Read the earlier guest post on this eatery by guest blogger Neha Manchanda.
In a nutshell:
An unmissable roadside shop that serves some really yumm traditional KOLKATA rolls and some weird fusion ones as well.
Address & other details: Kusum Rolls
Meal for 2: 100 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & nonvegetarian
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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:
We were reminded of this place when our friend Neha decided to write a guest post on this place few years back. We had earlier been here but never Paid attention to details – had just enjoyed the food.
The shop has a tiny kitchen ( chopping room) and an open kitchen ( roll frying and assembly), that is also the sales counter.
The menu is written clearly on the wall and rolls / other food items are made after customers place an order.
The guys at the counter are pretty silent with almost no facial expression. It seemed they r always under serious pressure to deliver fast.
Service is as fast as it cud get.
Food was too good in general with an exception that u will get to know in the next section.
Detailed description – in case u want to njoy reading:
Double egg double chicken roll: Huge rolls. Thick, layery, somewhat lacchadar. Crisp on the outside, soft inside. The paratha had a taste of its own. So loved munching on the corners as it is. Egg made it soft.
Chicken kababs in the middle were perfect. Burnt on the edges, soft and juicy within. Flavours of the masala made their presence felt. A tinge of sour from freshly squeezed lemon and a tinge of hotness from roughly chopped green chillies. Overall balance of the roll in terms of taste, texture and flavour was amazing – diversity made its presence felt and they all contributed to making the final dish awesome. One of the best rolls I hv had in years. Rate it 4.75/5.
We then tried mutton kababs. Turned out to b the same kababs that they use for rolls but they r stir fried with onions and chillies b4 serving.
Chewy, soft , yumm. Flavours of meat and masalas made their presence felt. Rate these 4.5/5.
Paneer mayonnaise Roll. We were intrigued with the concept of mayonnaise rolls. We were told that it was an innovation. It turned out like a pathetic fusion – not Indian and Mughlai and not western.
Half the roll we had as it is and when we cud bear no more, we threw away the mayo and had the balance roll like a paneer roll.
Paneer roll as it is without the Mayo part was excellent. Paneer filling was very good. Very soft inside and charred on the outside. Rate it 4.25/5.
Paneer roll with mayo was a disaster. It was neither here nor there. It was murder of a great roll. Rate it 1/5.
Average of these two parts of roll is 2.75/5
Overall rating of food at kusum rolls averages out to 4/5
Needless to say we wud revisit & surely avoid the mayonnaise version.