Delhi, the national Capital is bustling with a number of food joints and thematic restaurants. However during our foodie journeys in this rich and vibrant city, we failed to locate a promising joint that captures the Bong culture of food. Being a Bong has always inspired my appetites to reinvent my home food somewhere in the city and unfortunately not even a singular Bong themed restaurant in Delhi could deliver the homely Bengali essence. And then we came across the City of Joy, a sweet simple restaurant located in Alakananda. The name itself was enough to rekindle my Bong foodie spirits and give them a try and fortunately we were not disappointed this time.
Hands Behind this Brilliant Culinary Masterpiece
City of Joy, a food joint that started its journey 6 years back from the brains of a Chartered Accountant Debojyoti Roy has gifted all Delhites a chance to relish their favourite Bengali dishes right in Delhi. Designed in the lines of a Bengali theme, this food joint is powerful enough to take you to a nostalgia ride through the streets of Kolkata and the versatile cultures of Bengal.
An Ambience that Takes You To A ride To The Bengal Cultures
You have snapshots of Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Uttam Suchitra, Sabyasachi, terracotta statues and last but not the least, a beautiful wall décor of Maa Durga inviting you relish every shade of nostalgia associated with Bengal.
Starters To Fall In Love With
To begin with, the Bhetki Fish fries are the most recommended dishes of this Bong favourite restaurant. Fresh Bhetki fried in batter will surely make you recall the foodie journeys in Kolkta’s Mitra Café or Bhojohori Manna. Tastes are indeed unparalleled.
For your starter appetites you can always try Fish Chop or the Veg Chop too for your starter sessions during an evening snacking hour or lunch hour. The Fish Kabiraji, Golden Fried Paneer, Topse Fry are all indeed exceptional starters to fulfill your Bong craze for Bengali cuisine.
Main Courses Designed To Pamper The Bengali In You
Coming to main courses, COJ, City Of Joy has a large variety to explore. In fact the menu gets updated regularly keeping in mind the appetites of a Hungry Bengali. Each of the dishes are curated with the genius of Debojyiti Roy and implemented by the Chefs right from Orissa.
The main course is indeed an extravagant ride for all foodies like us. From hilsa to rohu and from mutton to chicken, every item on the platter is indeed a handsome treat for all of us. You have the best of the dishes like Parse Sorshe, Ilish Matha Die Pui Shaak, Doi Rui, Rosun Sorse Rui Jhaal, Muru Ghonto or the Prawn Malai , Prawn Paturi or the enriched with spices Mutton Kosha are enough to keep this food joint as a top favourite in your foodie list.
Clubbing them up with steamed rice or Pulao or the hot Phulko luchis is a lovely idea for a lunch or dinner.
The Amshotto Khejur Chutney is a brilliant accompaniment for the lovely platter.
The best part was that the entire staff was brilliantly hospitable and hygiene was a top priority for them.
No wonder they have bagged so many awards in their culinary journeys. They also have a website http://cityofjoydelhi.com/ where the menu is updated everyday to keep your taste buds satiated with authentic Bengali food.
A must visit for Bengalis and even the Non-Bongs when they want to try some good food with a punch of variety and delicious tastes.