At Pappadam, you can taste some of the best South Indian delicacies in Kolkata. Take your pick from an extensive menu featuring Chicken Chettinad, Crab Mangalorean Ghee Roast, Mutton Stew, and more.
To really understand something, you need to grasp it with your senses. To really understand a city and its people, you need to be out in the streets, exploring and eating with the locals. Kolkata is a melange of cultures, tastes, and ideologies, a melange that can be understood best in the city’s complex relationship with flavours. It wants simple and soulful food but it craves variety; it wants food that can satisfy the palate while replenishing the soul; it wants the act of eating to strive past the definition of gluttony into a cultivated, thoughtful, mindful experience where the eater is engaged with what is on the table, on the tongue. And in this city of fine dining restaurants and roadside shacks, there are endless ways of reaching food Nirvana.(more…)
Till a few years back, Shyambazar’s five-point crossing was notorious for its traffic snarls. Hundreds of vehicles stood in endless files for hours. Occasionally they would crawl forward a few inches before stopping again. On a weekday, it would take hours to cross the dreaded “Shyambazar signal.” Drivers and conductors would hop off to smoke a biri or start an adda session while passengers grew agitated in the muggy heat. I guess it made for a fascinating night-time drone shoot: five unequal arms of headlights and taillights radiating from the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.(more…)
If all you know about Nepali cuisine is momo and thukpa, order a traditional Nepali– Thakali style thali. The curries and pickles are seriously good!
The old city of Hyderabad is overwhelming and unapologetic: Winding alleys where pedestrians battle street carts and hawkers, the relentless honking of vehicles, perspiring bodies, piles of stinking rubbish, stray animals, and more chaos than you can imagine. But look closer and you’ll find yourself in a cabinet of curiosities where behind the chaos of modern India looms the grandeur of the land’s golden past. The area is rife for “historical and heritage” immersion and the best way to explore it is on foot. Either DIY or join a guided Hyderabad heritage walk that will show you around the bustling bazaars and grand old neighbourhoods around the pièce de résistance of Hyderabad, the Charminar.
At Reevu Wangdi’s Momo I Am, expect to be treated to comfort foods of the Darjeeling Hill but with added twists. The graffiti art on the walls will transport you to the 90s.