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An omelette is no petty matter. Getting is right is not easy. And not getting it right in inexcusable. Kolkata loves omelettes. There are people who would vehemently argue that the best omelettes in town are served at road side shacks – often fried in mustard oil and served with a thick slice of bread (baked in local bakeries these are cult stuff of sorts) – that is the typical Kolkata-style omelette. That aside, there are quite a few eateries in town that serve some spectacular omelettes, the real deal and other fancy versions. The sheer range of choices is sure to win you over.
Flurys: The city’s breakfast giant is an obvious pick. Their light, pillowy omelettes come with fillings such as asparagus, cheese, and mushrooms, shredded chicken, bacon or ham, and are served with bread and butter. But if you are on the lookout for the real Flurys’ omelette, ask your server to make you the original recipe - a tossed, flat omelette with no frills, delicious nonetheless. This is heritage stuff.
Eggytarrian: Well, if you are looking for good omelettes a place called Eggytarrian seems like just the place. And it is. They offer a mind-boggling assortment of layered omelettes (the omelettes make for the largest section of their menu) ranging from Thai style omelettes stuffed with shrimps spiced with typical Thai spices and omelettes layered with fresh apples stewed in a star anise flavoured caramel reduction to typical Spanish and Italian style omelettes. Their green omelette comes layered with ham and pesto.
Mrs Magpie: This charming café modelled on a quirky doll house is a veritable cup cake heaven but those who know go back for the omelettes served with toasted bread, butter and grilled tomatoes and mushrooms. The perfectly cooked omelettes come loaded with things from ham, mushrooms and Gruyere to olives, jalapeños, bell peppers and Emmental. The spinach, cheese and mushroom omelette is a good pick too.
The Wise Owl Café: A quaint place, especially popular for its beautiful seating area on its fenced portico, Wise Owl has an impressive breakfast menu, the omelettes however are served all day long and have quite a fan following. You could opt for a simple cheese omelette or the typical desi masala omelette, but the bacon and cheese omelette is by far the best pick. However, if you are a seafood lover, opt for their signature Aussie Shrimp Omelette. Plus, they make a traditional Spanish omelette stuffed with cheese. The omelettes come with heaps of fries and grilled tomatoes.
Edesia: The most popular dish at this swanky café on Hungerford Street is the egg benedict, but their omelette selection makes for a treat. You can fill your omelettes with stuffings from bell peppers and broccoli, cheddar or Emmental cheese or shreds of roasted chicken to ham and pork sausages and even smoked salmon. The tortilla Espanola loaded with sautéed onions and potatoes and fried in olive oil is especially
popular. In case you have dietary restrictions, you could ask them to make your omelettes with egg whites also. The omelettes come with bread, grilled tomatoes and potatoes.
8th Day cafe and Bakery: New York style bagels are the mainstay at this American-style cafe near AJC Bose Road, but they also have a way with eggs. You can opt for cheese omelette (gruyere, cheddar or mozzarella) or stuff yours with a choice of vegetables. The omelettes come with their signature bagel slathered with butter. But if you fancy an omelette extravaganza West Range Omelette - a double egg omelette loaded with mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, chillies, capsicum, chicken and preposterous amount of cheese. It is topped with bean salsa.
Blue Sky Café: This inexpensive little place is nothing short of a landmark in the New Market area and extremely popular with foreign volunteers and backpackers who usually stay in the area. Their breakfast menu has a mind-boggling assortment of omelettes. Other than plain and masala omelettes, there are almost 15 others variations of omelettes such as cheese and garlic, mushroom, chicken and cheese, green vegetables omelette, rainbow omelette (studded with colourful vegetables), Spanish and Italian style omelettes. Talk about being spoilt for choice.
Paris Café: This pretty pâtisserie with a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef-owner at its helm has two outlets. The one in Ballygunge (the first one) has a vegetarian menu, but at the Salt Lake outlet they serve everything from meat and eggs to fish and seafood. Their light and fluffy omelettes (three eggs make for a regular portion) are particularly popular among breakfasters. The choices are plain, cheese, masala, mushroom and chicken. The cheese omelette is especially good, ask for mozzarella.
Raj’s Spanish Café: Another Sudder Street gem; Raj’s Spanish Café, a nondescript eatery, hidden inside the compound of an old building, is an absolute favourite among backpackers and tourists staying in the area. Their menu focuses on Italian and Spanish food (largely vegetarian with a few egg specialties), and their wood-fired pizzas are very popular. But their omelettes have their fans too. The tomato and cheese omelette is quite good, but here try the typically Spanish tortilla de patatas, a thick omelette loaded with fried potatoes.
Bon Appetit: Bon Appetit (they have two outlets, In Hazra and Salt Lake) does not have too many choices in terms of omelettes. They make Spanish style omelettes – masala, chicken or cheese. However, like most of the dishes on their menu, the omelettes are made well, and people who try it usually go back for it.
So, go and dig into an omelette of your choice, after all what is more delightful than eggs done right.
An independent journalist based out of Calcutta and a dedicated food enthusiast, she writes mostly about food and travel, and has worked and written for publications India Today, The Telegraph, Live Mint as also Lonely Planet India’s website. She also loves to experiment in her kitchen and runs a food blog – allthatsdelicious.com. But mostly she eats, frets about how much she eats and then eats some more.