Keventer’s (Clubside, Nehru road, Darjeeling)


In a nutshell:

A legendary restaurant situated once in a very beautiful spot in hill station Darjeeling, now surrounded by urban jungle, still with views of the mountains, serves very ordinary, forgettable food.

The entrance
The entrance

Address & other details:
Meal for 2: 400 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian
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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.

Receipt - proof of payment
Receipt – proof of payment

Short description – in case u r in a hurry:

The restaurant is located in a two storeyed building. The ground floor is covered and the top floor is partially covered. We chose to sit at the open terrace area.

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I have heard great things about the views from Keventer’s terrace but not much of that is left due to the place being surrounded by many more buildings.

View from the terrace
View from the terrace

The service staff is not like the old fashioned Raj era ones – either by looks or behaviour or training. A miss, I wud say coz the joy of dining at a heritage place is also by getting a slice of those days.

Open air seating area
Open air seating area

The menu card was a one pager laminated card. It did not mention the specialties / what they have been always famous for. It just had a list of food items.

menu
menu

While here I was remembering Flury’s Park Street Kolkata and thinking how those guys have managed to retain the old world charm well, written a bit about their history etc.

rooftop seating
rooftop seating
covered area seating
covered area seating

Food was just average and in monstrous quantities.

Sausage
Sausage

Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:

Pork breakfast platter – We ordered a sausage platter and the sheer amount of food on the plate was frightening. It’s difficult not to waste, in case there is a lone traveler.

Pork breakfast platter
Pork breakfast platter

The Sausage was horrible. With meat it had a packing with high proportion of wheat and that made the sausages taste like meat flavoured bread. The proportion of salt was not right. In fact I cud not make out what was right. It was the worst sausage I have had in my whole life. Rate it 1/5.

Sausage
Sausage
peep inside sausage
peep inside sausage -pure bread in the name of sausage

Bacon was nice and they had been prepared well. Not too brittle, not too raw. Loved it and rate it 4.25/5

Bacon
Bacon

Ham salami was dry, did not have intense flavours of meat, did not have a point of view. It was a filler that wud fill the stomach but not pamper the taste buds. Rate it 2/5

Ham salami
Ham salami

Eggs fry was nice. The yolk was in semi solid condition. Rate it 4/5

Eggs fry
Eggs fry

Meat loaf was nice. It had better balance of salt and spices. The meat flavors were somewhat there. The taste was much better than the sausage and salami. Rate it 3/5

Meat loaf
Meat loaf

We also tried Darjeeling tea. Rate the tea 4/5.

Darjeeling tea
Darjeeling tea

‘Espresso’ was retro Indian coffee with milk – Rate it 3/5

coffee
coffee

Overall rating of food at Keventer’s averages out to ….3/5

The guys running the show need a wake up call. Selling inferior food at cheap prices at a heritage place is not the best thing to do to such a priceless brand name.

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