There is also Kadi Pakori, prepared with vegetables, yoghurt and besan.

Bengali food is incomplete without fish. So, we tried out the tandoor fish (Pomfret roasted in a clay oven). It was scrumptious. In the sweets section, try the delectable Mishti Doi, made using milk and jaggery. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11.30 a.m to 3. 30 p.m. For dinner, they are open between 6.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. For bookings, call: 5528422, 5377931 & 94432-63412.

M. ALLIRAJAN & K. JESHI

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