A few weekends ago Jim surprised me by saying he’d take me out for a Sunday lunch (what a gem he is) somewhere in Brixton. It didn’t take me long to suggest Calcutta Street, a new-ish Bengali restaurant on Coldharbour Lane. We’d already visited its sister restaurant (and the original out of the two) in Fitzrovia about a year ago, and ever since they opened this second one so near to where we live, I’ve been itching to visit.
Calcutta Street was founded by Shrimoyee Chakraborty who started off as a food blogger wanting to share her family’s recipes to the wider population. Her first restaurant opened in Fitzrovia in 2016 with the Brixton one following this year.
Oh hey, it’s me looking super awkward posing for a photo. I’m still learning!
We started off with cocktails: me with the Bengali Rose containing vodka, rose, bitters, ginger and prosecco, and Jim with something called the Taruns Tipple, an old fashioned served with apples and a spice mix called chaat masala on the side.
I loved my cocktail – it was super refreshing and quite summery with bitter undertones (but not too bitter!) and it kind of reminded me of an Aperol Spritz. Jim’s old fashioned came in a cute little mini glass bottle with the accompaniments on the side. I don’t usually like old fashioned’s but this one was actually quite smooth!
For starters we ordered something called Phuchka, which are these thin and crispy semolina balls filled with spiced potato. Compared to everything else we ate, these were a slight disappointment. I felt the flavour was lacking a bit and they could’ve maybe done with some kind of dip (they did come with a tiny bowl of tamarind and mint water but it wasn’t very strong in taste). Though fun to eat, I’d probably skip these the next time.
The mains and sides, on the other hand, were AMAZING.
I opted for the Shukto which was a creamy cashew and melon seed paste mixed into five different exotic vegetables. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect at all as I’ve never had anything like this before, but I’m happy to say it was absolutely wonderful and bursting with flavour. I ate it with steamed rice and paratha which was the tastiest bread I’ve had in a very long while.
Jim had the Kosha Mangsho which was a Bengali style lamb curry and I didn’t hear anything but compliments from him either. We gobbled everything to the last bite and decided we’d be back to try their other dishes very soon.
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