Don Giovanni’s Kolkata Kitchen is, as the Kolkata in its name suggests, a restaurant specialising in Kolkata/Calcutta and Bengali cuisine. Located towards the waterfront end of the Citadel Tower lobby in Business Bay (opposite mandi specialists, Tibba) the restaurant uses entertaining and amusing graffiti and comical art on the walls as much to decorate as to mask its limited space. It’s an environment one can easily get familiar and comfortable with.
DG’s menu is a hodgepodge of Bengali and Anglo-Indian favourites, hard to leaf through without losing control, especially if you have any sort of a Calcutta background (as I do). They even have my favourite, Burmese Khow Suey, something I will go back for. We ordered Fish Fry, Bengali Dum Aloo, Kolkata-Style Spicy Chili Chicken, Kosha Mangsho, a spicy Bengali mutton curry and a couple of Luchi, deep-fried flatbreads, to have it all with – my mouth is watering just writing about it. Remembering my childhood in India, we also ordered a couple of sinfully delicious Masala Thumbs Up’s – OMG! And to end our meal…Mishti Doi. I think I’m going to faint. Well done to DG’s, their kitchen really rocks – everything was excellent.
Service at the lunchtime we visited was stretched but never beyond our tolerance threshold. In fact, the Bengali supervisor was extremely patient and accommodating as we reminisced through his menu. Don Giovanni’s Kolkata Kitchen is a hidden gem of a restaurant and I have absolutely no reservation in wholeheartedly recommending it. This venue is well worth a detour.
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