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The best way to really get under the skin of a cuisine is to immerse into the culture it is coming from. It is actually a local amalgamation of people, sharing of regional recipes and cooking techniques that create a cuisine unique to a particular city. Bombay Brasserie carries the legacy of Bombay culture and such a distinctive cuisine with it. It transports the taste of the real Bombay through a restaurant, which has artfully transformed authentic Indian flavours into a contemporary gourmet experience. New in Kolkata, this franchisee operation in a posh mall attracts us to this culinary journey.

Decor

A classic glasshouse décor describes the space best. A largish, open dining hall, with high ceilings, antique-feel cage lighting, modern comfortable seating with marble tables, sums it up. The restaurant highlights an enclosed, brighter private dining area, with wall mounted seating, clustered vignettes of India through framed photographs and an industrial show kitchen at the other end, specifically dedicated to the art-form of Indian bread making. However, we absolutely abhor the fact of nannies babysitting toddlers through the maze of tables throughout our meal and strollers being whizzed around tables to access the rest rooms!

Food

The smart faux leather cerulean blue menu, though already falling apart from the binding, adds some colour to the evening, The inside reflects a pictorial description with some exciting influences of Parsi, Malvani, Konkani, Irani and Awadhi cuisines. We decide on Prawn Koliwada (Rs.410), Lohe Ki Kadhai Ke Aloo (Rs.270), Salli Chicken (Rs.430), Bombay Kheema Masala (Rs.430), Nawabi Gosht Biryani (Rs.450), Chur Chur Paratha (Rs.95), Kala Khatta (Rs.175).

Plus & Minus

The Koliwada fisher-folk recipe of marinated prawns does not disappoint – crisp outside and moist inside, it gives distinct bites of carom seeds or ajwain. The Punjabi Lohe ki Kadhai ke Aloo, with baby potatoes leaves the aftertaste of the smoky iron-wok cooked spices, stir-fried till the moisture evaporates; sharpening the tang of spices alright, but the quality of baby potatoes itself leaves a question in the mind. The Parsi influenced Salli Chicken is ordinary, comes in a thick and creamy tomato gravy, swollen with diced pieces of tender chicken, topped with a sprinkling of fried potato sticks. The Chur Chur paratha is flaky, light and powdered with spices on top and is a perfect accompaniment to dinner.

My dish of choice, is the Irani flavoured Kheema Masala, a fine mutton mince, radiant with flavors and served with soft pao or bread. The unsealing of the dum Gosht Biryani, unravels an aromatic splendour, but turns out to be a mundane fare. The Kala Khatta gola or ice candy, adds a rustic touch and works out as a perfect sorbet, while the Amritsari Kulfa (Rs.220) with rabdi and falooda makes a dramatic entry on a bed of dry ice to sweeten our palate.

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It won't be incorrect to call Cafe Coffee Day or CCD the modern adda zone, if the youngsters that lounge in these outlets are anything to go by. It is all about the space and the mood. Cosy sitting areas with bean bags, sofas and tables as centres of conversations, the CCDs with their trademark colourful-purple-and-red decor, encourage lounging around with friends on a lazy afternoon with loud music, wall-mounted TV and your laptop. Their locations are also good for a quick meeting over coffee/tea - but be prepared for self-service, as most of the places sport a signage in the last few months! The menu features coffee, pure and blended, hot and cold, fruity concoctions and slurpy sundaes. Sandwiches and puffs, cookies and brownies. Nothing gourmet here but affordable prices and quick service. A happy and noisy place.

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