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India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA - By Malini Ban­er­jee

Bal­ly­gunge Place has yet an­other dine den. And this one isn’t Ben­gali. Owned by Ben­gali rock band Lakkhichhara key­boardist De­ba­ditya Chaud­hury, this is the third restau­rant of the chain ( and sixth out­let). This one’s the big­gest so far with seat­ing ca­pac­ity for around 40 peo­ple. Chow­man’s USP or motto has been “five star food at one star prices”, we wouldn’t know about the five star tag but it’s def­i­nitely not a place where you’d come away feel­ing cheated. With a gi­ant Bud­dha mu­ral on the wall, and red bro­cade- like wall­pa­per, the in­te­ri­ors look ap­peal­ingly “Chi­nese”.

The food too is a mix of both sure fire hits like Roast Chilli Pork and Chilli Chicken to not so com­mon op­tions like Schezwan Or­ange Roasted Pork. That’s an­other plus about this restau­rant. Not many restau­rants come take away op­tions in the city of­fer pork and in such va­ri­ety of prepa­ra­tions. Nor do they of­fer packed chop­sticks with ev­ery de­liv­ery or­der. It’s th­ese cute lit­tle touches that make Chow­man a must visit. Even if it means wait­ing in line to dine. Among the starters don’t miss the

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crispy Prawn Pep­per Salt and Kung Pao Chicken. De­ba­ditya rec­om­mends the Thai- style Mei Fun for its lemon grass flavour. If you like your black bean sauce a lit­tle on the chunky side where you can taste the salty pun­gency of fer­mented black beans the Chicken in Black Bean Sauce they serve is a must try. Dessert op­tions in­clude more of the tried and tested. Take your pick from Date Pan­cake or Darsaan with vanilla ice cream Aver­age meal for two Rs 650 At 99, Bal­ly­gunge Place Tel 40075123

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