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When Movies Takeover Food Names in Kolkata Restaurants

Filmy Food For Thought

25 Jun, 2017 by Madhushree Basu Roy

Films and restaurant food both have a mass appeal. In today’s day and age, everyone who watches a film becomes a film critic and everyone that eats out at a restaurant is a food critic. If films can go about and have food-related titles, like Barfi, Garam Masala, Cocktail and much more; why cannot the opposite happen too? Well, with more new restaurants and innovative food menu, restaurateurs are coming up with catchy names for food on their menu. Let us talk about a few fascinating ones in the City of Joy. 

When Gabbar’s Bar and Kitchen opened up in the city, it raised the standard for quirky and innovative food names right from the name of the restaurant itself. Think about a Gabbar Ki Maa Ki Daal where it is said to be made with secret spices borrowed from Gabbar’s mother or a Tu Cheese Badi Hai Mast Mast, which is nothing but plain and simple cheese balls. They even have a Jalebi Bai dancing on their menu which transforms into small caviars of saffron syrup soaked jalebi served with rabdi. Delicious, isn’t it? 

Paranthe Wali Galli, an exemplary joint for the typical North Indian as well as some fine innovative paranthas has a distinctive Delhi dialect to describe its menu. What is interesting is Andheri Raaton Mein, bringing back the memories of the famous 80s blockbuster Big B movie, Shahenshah and its opening credit song. What it extrapolates into is a glorious version of a dark chocolate avalanche. 

Afra Tafri, the gastro pub which has recently started operating in the city with big names under its banner also has some freakish yet interesting names for every dish on their menu. Gone are the days of comedians in Hindi movies but do you remember the movie Judaai, where there were multiple comic reliefs and one of them was ‘abba daba jabba’ being the only three words spoken by the actress along with Johnny Lever trying to decipher the meaning? Well, Afra Tafri has a box of papads along with different dips and chutneys and they call it Abba Dabba Jabba, not very difficult to decipher though. They also have the infamous Crispy Chilli Baby Corn; only here it is sweet and spicy honey chilli sauce and comes with a super cheesy name of Baby Ko Corn Pasand Hai

From Bollywood to Hollywood, Bodega Cantina Y Bar explores the latter in their spirits menu. You can find The Great Gatsby, a concoction of passion fruit, Malibu, pineapple, Bacardi black, absolute elyx and freshly shaved coconut ice making it a magnum opus of a drink. Among others are drinks inspired from Harry Potter and 50 Shades of Grey too. Goblet of Fire actually comes in a goblet with fire in it which rises with a sprinkling of cinnamon and subsides when the drink is poured into it. It is made with Jameson, bay leaf bitter, flint dust and lahar nectar. Shades of Grey is as erotic on the taste scale as its namesake and has Absolut, champagne reduction, strawberry spray and burnt thyme to seduce your taste buds. 

Who does not like to eat out and sometimes, reading the menu is so much more interesting and entertaining. If the food lives up to the satisfaction level, then such experiments with names are always welcome. 

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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.

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