MOGAMBO, a classic Kolkata restaurant

It’s been a while since I was last in Kolkata, which was known as Calcutta then. That’s how long it has been, and then some.

On a fabulous journey of re-discovery last week, we checked out one of the old time classics of this great city –  Mogambo.  It has a delightfully retro feel to it –  just the way I remember the India of the early 80s, before the economy opened up and everything flooded in, good, bad & indifferent.  Mogambo has staff with turbans, and booths in which you sit, and little red reading lights, and it’s all fabulous, starting with the menu and its running commentary on the food:

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I had the Fish a la Diana as it so happened, and yes it was rich, with all that cream, but it was delicious.  And a huge serving too :

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Our friend Sue had the grilled fish which she also pronounced delicious :

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And hubby dearest, who is a bit of a steak-aholic, had the Irish Beef Steak.  Yet again, pronounced delicious and (for once) cooked exactly as ordered –  very rare.

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All in all, a good lunch, reasonable prices, good service.  Could’ve done with MRP for the water and Coke, but perhaps that’s not how it’s done in Bengal?

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Recommended, for the ambience and also for the food, which is good and hearty.  I didn’t tell anyone that I blog and write reviews, and we paid our bill.

BELLA Restaurant JOHANNESBURG

 

Bella on Rivonia Road in Johannesburg is a perfect place for lunch. Airy, friendly, relaxed staff, serving easy on the palate light food, which is consistently good, with a wide choice of specials of the day. It is very much the place for ladies who lunch.

Safe and ample parking.

Outdoor heaters to supplement the winter sunshine.

The fare is light bistro-esque. Quiches, salads, delicious fish-cakes, chicken pies in winter, generous open sandwiches, and delicious in-season puddings.

It’s not cheap, to be honest, but the food is good – although crab-cake and a small side salad at R 90 did strike me as a tad pricey.

Lunch for 2 with no alcohol, no pud, just a main course, fruit juice and a coffee each cost R237.

I have eaten at Bella about 5/6 times over the past 2 years.

Bella
66 Rivonia Road
Sandton.

Tel : 011 883 6665
info@bella66.co.za