Whenever we come across a new restaurant, the first thing we do is look at their menu. We did the same with Lokaahar and we loved the variety. Now, one word of caution here. This is not like most of the other restaurants in this city. If you want a good meal here, you must, must book your table with the menu a day in advance. When I asked about walk-ins, they said they do allow that, but the menu will be limited, based on whatever they have on stock. Also the waiting time will be higher as they prepare all their dishes from scratch, once ordered. So, if you have just decided to go for a lunch / dinner, within the next few hours, this place is not for you. If you love planning for an elaborate meal sometimes, let’s continue.
This place is near the park, where the Jodhpur Park Durga Puja pandal comes up. If you face difficulty searching for 533, Jodhpur Park from there, give them a call. I am sure they will guide you.
Or else follow the below instructions –
If you are coming from Golpark, take the first right after crossing Dakhshinapan Shopping Complex. Take the third lane to your left and immediately after that, the first turn on your right. Lokaahar will be on your right just after a few houses. Simple 🙂
This is another positive of this place. It’s beautifully done with folk motifs painted on the walls, while the table and chairs have wood carvings and jute upholstery. One problem I noticed here was, while the outer of the two rooms had all the folk motif paintings, the inner room walls were blank. Don’t know whether they were still working on it, but, if not, they should take care of that. The washroom was also beautifully done with folk motifs, but it was only a wash room, didn’t notice a loo. The AC on the inner room was not working when we visited. I am sure it was a temporary technical glitch.
Apart from the restaurant, this place sells various artifacts, spices and honey, which are displayed in a separate room. The collection is good and it won’t be a bad idea to visit them just to buy some of these.
I sincerely hope they start playing some background music too (folk music of Bengal). Will take the ambiance to a different level.
Attentive and fast if you have pre-ordered your menu. They confessed it would be slow if you don’t. We found everyone there really eager to please the guests.
We started off with Koraishutir Kochuri and Kosha Alur Dom. The Koraishutir Kochuri was not impressive. The size was big, but the filling was not enough to justify such big kochuris. The Kosha Alur Dom on the other hand was excellent. Perfect balance of spices and well cooked. It alone saved the combination.
Kumro And Bok Phuler bora were the next items. But as bok ful was not available only Kumro fuler bora was served. Ideally the batter here needs to be thin and crisp, so that the subtle taste of the flowers are not killed. But here the batter was thick and hence didn’t like it much.
Bhetki Machher Bora, which was served next, was excellent. Loved the taste, texture, everything.
Next item was a specialty from Bankura, called Bati Posto. We are used to Alu, Jhinge etc. as vegetables cooked with posto. But this is a dish which is cooked without any veggies or anything else. A bowl full of pure cooked posto. We loved it and am sure it will be a favourite for any posto lover.
Kochu Bata served next was good too. A dish with which I can eat my complete quota of rice.
Hasher Dimer Dalna was the next item. It was excellent. Rich, balanced, tasty gravy and those duck egg yolks. Loved it.
The next item we ordered was Mourola Tok. I personally think what bhartas are to Bangals, toks are to Ghotis. So these are two types of food I try not miss, if they are on the menu. The Mourola Tok was well done. But I personally would have loved it to be a bit more sour.
Robibarer Mangsho was a simple and beautiful home style mutton. Expect nothing fancy. Try it to go back to those childhood Sundays and the customary Pathar jhol. The meat was soft and the gravy was perfect.
Pomfret Jhaal served next was just ok. The fish was good, but there was nothing to talk about the gravy. Not bad, but not even great.
We ended our meal with Chandana Kheer. I loved this item. From the earthen container it was served in, to the actual taste and texture of the dessert. It was not overly sweet and delicious.
The portions served here are large, hence that justifies the price. We had to pack most of the items home.
I would definitely recommend this place for a planned Bengali lunch / dinner.
(Based on pre-order experience)
Ambiance – 1.5 / 2
Service – 1.5 / 2
Cleanliness / Hygiene – 1.5 / 2
Plating – 0.25 / 1
Food – 2.8 / 4
Value for money – 1.5 / 2
Menu variety – 1.75 / 2
Overall 3.6 / 5