In a nutshell:
A restaurant that we have been quite a few times, few decades back, mainly for the rolls, pleasantly surprised us with some great kolkata street food last month.
Address & other details: badshah
Meal for 2: ₹250 onwards
Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian
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Short description- in case u r in a hurry
Since we have been away from kolkata for almost two decades, we maintain a list of eateries to visit in our next trip. Badshah rolls came up in our conversations & we decided to drop in to eat rolls & go.
We reached badshah one afternoon, to eat a roll.
At the entrance to the restaurant is a glass cabin where we saw three boys constantly making rolls.
We ordered a roll & sat in the lobby area on a sofa for guests to eat rolls & go. We chose to sit here as we did not want to waste time in the fine dine (slow service) area. The price of rolls in the lobby / takeaway is less.
Beyond this lobby area is a AC dining hall, with full service.
As we bit into the roll we instantly loved it. As we started enjoying more of the roll, my partner said she wants to try some Hakka noodles. As many of you know, I have a huge problem with Indianised Chinese food & this proposal came as a shock – as if someone asked me to watch a 3 hour live play with solo acting by Katrina Kaif!!!
Anyway, I agreed without any argument as I have almost always benefited from her exploratory nature of ordering food. She said ‘eat it not as Chinese food but kolkata street food.
So we paid for our rolls at the lobby & entered the AC section to have other food.
The interiors were neat & clean, good looking & old school. The low ceiling was a dampened for me personally.
The menu card was short & did not have any descriptions but it did have some pictures of signature items
The service of the staff was old school & good.
Yes, my partner was right. We loved the food we had.
Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:
Double egg double chicken roll – we have been having rolls all over the city. From the average street cart to the mughlai types like zeeshan, the roll specialists like kusum rolls & this time we decided to revisit bashshah after may be two decades.
The chicken meat in the badshah roll is not a tikka but a seekh kabab. It’s different & is very good. The sauces in the roll are just right – not dripping off like in most places.
The show stopper however was the paratha – it was the best in my recent memory. Soft, flaky, layered & simply outstanding. Not too crisp on the outside but mild crisp on outer surface. Rate it 4.75/5
Apologize – in excitement of having this roll after so long we forgot to click a picture. We also ate it sitting on the bench outside the AC section. We paid I think ₹105 for a double egg double chicken roll. We forgot to retain a receipt.
Mixed Hakka noodles (chow mein) was something we would never order in kolkata ever since my multiple visits to China a decade back. The food in China is as different than the so called Chinese food in kolkata as the difference between an apple & a bullock cart!!!
The chowmein (Hakka noodle) turned out to be really nice texture, had the perfect balance of taste & most interestingly, a hot aftertaste. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the chicken, prawn, fried egg pieces in the chowmein. The fact that there was not too much free flowing sauce made the food enjoyable. No one here thankfully tried to make a chicken makhani version of a noodle. Rate it 4.25/5
Chilli chicken was the game changer. The chicken pieces were super soft & juicy. The chilly was just right. Really over every bit of the taste & texture. Rate it 4.5/5
Overall rating of the 3 items we had averages out to 4.5/5
Will get back here for rolls & maybe some more kolkata street food.