Ghugni (curried white peas) and mochar chop are rarely served at new-age cafés riding on the strength of fancy global menus; these are essentially street grub. But, at the Royal Bengal Tiger Café on Golf Club Road, ghugni (they also have a version with chunks of mutton) is one of their bestsellers. The owner has consciously included typical Bengali dishes such as Moghlai porota, egg devil (Bengali-style scotch eggs) and the quintessential fish fry in an attempt to preserve traditional favourites typically served at vintage cabins and cafés in the city. The interiors of this 1,500-square-feet café are done in wood and the walls are adorned with painting and photographs of the eponymous Royal Bengal Tiger (including ones by eminent artists such as Sanatan Dinda and Pradeep Maitra). In fact, the majestic animal (also the café’s mascot) is ubiquitous here – on menu cards, merchandise and sign boards. Plus, there is a stack of books by experts for tiger enthusiasts. The idea is to promote the protection and preservation of the Royal Bengal Tiger.
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