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Updated about 16hrs ago

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Think Chinese, the south of Park Street....and I was almost convinced to think Chowman! They had made an ambitious entry into the food business a few years back with a cosy little flagship near Golf Green and have been promoting it as Calcutta's celebrity hotspot, not that it added much value to the food. I have been their regular take away customer for more than over a year now from a hole in the wall on Broad Street. And, now a full fledged 40 seater restaurant, at posh Ballygunge, no less, adds the icing to the cake.

Decor
A mix of likes and don't likes. We love the sleepy classic Calcutta location, what we don't is too much tampering with the simplistic pleasures of restoring an old house. We like the choice of tasteful wood-carved furniture, but detest the clutter of interiors within the restricted space. Like the dramatic use of red and gold, but abhor the dark spookiness at the dinner table.

Food

A familiar menu, but way too long to be justified on one occasion. Oriental promise and fancy nomenclature, plenty of home-grown choices. We plan to avoid our favourites from the take away menu, the signature Mixed Moon Fan Fried Rice (Rs.165), Stir fried Chicken with Basil (Rs. 185), American Corn and Potatoes in hot Garlic Sauce (Rs. 165), the exotic Schzewan Orange Roasted Pork (Rs. 220) and decide to order the unexplored. A choice of Pepper Lemon Soup (Rs.110), Shangsi Crab Meat Soup (Rs.155), Prawn Ka Seong (Rs. 275), Double Fried Pork (Rs. 195), Thai staples Mixed Khao Phat (Thai style fried rice, Rs. 160), Veg Ba Mee (Thai style noodles, Rs. 120) to go with sides of Exotic Vegetables in Chilli Basil sauce (Rs.170), Chicken in Black Bean sauce (Rs. 210), Fish Pak Choy (Rs.235) and Devil's Lamb (Rs.245).

Plus and Minus
The meal is elaborate and offers plenty of variety, but lacks the lustre of authenticity. The soups come in with great promise, perfect temperature and heartening substance, but one is far too lemony with seeds squeezed in and the other quite bland to even register. The batter-fried prawns and double fried pork are wee bit oily and ordinary. The staples soak in the flavours of the Kafir lime leaves alright, but the exotic vegetables in the chilli basil sauce are only button mushrooms and bamboo shoot. The Fish Pak Choy is more red and yellow peppers than Pak Choy. The peppy Chicken in black bean sauce and the chilli spiked Devil's Lamb finally save the meal.Our taste buds whimpered and even the Lychee Toffee with Ice cream (Rs.165) at the end did not help.

Must Try
Pepper Garlic Jumbo Prawns, Exotic Veg in Chilli Basil Sauce, Moon Fan Fried Rice, Kung Pao Chicken.

Updated about 17hrs ago

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Just a few minutes walk from Allen's Kitchen on Jatindra Mohan Avenue and you will be at Mitra Cafe. Another nostalgic journey down memory lane, old Calcutta, colonial cuisine. The shabby marble-topped tables and green wooden benches in this tiny two-and-half-room joint is no reflection of the food at all. Check out their excellent English Brain Chop (fried goat brain or Bheja Fry to today's world) with Toasts (crisp bread toasted on wood fire), Kabiraji Cutlets, Fish Fry, Mutton/Chicken Kosha. The legendary Chicken Soup still exists in the menu. You will be grateful for the meal.

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