Manicktola- the new Kachori capital inside Kolkata ?

So, the slight chilliness is in the air. Winter is settling in. But frankly, when did season decide for a Kolkattan what to eat (maybe except the sudden madness of cakes during christmas) ? My maternal grandfather used to live in Manicktola ….. and though they’ve moved from there few years back, but those memories…

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…

Butter Fried Cheesy Egg Toast – an affair to remember

If you want me to name my 3 loves in life, it would probably come like this ….. my takia/ pashbalish (the pillow which I love and make love), wife (whom off course  I love) and eggs. Like almost any bong middle-aged men, very few love affairs still exist in our life and those which…

Desserts you should try while at Varanasi

Varanasi, as they say, is the oldest city on earth. And, a city which has not changed itself, barring from some mobile company ads, from last few centuries deserves at least some special mention in the food scenario. Being a food-lover and registered glutton, this was probably my third visit there and I’m not ashamed…

The humble kachori and its multiple love interests

Please forgive me, but I don’t know the culinary history of Kachori (not at least with proper documentation- however for the detail freaks, this wikipedia article comes in handy), but what I do know is the feelings when you tear the piping hot kachori in two, dip it in the dal (or aloo dum or……..

The great non-branded biryani joints in and around Calcutta- Part 1

Calcutta is THE mecca for biryani lovers. There are branded biryani joints (some of them discussed here) and then there are those lone warriors in this segment, who, over the time, has stood up to their forte. In this, series, I would love to highlight those Biryani joints who, though non-branded and non-hyped, are loved by…

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…

K19- The Park Plaza

Yesterday, we got invited to the new kid on the block, The Park Plazato taste their ongoing Street Food Festival in their all day dining restaurant, K19. How to go and when to go:- This is on the adjacent lane to Pantaloons, gariahat, after Mircha Masala and is pretty accessible via public transport. There is…