5 Bakeries I Swear By

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Kolkata is a place scattered with bakeries, no wonder I’m so obsessed with soufflés since eternity. I love anything that has chocolate in it – pastries, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, just anything. So, here are 5 bakeries I’ve always loved. Some of them are heritages while some are new yet winning hearts like crazy.

1. Nahoum and Sons : Oh boy, it’s a pressure to start off with one of the oldest bakeries in the city *wipes sweat*. Although I have been well acquainted about this place since I was a kid, I didn’t quite get to explore the variety of bakes they offer, until lately. Established in 1902 (!!!) at the New Market area, this Jewish bakery takes us back to a vintage era of confectioners. I can’t list down all the items that I love, cause in reality I love everything they offer. But if I push myself a little, I’d say my favourite has to be the rum balls.

2. Mrs. Magpie : This bakery has 2 locations now, one at Southern Avenue and the other at the Chambers Mall, Kasba. I’ve been a frequent visitor of the Southern Avenue branch (which happens to be the original outlet), and have always felt like a princess in a fairytale. The decor is all pink with fairytale-like seating arrangements, there’s also a cute little bell that rings when you enter the shop. What impresses me the most about Mrs. Magpie is distinct designs of cupcakes. Yes, they are on the pricier side, but you’ll feel like staring at the mini cupcakes all day, THEY ARE SO PRETTY! They design their cakes according to various occasions, I personally loved the Halloween themed ones. Other than that, their marshmallows are worth a try.

3. Design My Cake : The picture I clicked for this post? Yes, those soufflés are from Design My Cake. A relatively new bakery in the Gariahat area, this place has some good things to offer. With the red and white theme, the decor very well expresses what it’s all about. Even though I’m a sucker for chocolate, I always end up picking their mango cheese cake, it is so delicious! The pricing is average, doesn’t pinch your pocket much. Also, as the name suggests you can customise your own cakes, which is an absolute Godsend.

4. Ovenfresh – Kenilworth Hotels : Located in the posh locality of Theatre road, Kenilworth is one of the most prestigious names in the city and they definitely deserve it. I have been at their dine (the ambiance was grand!), left with a pleasant memory, and then on to their bakery section. Ovenfresh has a wide variety of bakes to offer. Starting from their chocolate gateaux to the chocolate brownies, everything is amazing. I’m a huge fan of their red velvet cookies, something that other bakeries can’t compete with, in my opinion.

5. Cakewali : A small bakery situated in Ballygunge Circular road, has been bringing smiles since a few months now. It doesn’t have any seating arrangements, but the food it has to offer compensates for all. I love their blueberry cheesecakes and all the burritos! I never liked burritos until Cakewali happened. The prices are moderate, but the items are amazing. Even though it’s a small shoppe, I have often returned home empty handed as everything gets sold out by 6 P.M. Massive thumbs up for their service!

If you plan to visit Kolkata or are from Kolkata, do give these places a try, your sweet tooth will thank you (and me).

-M-

5 Cheap Chinese Restaurants in Kolkata

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Who doesn’t like the mesmerising smell of a hot bowl of noodles? 

Kolkata is a city for food lovers, I believe there’s not a single cuisine that cannot be found here. Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Mughlai and the list goes on. You can find various restaurants depending on your budget, some can burn a hole in your pocket, while others make you question “how is this so inexpensive?”.  I’m going to list 5 Chinese restaurants that will make your tastebuds glad and your wallet grateful. 😉

1. Evergreen : A small restaurant run by a Chinese family, tucked away in the narrow lanes of Tangra a.k.a China Town. Evergreen possibly serves the most authentic Chinese dishes you can find in Kolkata. Their Cantonese noodles and garlic chicken are to die for. You’ll often find local Chinese people enjoying their lunch. The portions are enough to fill your tummy and not make your pocket pinch. Also, you’ll get to meet their adorable kids – which is a bonus.

2. Mandarin Gourmet : Yet another gem of Tangra. A spacious joint that can easily host a dinner party. I wouldn’t say this is the best in the list in terms of taste, but the portions will make you scream “OH MY GOD!”. I’m not even joking, this WILL be your reaction. It may seem pricy, but once you see the gigantic bowl, you wouldn’t question it. I highly recommend their flat noodles and konjee crispy chicken.

3. Golden Dragon : One of the oldest restaurants located in the upscale Park Street. The very name ‘Park Street’ makes one imagine all the expensive and grand restaurants like Marco Polo, Peter Cat, Mocambo (BAE ❤ ), etc. But amidst all these bustling places, proudly stands Golden Dragon. It isn’t as spacious or grand compared to its competitors, but after tasting the food, the space or decor shouldn’t bother you. Extremely cheap compared to other Park Street elites, and the dishes will make you want to visit again.

4. Tung Nam : The list in incomplete without mentioning at least one restaurant from North Kolkata. Situated in a tiny lane in Bara Bazaar since ages, this place is hard to locate as it isn’t large, neither is it well-decorated, nor does it have an eye catching banner. If you manage to find this hidden gem without wandering much, congrats! Coming to the food, in one word – delicious. I still haven’t forgotten the taste of their veg cantonese noodles. Probably the best cantonese noodles I ever had. Their menu has a vast number of dishes, each one of them worth trying. The prices are reasonable and portions decent. Their pork in hamei sauce is worth mentioning.

5. Nu Wan Li : A lovely restaurant on Hazra main road, can be easily overlooked. It took me days to find this place. Run by a humble Chinese lady, this joint serves some lip-smacking dishes. Honestly, this has become one of my fave Chinese restaurants in South Kolkata. I love their pan fried noodles and kung pao chicken. Well, I love ALL their dishes. Too hard to choose one. The prices are so low, it almost seems unreal.

I have tried innumerable Chinese restaurants in Kolkata and these are the most cheap joints who serve authentic Chinese cuisine. There are some others who have stolen my heart but they belong to the pricier scale. I shall make a list of them, soon. 😀

-M-

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Paris Café | Macaroons and Milkshake

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Aren’t those bright colours really tempting? Chocolate, lemon and strawberry, all of them are my favourite flavours. Bought few macaroons and an absolutely lip smacking chocolate milkshake the other day from Paris Café, a small café in Kolkata offering a wide variety of breakfast and brunch items. The milkshake looked so delicious that I finished it off without realising that I hadn’t taken a photograph, my bad! Also, the quantity was huge. I simply can’t explain how amazing it tasted. 

The macaroons initially didn’t taste great cause of a mistake I made. 😛 But after eating them the right way, I loved them so much. I’m down for anything that has chocolate in it,  but the case of macaroons didn’t take the usual route. My taste buds were most pleased with the lemon one followed by the strawberry flavour. Nonetheless, the chocolate macaroon didn’t taste bad.  

Now that I have written them down, I’m craving for a chocolate milkshake again. 😦 Paris Café or anyone else serving delicious milkshakes, expect this chocolate lover soon!

Out of context, just booked tickets for a mini Europe tour and I’m so excited. Eeeks! 

-M-