In a nutshell:
A mid-sized Hole in the wall eatery that serves super YUMM Anglo Bengali cuisine.
Address & other details: Enter Sadananda Road from Rashbehari more side & walk towards Hazra. The shop is on the left side.
Meal for 2: Rs. 150 onwards
Cuisine type: Vegetarian & non vegetarian
Bengali cuisine of today has many British influences like batter fried fish, orly, chops, cutlets, fries , kabiraji, dimer devil etc.
By the way, Kabiraji is the Bengalification of the English word ‘Coverage’ since the fish / chicken is deep fried after covering it with whipped egg. ‘Dimer Devil’ is the Bengali version of ‘Devilled Egg.’ It is called ‘Devilled’ coz the original yolk of the egg is replaced by minced meat / potato filling .
Short Description – In case u r in a hurry:
Apanjan is one of those many shops in Kolkata where people cannot enter the shop. They interact with shopkeeper / salesman (who is located inside the shop) while standing on the footpath.
A glass counter has rows of unfried chops, cutlets etc displayed. As u place the order, the shop guy picks it up from the counter, fries & serves it.
The frontage of the shop is so less that the menu card is displayed on the pillar – so prominently that one can see from a distance.
The people here r quite good.
Apart from the Anglo Bengali food described above, they also serve Bengali snacks like Radha Ballavi etc.
Loved the food here – it is more expensive than similar joints in Kolkata but it is worth it. Compared to Delhi / Mumbai, prices r half.
Detailed Description – In case u have the time to njoy Reading:
We tried the fish cutlet – It had a thick layer of solid betki fish, a mild spicy coating & crumb fried. The external crumb layer was thin & that helped in enhancing the taste of fish. 4/5
The fish chop was a ‘fish, dry fruits & spice mix’ covered with a thin layer of solid fish & then crumb fried. The taste of this was awesome again. I wud say 4.5/5
Some good strong Mustard paste ‘Kasundi’ added to the experience.
My foodie cousin strongly recommended ‘mangshor singara’ – mutton samosa. His recommendation is as good as mine – So u can surely try this out.
Look forward to trying out devil, kabiraji etc in my next visits. Try this out.