The corner courtyard (92B, Sarat Bose Road,Near , Hazra, Kolkata)


In a nutshell:

A very cool café made by transforming yet preserving an Old house into a restaurant, good service & some very good Global food made using Local ingredients.

the corner courtyard
the corner courtyard

Address & other details:  the corner courtyard

fb page: the corner courtyard

Meal for 2: Rs. 1000 onwards

photographs of earlier state of this building - framed on the wall
photographs of earlier state of this building – framed on the wall

Cuisine type : Vegetarian & Nonvegetarian

Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid for the full Bill & tips also. http://www.yummraj.com does not have even one featured / sponsored reviews. YUMMRAJ believes in going to a restaurant in anonymity, as a normal guest, experience everything & give a honest account of the same to you.

receipt - proof of payment
receipt – proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short Description – in case u r in a hurry:

The house is situated in the corner of the road. I wud have passed by it numerous times earlier & never really noticed it. It wud have looked like any other old building on that street. Someone had the vision to see the potential of the building, do it up while preserving the look & feel. Hats off. The transformed building is now a landmark & stands out from the rest.

A view of the interiors
A view of the interiors

The interiors r just too good. I wud say that there r a few discovery zones inside. Each room has a character of its own while having a common design language.

a part of the dining hall
a part of the dining hall

A central Dining Hall has high ceiling & a passage balcony on one side.

another view of the Dining hall
another view of the Dining hall

A wall was full of brass daily use items. Looked stunning. An old door with movable shades (khorkhori) added to the look.

brass daily use items
brass daily use items

On the walls there were framed pictures of different rooms in the building & the façade before renovation. That made us realize how well the place has been done up.

We went here close to Durga Pujo. So we were given only Durga Pujo menu. As mentioned above, it had a wide & nice variety of dishes from around the world but made with local ingredients , with a local twist.

Durga Pujo menu
Durga Pujo menu

Food was very enjoyable in general.

Detailed Description – In case u have the Time to NJOY reading:

We started with a Caribbean drink that had green coconut water as base, gondhoraj flavor & an olive. Really nice. Rate it 4.25/5

Caribbean drink
Caribbean drink

We started our meal with Grilled Garlic prawn tossed in garlic, gondhoraj lime, chilli & balsamic dressing with a summer pomegranate salad.

Grilled Garlic prawn tossed in garlic, gondhoraj lime, chilli & balsamic dressing
Grilled Garlic prawn tossed in garlic, gondhoraj lime, chilli & balsamic dressing

Prawns were south fresher and so much better than what I usually get in land locked delhi/ Gurgaon. Very nice, juicy, succulent . Flavours of prawn and garlic both were felt well.

Grilled Garlic prawn tossed in garlic
Grilled Garlic prawn tossed in garlic

SalAd was very good as well bit I have surely had better. Rate prawns 4.5/5 and salad 4/5. Overall rating averages out to 4.25/5

Grilled Garlic prawn tossed in garlic, gondhoraj lime, chilli & balsamic dressing
Grilled Garlic prawn tossed in garlic, gondhoraj lime, chilli & balsamic dressing

We moved on to Bay of Bengal’s Black mussels and clams tossed in brown garlic & vino bianco cherry tomato sauce. Outstanding flavors and taste of both mussels and sauces.

Bay of Bengal’s Black mussels and clams tossed in brown garlic & vino bianco cherry tomato sauce
Bay of Bengal’s Black mussels and clams tossed in brown garlic & vino bianco cherry tomato sauce

Loved the grated Cheese. this dish does not fill stomach. it’s only for taste. Rate it 4.25/5

Bay of Bengal’s Black mussels and clams tossed in brown garlic & vino bianco cherry tomato sauce
Bay of Bengal’s Black mussels and clams tossed in brown garlic & vino bianco cherry tomato sauce

The next dish we had was Corner Courtyard’s Aqua pizza – a medley mix of calamari, shrimps, crabmeat& flaked tuna tossed in butter. Tomato was the predominant taste in this pizza to such an extent that all seafood was lost.

Corner Courtyard’s Aqua pizza
Corner Courtyard’s Aqua pizza

Seafood often has subtle flavours that need to b handled properly. Here it was manhandled. The sea animAls were brutally murdered by the tomato and their traces clinically exterminated. Crust of the pizza was thin and nice. Texture was good. Rate this dish 1/5.

Corner Courtyard’s Aqua pizza
Corner Courtyard’s Aqua pizza

We next ordered Pan Grilled fresh water bhetki with a French Mussel cream sauce on a bed of lemon, shallot, peas, spinach & potatoes. The green peas were not good as they were out of season. The sauce was made in house from mussels. That was just too good.

070

The fish was thin strips of bhetki full of layers, soft inside, very tasty, crisp outside. The fish was served on a bed of Greens and potatoes. The greens were outstanding and potatoes were very good. Loved it overall. Rate it 4.25/5.

Pan Grilled fresh water bhetki with a French Mussel cream sauce on a bed of lemon, shallot, peas, spinach & potatoes
Pan Grilled fresh water bhetki with a French Mussel cream sauce on a bed of lemon, shallot, peas, spinach & potatoes

Espresso infused apple crumbled pie with vanilla foam. Over promised and under delivered. Espresso did not make its presence felt. Vanilla foam made no impact. Having said that , it a swell ‘good old apple crumble’.

Espresso infused apple crumbled pie with vanilla foam
Espresso infused apple crumbled pie with vanilla foam

Loved it as it is. Excellent crisp warm freshly baked outer layer, perfect sweet n sour filling with an overall hint of salt. Rate it 4.5/5 as a humble apple crumble.

Espresso infused apple crumbled pie with vanilla foam
Espresso infused apple crumbled pie with vanilla foam

Overall average rating of food & beverages at this restaurant is 3.75/5. This rating is largely due to the aqua pizza pulling it down. If we ignore that one dish, the rating exceeds 4. I wud surely revisit not only to have great food again but also to have a good time with friends in this nice ambience.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s