Every country has a range of things that is unique to the rest of the world. It is this distinctiveness that the nation proudly presents: from its history to its residents and their culture. A country’s cuisine is undoubtedly one of those important things. The same goes for Bangladesh. The culinary and cultural traditions of Bangladesh have close relations with that of neighboring Bengal and Northeast India, with some unique traits of their own. Bangla food; sweet-spicy, soft – tender, food that reminds us of “Mayer hater ranna”. We, Bangalis, always have this jestful fights on choosing Ghoti vs Bangal foods. On winter afternoons, we all have felt the craving for some super-hot steamed rice with Kochu Pata Chingri for a delicious lunch; or thought of a delightful dinner on a chilly winter night with a warm plate of Kachchi Biriyani. Already making you drool right? Don’t worry! We have got your back!
Without further ado, presenting you with the newly founded restaurant in the City of Joy – Ichamotee. Well, like Ichamati, the river that confluences the customs & cuisines of both Bengals, Ichamotee the eatery serves the best of both Bangladeshi & Bengali cuisines along with some much-loved Mughlai delicacies. Unlike the other similar cuisine restaurants present here, the special thing about Ichamotee is that it serves delicious and authentic age-old traditional foods that entailed our mother’s best which are fast vanishing from our choice of menu. And also It offers the best quality food at an affordable cost.
This 100 seater restaurant, spread across 2500 sq ft offers an ambiance that is cozy & resembles an era bygone. Mitasree, the owner of Ichamotee, rightly puts it when she quotes, food acts as the link between the people from both the countries. Food is what connects people, traditions & brings one closer to their roots. She feels at her eatery, one should be able to experience the best cuisines from both Bengals to completely understand the taste. For breakfast, which the Bangladeshis fondly call “Nashta”, one can dig into their soft luchis paired with cholar daal or daal fry. Or if one has an inkling for sweet, the luchis or porotas can be paired with halwa. For those of us, who want to start their day on a meaty note, dig into their “Khaashir Paaya”. Lunch at Ichamotee is a symphony of Bangladeshi & Bangla cuisines with subtle hints of Mughlai. One can choose to pair their steamed rice with “Kochu Patar Chingri” or their famous “Shutki Bharta” & “Loita Bhorta”. The ones who don’t like to try these lesserknown palettes can opt for their Ilish. Their other specialty Kachchi Biriyani is the famous Mughlai dish that hails from Bangladesh. At Ichamotee, one doesn’t have to choose your pick by laboriously reading through their menu. One can choose their pick from the food displayed & order from the same. What you see is what you get.
Ichamotee is the perfect place for us Indians to learn more about Bangladeshi cuisine & relive their ageold traditional menus. In these times, when one believes in ready to cook & takeaways, Ichamotee offers a welcome break for us. It prepares recipes in traditional forms, keeping the taste just how we remember them from our childhood. Ichamotee is open from 8 am to 11 am for breakfast, from 12 pm to 4 pm for lunch & from 7 pm to 11:30 pm for dinner. The pocket pinch for 2 is Rs.500/-.