“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” -Alan D. Wolfelt
Ambiance – 3.5/5 | Food – 4/5 | Service – 4/5
This time my trip to Kolkata was quite different, thanks First Idea PR. Though I have reviewed quite a few places individually, this was my first Bloggers Meet in Kolkata. When Susmita, invited me and shared the brand profile, I was a little uncertain as it appeared to me it was no different from other similar places around the city. However, when she said this place was run by Srabani, I was excited to know her story to take up this challenge. Read my special feature on Women Entrepreneurs around the country.
The place is located in the bylanes of Ballygunge Place very near to Kasturi. I reached quite without my hassle thanks to Uber. The eclectic welcoming smile of Srabani was enough to understand that they really care for their customers. Along with other bloggers, I made myself comfortable in a cozy corner.
The place has a very minimalistic interiors and a rustic look. The usage of yellow paints & lights have brightened up the place. Roughly a 35 seater with lots of elements to make you feel nostalgic if you are a non-resident Bengali.
While we waited for everyone to join in, I scanned through the menu to glimpse on their offerings. Since the they not yet launched in full force, they have a vast menu to check the pulse of their customers. The menu will be finalized after they are able to finalize on what are the fast running items. It’s a diverse between Oriental & Continental affair with vast selection of mocktails, tea & coffee. Nothing like, sipping on a cup of coffee and great food to binge on.
We had a set menu designed by Srabani for us, a mix of their most recommended dishes. Started off with colorful mocktails handcrafted with lot of passion. The best part were the distinct flavours which can even let a visually impaired to identify the mocktails.
As we sipped down our mocktails, the barrage of starters came through along with hot Cream of Chicken Soup served with Garlic Bread. For the starters, we had Korean Chicken Stick, Chicken Steam Momo & Chilli Chicken.
The cold weather was just perfect to match the warm soup, however the garlic bread was a little overdone which had to be reordered. The creamy texture of the soup with sizeable chunks of chicken along with crunchy garlic bread were a perfect combination.
I was trying the Korean sticks for the first time, so I cannot comment on the authenticity however, the crunchiness was intact with desired amount of glazing. Chilli Chicken was the most basic recipe where no one can get wrong and I wasn’t disappointed. However, the best of the lot for me was definitely the chicken momos which I can crave for a long time. The perfect spicing of the filling with a soft covering and the spicy dip to go with.
After the savouring start, we moved on the main course. Here the campaign started with Spaghetti aglio e olio (Chicken) followed by Burnt Garlic Rice (Mixed) with Sliced Chicken in Chilli Oyster Sauce.
The spaghetti was filled with chunky pieces of chicken with cheese nicely shaved on the top to melt down slowly. The mixed fried rice however didn’t go well with me because I missed the pork in it (something I expect in Kolkata atleast). Also the little extra oil at the base was bothering me which I informed the chef. The chicken side dish went well with the fried rice expect the green peas which was odd man out.. 🙂
Happy, content and full, we were wrapping up until chef offered to surprise us with two amazing desserts, Tutti Frutti & Toffee Walnut.
All the menu items are moderately priced and affordable to pocket. The place is ideal for a quick catch up with group of friends, a business meeting or romantic date (because you have mocktail named Sweet Heart). I am surely making a visit back when in Kolkata again.
*The visit was by invitation from First Idea PR. The food & beverages were on the house. However, the review is unbiased and based on the true experience.
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