Casa Kitchen Kolkata launches Summer time Soiree – A festival for summer .
The temperature is soaring up on a daily basis . Its not new . We tried Iced tea with lemongrass and ginger to replace our regular tea . We tried salads as a cooling effect . All helped in someway or the other .
When the invitation read as a happy turnaround with Summer delights which are healthy, cooling and suits the epicurean, I was excited .They happily called it – Beat the heat with Casa treat.
We were greeted by a nice cooling welcome drink – a mocktail of Cucumber and curry leaf lemonade, which is one of the highest selling mocktails of the restaurant and part of the main Menu. We spoke at length with Mr. Swarup Ghosh, General Manager Casa Fortuna Hotel ( Casa Kitchen is the restaurant of Casa Fortuna Hotel ) and Mr. Shantanu Lahiri, the Chief Advisor of Casa Fortuna .
The main purpose of this special summer food festival by Casa Kitchen Kolkata is to provide foods which are beneficial to health in this summer, yet tasty .
While the Cucumber and curry leaf lemonade was a soothing and tasty mocktail with distinct taste of curry leaves , there are several mocktails and cocktails which are a part of this festival . We tasted Just Peachy, which is a frozen drink with peach and orange and Deep Blue Sea, whose colour and taste both will blow you over. Deep Blue Sea consists of Mango and pineapple. The Norwester, ( KalBaishakhi as we call it in West bengal and a regular feature of summer evenings) is a kids favourite for the colour and representation of the Norwester winds. This is made of litchi, orange and cola .
When it comes to the cocktails, one is offered a large variety with special summer fruits based drinks . There is Watermelon Thunder, which is a blend of tequila, fresh watermelon, basil and lime , there is Kiwi cooler which is a combination of white rum, kiwi and cranberry juice and Blood orange sunrise, which is a blend of whisky and orange juice served on the rocks.
Let me share a little secret – dont miss out on the Chatka Mary . Irrespective of any season, this is a must try . A guava based drink with vodka with rock salt and red chili powder on the rim of the glass makes this drink worth trying out . The presentation is complete with slice of chilli on the edge .
Anirban Halder , Indrajit Lahiri and Poorna Banerjee were the fellow bloggers who also went for this review . Its always a great opportunity to catch up with these friends on the latest update on the food scenario of Kolkata while we slowly sipped on the drinks . Then the salads and sandwiches started making their way to the table.
We started with the delicious Cool Casa Sandwich. The sandwich is basically multigrain bread stuffed with pickled zucchini, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, baby corn, gherkins with mustard mayonnaise . This tasted well with distinct flavour of the gherkins .
The watermelon sandwich is a treat to look at and worth trying out. Layers of watermelons with feta cheese in between is cool as well as tasty. The vegetable ceasar salad – my all time favourite was a delight. Waldorf salad had fresh apples tossed with mayonnaise and walnuts . The mayonnaise was little spicy though . We finally devoured on Pasta salad, where penne pasta was used with a lil tangy cocktail sauce. The chef confirmed that it was tomato puree on eggless mayonnaise. For me the star of the evening was definitely the Mediterranean salad with Balsamic glaze which had char grilled exotic vegetables in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar glaze.
Other than these, there is also Sprouted three bean Salad , Fresh fruit Insalata , Thai pineapple and papaya salad and Go green salad available.
Bloggers insight – Please try out the Paneer tikka – one of the best paneer I have had in ages and later we were confirmed that the paneer was freshly made in the hotel itself.
Casa Fortuna is a pure vegetarian hotel and Casa kitchen is a pure vegetarian restaurant . Honestly, I had my reservations on spending an evening on tasting vegetarian food, however when I exited Casa kitchen Kolkata, I did not regret my decision.
I was satisfied and happy. After all that’s what good food is supposed to do to you. Isn’t it ?
This Summer Time soiree will be on from 18th till 31st May from 11 AM to 11 PM at Cassa Kitchen . Address – 234/1 AJC Bose Road , Kolkata – 20 .
Please note – I was invited by the Casa Kitchen authorities to sample the food and write the blog
Have you tried our iced tea with lemongrass and ginger for this summer ? Recipe here