Cafe Monte Carlo- the fish-y bar-y affair

It’s an open secret that Kolkata is a city of secrets and even for a born-here-been-here type of Kolkattan, it’s a reality. But, when we have somebody coming from other states and if … if he/ she is a glutton (like me) and loves fish, I face one standard question “boss daru aur machhli kahan…

Mohamushkil at D'Ley – another old-school chinese eating house

Like all good things, authentic Chinese eating houses are also shutting down today in Kolkata. A place with minimal ambiance and no-frills professional service- yet people flock there in groups just for the great food with honest price.  One such place is D’Ley. When one talks of the chinatown in Kolkata, we understand it to be…

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:…

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…

Olypub and those countless moments

Ahhh, I am frankly a little confused about what to write about THE Olypub. Rather where do I start while writing on it. Do I start on one of those lazy afternoons when we used to visit there for a quick shot of Gin (so that the smell is not there) or a few years…

Oodles of noodles – Baan Thai

There are certain places in Kolkata, which, over a period of time, have achieved the cult status and has gained a certain follower base of their own. In fact, the follower base is such strong that, if a certain dish is presented in a new way, the management is flooded with complaints. One such place…

August 2016- Ilish ishtyle

Rainy season is in and there are some interesting food festivals going in and around Kolkata. This time, we’ll have couple of posts dedicated to different food festivals going in the city. The first one in this series, will be the Ilish Utsav in Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata‘s all day dining restaurant, Al Fresco. From 12-28th August, they…

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…

Mohamushkil at Gujrati Basa- Burrabazar

Due to my recent health problems, I’ve turned vegetarian for almost a month now (well, except fish, I mean to say). And, during this period, I’ve started being introduced to newer good vegetarian food joints in Kolkata. But, when this paid invitation to visit a Gujrati basa ,came from the Good Vegetarian Food group, I…

Following the kebab trail- Chitpur beefwalk part 2

As I always say, the full list of items covered during the ramzan period in Chitpur area are impossible to cover in one evening – at least by an oldie like me. Hence, we set on a second venture on the same road (after all, as they say, old memories seldom fade). Where to go…

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…