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Theme Based Restaurants In Kolkata
Kolkata- ‘The City of Joy’ is in the grips of a new lifestyle statement and dining experience. There has been an upheaval of theme based restaurants in the city in last few years, which have been garnering enough enthusiasm and anticipation among the food lovers. Gone are the days when foodies were just interested in dropping at a normal restaurant and devour typical food. Nowadays people are not only open to experiment with new cuisines, but desire to have a proper ambiance to go along with it.
Jungle themed restaurant
‘Machaan’ is situated on the top floor of the Mani Square Mall on E.M. BYpass road. A whole jungle theme has been created nicely, replete with rustic-wall effects. Designed by Bollywood art director Nitish Roy — of Fanaa and Bride and Prejudice fame — the 166-seater restaurant realistically resembles the interiors of a forest, complete with rustic-wall effect, machaans, Banyan trees with fiber glass leaves and animals that move their heads. The detailing, down to the staff’s uniforms with tiger prints, says a lot about the effort to shape everything according to the forest theme.
Most popular are the items like Crab Naan, Phaldari Seekh, Paneer 303 (named after the machine gun) and Junglee Masalon Ka Murg. What’s more, most of the kebabs and starters are served on sizzling platters. A meal for two would come to Rs 1500.
Restaurant for Cricket fans
‘Caught n Bowled’ located in Salt Lake City is a very good choice if you are a cricket enthusiast. It basically sports the ambiance of a cricket field under lights. The flooring of the dine den is lawn green, while the ceiling is pitch black and dotted with LED's which the stars. Sizzlers are a hot favorite among the regulars here, specially the Pepper chicken sizzler. Go for the fish sizzler if you like your food a bit bland. Among the Indian dishes meethi paneer is a popular item here. A meal here would cost you about Rs 1500 for two.
Food on Wheels
‘On Track’ is a uniquely designed restaurant. I can vouch that you will love the train theme - it's been carried out commendably, with attention paid to the minute details. There is a replica of a train present with the engine itself, and what’s interesting is that you can fulfill your childhood fantasy of having proper dining experience in a royally decorated train compartment. This restaurant gives you the feeling of having delicious dinner in a well- lit ambience.
The train compartment is generally filled and you need to book early if you want to seat in the train compartment specifically. But there is a platform portion as well, which is large, spacious and the ambiance is totally like a platform. Kebabs like peshawari kabab, chicken hariyali kabab are extremely delicious and melt in the mouth. You can have a meal for two at a reasonable price of Rs.1000.
Feel of Egypt in the City
The Egyptian theme of ‘Heka’ with pharaohs and queens adorning the walls lends the charm and interest of a bygone era. Heka tops the list of the city’s food guide columns effortlessly with its Indian, Chinese, Continental and Lebanese menu. Heka is also well known in the city for its specialty drinks menu which consists of a variety of hard drinks cocktails and mocktails. The exotic experience also runs parallel with the DJ music that captivates most diners, clubbers and those who want to immerse themselves in the luxury of this 70 cover Egyptian extravaganza.
Comics based Restaurant
If you are a Continental food lover, then you should most definitely head to ‘Comics’, it’s a very cute, little place aimed at kids and kids-at-heart. The décor consists of caricatures and cartoons of Tintin, Asterix and Calvin and Hobbes. The best part is that your table is also a blackboard and you have chalk holders and dusters on every table, so you can scribble while waiting for your food. The portions are fairly large, one order usually suffices for two, it’s a tad bit expensive though, a three course dinner for two with fizzy drinks would come to Rs 1800.
Rendezvous with Rajasthan
‘Teej’ is a theme restaurant which brings a taste of Rajasthan and its colors in the heart of Kolkata. Teej refers to a festival dedicated to goddess Parwati. It is celebrated in the month of august and considered to be a source of happiness for the people of Rajasthan. The ambience of the restaurant makes each guest feel like a king or a queen. It is specially designed to give a majestic and royal feel.
Coloured turbans and dress code of the service team, silver cutlery and crockery with specially designed salt and pepper set of camels finally ensures the classic theme of the food and enhances the atmosphere. A meal for two will cost you around Rs 1200.
There are numerous others theme based restaurants in the city like ‘Baati Chokha’ which specializes in Benarasi food and ambience, ‘The Shack’ for porting us to the pristine beaches of Goa and so on. Go and experiment with new cuisines and give the ultimate pleasure to your taste buds.