One of the most cherished and awaited festivals is here. Holi it is! The festival of colours, the festival of happiness and the welcome of spring. Amidst all the colours and festivities some of us always plan to step out for a quick bite and these are some of the irresistible offers in Kolkata celebrating Holi
JW Kitchen, JW Marriott Kolkata - Celebrate the Holi in an extravagant way with a special buffet on 10th March at the all-day dining JW Kitchen. The spread incorporates lip-smacking dishes like Chicken Pate and Avocado with Blueberry Mousse on Crostini and Greens, Gorgonzola Loaded Smoked Mushroom with Truffle Honey Vinaigrette, Charcoal Roasted Strawberries with Brie Foam and Balsamic Caviar, Khow Suey and appetizers such as Ajawani Mahi Tikka and Broccoli and Corn Croquette. Statement desserts on offer will feature Coffee Almond Tart, pastries flavoured with Apricot and Cherry Namleca, and assorted macaroons. The traditional Indian sweets section will present Misti Doi, Rasa Bhara Mihidana, Chana Jelabi, Gurer Kheer, with a special Rasogolla Bar.
Cost - INR 4000 plus taxes for two for the alcoholic brunch and INR 3000 plus taxes for two for non-alcoholic brunch
Time - 12 PM to 3 PM
M Bar Kitchen, Park Street Area, Kolkata - This place is celebrating Chowpatty Holi. The Holi celebrations started a day earlier here from 9th March, 9 PM onwards. There is special Pani Puri, Bhel, Gola, Thandai, Kulfi, Chapta Chana counters and much more. So, get ready to rock and roll on the best of Holi themed music at M Bar's Holi party.
Cost - INR 2000 plus taxes for two (with redeemable cover charges)
Lord Of The Drinks, South City Mall, Prince Anwar Shah Road - This gastropub has specially curated concoctions like Rang Barse (Amaretto based), The Holy Cocktail (Vodka and Thandai Syrup mixed) and Ras Banarasia (mixture of Bacardi, sweet masala Pan and others). Three innovative cocktails with different alcohol bases can be paired with the starters like Crispy Corn Bhel, Thai Chicken Spring Roll or LOTD Nachos.
Cost - Rang Barse - INR 545++, The Holy Cocktail - INR 445++, Ras Banarasia - INR 445++
Cost for two - INR 1800 ++ (with alcohol)
The Parking Lot, Park Street Area, Kolkata - The gastropub has newly introduced three delicacies like Rang Barse, Yin Yang Holi Rangoli Chaat and more. In order to add to the festivities, The Parking Lot has also added colourful amazing popsicles.
Cost - INR 800 plus taxes for two
The Westin, Rajarhat Kolkata - The colour festival by the pools is called as Holi by the Pool. There will be live entertainment, live entertainment, organic colours, private cabanas, and fun games. The packages will include unlimited food and beverages.
The food and beverages will include Thandai counter, live Paan, Chaats and Pakoda station, Kebab counter, Biryani station, live sweets table serving Malpua, Kulfi, Jalebi and Rabri.
There will be an innovative set of boozy food and beverage offerings, featuring Vodka Phuchka, Dab Vodka, Ganna Vodka and Cotton Candy. Bhang Pakora is touted to be the special selection from the lavish buffet, which will include other authentic Holi delights such as assorted Gujiya, Dahibhalla, Kachoris, and Motichoor Laddoo.
Cost - INR 1999 plus taxes for Stag entry and INR 3499 plus taxes for couple entry for Westin Lawns and INR 2299 plus taxes for Stag entry and INR 3999 plus taxes for couple entry at Poolside
31 32, The Westin, Kolkata - Kolkata’s highest rooftop lounge, 31 32, at The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat, will host an electric Neon Party for Holi from 7 PM to 4 AM featuring live beats that will get you glowing, accompanied by a vibrant buffet that will showcase a stellar array of Indian authentic delicacies paired with sinful desserts. The package will include unlimited food and beverages.
Cost - INR 2499 plus taxes for stag entry and INR 4999 plus taxes for couple entry
Kava, Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata - The all-day diner at Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata, Kava, is all set to present the delightful Khao Galli Holi Brunch, with a special place for Indian street food, on 10th March 2020 from 12 PM to 3 PM.
Some of the highlights of the food will be Benares Thandai and Tiranga Chuski, Phuchkas, Beetroot and Peanut Butter Tikki, Caper Wasabi Chutney, Potato Chaat, White Pea Ragda, Tofu Coriander Vadai, Kafir Lime Gunpowder, Baked Paneer Pinwheel, Indian Coriander Pesto, all from live stations at the buffet. From the Mexican counter, guests can try Mexican Pao Bhaji.
Cost for two - INR 2000 plus taxes
The Flaming Bowl - Ballon Baos, Holi Special Assorted Dim Sums, Rang Bahar Sushi and a whole lot of other dishes are available on the occasion of the Holi for this joint. In addition to the above, there is also Tri Colour Coriander Fried Rice, Mango Kiwi twisters and others. This holi special menu will be available until 14th March .
Cost for two - INR 1000 plus taxes
Refinery 091 - They call it Swaad ke Gulaal.
It was available from March 6 until March 8th. The section of Swaad ke Gulaal had various dishes like Chaat, Peas and Corn Sheek coated with Bell Pepper, Crispy Paneer toasted in Indonesian Sambal, Pan and Saffron Infused Phirni and Imartis too. For the cocktails, there were Paan Bahar, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Somras etc.
Cost - Average price of the items from Swaad ke Gulaal was between INR 300 - INR 400 and the cocktails was between INR 91 and INR 391
Cal 27, Taj Bengal, Kolkata - It is not for one day but for a period between 6th until 10th March where a Holi special menu is on the offering at the all-day dining.
The menu has soups, non-veg and veg starters both Indian and European and main courses too.
Some of the dishes to check out for are - Baked Fish Fricasse, Fish Amritsari, Mutton Rezala, Murg Tikka Lal Mirch, Champaran Mutton Curry etc. Some of the desserts which are on the offerings are - Laung Latika, Rasamali, Kala Jamun, Parwal Ki Mithai, Besan Laddu etc.
Cost - INR 1650 plus taxes per person
Pour House, Sector 5, Salt Lake - It is a Holi special Menu for Pour House for this Holi celebrations. Veg and Non-veg starters, main course and some delectable desserts comprise the menu.
Neela, Peela, Hara, Gulabi
Some of the dishes to look out for is Rang De Paneer, Faguni Fish, Soya Aj Kal, Khatti Meethi, Rang Panchami, Lath Mar Holi and Holika Chicken. The desserts are - Gulabo and Rang Birangi Custard. Don't miss out on the cocktails of Somras, Rang Mein Bhang etc.
Cost for two - INR 1500 plus taxes (app)
Monkey Bar, Fort Knox, Camac Street Area - It is Holi Colada for Monkey Bar. The signature concoctions which combines traditional festival spirit with boozy indulgence will leave a lot high in spirits for sure.
The Holi Colada is a fun boozy milk-based cocktail that represents the heart of the Thandai culture which is integral to this festival. This is made with thickened milk infused with Badam Shirin, loaded with White Rum, topped with almond slivers and a touch of saffron to add more colour and fun. As they say, it is a Talli Holi.
Cost - INR 330 per glass, INR 450 for 4 shots and INR 1450 for a pitcher. Taxes additional.
Since Holi is mostly about desserts there are several places which are introducing special desserts and these are definitely worth trying. Ocean Grill - the seafood lovers destination has introduced Rasmalai Cake with Thandai Mousse layers at INR 99 per piece.
Yogurt Mousse Chili Rasogolla
In Traffic Gastropub, the place already famous for its innovative cocktails, there are Thandai Shots for INR 89 per shots, started from 7th March onwards, and a special dessert called Yogurt Mousse Chili Rasogolla priced at INR 375 per taxes. For Echoes - the gastropub, there is Holi Highball (Cherry-infused with Vodka, Bitter, Orange Peel) and Orange Strawberry Spitzer (Lime, Strawberry, Orange Juice, Vodka and Wine) each priced at INR 349 each.
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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.