Golbari and Rupa- thy name is nostalgia

Idiot : “good morning sir. I was planning to ask something to you for a long long time. What’s your opinion about kosha mangsho ?” Person 1: “That’s the exact reason people call you an idiot. Who doesn’t like Kosha mangsho ? It’s just like liking somebody else’s wife. Everybody knows it’s a sin, but…

Beef joints one should try in Kolkata- Part 1

Let me be honest (now, people say that’s one of my weak points). There are a lot of restaurants Kolkata which serve good beef preparations. Now, what separates the good from the rest or rather the great from the good- is the question. Frankly, as a food blogger, I strongly feel, food is one hell…

Flavors of the East at Holiday Inn

It’s no secret that chinese food is (arguably) the most popular cuisine in Kolkata, but at the same time, getting an authentic chinese spread is a bit difficult. We tend to ignore the original recipe and love the dishes which are customized as per our palate. And, being a Calcuttan, by nature, we are less…

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…

Anarkali Restaurant- near Metro Gully, Kolkata

A good number of my friends are great photographers and like all good photographers, visiting Metro Gully is a must-do. Its the narrow lane just beside the Metro Cinema Hall (now closed) in esplanade area. Now, the lane is full of street hawkers selling different items ranging from imported (mostly fraud) shoes to expensive (mostly original)…

The interactive session at Smoke House Deli

Smoke House Deli is a not-so-new food joints in Kolkata, which has been able to secure a place in Kolkata’s varied food scenario. Its basically an all-day cafe with exceptional service put in. The menu includes almost everything bread to pancakes, steak to coffee… you name it and these guys seem to have it. However, we…

Good litti in Kolkata- seriously ???

During my service days, I used to travel to Bihar and Jharkhand quite frequently. And found some strange round shaped wheat and sattu-made balls were burnt and consumed happily by a large number of people. One fine evening, after office, I caught hold of one such dish and came to know its called Litti and the…

Royal Indian Hotel, Chitpur

Previously, I’ve posted something about the generic biryani scenario in Kolkata. And out of them, very few joints have proved to be synonymous with quality and legendary food. And even fewer have been able to come up to such a level that stories are written on it and research has been conducted on them. Royal…

The great Kolkata mughlai breakfast

At last, after long prayers, winter has arrived at Kolkata. The fog is there to cover maidan and people have started wearing their customary monkey-caps. So, if winter comes, can THE Mughlai breakfast be far behind ?   And, we set off one fine, gloomy morning for the Nihari-quest . Sufia, Nakhoda Masjid Its a long…

Tung-Nam – Chhatawala Gully, behind Poddar Court

Like all good things, authentic Chinese restaurant is also a dying breed in Kolkata. Some place with minimal ambience and no-frills professional service- yet people flock there in groups just for the great food with honest price- Tung Nam is one such place. “When do I go and how do I reach ? “ Say, you’re…

Eau Chew- Ganesh chandra Avenue

For a foodie to reach pure chinese (not oriental) foodgasm, welcome to Eau Chew- arguably Kolkata’s oldest operating Haka-Cantonese styled Chinese Food Joint.  “Direction and Timing” As soon as you enter Ganesh Chandra Avenue from Central Avenue- Ganesh Chandra Avenue crossing and heading towards B B D Bag, after around 3-4 minutes of work, there…