Eatery Makeovers: Hole in the wall? Bademiya’s and Bong Bong, Not Anymore!

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Bong Bong's colourful patio area Image: Raul Dias
Bong Bong's colourful patio area Image: Raul Dias
Bong Bong’s colourful patio area Image: Raul DiasBong Bong’s colourful patio area

We all love a rags-to-riches story, don’t we? Well, although this piece isn’t technically about ‘rags’ or ‘riches’ as it were, it is about the indomitable spirit of our very own Urbs Primus aka Mumbai. A spirit of creation and exploration that we see in almost every facet of life in this city. So, why should we leave out its rich culinary landscape that throws up examples of this almost week after week?

Much to the delight of salivating foodies across the city, the latest trend doing the rounds in the gastronomic circles of Mumbai is that of the tiny road-side food stalls metamorphosing into stand alone restaurants. Eateries that confidently hold their own amidst a sea of fancy chains and celebrity chef-helmed temples of fine dining.

We recently popped the bubbly (or should I say sparkling wine, in keeping with the frugality of the situation!) to celebrate the opening of Bademiya’s new, swanky, air-conditioned, twin-leveled restaurant in Fort that is an off-shoot of their legendary road-side Colaba stall. Offering a plethora of old Bademiya favourites like the scrumptious mutton baida roti, biryani, salli boti and the buttery bheja fry, this new avatar does have a few new tricks up its sleeve  Surprise, surprise! They now do desserts and if you can manage to tear yourself away from the silky pineapple halwa, do let me in on your secret technique!

Bong Bong's rather quirky interiors Image: Raul Dias
Bong Bong’s rather quirky interiors Image: Raul Dias

But barely had we any time to digest (pun intended!) the bounty of this ‘Bademiya redux’, when we have another reason to whoop with joy. All true-blue Bengali fast food fans will be familiar with Bong Bong—The Bangla Foodpath that used to be a tiny hole-in-the-wall place in Bandra, right next to Toto’s. Dishing out a limited menu with some of the best kathi rolls and luchis with kosha murghi curry this side of the Hooghly, Bong Bong had its own legion of die-hard patrons. So, to keep up with this increasing clientele, the place has now transformed itself into a full-fledged restaurant at another location along a leafy lane in nearby Khar.

Typical scenes of old Calcutta adorn the walls Image: Raul Dias
Typical scenes of old Calcutta adorn the walls Image: Raul Dias

Going full out in its new avatar, Bong Bong’s menu has all the good old regulars on it as well as a whole load of yummy new entrants. Billing itself as a contemporary Bengali cuisine restaurant, Bong Bong serves up dishes like the very innovative herbed chicken money bags that are steamed in banana leaves, the paanch phoron alu, mango pickle steamed fish and the ultra-delish spicy pork spare ribs that go perfectly with the chingri-r mashla polao. Desserts like the baked roshogulla and the tender coconut payesh are superb ways to end a meal and a truly Bong experience here.

Now, if I could only convince my favourite daabeli-walla to expand…!

Bademiya
Contact: 022 22655657, 22655658, 22655659
Time: 11.00am – 01.00 am
Cost: Rs 600 for two

Bong Bong
Contact: 022 65555567, 7738009353, 65882574.
Time: 11.30am – 12.30 am
Cost: Rs 800 for two

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.

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Lists travel, food and luxury as the tantalizing trifecta that defines him. When he’s not travelling, eating or getting pampered at a spa, you'll find him assaulting his notebook's keyboard with a feral vengeance, churning out what he hopes are intelligent, informative and entertaining stories.