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SIENNA CAFE AND STORE
Sienna Cafe and Store started as a space to promote the brand’s range of ceramic tableware and handicrafts from their workshop in Shantiniketan. The food and the menu became something of an accidental success. “We started with some of the things that were made in our own family kitchen,” says Sulagna Ghosh, 32, co-founder, Sienna. Its roots in a family kitchen may explain the menu’s light wholesome vibe. “People were sceptical when they found light salads in a Kolkata cafe menu. People in this city generally like deep fried, cheesy dishes,” says Ghosh. But the avocado tortilla salad turned out to be a dish that has been there since inception and lasted through at least two new menus. Also on the salad menu is the black rice salad with an Asian dressing with sesame and peanuts. "This used to be an Asian salad before. Later we added black rice to it and the flavours ended up working well together," says Anindita Rawat who is consultant for the Sienna menu. Rawat is a home cook and has also introduced the popular Aubergine pesto crostini on the menu. "Ingredients like oyster mushroom and basil come from Rawat's family farm and a lot of vegetables from the Ghosh’s vegetable patch in their Shantiniketan workshop."
If you are down with a cold, Ghosh promises that the clear chicken soup with bok choy, carrot, baby corn and mushroom is an instant pick-me-up.
Their focus is not so much on calories as much as on freshness and authenticity. Their breads, cakes and pesto are made in-house and everything, if not low calorie, is at least nutrient or fibre rich such as the date almond walnut cake. “Its decadent but also loaded with micro-nutrients,” says Ghosh.
Meal for two Rs 600 onwards At Sienna, 49/1 Hindustan Park
Sulagna Ghosh, co-founder, Sienna