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Taj Bengal’s original coffee shop, The Esplanade was reinvented and christened – The Hub. This was in 2001. The new, walk-in (no doors, it is an extension of the lobby), round-the-clock coffee shop with its stunning interiors, white French windows overlooking the pool, and interactive kitchen became an instant hit. The Hub has been quite popular since. The menu here is multicuisine (including a fantastic selection of sandwiches) but the Italian food is worthy of a specialty outfit. This comes as no surprise, considering the fact that since its inception The Hub has had 7 Italian master chefs including Alex Binotti, who introduced the signature Wild Mushroom (porcini) Cappuccino, still on the menu.
After a long time I enjoyed visiting The Hub. It used to be one of my favourite restaurants a few years ago. Then in the middle it lost its charm, and I did not like the food much. But, the last time I visited, everything was superb. Delicious food. Excellent service. And a really good vibe and energy in the place. It reminded me of the old Hub from 4 years ago.
A very disappointing Sunday brunch a week ago sum up our visit to Cal 27 - the new avatar of The Hub. ... and this is exactly why we are going to stick to our time tested visits to Sonargaon and Chinoserie. The vegetarian offerings were dull/unimaginative with lady fingers ("bhindi") "kadhi" and egg plant ("baingan") on offer along with a couple of other items . Come on, really, who wants to have a fine dining experience with these dishes for a Sunday lunch. The salads were just about good and the less said about the deserts the better. Both our children were of the unanimous opinion that the chocolate pastries and chocolate base in the deserts were very dry and seemed like the ready-mix ones they make at home in the pressure cooker. Upon enquiring with the chef, we were informed that all chocolate-based pastries were egg-less. Now this of course presumes that everyone wants egg-less pastries, hmm..... While the decor has indeed changed, the insipid food menu leaves a lot to be desired. Seriously, if Cal 27 needs to attract and retain guests for its F&B, it should probably start taking a leaf out of JW Marriott's brunch offerings! Please make sure that the serving staff inform guests that rotis, naans, etc. are available to order at the table as no one bothered to inform us of the same and we had to do with just rice. Adequate serving spoons, soup ladles and cheese knives at the serving tables are certainly expected instead of having to call for the same multiple times.
The Hub used to be a good place for lunch. Post renovation, it's called Cal 27. It has a bright look, though the floor is a bit too bright. The bar looks much better, but a lift installed in the middle of the restaurant is a bit of an eyesore. The buffet has become very boring with a dull selection of items with insipid tastes
A buffet fit for a king is the best way to describe this place. A variety of all types of cuisine and desserts in an open ambience as you enter the hotel it’s one of the boxes you need to tick on your trip to Kolkata.
We 5 persons including 2 Kids went for Buffet Lunch. The spread was wide ranging and awesome. Non-Veg Items included Chicken, Fish and Mutton. ( I was looking for any Prawn Item, but one of the Staff politely regretted). The Kids wanted Pasta and Pizza, and these were not in Spread, but are served on request at no extra cost. The Gulab Jamun and the Sandesh in the spread were of very Good Quality, particularly the Sandesh. Lastly Masala Tea was served on Reqiest at no extra Cost.