Calcutta Street Transports The Flavours Of Kolkata To London

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CALCUTTA STREET TRANSPORTS THE FLAVOURS OF KOLKATA TO LONDON

Set in Tottenham Street, Calcutta Street is a restaurant that serves authentic, home-style Bengali food. The menu includes recipes from a Bengali kitchen, Calcutta-style street food, and cocktails made with ingredients such as kaffir lime and green mangoes. There is a branch of the restaurant located in Brixton.

Calcutta Street, 29 Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4RU. Phone: 020 7636 2744. 395 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LQ.

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My Bengali friends are always pleasantly surprised when I tell them that I’m craving some alu bhate (mashed potatoes in mustard oil) or I made a chorchori (medley of fresh vegetables accompanied with rice). There weren’t many Bengali restaurants when I was growing up in Bangalore; the best place to eat Bengali cuisine as a kid was in my half-Bengali grandmother’s kitchen. So imagine my surprise when I found a restaurant in London serving authentic Bengali food.

Calcutta Street is a delight to dine in. It’s set in a small corner near Tottenham Court Road, but it started off as a pop-up restaurant in Camden and Exmouth markets. The brainchild of 27-year-old Srimoyee Chakraborty, it transports all the flavours of Kolkata home-cooking to London. So what culinary delights were we treated to when we went? To start off with, we had some jhalmuri (puffed rice with garnish) in classic roadside style, served in rolled paper cone. For mains, we had the most authentic kosha mangsho (lamb curry) with luchi (Bengali bread) I’ve ever had outside of a kitchen in a Bengali home.

The menu is a collection of Srimoyee’s mother’s recipes, and she does them complete justice. Her food is an ode to the City of Joy, and what can be a better love letter than that?

Feature photo courtesy Calcutta Street

 
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