What are the vegetables which you get only in winters? These days, it is very hard to say with almost all vegetables available round the year. Having said that, green onion stalks, red and white radish, bright and shiny cauliflowers, fresh beetroots, red carrots, along with leafy greens, always make it worth visiting the local market. Each region also has its own cult winter dish, which is iconic and announces the onset of winter. If it's Sarson da Saag and Makki di Roti in Punjab, then it's Nolen Gur and Peyaj Koli and Fulkopi Diye Macher Jhol for Kolkata. It is fun time for mixologists also to introduce some new cocktails, make some sangria or mulled wine and the chilly winter evenings are set. Check out these places in Kolkata for some great winter specialities and some cocktails. Yes, get the monkey cap out and be adventurous too.
Sly Fox Gastro Club, Sector 5, Salt Lake - The gastropub Sly Fox has introduced a new Winter menu called The Snow Fox. This menu showcases some innovative cocktails like Let it Snow, Gin and Tea (elderflower infused gin, hibiscus, cranberry) and Tropical Toddy. In food, they have Panko Crumbed Jalapenos stuffed with Ricotta, Forrest Gump Pizza (arugula leaves, bocconcini, veggies, mushrooms), Layered Pasta filled with minced lamb, Lobster Thermidor served with mustard sauce. An Impressive dessert section showcases lip-smacking desserts like Ginger Orange Spiced Cake Layered with Callebaut Mousse, Blueberry Crumbled Cheesecake etc.
Date - until 6th January
Cost - INR 1200 for 2 AI (approximately)
Echoes - After Delhi and Bangalore, Echoes is winning the heart of the city of Joy with good food and warm service by the specially-abled service staff.
For this winter, they have launched a special cocktail menu, which can soon become the talk of the town.
One can start with Mix Berry Sangria - a perfect combination of fresh lime juice, berry compote, spiced wine syrup and Sula Satori Temperlino, there is Black Beard - a mixture of fresh lime juice, clove syrup, espresso shot, spiced orange marmalade and Old Monk. For the Jim Beam lovers, there is Grannies High Ball - a mixture of fresh lime juice, green apple puree ginger apple juice and Jim Beam. Warm Winds is such a name that will attract attention and this Jim Beam based drink is definitely give that necessary warmth on a winter evening. Gin based Ginni is a quirky drink which is adventurous and worth a sip.
Cost - Avg price of the cocktails is INR 399
Paranthe Wali Galli, Desapriya Park, Kolkata - Hot Paranthe served with dollops of butter or Ghee and some North Indian Gud - that is a classic DDLJ winter isn't it?
The 40 covers special paranthe joint has something special for this winter. Just a few days back they completed the special 3rd-year celebration with paratha challenge which saw parathas like Strawberry and Ice Cream Paratha, Broccoli Paratha, Peyaj Koli Paratha, Chicken and Mushroom Cheese Paratha but that is not all. For the remaining winter, they have added to the menu - Chicken Tawa Pulao, Mutton Tawa Pulao, Paneer Tawa Pulao, Mixed Tawa Pulao and 4 additional varieties of parathas like Cheese Anda Paratha and others. If you love your Paratha in the winter then don't miss this.
Price for two - INR 350 - INR 450
SurFire - The Coastal Cafe, Southern Avenue, Kolkata - After Christmas, this coastal speciality cafe introduces some eternal winter favourites of all. There will be Kerala Roast Duck, Classic Mutton Haleem, Mutton Nihari and Chicken Nihari too. There will be also Roast Turkey and Roast Duck with sides and stuffing on order and exciting desserts like Custard Apple Payasam, Fruit Triffle, Candy with Brandy Sauce to name a few. An exciting range of Burgers named as SurFire Burgers will also get introduced. There will be burgers like Classic Pork Burger, Oriental Chicken Burger, Filet of Fish Burger, The Soft Shell Crab Burger and others.
Cost - Avg Price of the dishes will be around 300 and the Burger prices will range from INR 150 till INR 550
Bon Appetit, Hazra, Kolkata - Eggs o Tique Eggsperience comes your way from both the branches in Salt Lake and Hazra. This is a winter special Egg fest which has some unique and sumptuous egg dishes worth an indulgence.
Strawberry French Toast
The menu will have Egg Ribbon Salad, Egg Parantha, Siachin Omelette, Baked Devil Eggs, Herb Tossed Eggs and some more. If you love your eggs then you cannot miss this.
Cost - INR 90 to INR 190
*This festival is on until 20th January.
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.