Oh Factor: A café with rustic interiors and dim lightings (preferably for evenings) amalgamated with the blend of the authentic Bihari food and some beautiful soundtracks that would certainly compliment the entire scene gradually becoming a part of your culinary family!
“Live life king size” is what they say. But little-little things in life contribute towards your happy days and happy moments. Potbelly Cafè is that little happiness that fills up your moments with motherly love. It is an interesting medley of Bihar ki maa ke hath ka khana mixed with all the love and compassion that brought up a cuisine that was forgotten. It is not just Litti Chokha that forms the whole concept of Potbelly; it is a widespread unawareness among people about Bihari cuisine. Be it Mexican, Italian, Continental, Japanese, Chinese, Mediterranean, etcetera, all the cuisines are well-known and celebrated in India keeping aside this beauty (Bihari Cuisine) that took birth in India.
Potbelly Rooftop Cafè is constructed on the fourth floor in a building and is worth the effort! Just as when you enter the Café, it feels like home. The lightings, pastel and rustic colours and the coziness in each corner set the quotient of the food really high. And, I must acknowledge the effortlessness of the chef and his team that each dish was love made visible.
The menu was evident of the scenic beauty of Bihar painted on a paper. Baggia Basket was served as a starter. It had two mud bowls attached with a handle of mud for carrying. It had delicious rice pockets stuffed with chana dal tampered with spices that tasted just awesome. The sides had tomato chokha, palwal sabzi and coriander chutney in another bowl. This makes up for a perfect starter dish for the people who take gluten-free diet. It’s something of the essence for foodies. The brimming unique taste and the blend of spices made it all the more delectable.
Next came up a dish from their Vegetarian Platter called Litti Chokha. It is a trademark Bihari dish made up of whole-wheat balls with a dry filling of sattu (spiced gram flour) served with Chana Dal that had an impeccable flavour, aubergine mash and potato mash which were spot on. They were tampered with correct spices and, of course, it was something that cannot be overstated.
Maithli Thali was again an awesome new thing to eat consisting of paneer and mushroom in a creamy gravy served with spinach pooris, al pickle, teesi (flax seed) chutney and aloo-pudina raita. It would, definitely, be a sin to move out without having this because its cooking made all the difference. Most of the times people tend to leave the sabzis but the creamy gravy of paneer and mushrooms saved no room for us to leave it!
After this, Dana Jhamurua Thali was another exceptionally mouthwatering one. It had special Bihari aubergine and potato in mustard based gravy dish served with rice flour rotis stuffed with spicy poppy seeds.
The desserts were the sine qua non of the whole menu. Apple Cinnamon Cake and Banana Choco Chip Cakes were amazing to taste with vanilla ice-cream.
To talk about how momentous it was to have a cuisine that people don’t even know about, it was an exquisite culinary ritual served to us in a platter. The way they have a custom of a miscellany sides like teesi (flax seed) and have a way with stuffing pooris/ flour balls with grain flours (gram, rice, etc.) is something that was utterly impressive. To boil the whole story down, Potbelly Rooftop Cafè is a lion’s share of the culture of Bihar in one’s life, visit once to meet an irresistible craving to pull you back here.