Your Festive Food Trip Through the Streets of Kolkata At Monkey Bar

Monkey Bar celebrates Kolkata’s biggest festival Durga Puja with a gastronomic trip down the iconic lanes of India’s favourite street food destination. “Next Stop Kolkata”- all day from October 4-21, 2018

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Gear up for a virtual ride through the streets of Kolkata, after all its October, and once again time for Durga Puja and Peyt Puja! And to spice things up, Monkey Bar (part of the Olive group) celebrates Kolkata’s biggest festival Durga Puja with a gastronomic trip down the iconic lanes of India’s favourite street food destination. “Next Stop Kolkata”- all day from October 4-21, 2018, brings you Kolkata’s finest flavours, just off the streets, whether you’re sitting in Monkey Bar Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore or Kolkata!

 

From the Beadon Street Fish Roll to Girish Park-er Shoitan Deem, College Street Hing-er Kochuri to Chitpur Road Chicken Rezala, from Tiretti Bazaar Prawn Dumpling to Esplanade Mughlai Porota, Vardaan Market Moong Daal Pakodi Chaat to Elgin Road Pork Momos, Lake Market Chicken Kabiraji to Vivekanand Park Ghooghni … the menu covers it all- vegetarians and non-vegetarians. And if all that food leaves you parched, there’s Piara Peara, Puchka Caipiroshka, Thaanda Chaa and other heady libations to keep you hydrated! Celebrating the City of Joy and India’s favourite Street food destination- delve deep into the streets, stalls and by-lanes to bring the most iconic street food with the quintessential Monkey twist of course! Kolkata based home-chef Iti Misra and Monkey Bar’s Head Chef Dheeraj Varma, have scoured the by-lanes and nondescript stalls of Kolkata to curate a festive menu that highlights the best of Kolkata’s Street food – one that captures the spirit of the city, which is often called ‘a melting pot of people, cultures and cuisines’.  “Next Stop Kolkata” brings alive the sights, sounds, memories and aromas of Kolkata’s vibrant streets with a menu of small plates, mains and cocktails, each with a signature Monkey twist.

 

What’s truly ironic and a brilliant example of Kolkata’s multi-culture in itself is that most of its street food does not really originate in the city. Be it the momos made famous by the Tibetan joints, the dumplings by the Chinese settlers, the meat-laden delicacies brought in by traditional Awadhi cuisine experts, or the ‘chop cutlet’ obsession probably caused by the plethora of British clubs in the city. But almost every ‘evening snack’ or ‘quick bite’ that has been passed through the sieve of Kolkata, has undergone slight changes to find its unique identity. Travel across the ‘Chinspiration’ of Tiretti Bazaar, or the Awadhi influenced dishes of Chitpur Road, to savour an iconic dish served for decades at a favourite hangout in College Street or a hole-in the wall in Lake Market. The menu is a delight for every epicure, who has memories of stopping at roadside stalls across Kolkata to sample its fare and an introduction to this smorgasbord of tastes and flavours for the uninitiated.

 

Begin your journey with Monkey’s take on the Beadon Fish Rolla slightly smoked fillet of Kolkata Bhekti stuffed with curried shrimps, breaded and fried and served with Kasundi mustard spiked ‘salaad’. Or allow yourself to be carried away by the flavours of the Quintessential College Street Hing-er Kochuri, deep fried thin urad daal stuffed kochuris served with a spicy potato curry and sweet and sour red pumpkin. Dig into the meaty Girish Park-er Shoitan Deem, an ode to the roadside tele-bhaja shops dotting the streets, this is a deep friend six-minute egg, is encased in shammi kebab mince- when Kolkata meets the Scotch egg and Dimer Devil and moves beyond.

 

The Vardaan Market Moong Daal Pakodi Chaat, a Calcutta style North-Indian chaat of deep fried moong dal dumplings topped with khatta, meetha chutney and yoghurt- is Monkey’s take on Kolkata style ‘North Indian Chaat’ available at the ever-popular shopping destination on Camac Street- right next door to our very own Monkey Bar. The Elgin Road Pork Momo, the steam and pan fried Tibetan style dumplings, served with a spicy, smoked chutney broth, has cult status on Kolkata’s street food list while the Tiretti Bazaar Prawn Dumpling, first served up by Chinese migrants in the 60’s paved the way for the popularity of Chinese food in India. Discover lesser known street food gems like the Lake Market Chicken Kabiraji, inspired by Radu Babu’s tea shop, succulent mince chicken patties with a frilly egg coating served with a house- special apple and kasundi chutney; Vivekanand Park Ghooghni- curried white peas topped with potato salli and onion and served with a masala brioche and Esplanade’s Mughlai Porota with a spicy keema filling served with paanch-phoron baby potatoes. How can one possibly miss tasting the mild and delicately flavoured Chitpur Road Chicken Rezala – a curry that is inspired by the Awadhi flavours brought to the city by the cooks of the ousted Nawaab of Awadh - Wajid Ali Shah. 

 

The drinks menu continues the ode to the streets, with a cleverly crafted mixology. Puchka lovers, will be delighted to find the Puchka Paaani Capriojka, with a twist of vodka and gondhoraj lebu and fresh mint. The tangy Piara Peara is a cleverly (s)pun ode to the guava spiked with tequila and tabasco and the chili rimmed glass to give you the spicy kick, while the Thaanda Cha, will make tea-time a spirited invocation to vodka with chilled spices and infused Darjeeling Tea.  So, raise a toast to Kolkata its vibrancy, its personality, its people and their unfettered spirit and most of all to its iconic street food. So, come with a hearty appetite to tuck in. Make your way to Monkey Bar to be a part of the festivities this season!!

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