Updated 3 months ago
Today, the essence of restaurant comfort comes in many flavours. With changing times and tastes, it is the ambience & location, which is getting priority over the flavours of the palate. A picturesque curvature of the glass façade creates that novelty to this posh IT address, a restaurant called Oval, truly after its shape and features.
The spacious interiors create a cosmopolitan feel, adding to the lounging comfort in slate grey, shimmery chocolate and a vanilla colour palate. A longish wine cabinet showcasing new world wines from Chile, Australia, Spain, Italy, France and more sets the mood at the entrance. The seating is a mix of cushy sofas and upholstered chairs with dark stone top tables. The glass façade is equally intriguing from the inside overlooking the Rajarhat township through gauzy sheer curtains and bordered by a pebbled skirting. The bare ceiling messy look with pipelines and ac ducts showing, borrowed from many a western underground nightclub concept balances the suave and the grunge. The backdrop is the high wall mounted bar at the far end of the restaurant, where the display bottles catch the rays of the sinking sun and flushes enough drama into the space.
The pep up loud music, tablet menu and modern smallish crockery tries to emulate contemporary fine dining standards. The menu is an Indian, Oriental and Continental mix. A bit of a hotchpotch presentation of selections make it rather difficult and time consuming. There is a concise festive menu running at the restaurant, with less of a selection, but “fat festive” price tags. We decide to go with the flow - Thai Chicken Tom Yum Soup (Rs.145), Veg Lemon Coriander Soup (Rs. 110), Crispy Chilli Potatoes (Rs. 115), Sarson Wali Macchi (Rs. 285). The soups, though distinctly different, are both mild for our palate and the Chinese style potatoes not crispy enough. The fish, though with no hint of mustard, is a pleasant surprise with smoky crispness of the whole Pomfret marinated in Tandoori masala.
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Next come the 3 Idiots (Rs. 360), biscuit crumb fried prawns, Kolkata beckti and chicken breasts - local style, the indigenous Chelo Kebab (Rs.299), lamb and chicken kebabs with herbed rice and a fried egg, Mixed American Chopsuey (Rs. 175) and Chilli Chicken Oval style (Rs. 215). The crumb fries are a wee bit dry, the Chelo kebab needs attention and definitely deserves a better presentation, the mixed Chopsuey more Chinese than American, but the house chilli chicken is nice soya fried and spongy. Desserts have various options of ice creams. Going by the popularity, ovbiously, the ambience and the flowing bar attract the young chatteratti to enhance the right flavours, rather than the menu.
Chelo Kebab, Chicken Steak in Sizzler, Oval NonVeg and Veg Platter.
Buzz: 2.5/5 | Décor: 3/5
-By Salmoli Mukerji
This posh IT address and spacious interiors with lounging comfort makes Oval a destination for the young crowd in and around Sector-V in Salt Lake. A full-house bar with world wines, liquors and beers add to the attraction. The loud music, tablet menu and the beautiful, wall-mounted, well-stocked bar create the right ambience for large groups of friends having a good time. Their international collection of contemporary world wines, mojitos, margaritas and cosmopolitans are popular drinks and so are the multi-cuisine snacks from the menu. Crispy Chilli Potatoes, Sarsonwali Machhi and the 3 Idiots are enjoyed by all.
Updated 3 months ago
Yes, it is a replica of the Moulin Rouge in Paris! This landmark on Park Street is reminiscent of the glorious 60s... now, however, all this bar evokes is sheer nostalgia. Still, their bar and classic cocktails do draw in the crowds, especially on weekends — and their patrons couldn’t care less about the shabby interiors or musty smell! From a Screwdriver to Bloody Mary or Gimlet, Moulin Rouge peps up all conversations along with the Indian and Continental fare available. Order the Reshmi Kebab and Cheese and Pineapple Sticks to nibble on as you sip your drink. All affordably priced!
Buzz: 2.5/5|Service: 2.5/5 | Décor: 2/5
One of the oldest landmarks on Park Street, Moulin Rouge in its current avatar will not remind you of Paris in any way. But the place holds a great deal of nostalgia for many Calcuttans. It has changed hands several times, and the current owners are just interested in making profits. The shabby interiors, cheap deals and average multi-cuisine menu is the draw for the after-office crowd. The Continental menu with Prawn Cocktail, Minestrone Soup, Princess Soup, Baked Beckti Tomato, Fish Duglair, Grilled Crab, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken Steak Sizzler, and Vegetarian Florentine actually excites. New additions of Italian pastas, pizzas, the Indian Machhi Boti Kebab, Tandoori Jhinga, and Reshmi Murgh Kebab also attract people. Their Lahsun Angare, Paneer Shashlik, Balti Murgh Masala, Kofta Lajawab, and Chinese Mixed Noodle soup, Hakka Noodles, Sweet ‘n’ Sour Prawn, Fish Manchurian et al. are also popular.