Kolkata and food are synonymous and as new restaurants open every other week, here’s our pick of the new restaurants that have opened and need to be visited for the experience.
The Kolkata twin of the Delhi based SAZ – The American Brasserie is a cocktail den and gourmet kitchen that amalgamates a contemporary NYC aesthetic with Classic Old American vibe. The name of the restaurant is inspired from Sazerac, a New Orleans’ classic cocktail. The menu is balanced act of American classics like Truffled Mushroom on Sourdough, Hassleback Potatoes, Tenderloin Steak and Buffalo Chicken Wings. Complemented by quirky cocktails like Houston we have a problem. The space is modern yet cosy. Decked with chandeliers and a stacked bar, the vibe is peppy with great music and the neon lights provide the much needed millennial feel.
Where: 9th Floor, 6, Camac Street, Fort Knox
The panoramic view of the cityscape is what will bring you to Nori. Set in an upscale ambience, it is divided into sections by laser-cut wooden screens, creating an intimate feel. The swirling bamboo mats from the ceiling add warmth and the food has been curated by Chef Franquilino P. Padua. The live Teppanyaki and Sushi stations set the stage for some theatrics and some of the noteworthy items are Tod Man Khao Pod, Scallion Pancake, Truffle Scented Edamame, Sastsumaimo Roll. We suggest trying the Sake Sling and Tokyo Mule and the Matcha Cheesecake and Baked Coconut Custard make for an excellent choice of desserts.
Where: The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat, Plot No. CBD/2, Action Area – II, New Town
Metallic interiors and plush couches in pop shades give way to this massive 5,573 sq ft. space that pays homage to the heritage of jazz, blues and western music in Kolkata. The bar is done up in bright colours and the wine cellar houses around 250 labels. The incorporation of local ingredients to whip up a menu is commendable and we are siding with the Naga honey glazed chicken wings, the Bandel cheese mousse and the Crispy Lotus stem that comes with a sriracha dip. If you are looking for something extra, Sous Vide Paanch Phoron Pork is your calling card. For cocktails, the two specials are Live to Eat and Finishing Touch and both have local ingredients as a common factor.
Where: 1, JBS Haldane Avenue, Tangra
Riyasat boasts of contemporary Indian cuisine. The interiors are a rich mix of chandeliers, plush seating and a pop of fuchsia. Drawing inspiration from the stately homes of the royal families back in the 19th century, the diverse menu is vibrant and robust with an all-encompassing healthy culinary technique and dining experience that has been curated by Masterchef Surjan Singh Jolly. The delicacies are traditionally curated in six basic cooking techniques like Char grilled, Tandoor, Pot roasted, Braised, Griddle Fried and Steamed. We recommend the Murgh Malai Majithia, Bhetki Kairi and Khad Gosht. Pair it with their crafted cocktails for an all sensory experience.
Where: 3rd Floor, South City Mall, Shop No – 301, 375, Prince Anwar Shah Road
The newest entrant to the list, Indigo Delicatessen is an all-day café that offers western comfort food. Best described as comforting and unpretentious in its attempt, the Deli uses local sustainable produce to encourage farm to table approach. The interiors are a warm navy blue with gorgeous wood finish and bright lights. Spacious seating and a detailed menu sets the tone for a hearty meal. Their Eggs Benedict, Honey glazed Pork Belly and the Khaosuey are absolute must. For desserts, stick to their artisanal ice creams and Brownie v/s Cheesecake.
Where: 5th Floor, Quest Mall, 33, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Park Circus, Ballygunge
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