Singhara chow- the hidden breakfast gem in Kolkata

Somehow, for some strange reason, there is a dearth of good breakfast joints in Kolkata. Now, I am not talking about the places which makes great kachori. I’ve been to few of them and they’re just great (you can read about them here) and also those places serving the great mughlai breakfast in those hazy…

Ujjala Chanachur and that middle aged bhodrolok

Let us visualize a middle aged kolkattan bhodrolok. Let us assume this gentleman has reached home after a (supposedly) hard day’s work, he transforms into his customary pyjama and ganjee. And, the next thing he shouts for (with that secret love in his tone) to his be(i)tter half is, “Ki go, cha-ta hobe ?” Now,…

nostalgia- thy nameth is Flurys

Idiot: Sir, being a foodie, have you been to Flurys ??? Person 1: But off course, and so has almost everyone in town Idiot: Sir, may I ask you something ? Why do you go to that place ? I heard, the experience is fantastic- you get a slice of old colonial Calcutta Person 1:…

মিষ্টিদই আর ছোট্ট এক পকেট কলকাতা

কোনো একটা অদ্ভুত কারণে এই কলকাতা শহরটা না আমার কাছে এখন আর শুধুমাত্র একটা থাকার বা কাজের জায়গা নয় – একটা অজগর সাপের মতন, বা বলা যায় শীতের দুপুরে লেপের মতন, যত দিন যাচ্ছে- এই শহরটা আমাকে ক্রমশঃ জাপ্টে ধরছে। আসলে ছোটবেলায় আমার ছেলে পেটের ভেতরে ঢুকে যেত আদর খেতে, এই শহরের পেটের ভেতর থেকে…

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…

Apanjan- the legendary fish fry in south Kolkata

“South Calcuta has no good joint for fried food, barring Bijoligrill” my friend told me. That set me thinking. Though I am a lover for north Calcutta’s dingy old fry shops, still I can remember at least couple of great joints from my old para, bhowanipore who can easily compete with city’s best and most…

Mohamushkil at the Parsi food festival at The Parsee Club

As per the history and Quissa-E-Sajan goes (and as usual, I’m extremely bad with both), parsi community came down to India during around 8th century and settled in the western coast. The cuisine is, for some reason unknown, very closely guarded and kept secret only to the community. As I could find out from my Mumbai…

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…

Restaurant Week India and our journey to Guchhi- Hyatt Regency, Kolkata

Ola Prime presents Restaurant Week is the largest pan-India culinary events spanning over 10 days, 6 cities and gives discerning food enthusiasts the opportunity to dine at some of India’s finest restaurants at a fraction of a la carte rates. A nominal booking fee of INR 60 per person will be secured online at the…

Barcelos, Kasba…the portuguese experience or something like it

Barcelos has opened up their new outlet in Acropolis Mall, Kasba . Off course a good news for us Kolkattans that after New Delhi, they’ve chosen Kolkata for their 2nd outlet in India. And I was eager to see what they’ve got. Well, “Can I have some water please ?” How to reach and when to…