Turning 90: Flurys

What started with a Swiss Tea Room in the heart of the British capital of India in the year 1927 is synonymous with the culture of this city today. From city dwellers to travelers Flurys¬†has gained quite a name and nostalgia for itself in its ninety year of existence. Originally started by a Swiss couple…

Charred with love!

The advent of wood fired ovens can be traced back to ancient Europe. Urbanization today is quite a stumbling block for age old traditions and authenticity. Wood fuel has been replaced by electricity today and the electric ovens do their job just fine but can legitimacy be compensated with something that is “just fine”? Firewood…

Sanjha Chulha: 15 sumptuous years!

Earning distinction in a competitive world takes a lot of hard work and resolution but being at par with oneself, living up to the fame one has achieved requires double the amount of resilience and obstinacy. Sanjha Chulha made the impossible possible by providing unwavering quality of food and hospitality¬† for 15 years in the…

The Thai yarn at Oberoi Grand

Gargantuan temples, Buddha effigies and the Massaman curry I had at an aunt’s place in Pattaya is all that I can recall from my fragmented childhood memories of Thailand. I am quite a fan of South Asian cuisine especially Thai but never had a deep insight into it, so imagine my surprise when I got…

The Palms turns 2!

The month of October has been quite a month of jollifications for The Palms Restaurant not just because it has been the month of festivals but also because this prodigious brainchild of Priyadarshini Dey completed 2 years of existence in the food hub of Kolkata. Offering a fine dining experience in the city without serving…

Diwali special coconut crescents

The thing about Indian festivals is, they are too many in number and double are the number of ways to celebrate them. The festival of lights, Deepavali is celebrated across the country with fire, colors and sweets. Needless to say the revelry varies from one part of the country to another. Deepavali at my place…

The breakfast post.

I can categorize people into three genres. First up are people who break the morning fast religiously with much poise. Next up are people who prefer simpler rather a quicker start to the day sticking to minimal and fast. The last category is for people like me for whom breakfast is a long told myth….

Benjamin Bangalee

A bengali who has retained bengaliness with a touch of west. The makers of Benjamin Bangalee, Bina Ghosh and Arup Ghosh chose to name their restaurant so to stress on the fusion of West with Bangaliyana! Situated in James Long Sarani near Behala this eatery is more of a family restaurant than a quick diner….

Flavors of orient

The hype for Chinese food in this city is never subsiding. Upholding its reputation for serving the best Chinese food in the country, Kolkata has no shortage of old and new eateries exploring the flavors of orient. Being a city of food lovers, Kolkata’s love for Oriental flavors is unappeasable. Adding to oriental genre for…

Momos and beyond

Dimsums and momos. These two words were often a cause of my childhood dilemma because I could not distinguish one from the other. Later I learnt that these were disparate names for dumplings originating in two different Asian countries. Momos as we all know it, a favorite among Indians and one of the most popular…