5 Promising Venues To Look Forward To In 2014: Kolkata
The foodscape of Kolkata is amongst the most creative and competitive in the country. The city offers many options to its dwellers in terms of the variety of cuisines and the range of wallets that the city’s eateries fit into, without a large compromise on quality. The holiday season’s already begun and here’s a lowdown on the new places which have opened up in 2013 if you’re in the mood to explore.
Bohemian – Bengali is as Bengali does. Bohemian’s menu is as pleasantly whimsical as the Bengali heart with the three options it claims to serve – Bengali, Italian and Sea Food. Having said that, the menu makes perfect sense blending into the well travelled experimental palate of the city’s residents. Built around the concept of fusion Bengali cuisine, its food delights in the complex layering of flavours that it affords.
32/4, Old Ballygunge 1st Lane, Ballygunge, Kolkata, call 03364601001, Meal for two – Rs. 1550 ++
Caramelle is aptly named in so far as it establishes the warm fuzzy feeling the place evokes. The ceiling clouded with Chinese lanterns of possibly all shapes and sizes, a Cheshire Cat is not very difficult to imagine purring next to the arched back chairs. And then we come to the food, fresh, zesty and voluptuous much like the cafe itself.
45, Syed Amir Ali Avenue also known as 45, Jhowtalla Road, Ballygunge, call 9051135313, 033 40042048, Meal for two – Rs. 500 ++
Wise Owl Cafe
The Wise Owl Cafe is one of the prettiest cafes around town with its white picket fences, owl graffiti on the wall and porch dressed up in greenery. The menu is basic and is after the fashion of a neighbourhood cafe, with a variety of Maggi, sandwiches, finger food, pasta, coffee and other beverages available. The verdict is fine, Wise Owl being the perfect place to catch up with that long distance friend who is home for New Year’s.
66/2 B, Purna Das Road, Hindustan Park, call 033 40637038, 033 24646422, Meal for two – 900 ++
Hipster chic, (that is when you go the hipster way ironically, turning the quintessential ideology on its head) Jhaal Farezi is all about fairy lights in Colonial bird cages, arbitrary messages on white plates attached to a brick wall; Jhaal Farezi has multiple seating options all done up with different furniture. The presentation follows all the way up to the food, with attention to detail which will inevitably catch your attention.
42, Circus Avenue, Park Circus Area
Minimalistic in its interior decor, Aoi is close to Japanese sensibilities in the way it has been done up, with low tables and floor seating on Japanese zafus. Known for its par excellence sushi and sashimi, Aoi offers a good range of them, as well as a detailed menu which explores several aspects of Japanese food from Yakitori, Tempuras, Moriawase and a choice of Ramen, Udon noodles. Go take your pick down a journey of Japanese food this season end.
209A, 3rd Floor, Sarat Bose Road, call 033 24661118, 033 24661119, Meal for two – Rs. 1200 ++
Stained glass, the wooden panelling, the overwhelming fragrance of zaafraan and kewra of biryani wafting about, the maitre’ d standing sporting a brilliant moustache all together brings to us a regal atmosphere of the nawabs of yore. To keep the authentic vibe going, modern day cutleries are given a miss for more traditional mud vessels. The relatively steep prices are complemented with the generous portions which come steeped to the fill inevitably. The menu has a wide range of Mughlai cuisine thought through with perfection.
23/B, Desapriya Park West, call 033 65656551, 033 65656552, Meal for two – Rs. 800++