Kolkata has seen multiple communities settling in and enriching the Kolkata cuisine with their cuisine. But Korean cuisine is something, which is not very common. So, This blog post is about King’s Bakery, Rosedale New Town with its Korean food offerings and a fantastic Bakery. Honestly, I have not been to Korea myself, so I can’t talk about authenticity. But when did it matter, when the taste is good …
I’ve been there numerous times, and honestly, have lost the bills
Where and what
King’s Bakery is supposedly the only place in Kolkata which boasts of serving Korean food. And as I’ve never been to Korea myself and thus can’t talk on the authenticity, the taste of the items is what draws me there. This is not even a restaurant and rather a counter inside a food court. If you tend to visit the food court, or rather the shopping complex beside Rosedale New Town, this is just a counter inside, with no visible signage. The counter is manned by around 5-6 local boys and let me assure you, apart from the drinking water (which they serve upon asking, the service is damn smooth and fast- something I personally like. You need to order at the counter and pay beforehand. The food will be served at your table.
The bakery items are laid in glass showcase in front and one can choose on whatever he/ she gets attracted to visually. The Korean dishes, however, needs to be ordered. Luckily, the boys in the counter are well trained and can guide pretty well in a layman’s language. When I went there for the first time, upon asking, they only guided me to the Kimbap and it has worked well for me.
The typical Savory items
From the food offerings, there are two things which I like here. The first one is the Kimbap. This is the Korean version of Sushi, but with a few differences. In a layman’s language, Sushi is meat/ vegetable wrapped in rice. But in Kimbap, only cooked items are put in as the filling. Usually, there are assorted items inside a Kimpap, wherein Sushi is mostly made of single items. Kimchi can be used as a filling in Korean food, as well.
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Kimbap or Korean Sushi and Korean Noodles
There are usually two versions of Kimbap here-veg and non-veg with chicken as filling for the non-veg stuff. It’s made fresh on order and hence takes around 10 min to be served. The quality is pretty good and honestly at 270/- for 10-12 unevenly cut pcs, you can’t really expect anything more. Being a lover of Sushi, I always miss my wasabi but then looking at the price tag, start enjoying my Kimbap. They serve a bowl of Dark vinegar sprinkled with sesame seeds to go with. Overall, definitely a good order and is quite heavy for a lone eater.
Korean Noodles, on the other hand, is a large bowl full of watery noodles with egg/ meat. It’s pretty bland in taste with a strange aroma. It’s like those bowls of watery Maggi that is cooked at almost every household. I understand that it’s a bad way of describing a food item, but I am at a loss of adjectives. It tastes good and comes with pretty heavy portion size.
On one occasion, upon serious recommendation, I’ve tasted their Chicken with peanuts. It was boneless chicken chunks tossed with some sweet soya sauce and sprinkled with halved peanuts. It was pretty ordinary in taste and honestly, didn’t really match my palate.
And the bakery items
But after all these, honestly, I do not go back there for the Korean food only. The sole reason is their bakery items and especially the Profiteroles. They are the BEST, yes I repeat the BEST profiteroles that I’ve had in Kolkata. Technically, Profiteroles are cream-filled French choux pastries. In earlier days, they were used for starters or as accompaniments to soups, but now, they can easily be enjoyed as desserts. And once you pop these small beauties inside your mouth, at the first bite, the whipped cream oozes out. Enjoy them with your tongue and basically all your senses and thank me. Even I don’t mind accepting your treat there for them.
5 pcs come at 140/- and 10 pcs at 270/-. I’d suggest ordering 10 pcs and ask to serve 4 pcs as a starter. Enjoy your Korean food and then end the meal with the rest. with a sprinkling of sugar and soft moist shell, they are pure love.
The next item that I recommend in King’s Bakery is the crepe pastry. Imagine some nice thin crepes are layered with whipped cream, chilled and served to you. On multiple occasions when I am not in the mood for their Korean food, I go for this. As soon as you put your spoons, the crepes tend to shift positions, but what the heck … On a sad note, they’re not available daily. but whenever you see them, simply gorge in …
Even they have a lovely selection of Bread and Madeleines. Especially the Multi-Grain bread is my personal favorite for home shopping. Please note, they’ll recommend the Korean Coffee, but I’ve found ti to be pretty ordinary and from my third visit, I’ve started avoiding it.
Overall, King’s Bakery is a great place for some after-dinner dessert and if you’re fond of it, probably the only joint serving Korean food. The portion size is very very good and the pricing is very much pocket-friendly. Parking is not really a problem and it’s well connected via public transport. And lastly, I am now almost a regular there.
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Bon Appetit !!!
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