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 Fish curry, cooked in the Manipuri way; limited seating inside the restaurant.
Fish curry, cooked within the Manipuri approach; restricted seating contained in the restaurant.

Because the mercury rises and going to Dilli Haat turns into a Herculean process, we stumble into a brand new Northeastern eatery to sate our urge for food for pork and chilli. Lower than a month previous, Bamboo Shoot Kitchen is tucked away within the bylanes of Lajpat Nagar’s Gupta Market and serves Naga, Manipuri and Assamese fare.

The restaurant is tiny, with a slim hall that’s white on one facet and wallpapered on the opposite with patterns of  bamboo shoots. Bryan Adams and The Beatles croon from the audio system. The proprietor Sinthing is pleasant and completely happy to information us by the menu which, very similar to the house, is small and trim, although we’re advised there’ll quickly be extra dishes, together with a starters and a dessert part. In it’s present stage, the menu is split in response to meats and geography — the previous providing a selection of hen, pork, buff and fish, the latter a collection of vegetarian choices from the three states.

Meat lovers have a selection amongst smoked meats, bamboo shoot meat and fish curries cooked in Manipuri and Assamese kinds, in addition to conventional Naga fare that includes Axone (meat cooked in a fermented soybean paste) and Anishe (fermented yam leaves). These preferring greener pastures, sans livestock, can select from dishes reminiscent of Kangshoi (a seasonal vegetable stew from Manipur), alu pitika (an Assamese model of mashed potatoes) and Rusup, a Naga combined greens dish, amongst others. Within the combine are additionally Galho, a sort of non-vegetarian khichdi, out there in pork and buff variations, and an especially affordable Raja Mirchi chutney. The dishes are all pocket-friendly, in all probability making it a godsend for college kids, younger professionals, and adults on the finish of the month.

Since winter will quickly be over, we determine to have a last protein overload — ordering dry fried pork, Manipuri Hen Curry and the Buff with Bamboo Shoots, together with a serving of steamed rice and the Raja Mirchi chutney.

The pork comes first, chunks of it with an impeccable layering of melting fats and crisp meat, fried in a luxuriant quantity of coconut oil and nearly wantonly scrumptious, particularly when dipped (ever so flippantly) within the chutney, a slightly fearsome affair served coquettishly in a transparent glass bell jar.

Surprisingly (for us anyway) it’s the hen that’s the stand-out dish — a home-style curry, its skinny gravy smack stuffed with flavour and scattered with paper-thin, flippantly caramelized onion slices and dessicated tomato — and makes us query our fowl beliefs. Since there aren’t any sweets but, we’re very happy to partake of the complimentary black tea, phik se.

Meal for 2: Rs 400 (together with taxes,
excluding alcohol)

Deal with: 4/8, Gupta Market, Lajpat Nagar IV

Contact: 9560341088

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