In a nutshell: A century old hotel that captured the old world charm while being efficient and warm in providing modern day services, served very good food (compulsory part of the stay package). Address & other details: The Elgin Meal for 2: 1000 onwards Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian Disclaimer: All restaurants / eateries reviewed by YUMMRAJ were visited by YUMMRAJ himself & he has paid … Continue reading The Elgin, Darjeeling (18, H.D Lama Road, Darjeeling, West Bengal)
In a nutshell: A shop selling only two excellent items – plain Thandai & bhang thandai. Address & other details: Raja thandai Meal for 2: Rs 60 onwards. Cuisine type : vegetarian 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 … Continue reading Pandit Raja ki Mashoor Thandai (10 A, Kasturba Market, Chowk, Lucknow)
In a nutshell: A Gurgaon restaurant serving Chandni Chowk food (as close as it cud get to original, on a relative scale of other shops in Gurgaon) yet to cover a long distance to reach the levels of the real Chandni Chowk Food. Love it & will keep going back when I do not have time to travel to Chandni Chowk – a hidden gem … Continue reading Delhicacy (SF 14,1st Floor, DLF Galleria Market, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon)
This is a part of YUMMRAJ’s series called TIMELESS KOLKATA EATOUTS – reviews of Heritage Kolkata restaurants. Each restaurant has been rated as ‘Old is Gold’ or ‘Old is no more Gold’ based on the experience. Year/decade of opening- 1910 approx. he guy in the shop did not know the exact year. On the signboard it mentioned 100 years. In a nutshell: Legendary 100 year … Continue reading Kapila ashram (204/2, Bidhan Sarani, Machuabazar, Kolkata)
This is a part of YUMMRAJ’s series called TIMELESS KOLKATA EATOUTS – reviews of Heritage Kolkata restaurants. Each restaurant has been rated as ‘Old is Gold’ or ‘Old is no more Gold’ based on the experience. Year/decade of opening- 1918 In a nutshell: Legendary 96 year old Kolkata restaurant that serves sherbets in a full service set up. A list on the wall mentions the … Continue reading Paramount Sherbet (1/1/D Bankim Chatterjee street, behind College Square, Kolkata)
In a nutshell: Strong potent tasty lemon drink that instantly smoothens out the wrinkle on the forehead – No MNC colawala can ever match this. Address & other details: Once out of the Chandni Chowk Metro Station, ask anyone about Town Hall. Once u r in front of townhall, cross the road to the opposite side & u come to a semi circular open area. … Continue reading Pandit Ved Prakash Nimbu Pani wale (Opposite Town Hall, Chandni Chowk, Delhi)
In a nutshell:
A cafe that is perfect for getting together & enjoying a adda amidst a very good ambience & some excellent food
Address & other details: Cafe’ The’
Meal for 2: Rs. 250 onwards
Cuisine type: Vegetarian & non vegetarian
The Bengali’s love affair with tea started in the 1800s when the British started mass producing it in India. Tea stalls sprung up over time all over & so did the ‘cabins’. Famous among many were Anandi Cabin, Basanta cabin etc which wud typically serve tea with Anglo Bengali snacks. For a good section of the middle income group, these cabins were equivalent to fine dining places that they wud visit on occasions.
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:
Cafe’ The’ menu card describes it as ‘the favourite place to meet & eat for artists & poets, musicians & singers, writers , thinkers, lovers, young & not so young’. It is also mentioned that the ‘cha & chop’ (beverage & snack) menu is inspired by the Cabins that dotted North Calcutta.
Apart from that there r ‘not too many restaurants serve this in Kolkata’ items like Welsh rarebit, Escalope of Chicken Milanese, fish pie, eggs Benedict etc.
The place is ideal for adda (a Bengali word for nonstop chat on a vast range of unrelated topics) & get togethers with friends & family. The ambience is very good & colourful without being jarring.
The waiting staff are attentive, warm, knowledgeable but not intrusive.
We loved this place so much that we walked in for a second time in a span of two days. We were lucky to eat the food served here during a Bangladeshi food festival named ‘Festive Platter from the Kitchens of Erstwhile Nawabs of Dhaka’. Also tried the regular fare. Super liked the food.
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This is a part of the series ……. For the Chef in u
Contributed by YUMMRAJ’s favourite Chef ANONYMOUS
Super easy to make & Super good to drink……………
Summers are in & so r those times when just glass of water is not good enough to quench ur thirst. A tangy refreshing soft drink can often make a difference.
Aam pora shorbot is a Bengali classic drink made from the pulp of raw mango. Here is my take on the Classic recipe.
Take 4 raw mangoes. Ensure that the ones u choose are neither soft nor yellowing.
Wash them & roast them on slow fire direct flames – similar to what u do for baingan bharta (‘begun pora’ in bengali).
How to get there: Onway to Ellora from Aurangabad, ask ur taxi driver to stop here. All local taxi drivers know this place. Price of the Drink: Rs. 10 per glass of 200 ml Cuisine Type: Vegetarian frothy top view Description: Sugarcane juice is sold all over India from hand carts that are fitted with metal crushers. These are usually always surrounded by flies & … Continue reading Sugarcane juice freshly made the ancient way (Ellora Road, Khultabad, near Bhadra Maruti Temple)