Chilli Wok: the new Oriental Dine Warren of Kolkata
On designing, Shikha shares, “I wanted to imbibe the historic-oriental feel to the entire space which has been achieved by using various natural products. Like the table tops which are of natural stone, and also we matched every artefacts to the wallpapers according to the theme of the place. As I thought of using a lot of Chinese scriptures even our chopsticks has got that lettering. China being a vast market, one needs to have a clear vision as to what kind of decor exactly is thought about and for that we have imported various and accurate elements and reworked on it as per our requirements. We have taken two months to complete the project.” The cherry blossom theme is visible in the etching on the walls as well as in the wall paper. Symbolically the cherry blossom represents wealth, prosperity and beauty and these elements are the main elements in the design philosophy of Chilli Wok. Giving the place a soothing and warm radiance are the hand-picked paper lanterns from China while the Mandarin bronze inscriptions gives it an authentic vibe which are all collected by the designer herself and also customised to suit the decor. The menu balances Chinese Buns and Woktossed Honey Lemon Chicken with Jia San Hinga (a Burmese soup with vegetables, vermicelli, mushroom, dry bean curd and lily flower), Burmese Chicken Curry that is served inside a bamboo segment, Thai Green Curry, Pad Thai (stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp, chicken, egg, bean sprouts, scallion and ground peanuts) and even Japanese sushi. Co-owned by Prem Bhambani, Abhishek Kajaria and DJ Vicky Metharamani, the group has previously launched the happening night club Myx on the fifth floor and will be coming up with three more exciting food joints in the same building for the people of Kolkata. Speaking on the occasion, Kajaria said, “Kolkata has been tremendously welcoming to Chilli Wok by being a full house on the first weekend itself. We assure all our admirers that we will continuously strive to maintain international standards and deliver a sought after culinary experience to everybody who visits us.”
The food connoisseurs of Kolkata has another reason to rejoice when it comes to visiting their favourite entertainment and F&B hub of the city, The Park Street. Chilli Wok, the 1,500 sq. ft. eatery, is a haven for Oriental food lovers who can juggle a meal between Chinese, Japanese, Burmese, Thai and Singaporean. The City gastronomes may tantalize their taste buds with soy, wasabi, sriracha and ngapi all under one roof. Conceptualised by Shikha Metharamani, Executive Director –The Myx, this sixty-five seater restaurant welcomes one with soft Asian music and exudes an Oriental charm and tradition. The place is segmented nicely into a Fine Dining Zone, A Private Dining Area(PDR), and a well stocked-bar. Each and every prop in the eatery is meticulously planned starting from the furniture which is crafted with stone and wood, figurines etched on stone on a screen door, a panel of Chinese inscription on the wall, paper lanterns to the Mandarin script on the upholstery.