Taste of Varanasi in the City of Joy


AVaranasi vil­lage comes alive at 37/1Purna Das Road, Kolkata with the new all-veg­e­tar­ian fine din­ing out­let called Baati Chokha named af­ter a tra­di­tional del­i­cacy of Ben­eras. Mea­sur­ing 1300 sq ft, the restau­rant ac­com­mo­dat­ing 60 per­sons gives the rus­tic look and feel of In­dia. Sid­harth Dubey, one of the own­ers shared, “We have two out­lets in Ben­eras and as we get lot of Ben­gali cus­tomers, it is their de­mand which has in­spired us to open Baati Chokha here in Kolkata. Soon within three months’ time, we are open­ing this theme restau­rant in Lucknow and Noida.” Guests en­ter­ing the restau­rant through the heavy wooden doors of Baati Chokha would find a man sit­ting by a mill­stone (chakki) on the left mak­ing fresh ‘sattu’ from roasted ‘channa’. On the right is placed a clay oven on which dal and rice are boil­ing away. The decor of the restau­rant is a treat in it­self which gets com­pleted with char­poys, wall art done with mud and fod­der re­sem­bling the fa­mous pic­turesque ghats, sar­nath stupa, cat­tle rear­ing and so on, all cre­ated by their in-house team. A ded­i­cated artists team from Be­naras, Di­na­jpur (West Ben­gal) and As­sam com­pleted the in­te­rior work within three months for the out­let. To add to the am­bi­ence, a small tem­ple and a well has been cre­ated in­side the eatery. The ceil­ing has been ex­plored in a dif­fer­ent man­ner with hand crafted bam­boo rafters and canopy of colour­ful shami­anas. The ta­bles are well-lit with elec­tric lan­terns giv­ing a ru­ral ex­pe­ri­ence. The wait­ers, dressed in dhoti-kurta, bring the menu pasted on a win­now (kulo) and the food is served on wooden plat­ters cov­ered with lo­tus leaves, hard clay bowls and kul­hars which en­hance the rus­tic flavour of the food

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