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All reviews lunch mutton rice thali prawns in advance authentic bengali food home made last year west bengal local handicrafts actual village for sale place lies bong food dhokar dalna pickles
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Reviewed 3 April 2022

Our next visit of Shantiniketan might be solely to taste the mutton curry of Bonolakshmi - so good was the dark reddish mutton oozing in spices and oil! The USP of this place lies in its food. From the first serving of moong dal, to...the juicy dhokar dalna to mutton or chicken curry its quite a feast. The main thali cost us Rs 130 and the mutton was an addon at Rs 200. You need to "book" your lunch and its suggested that you book it the day before. They also offer local handicrafts and stuff like ghee, honey, bori at a reasonable price but of high quality. The service gets a little slow at times - you need to bear with that aspect. Saturdays and Sundays get quite busy and you might need to wait for quite sometime - so factor that in. As an afterthought : We had visited Barishaler Rannaghar (spun off from Bonolakshmi) last year. The experience - which I had rated at 4 stars on TA - needs to be revised after this visit. Barishaler Rannaghar, according to me, is a good 2 notches down when compared to Bonolakshmi. https://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g1436005-d4086502-r833282825-Bonolakshmi-Bolpur_Birbhum_District_West_Bengal.html#More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 10 March 2022

It's a great experience to visit Vanalaxmi specially if you want see and witness the actual village life of West Bengal. If you want have lunch at Vanalaxmi canteen then you have to prebook your meal over phone +91 94344 46150. You can have veg...thali @150 along with mutton @200 and on any given day you will get 5 to 6 type of fish preparations price of which starts @100 and so on. You will also get Bengali sweets obviously home made which is known as PITHAS, prices of which starts@30 per piece. I have also purchased GHEE @780 per kilo. You will get 250gm and 500gm plastic bottles. Coming to the quality and the quantity of the food. It may be mentioned here that the food which they provide is absolutely home made and the preparation of food except mutton all dishes are less oily and real testy. They keep on repeating the veg thali items. You will also be provided with their own made GHEE with hot rice when the thali is initially served, however they also repeat the same if you ask for. You can also go there without prior bookings but in that case you will get vegetables thali for sure but nonveg items can only be provided depending upon the excess availability of the same. Overall it's a great experience.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 5 March 2022 via mobile

This place which was a great stop for lunch near Santiniketan has lost its charm. Too crowded because of popularity, and over priced while the quality of food and seating arrangements have deteriorated. The products they sell from the store are still good but I...won’t recommend their food to anyone.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 23 February 2022 via mobile

do visit here for authentic Bengali food... Eggs, fish, chicken, mutton, prawn... Ooh the food is to die for

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 27 November 2021 via mobile

Horrible hospitality. Accommodations are moderate.Cleaning is alright.Better to avoid this over hyped resort .

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 4 April 2021 via mobile

Yesterday we went to the restaurant with advanced booking. Normal meal without any sidedish is 130₹ . We went to lots of expectation as it has good rating here. But at the end , I can conclude that after travelling almost 30 mins from Bolpur...and payed for high priced food , the quality of food as as normal as any kolkata street food shop. Local people also now not recommend it.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 18 March 2021

This is my umpteenth visit to Banalakshmi. The simplicity of the place never ceases to amaze me. The food isn’t your typical restaurant food but it’s homely, made by the local villagers, not a trained chef, so if you’re driving all the way for restaurant...food, DONT! Go because you want to eat a simple lunch which doesn’t leave your stomach feeling bloated. Bring back their ghee, achar’s and bori. If you have a mosquito problem at home, try their citronella oil for sure. Do visit!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 14 March 2021 via mobile

Very good bengali food, also good collection of various types of sweet and sour pickles, and very good quality ghee.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 12 March 2021

Too much hype. Only the fhee worth buying. Special rice was let down. No one was wearing mask. Nothing more to add,

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 13 February 2021

I recently visited Bonolakshmi after having heard so much about it. To my surprise I found it simply overhyped. You need not travel such far a place to have most average food. Better options are available in and around Bolepur. Secondly the treatment we got...from reception ( or bill counter where you have to make advance payment before you get food) can hardly be said as friendly or courteous. First time visitors can better give a second thought.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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You can contact them directly and ask if they will serve breakfast and dinner to non residents. This is a resort so at least for residents all meals are available. Daytrippers come usually for lunch and that is what they... More
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4