Chef’s Log 61: The Door to Deliciousness

Apologies for the long absence. You see, I was on holiday visiting family in another solar system. And as you might have guessed, a mere month on Earth is a very long time anywhere else. Really, I don’t know how Earthlings have not figured out how to manipulate the universal space-time continuum yet. It’s so primitive. Anyway, to my great dismay, I discovered that the food on most of the planets I visited (barring the one with cotton candy grass and beer rivers) was dissatisfying, to say the very least. I found myself actually missing this backward planet and its surprisingly scrumptious food. So when I returned, I made a quick trip to the city of culinary joy: Calcutta. And I was certainly not disappointed! I patronized a restaurant named ‘The Blue Door,’ which oddly enough, had no blue door in sight. I tried the Roast Chicken with Rosemary Sauce and I was sufficiently blown away. It was a warm, hearty meal packed with robust flavours. The chef cleverly used chicken legs, instead of breasts, so the meat retained moisture and was adequately juicy. It was slathered in a delightful peppery sauce and the flavour of the herbs was subtle and not overwhelming. The chicken was accompanied by some of the best mashed potatoes I have ever tasted –they were light, creamy and fluffy, and simply melted in my mouth. I also sampled some starters. The cheese sesame rolls were rich and so very crunchy, while the bacon wrapped chicken? Well, what can I say? It was succulent, savoury and so, so delicious. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better I ordered dessert. Apparently ‘Gandharaj’ is a variety of lemon found only in this part of the country. It is frequently used as seasoning in Bengali food. And some brilliant human mind thought of turning it into ice cream. It’s almost enough to forgive them for the primitive nature of their technology. Almost. This ice cream captured the fragrant flavour of the lemon beautifully. It had an interesting, slightly bitter aftertaste that I enjoyed, and it was delectably creamy. It still haunts my dreams sometimes. So my verdict: The Blue Door has some of the best food that I have ever tasted. And I have tasted a lot of food. Anyone living in or passing through Calcutta, drop what you’re doing immediately and go there NOW.

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