I have always been a wanderer in the quest of fabulous regional food and went to the Pot belly with my foodie group. They have two branches, one in Bihar Niwas and another in Shahpur Jat. We decided to try out the food at Bihar Niwas.
The interiors here are very lively and welcoming, which gives a European feel at a first glance. A very bright place full of positivism.
I took care of the ordering as I had an advantage of my roots being connected to West Uttar Pradesh and the nearest one to Bihar from my group. We ordered a Sattu, Apple and Cinnamon Iced Tea and Salty Lassi in beverages. Sattu was greatly made and the earthy flavours from it assured me of a fabulous evening. Apple and Cinnamon Iced Tea is a must have. I simply fell in love with it. Sadly, Salty Lassi was not at par in comparison to it’s counterparts.
The first dish I had was Ghoogni Churra. I have had it numerous times at my home and I must tell you guys that it was exactly the same as my mom makes it. Perfect blend of spices and flavours. A little extra Churra should have been served with it although.
Aloo Lalu Chop was next to come. I ordered it as I wanted my friends to taste it, not because of the name. It was also very flavorful and served with Sabudana Pakora and Pao. The two chutneys served with it were just too good. But this was not the best they had on the menu. You can give this dish a pass. Could have been much better.
Phish Phingers and Meat Pakora were chosen by everyone. It didn’t take a lot of time in arriving too. Both the dishes were very delectable. I was blown away by the chutney. The flavor of garlic and mustard oil was so appetizing that it can not be explained but can only be experienced, specially the sharp flavor provided by the mustard oil. Parontha Platter was next choice. Three Paronthas were served in this platter. Sattu, Peas and Onions, all three options were lip smacking. The Sattu could have been the best if stuffed with a little more quantity. But still no regrets, it had enough to satisfy my craving for Sattu.
Now was the time for the mains. After a lot of arguments I settled on Litti Chokha, Litti with Chicken, Maithali Thali, Sarson Machali and Khada Masala Mutton. The best part with the mains was that all the dishes were served with Rice, Poories or Chapatties, making it a full meal. You don’t have to bother about the right companion for the gravy.
Littis were perfectly cooked. The stuffing had the right amount of garlic and chilli. A flavoursome preparation. The Khada Masala Chicken gravy complemented it very well. So did the veg helpings of Aloo ka Chokha and Baingan ka Chokha served with Chana Daal. My friends just went gaga on the Littis. Maithali Thali had a Mushroom and Paneer Sabzi served with spinach poories. This dish is highly recommended for vegetarians. Sarson Machali and Khada Masala Mutton were relished thoroughly by all of us. The most important part of all the preparations here was that they had not adulterated the cuisine by unnecessary innovations. They have kept it raw and simple. But yes, the food presentation is definitely innovative and had high scores from all us.
For the Desserts we had Makhane ki Kheer and Cinnamon Cake. Cinnamon cake was fabulous but the kheer could have been better. The cinnamon cake had a classic blend of cinnamon and apples giving it a perfect ending.
To sum it all, one of best evenings for the foodie inside me.