Kolkata is buzzing with lots of cool food joints and with their awesome food and stunning decorations and you can find new restaurants or cafes with their own specialty an uniqueness in almost every possible places you think of. ‘Hola!’ at southern avenue is the newest edition with their own identity and creativity. This is a beautifully decorated and well maintained place with ample seating arrangements. You can also enjoy the delicious meal with your close friends and loved ones in their private seating areas. They place also serve alcohol but only in Friday and Saturday. I was there with the members of #TeamPanchPhoron for a food tasting event and greeted with some awesome mocktails and great food. The spread was huge and all the items were delicious. Dishes which were presented are as follows : Oreo Mint Shake, Spicy Twist, Guava Tini, Hola Special Mocktail, Cucumber Sparkler, Veg Manchow Soup, Chicken Teriyaki Bao, Chicken Tikka Bao, Holas Chicken Kebab, Melting Mushroom, Wasabi Prawn, Exotic Vegetable Sizzler, Chicken Sizzler, Nasi Goreng Platter, Brownie with Ice Cream.
Location : 40A, Dr. Sarat Banerjee Road, Southern Avenue, Kolkata
Price : Meal for Two would cost you around INR 1000/-
All the mocktails were decently prepared with nice decorations. Cucumber Sparkler was plain and simple but the Spicy Twist and Guava Tini were the drinks you should definitely go for. Oreo Mint Shake was too minty for me and Hola Special Mocktail was a watermelon based drink which was nice and refreshing.
1. Chicken Teriyaki Bao.
Chicken Teriyaki Bao
Soft and fluffy bao stuffed with shredded chicken cooked in teriyaki sauce and freshly chopped vegetables. The Bao was different, it was not the traditional bao with plain flour. The bread was prepared with lotus stem flour which made it a super soft and fluffy.
2. Holas Chicken Kebab.
Holas Chicken Kebab
Big chunks of chicken pieces marinated with tandoori spices and then grilled in a Tandoor. chicken was very very juicy and soft though the kebabs were great but the marination was slightly under-cooked and needed few more minutes in the Tandoor.
3. Veg Manchow Soup.
Veg Manchow Soup
It was a perfect soup for those cold evenings with some crispy noodles on top. They added two veg dumpling inside the soup which made the soup more filling. The consistency was perfect with right amount of spices and seasoning.
4. Chicken Tikka Bao.
Chicken Tikka Bao
Small pieces of chicken cooked with tandoori spices and mixed with vegetables and wrapped in a soft bao. Tikka pieces were small but tasted very nice.
5. Melting Mushroom.
small pieces of Mushroom stuffed with three types of cheese and then topped with a thin slices of cheese and baked in the oven. It was very hot and the mushrooms were fresh and very tasty.
6. Wasabi Prawn.
Though the taste was outstanding with the after kick of wasabi in your nose, but the prawns were slightly oilier side. Apart from that this dish was to die for. Prawns were very fresh and the dish was really mouthwatering. A highly recommended dish.
7. Exotic Vegetable Sizzler.
Exotic Vegetable Sizzler
Came in a sizzling plate consisted with two veg cutlets, buttered rice and sauteed vegetables. The veg cutlets were nice, nothing outstanding. Rice was fluffy and vegetables were nicely cooked.
8. Chicken Sizzler.
One Big sized chicken fillet served with herb rice and tossed vegetables in a hot sizzling tray. Minced Chicken prepared with spices and then grilled. Chicken was juicy and went well with the rice and vegetables.
9. Nasi Goreng Platter.
Nasi Goreng Platter
Traditional Indonesian dish. Consisted of Smoked rice, Prawn and Chicken satay, One poached egg and prawn crackers. Though the rice was bit dry and the dish lacked that special touch but it was a well presented dish. Prawn and Chicken was well prepared and tasted nice.
10. Brownie with Ice Cream.
Brownie with Ice Cream
It was a normal brownie with Ice cream and brownie was good, it was soft and prepared with some dry fruits.
Overall it was a good experience to be a part of this food launching event. The staffs were very friendly and the management staffs were very polite and courteous. Prices are also moderate.
Thanks to ‘HOLA!’ for inviting TeamPanchphoron. Thank you ‘Mr. Rajdeep Bhattacharjee (Gourmets Travel Guide)’ for the Invitation and guiding us through your experience. I am proud member of PanchPhoron.