Smoky De­light

India Today - - BUZZ - By Malini Ban­er­jee

Af­ter run­ning the city’s coolest hang­out zone for four years (Mocha), Im­pre­sario En­ter­tain­ment and Hos­pi­tal­ity has launched its sec­ond eatery, Smoke House Deli—a haven for de­li­cious Euro­pean cui­sine. With its pris­tine white in­te­ri­ors, cosy and com­fort­able booths, and art­work fea­tur­ing Kolkata’s ar­chi­tec­ture adorn­ing its walls, the am­bi­ence of the restau­rant is per­fect for a long and in­dul­gent meal. With con­cert tick­ets of jazz leg­ends such as Pam Craine, who played in the city in the 60s, Vic­to­ria Me­mo­rial and Fort Wil­liam, the restau­rant’s dé­cor pays a hearty trib­ute to the City of Joy. The menu is styled on the lines of a Euro­pean café with plenty of choices in soups, sal­ads, burg­ers, sand­wiches, en­trées and desserts, but a lit­tle bit of Kolkata is steeped in its fish-based dishes. Try the Chilli Crusted Beckti with lemon and thyme, served on a bed of per­fectly done risotto; or the slightly more am­bi­tious pan-seared Gur­jali fish—not so com­mon out­side Ben­gali homes—with mus­tard cream and green veg­eta­bles. Though the Peri Peri rubbed grilled chicken is sup­posed to be one of their spe­cial­i­ties, it’s noth­ing much to write about. You will do bet­ter or­der­ing the house spe­cial Ten­der­loin Steaks. For desserts, the creamy Rasp­berry and Oreo Mousse Cake is a must try. The base of the mousse, made with oreo cook­ies, makes it a de­sir­able dish. The Bit­ter Choco­late and Or­ange GanacheTorte stays just a shade shy of be­ing bit­ter and is bal­anced per­fectly with the tang of or­anges. Meal for two Rs 1,800 At Quest Mall, 33 Amir Ali Av­enue Tel 40674001

Pho­to­graph by SUBIR HALDER

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