If you’ve lived in or visited Kolkata long enough, you’ll know that strongly embedded in the heart of every Calcuttan is their food and ‘adda’. Given these two and the lifestyles of millennials, the city is now seeing a burgeoning cafe culture. And the newest addition to the scene is The Daily Cafe in Deshapriya Park.
The aesthetic feels like Pop Tate’s has gotten makeover, ideal for 2019. The playful décor features tiled floors, tropical mural of lush palm leaves, and pink flamingos, making it an ideal place to catch up with friends. At one end of the cafe is an enclosed patio, with walls featuring a vertical garden and a clear ceiling that invites you to gaze at the inky sky – just the cosy corner for a perfect date night.
This is a Euro-inspired bistro and cafe, and the menu unlike most other eateries, caters to dietary requirements. There are plenty of keto options, and we were told that the new menu (in action next week) will have vegan offerings too. Coffee enthusiasts will be impressed by their extensive list and toppings that include low fat and dairy-free alternatives like almond, oat, and coconut milk. The all-day breakfast items include smashed avocado on charcoal bread, ham bagel, French toast, blueberry pancakes, and eggs in your preference (Benedict, scrambled, Shakshuka, Akuri, and omelette).
We ordered the steak with a side of green salad and truffle fries. It was served as two slim fillets of tenderloin in tangy green peppercorn sauce drizzled with garlic butter, and the leafy green salad tossed in light vinaigrette.The ham and cheese omelette was slightly runny, stuffed with ham and cheese. The delectable crispy truffle fries came with a variety of sauces including a wholegrain mustard mayo. To limit the carb binge, we chose to end the meal with a keto brownie. It’s chocolate decadence at its best, recommended even for those who are not counting calories.
A bonus is the restaurant’s zero waste ideology. “We haven’t achieved it fully yet but we’ve started it,” says owner Urvika Kanoi. “We make our own marinades, sauces, dips and more. We rehydrate our peels and use them in our staff meals, and make ricotta cheese with dairy that’s close to expiry so that no dairy goes to waste. We also work closely with farmers for our produce.”
If you wish to take the experience home, there are coffee, handcrafted chocolates from La Folie Lab, and a new range of homemade dips and sauces from Aamra available for sale.
Where: The Daily Cafe, 5 Satyen Dutta Road, Kolkata
Contact: +91 80170 99950
When: Everyday from 12.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Recommended dishes: Truffle Fries, Pomodoro Pasta, Keto Brownie, Blueberry Mille – Feuille
Price: Rs 1,000 (approx) for two
Noise Level: Moderate
Service: Efficient and helpful
All images: Courtesy The Daily Cafe