Traditional classic always has its charm but in today’s ever-changing culinary journey across the globe, a little bit of fusion or even in the style of presentation makes a difference. Here are our top pick for traditional desi food which has been given a contemporary twist without journeying far from the authentic flavour.
Paneer Pakoda Phulka Tacos at Monkey Bar
The brainchild of Chef Manu Chandra, Monkey Bar has become a sought after foodie destination in Kolkata. They are known for their twist in traditional dishes and tacos in the form of Phulka tacos are simply popular. Vegetarians can gorge out on Paneer Pakoda in Phulka Tacos with Nimbu ka Achar, Ker Sangria and Coriander Chutney.
Location: Camac Street
Price: Rs. 280 plus tax per plate
Laal Maas tacos at Bodega Cantina Y Bar
Traditional Rajasthani laal maas inside small Phulka canapés drizzled with homemade mint chutney and sirka pyaaz (pickled and smoked onions) feels exotic with a rustic charm and is super hot and spicy just like Laal Maas should be.
Location: Park Street
Price: Rs. 345 plus tax per plate
Pav bhaji fondue at SpiceKlub
Even though a vegetarian restaurant, it nonetheless has stellar vegetarian food, especially their starters which all mostly given with a twist. So go from the pav bhaji fondue where the bhaji is super creamy and cheesy and come in a fondue bowl. The pavs come in small crouton form and one can dip them in the cheesy bhaji and have.
Location: Park Street
Price: Rs. 475 plus tax per plate
Rome ali pizza at Gabbar’s Bar and Kitchen
One of the first restaurants in the city to showcase molecular gastronomy, this restaurant has ultimately become popular for not just that but much more. Try the pizzas, where the base is made with roomali roti with a variety of toppings from Margarita, pesto, truffle and chicken.
Location: Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Near ICCR
Price: From Rs. 295 to Rs. 395 plus tax
Kosha Mangsho pizza at Hoppipola
A hip and happening pub with multiple locations, Hoppipola has become a go to zone for many youngsters in the, especially for their throwaway prices during happy hours. The food is equally interesting, like the traditional kosha mangsho as a topping for a thin crust pizza.
Location: Mani Square Mall and Acropolis Mall
Price: Rs. 385 plus Tax
Nolen Gur Glazed Pork Belly on Papdi at Bohemian
As the name suggests, the menu here stretches your imagination and tests your palate in the happiest way. They have something called Boho Hours between 4 pm and 7 pm, where you will find several extraordinary dishes. One of them being pork belly which has been glazed with quintessential
Price: Rs. 199 plus tax per plate
Keema Matar Scotch Eggs at The GRID
Much has been said about The Grid and for something or the other, they always seem to feature in a number of trending food articles. And why not? Named as scotch eggs but this dish is essentially about the keema matter which is served with an egg and mashed potatoes. However, instead of being a complete scotch egg, this is served in the deconstructed form.
Price: Rs. 490 plus tax
For someone who's run two restaurants, being a baker and cook par excellence comes easily to Madhushree . When she's not eating out, she's organizing her own pop ups or experimenting with regional recipes. Her experiments with food and her recipes are part of Pikturenama , where she's a co founder.