Our quest for better food in Kolkata is still continuing. Well our love for Chinese food will continue. I thought that I will write some tips on our famous Park Street restaurants for our friends from Europe, America, Asia, and Down Under who visit Kolkata quite often but end up eating in some lousey place or become sick after eating our Indian food at unclean and non descript place! I have seen European eating Butter nan with Chicken Bomb! simply not knowing what to eat In India! Here they will feel at home!
Mocambo completed its' 50th year in 2006. They are certainly among the best in Kolkata when it comes to better dining. They serve a variety of authentic European, Italian and Indian food. This is one of the favourite places of Europeans and movie stars. They also had a dance floor but our Marxist govt. closed it in 1977( sick!!) Our famous Pam Crains & Lois Banks used to play here!! Now it is only Bar cum Restaurant.
This place is also very near with in walking distance of Sudder Street where most of the Foreigners stay! Just give a try to this place.
Favorite Dish: Well in my child hood we used to frequent this place! We like almost all of their dishes. Recently we visited this place twice in a fortnight just to experience their better food and teach Munu about nostalgia of this place!
we had Devilled Crab and Fish Muniere as starter, followed by Chicken Tetrazine (Rakhi), Mixed Grill sizllers( Goutam), Chicken Hamburger Sizllers( Munu). we finished our meal with Chocolate Souffle! All of them were simply superb!
Those who know us surely know about our liking for Chinese food also. Well for many days we have been thinking of visiting Mainland China, one of the upmarket restaurants of Kolkata. They have branches at Bombay and Delhi too. This place is known for fine Chinese food and great seafood. This is also very expensive as the food price is almost double than the speciality Chinese Restaurants of Tangra. But the ambience, the service, the decor and the quality of the food compensate for the high price tag. Since, this is located in a very posh area so the clientele is exclusive. You may be sitting to some movie actor, like we sat next to Pallavi Chatterjee a Bengali movie actress. This Sunday on 10th December we visited this place to experience their food.
Food is certainly excellent for the price but as a regular Chinese food eater I will still rate the food of Beijing of Tangra is better.
One great achievement of this place, Munu learnt how to eat with Chopsticks.......!!!!!!
Favorite Dish: We had draught beer Rs.110/- per mug, Chicken, Pan fried noodles, Sczewan Rice and Lobsters. Jumbo Prawns and Lobsters costs about Rs.600/-(USD12), Beer (USD3), so all other dishes around Rs300- Rs600/- per plate( USD8-12).
Their Lobsters are definitely good so is their Jumbo prawns, goes down well with their draught beer. This place is certainly a place for experience.
We had our anniversary dinner on 23rd November at Kim Ling of Tangra, China Town, Kolkata. We had our anniversary on 18th November, but since I was away to Madhya Pradesh for training, we went out for dinner on 23rd, accompanied by Rakhi's parents who had come to our place for Rakhi's operation.
Well, Kim Ling is also one of the 30 Chinese eating house of Tangra run by the Chinese families of kolkata. They serve authentic and genuine Chinese food at a very resonable price and give good quantity. Quality and quantity wise no cheating. That's why Kim Ling is always full and the waiting time is about one hour on wekends. They have two sections one exclusively for couples and family and the other open for anybody. The house has a full fledged bar also.
All the food offered and ordered are of excellent quality one is guaranteed to get satisfaction.
Favorite Dish: We had hot & sweet soup, Cantonese fried chicken, American Chopsuey and mixed fried rice and Beer.
Their Cantonese fried chicken is superb!! No one can eat just one....!!!!
The other side of Jongs' is called Zaranj, it serves Indian & North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. I had their food before it is just excellent. Their Tandoors and Fish Amritsari( grilled), is just superb. I will fill up this page with more information later.
We also had Mutton Tikka kebab at this place. Made of tender Lamb meat. The process is same, taste is same with different kind of meat. I want to tell you that Tandoor food is an Indian speciality and and it a traditional thing. It cannot be explained then tried at home. But the process originated from Central Asia, travelled with The Mughals to India. Over the years it is perfected. the beauty of the food is getting the mastery of marination and coocking over slow fire. Once it is learnt it can give you delight. We have tried it at home with Electric Oven, OTG even Microwave but could never obtain the taste. It can be only obtained with SLOW CHARCOAL FIRE!!!! That's the secret.
Favorite Dish: Mutton Tikka Kebab: process same as Chicken Tikka kebab.
I am also putting the picture of the crew who makes it possible. Please dont' go by their looks, they are wonderful cooks. They cook about 300Kgs of Chicken everyday!!!
Our liking for good chinese food brings us to this place again and again. We like to experiment with the vairious type of food available here with our friends and family. Today again( we are one of the regulars here) on 14th Jan07, we had lunch here and this time we selected the menu without much help from the house, though they were quite helpful to suggest us the menu. To our surprise we wre not disappointed neither with the food or the service. Above all their Hostesses Tabassum and Priya were always accomodative when ever we called for table reservation. Tabassum always ensured us the best available seat in the restaurant.
This time thre was a slight disappointment for me my favourite, Draught Beer was out of stock. I had to satisfy myself with the regular bottled beer, which has lot of Glycerine added as preservative.
Favorite Dish: Well we had many dishes this time and all are favourite. Today we had Crispy Fish Golden Ginger ( Rs.240/- USD 6), Chicken in a Sapo( Rs220/- USD 5.80), Clay Pot Rice Chicken (Rs.165/- USD 4), Fukien Crabmeat Fried Rice( Rs.170/- USD 4), Lamb in Choilli Broth ( Rs.230/- USD 5.80), Mongolian Turkey ( Rs.450/- USD 10), Squids Sichuan Chilli Sauce( Rs.200/- USD 5) and Kingfisher Beer ( Rs140 USD 3 Per Bottle) all these attarct VAT of 10%.
In my view Mongolian Turkey was a disappointment and highly overly priced.
Dont make a mistake of going to this place by the look of it. The first person you encounter with is the main stewart who is perhaps the most ill-behaved man of the hospitality industry. Most probably the owners of this eating joint do not take into account the importance of customer satisfaction. Otherwise the present crew(staff) would not be there.The food is good but you will loose your apetite the moment you find cockroaches all over your table.But one thing that i would like to say is that their is no repentance from the side of the staff members for their mannerisms. The ambience of the place is good. Inspite of it a person will not be ready to go their a second time.
With this kind of behaviour this place will not last long in a place like Calcutta where along with good food,and ambience good behaviour and service matters a lot.
Favorite Dish: We had Peshwari Raan, a Full leg of Lamb marinated for 24hrs and then Barbecued in slow fire. We had Lasuna Paratha, parathas ( a type of Indian bread smeared with Butter prepared in a frying pan) made with garlic. The food was really excellent but we lost apetite.
I will not recommend this place to anybody.
It is clear that management has left this place to be run by their staffs only. Who is ensuring that this place will close down soon. It was not only us who found this place BAD, but the couple next to us found small cockroaches in their table, and a team of ladies were having Kitty party also loudly commented that their service is very poor and crew had no time to look after them.
On 12th October our VT friends from Bristol ( UK) Grets & husband David arrived in Kolkata for a few hours on their last leg of tour to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sikkim & India. We had decided that we shall go for Bengali dinner but when we learnt that they will have to leavefor airport at 3.30 AM to catch flight for London, we changed our plan to have Indian Tandoor or North Indian as experimenting Bengali dish ( Its normally spicy) for dinner would require proper rest for the night.
Then we moved in to our favourite place Zaranj on Sudder Street one of the better eating places of Kolkata( They are a speciality Restaurant for North West Frontier Province Cuisine & Indian Tandoor food)
What we had was a pure delight for us and Grets & David said they were delighted too!
Favorite Dish: We had Murgh Nawabi ( Chicken Reshmi Tikka Kebab), Machli ( Fish / Beckti) Masala Kebab for starter with our favourite beer Kingfisher. Then we had Zaranji Raan ( Whole Leg of Lamb marinated and then cooked in slow fire), Butter Naan ( Indian Bread made with yeast), Maa Ki Daal ( Thick Lentil soup with butter) for main course. All the dishes can be rated very high for our Indian palate, I am sure both David & Grets enjoyed it as we did.
This place is undoubtedly one of the most famous Dhaba ( Rustic Eatery, where Punjabi or North Indian rustic food is served) of Kolkata city. It is normally frequented by thousands of people. Situated over an acre of land, just opposite the Airport on the main highway no 34. The place has completed more than 25 years and have changed many fold. This is now attracting crowd from Calcutta city who now comes in cars only, drink minarel water or beer( Hard liquor is also served) and does not mind spending Rs.1000 or more for two persons. Naturally, seeing the crowd coming in the Greed of the owner's have creped in, they have Jacked up the prices many fold. Now they have started charging 3-4 star prices for their food. It no longer remains an eatery for the commoner or for the tourists for that matter. The food is very very expensive here and the taste!! Well there are better places in Kolkata serving very tasty food at less than half the prises. I find this is no special place and the prices are higher than Park Street restaurants. They should realize that by putting lots of butter does not make food special. If they are charging star prices then the facilities must also be of star category, crew should be clean , the ambience should be better.
I was surprised to see that one Naan costs here Rs.40 + VAT, Beer Rs.120 +VAT, Dal Makhni Rs. 95 +VAT and the quantity? Very less. In Park street a beer costs Rs. 85-100 with VAT in airconditioned atmosphere with proper service and etiquette. Here the crew behaviour is very very unprofessional. I dont recommend this place to go to eat after driving 37KMs. If they reduce their prices by 30-40% ( Chance is bleak) ten it may be worth. On top of that it has earnedthe ill reputation of being a bar, even their glass, table cloth, napkins are sponsored from liquer companies.
Favorite Dish: We had Naan, Chicken Leg Kebab, Fish Tikka, Dal Makhni, Veg Jhalfrazi & Beer. Fish Tikka is good.
Yesterday 14th of April was our Bengali New Year's Day! We thought we shall revisit again Sigree and savour the dinner out there. What cold be the better occasion or this, after our not so good experience with Marco Polo's Bengali food this afternoon for lunch, this was really satisfiying. With added menu on the Grill side and main course, it was an excellent menu overall. This time they had added Skewered Prawns and Beckti Fish along with the regular Sheekh Kebab and others. In the main course, there was Mutton Biryani, Fish Chutniwala, Chicken and on dessert side there was famous Bengali Rasagolla, Sandesh, Jafrani Kheer, Ice Cream & Brownies to name a few. All this came for Rs. 350/- plus taxes. Service and crew member's behaviour was excellent and very helpful. A great satisfaction indeed!
Yesterday ( 14th April'2008) was our Bengali New Year's Eve, we decided to treat ourselves with some Typical Bengali delicacies. We decided for Marco Polo at Sarat Bose Street, Kolkata. This place we have never tried before but we have had Chinese at their main place at Park Street, which is known as Marco Polo in China. At this place they serve mainly Bengali speciality food and Continental dishes. The decor is very nice, atmosphere is cool and cozy. The place caters to only deluxe( ?) crowd as the prices are very very expensive and sometimes not worth value for money. From their menu I could not find a single dish which is less expensive. The prices are five star but not the place! The potions are also very very small. Why I am writing this? As we had Bengali treat in several restaurants in Kolkata all are better and bigger than this place with star facility ( Such as Peerless Inn, Sourabh's, The Autrium at The Park, The Hayatt Regency), if you add up the price and the nos. of dishes we had in ratio we paid more than double amount for lesser quantity and lesser nos. of dishes.
May be they are getting clientele at the moment but in my view they will have a tough time to survive the competition as the star hotels have started offering weekend buffet or festive buffet at about Rs.1500/- plus tax or say about USD$ 40 for two! The menu is far far elaborate. Even their a la carte menu works out to be cheaper!
Favorite Dish: We started our meal with Sugandhi Bhetki ( Beckti Fish), fish fillet marinated and cooked in special Bengali spices & condiments. It was the best dish we had but the potion was very small compared to the price. Then we had Sorshe Koi with rice ( Koi fish coocked with yellow mustered paste) and Hing Diye Mangshor Korma ( Mutton cooked with Asafoetida) a great dish in taste. The Koi fish was again very tasty but the potion was again small.
Calcutta has long been famous for its diverse range of cuisine, ranging from Japanese to Thai to Italian. One of the best places to try Chinese food is the Flavours of China, located at Park Street. You can get anything starting from Cantonese to Hunan dishes. Do try out their marinated lobster and other seafoods. You will ask for more!
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish here is Hunan Chicken. The sauce is mouth-watering.
Those who know about Kolkata City will surely agree that this hotel used to a landmark in Bengali life of North Kolkata! Started as humble roadside dhaba ( simple eatery where ethnic food is served) in 1875 by great grandfather of Mr.Bishwanath Patro, an Oriya businessman, for the Taxi Drivers of North Kolkata, soon earned fame among Bengali gentlemen that this place provides excellent food, Mutton cooked in Punjabi style with paratha. It became very famous that many aristocrats, Theatre personalities, Movie stars, Doctors,and students started getting their meals from there.
The hotel was just a shanty and located just next to the paternal house of Swami Vivekananda ( the famous sage/ saint of India). It was shifted in front of Swami Vivekananda's house to fix a statue of Swami next to their house after 20 years of long request from Ramkrishna Mission.(see picture). It was rebuilt with aircondition facility and fancy chairs. I too have tasted their food many times in my child hood. It now has completed 136 years of it's existence! Bravo! and qudos to our bengali palate, this is going to continue in years to come.
Favorite Dish: Now they have made it multi cuisine restaurant but the old favourite remains the same. It is Mutton Curry and Parantha ( See picture)
Marco polo in China is one of the fine dining place in Kolkata. It is slightly up market in price, location, ambience, service with smile, quality of food. Yes Marco Polo himself would have found this place worh spending his hard earned money. The food, the staff, the owner all come to you with smile. It is guaranteed you can not go out unsatisfied. This place is surely a joint where you would love to take your friends for dinner. We took our VT friend Jon( shintarojon) of Manila on 29th September for lunch, while visiting the Durga Puja pandals.
In Park Street and nearby streets there are about 150 good eating places( Calcuttans love dining out), this place is certainly stands out. This place is also of my daughter's ( Munu) choice. During festival time when there are more people out dining, they also offer Buffet, with about 18 items, including 4/5 non veg and the menu includes Prawns, Lobsters, Crabs for Rs 400/- (USD10) plus tax. You cant ask for more!! worth spending your money.
Favorite Dish: " Everyone eats and drinks yet only few appreciate the taste of food"- Confucius( 551BC- 479BC). Well these are the Restaurant motto written on their card, I find every word is true. I took about 10 pictures of the food and the Buffet spread and had 4 dishes, I find all the dishes are excellent. They have not sacrificed the quality of the food even during the Puja( highly Crowded) time. We got our table at around 4.00PM after waiting for 35mts. We had Prawns( My favourite), Mixed rice, Chicken, Noodle made in my daughters' way( I dont' know she has crave for Chinese noodle). All are excellent.
If you only want food it is about USD 10 Per Person in case you add beer to your accompaniment it is more. We had A La Carte menu.
At Mainland China you can have excellent Buffet everyday during Lunch time. Priced at Rs400/- Plus Tax about USD 10, per head it is a steal. You have the choice of menu with Turkey, Crabs, Prawns, Chicken and several desserts to end with. You will surely like it. Sundays and holidays are full with many guests having Buffet spreads at Mainland China.
My Tip is not complete if I dont' mention about the Hostesses Tabassum and Priya and the Crew. Well as in all good places some of the crew here too is not helpful or snob(?), or just indefferent ( can they afford to do do!!), you cant expect much from them. But these two beautiful ladies make your day pleasant by apologising and putting the things in order, when their male counter part is ready to spoil your day!!! You certainly dont' want to spoil your day after spending so much of amount of your hard earned money!!!
I think someday Mr.Chatterjee ( the owner ) will take notice of this.
Favorite Dish: Many!!
But the price is not included the choice of wine or beer! It is only food price I have mentioned.