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Imagine parking your car in a busy street and getting your work done? Once you enter The Parking Lot, you register yourself with an OTP and a band is being handed over to you. There are parking charges here to get yourself parked inside the restaurant and you cross the turnstile to walk up to the place where you will spend the next two-three hours. Your friend also gets a band. When you place an order - the band gets tapped and the order is booked in your name, same goes for your friend/friends too and at the end, the bill is evenly divided. Sounds exciting? Let us check what is there in store once you enter this latest gastropub in Kolkata.
'Award-winning Mixologist Uttam Singh' can be seen behind the 18 ft bar where he is there to offer you Mahi Mahi. Inspired by the tropical colours of the giant fish at the Pacific Ocean, this is a Vodka based cocktail. The Corn Tale is served in a box of popcorn, a novel concept of a cocktail which is mixed with dark and a white rum with popcorn foam and is quite addictive. How about a Parme Giano? A bit of Parmesan Cheese served with Parmesan infused whisky shaken Vanilla, Port and Orange zest with dash of Angostura bitter. Love the way the saltiness from the cheese blends with the drink without being awkward. Others to try out are Wine Not, a concoction of Bourbon and Red Wine with bitters, Green and Lean, She said yes and many more.
We strongly recommend TPLIIT
This is the baap of all drinks called TPLIIT. Served in a long bamboo shoot, this is a potent drink of Tequila, Vodka, Bacardi, Jagermeister and Kahlua. One of the best drinks to drown your sorrow or celebrate a success.
The best part is the price of the drinks and that is the USP. Since you have already paid a parking charge, the drinks including the premium labels are being sold almost at MRP and the concept is to drink more to get the best out of your parking fee.
Chakhna, Khana aur Mooh Meetha
The paradigm has shifted over the years and nowadays, no pub can now survive on alcohol service only with little or negligible finger food. So even though it is a bar, you can bring your non-drinking friends and family for a stellar dining experience. There is a provision of all-day breakfast like Bombaiya Sandwich, South Meets West Eggs your way and the average price of these are around INR 150. Some of the recommended starters are Trio of Sliders with a lamb, fish and chicken slider in bright coloured buns priced at INR 225, Chicken Korean Stick - crispy yet moist chicken morsels in a sweet and spicy sticky sauce, Pindi Eclairs - a take on Pindi Chana and Puri, Tobasco Tandoori Chicken - regular Tandoori Chicken with an infusion of Tobasco.
As the concept is of a neighbourhood bar, in the mains, check out Butter Chicken Casserole which has a nice version of Butter Chicken sealed with Mashed Potato and baked. The butter chicken is bang on taste and has a heartwarming effect. Daal Tadka Ravioli, Kebab Platter and many more are interesting mains. In Pasta, the must-try is Aglio Olio with laal saag. After all, irrespective of space left or not, try out the Chocolate All The Way - chocolate mousse with a Nutella Brownie served with Amle ke Murabba. The Motichur Crumble Cheesecake comes with Oreo pakora and its better left to be tasted and get surprised.
Yes, the parking charges are not uniform as the entire concept is based on AI. So, one cannot comment on that particular day. Depending on the availability of space, the parking charges will be uniquely decided by the computer. However, the food and drinks price remains fixed as also the availability of gaming consoles and the beer vending machine. In this technology-driven era, who would mind to wear a band and get a little high on drinks and technology both.
A true blue Kolkata foodie, Anindya loves cooking and eating his Kosha Mangsho. Anindya weaves stories around food as he believes exceptional food is an emotional experience. Previously a restauranter, now a passionate photographer and traveller, he runs a successful blog called Pikturenama and contributes to other publications.