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Updated 31 minutes ago

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I love Kolkata and also Calcutta (just got back two days ago). And so the opening of Andheri East's "Kolkata Calling" has me and the charming Naina and Dr.Bhabatosh Sahu very excited. We not only have a long discussion on Bengali food (he cooks brilliantly) but I am floored by the fact that this genius did not complete school (studied till the ninth standard) but went on to complete his Masters in H.R. Phd in management (from prestigious institutes), is a professor in IIM. Fellow in Wharton and heads up a cutting edge company which is driven by high end chemistry and makes building blocks for DNA/ RNA. I love these happy ending stories. Does our restaurant review have one?

Decor

Frayed copies of "The Adventures of Tin Tin" (in Bengali, please note) nakshi pakhas (traditional hand fans), Tagore poetry scrawled on walls make up the d├ęcor. Old Bengali songs resound in the in the very rustic small eatery with its benches, Pepsi fridge and wall clock. We bought some of the popular Kolkata-based farsan brand Mukharochak (kept in a shelf for sale)

Food

Bengali, Chinese and North Indian fare here. Stick to the Bengali starters (chops, cutlets and rolls) in the appetiser section. My favourites Bekti Paturi and Prawn Malai Curry have just the right balance of texture and flavour. The succulent mutton in the robustly curry Thakur Barir Pathar Mangsho just about passes muster.

Minus Points

Skip the Gobi Manchurian and Chilly Chicken on the menu. Avoid the dry and tasteless Kobiraja, as also the Cholar Dal. Sadly there was no Radhaballabi or Mochar Ghanto. Very sadly too the sweets were dry and tasteless be it the Rossogulla or the Payesh.

My Point

Rustic ambiance in the small eatery tucked into Andheri East's crammed streets. Okayish and moderately priced (Rs 1000 meal for two) Bengali fare with disappointing mishti. Maybe it was just an off day for them, so I am making plans to go back with my Bengali gourmet buddy Kalyan Karmakar meanwhile.

**Critic reviews are anonymous and all bills are paid by TimesCity**

Updated 59 minutes ago

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Cosy couches, nooks and umbrella tables in the outdoor seating areas make these well-lit British-based coffee cafes very popular, as fifteen branches (and counting) from Vashi to Khar in Mumbai and over 700 coffee bars worldwide attest. Coffee is made to the same recipe everywhere, slow roasting Italian coffee beans. Gleaming showcases display an array of cakes and pastries. Just beyond is the coffee bar where they serve Espresso, Macchiato, Americano and many more hot coffee options. Great frappe options too. Frescato (slushy cold coffee) and Coffee Royale (liquidy cold coffee) are popular cooler caffeine options, while fruit coolers, iced teas (raspberry, lemon and peach) and milkshakes provide a breather from all of that caffeine. Pair with muffins, croissants, or sandwiches - vegetarian selections clearly demarcated. Garlic Mushroom Tostato, Veg Schezwan, Paneer Tikka Mushroom and Cheese Panini are all on offer. Order the delicious Vegetable and Pesto sandwich. Skip the Chicken Seekh Kebab Wrap with Mint Mayo in favour of Garlic Chicken, Chicken Tikka Brown Bread Sandwich, Tex-Mex Wrap and the Oriental Wrap. Top it off with the new Chocolate Melange (eggless) versus the oversweet Tavoletta, or nibble on the wholesome Date 'n' Fig Cake. They also have a new four layered Carrot Cake. Stay cool on hot days with their Green Apple and Fritzer drinks.

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