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SI­ENNA CAFE AND STORE

India Today - - COVER STORY -

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

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