Cal27 and sharing some food stories

Generally speaking, in any big hotel, five star or above I mean to say, the coffee shop is one of the most neglected food joints. Now, please don’t get me wrong here. The food is normally good, in fact excellent- service- generally top notch. But, when compared to their own specialty restaurants, the coffee shop…

Going back to the roots- Samvad at Tata Group

Somehow, I am not a rustic person. That “mera gaon mera desh” wala feelings somehow never come to me. For a couple of days, leaving the hustle and bustle of city life is fine, but saying in a rustic environment simply freaks me out. Tribal food, that typical tribal food, however has been simply a…

Pice hotels to try before you die in Kolkata- Part 1

Being a bengali পেটুক, born in Kolkata, I have a certain mental blockage against eating bengali food at a restaurant. I always calculate mentally which fish costs what at the fish market and what price I am paying for it at the eatery. Solely, due to this reason, I prefer a Pice Hotel than a…

Mohamushkil at Dhaba-styled punjabi food festival at Durbari

There is a common trait which is found among all the dhabas in India…. The hot crispy roti (and even that crispiness can be customized) , the butter ladden, heavily spiced dal and those heavenly tandoori chicken. If we forget those classy fine-dining variety of kebabs, any day, those earthy tandoori chicken is drool-worthy. Now,…

Goût de France 2017- the Cafe Swiss experience

Let’s think you are someone who loves food- basically drools over food. Let’s say you’re someone, who’ve an taste for food, which is subtle and also visually pleasing. And also, let’s assume, you have a knack for fine dining. So, we can somewhat conclude, from the above assumptions, that you’d like french cuisine. And, this…

Jila Parikrama at Aaheli, Peerless Inn Kolkata

Frankly, I am not someone who goes ga-ga over bengali food in fine dining restaurants. No, it’s not the problem of those outlets, let me be very clear. It’s the problem of my typical middle class mentality. Whenever, I see a fish dish being priced at a bomb, my bong mind starts the calculation- this…

Three-sixty-three at The Oberoi Grand Kolkata and THE lunch buffet

The Oberoi Grand, somehow carries an air of old traditional Calcutta (and not Kolkata). And the good part is this is one of the few big hotels in the city that I felt is always doing good business both on rooms and F&B segment. Jokingly, I was told that there are loyalists who may and will object,…

JW Marriott- the new biggie in town

The new luxury property has started its operation in town and frankly, everybody is excited. And why not ? Frankly, JW Marriott is a big name and it has become sort of a competition for the city’s food enthusiasts to reach the place- either on a lunch or dinner and if not anything else, on a…

Kung-Pao and its Double fried chilly chicken

শেষ কবে ভালো চিলি চিকেন খেয়েছেন মনে পড়ে ? মানে ওই যে মালটা আমরা সাধারণত খাই – খানিক চিকেনের সঙ্গে একগাদা পেঁয়াজ, ক্যাপসিকাম এর ঘন্ট – আর অল্প কিছু কাঁচালঙ্কা “যেতে পারি কিন্তু কেন যাবো” মার্কা মুখ করে লুকোচুরি খেলে, সেটা বলছি না। আর gravy চিলি চিকেন আমার মতে oxymoron – ওটা চিকেন ইন ঝাল…

Russell Punjabi Dhaba- THE king of Chicken bharta

Let me be honest- I love chicken bharta. Primarily, because, there’s no bone in it and secondly, though less spicy, it tastes good- everywhere, or at least that’s what I used to think. But, let me tell you something. Unless and until you’ve visited a small eatery tucked inside the busy little russell street, you’ve been…

Mex-Italiana food fest at Casa Kitchen

Being a big-time carnivore, reviewing a pure vegetarian restaurant is always a tough job. But having been in Casa Kitchen for multiple times, I can openly say, I love this place. This time, it was their Mexo-Italiana food fest. Frankly, I must say, the festival is over now and I am late, but some of their dishes…