On Monday February 7, I attended the 2nd Anniversary Multi-Course Bengali dinner hosted by Atithi Indian Restaurant in Kitsilano. They invited some media friends to a 7 course tasting menu to celebrate their anniversary.
Chef Roy Abhishek welcomed everyone and described the Bengali meal we were about to enjoy. He described the ingredients and provided origins of the spices and vegetables. Each dish was unique and delicious, the flavours weren’t anything we have been accustomed to in this area.
The meal began with the 1st Appetizer, Banana Blossom Cutlets with masala mayonnaise.
The 2nd Appetizer was the Calcutta Khati Roll stuffed with paneer with English cucumber salad
The 3rd dish was the first of 4 entrees, the Bitter Gourd with sweet organic squash sabji
The 4th dish was the Fresh Mahi Mahi in mustard curry
The 5th dish was the Chicken in Yogurt Curry with lentil cake
The 6th dish was Bengali style Goat curry with mashed taro roots
We ended the meal with 7th dish, a Mango Mousse with sweet paneer and a Cardamom Cream Brulee Chocolate
Atithi Indian Restaurant is located at 2445 Burrard Street (near Broadway) and online at http://www.atithi.ca
By: Richard Wolak