Sharma Sweets Bhowanipore …

This is not a review post, but more like a lookback for me. We used to stay in Bhowanipore, and most of my adolescence was spent here. In those days, an youngster didn’t get that much pocket money and being a lazy-bum or due to whatever reason, I always used to have a shortage of…

A sheherwali evening in Kolkata

Vegetarian cuisine is generally not my cup of tea. But when someone proudly boasts that it IS the best vegetarian cuisine, and I know that person understands food, it becomes my moral duty to visit the same. One thing led to another and I ended up at the Sheherwali pop up dinner organised by the…

Cafe – a slice of old Calcutta

There is a Calcutta hidden inside the underbelly of Kolkata. People there are still the quintessential bong type- intellectual, easy-to-go-with, less pushy …. you know probably what I mean. And, over time, they denied the offer for changing themselves. Maybe the price was a loss in monetary growth,  but frankly, when were the bongs monetary-wise,…

An escapade at Westin Kolkata

I was getting mind-f#$%ed shuttling between home and work and idle mind was becoming devil’s workshop. While I couldn’t go out on a vacation, primarily for my kid’s school and my work ….. suddenly, the result for one contest from The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat was announced. And even more surprisingly, I was the winner for…

Chitto da’s Suruchee restaurant and Dacre’s Lane Kolkata

Let us talk about one typical joint in the heart of city- Esplanade. Have you heard of the name Dacre’s Lane ? You may or may not. Now, this area is the father of all khao-gully (food lane) in Kolkata. A whole stretch of around 100 mtrs is full of street food vendors on both…

Wasabi from Mumbai – Souk Taj Bengal Kolkata

Japanese food is somehow one of the most underrated cuisine globally. But, frankly, there is no apparent reason for it. Its a visual pleasure and finer tastes blend like they’re born for it only. But, still, maybe due to the lesser availability outside Japan or the ingredients, it’s pretty tough to get. However, Wasabi, Taj…

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…

Karavalli food festival at Sonargaon, Taj Bengal

Karavalli food comprises of the south-western region of India and it’s primarily a non-vegetarian cuisine. Meat along with seafood rules there. And, just like Bukhara is an epitome of north-Indian cuisine, Karavalli in Taj Gateway Bangalore is considered as the Mecca of south Indian, or rather Karavalli cuisine in India. Chef Naren Thimmaiah (executive chef…

Beeru’s- 3 idiots on a beef breakfast trail

Personally, we bongs are basically lyadh-khor (you can start bashing me now… ). Any sunday means waking up late in the morning and after having the morning cup of tea paired with Marie biscoot, the usual chore is a good fish-shopping in the friendly neighborhood fish market. But, we were having a discussion with ayan…

15 years of ITC Sonar- the West View Chapter

It seems just like yesterday, but 15 years have passed since ITC Sonar, Kolkata has opened in Kolkata. Now this year, to celebrate it, they’ve come up with a lavish set meal @1599/- in all their specialty outlets. I was invited for the tasting session at their West View Grills. First things first, West View is one…

Kashmiri Wazwan food festival in Guchhi, Hyatt Regency

Kashmiri cuisine is something, which is extremely rare to get, not only in Kolkata, but throughout India. So, when I got invited to the Kashmiri food festival at Guchhi, the specialty Indian restaurant at Hyatt Regency Kolkata, I was pretty excited. The festival is there at Guchhi, Hyatt Regency Kolkata over dinner till 15th August…

Few restaurants where I am loving the biryani recently

I love my biryani and no that’s not a statement. Out of the few things that bind Kolkata together, biryani ranks high among them. We are kind of finicky when it comes to that particular item. But recently, few joints have come up, who’re giving some serious thought on it and producing some seriously good…