Songs, water balloons and bright colours are the major highlights of the most vivid and lively festival of India – Holi. Celebrating the triumph of good over evil, this colourful festival is observed on Phalgun Purnima. The bright colours are believed to signify energy, life, and joy. Bright coloured powders known as Gulal or Abir, smeared on everyone’s face accompanied by the splashing of coloured water. The foodies of Kolkata are always ready to indulge themselves in intoxicating drinks and mouth-watering delicacies and specialty desserts. Holi is an occasion which is just incomplete without desserts and drinks, so here are the places where you can visit to enjoy this festival and satisfy your taste buds.
AMINIA: A place with thousands of memories in the hearts of Kolkatans, Aminia, has been serving the Kolkata gastronomes with their famous Awadhi and Mughlai cuisine since 1929. They have a total of 9 outlets all over Kolkata. Though people are head over heels in love with Aminia’s Biriyani, one shouldn’t forget about the delicious desserts that they serve. Holi is incomplete without sweets, and Aminia is all ready to please the gourmets of Kolkata with their amazing desserts. One of the most famous and mouth-watering desserts of Aminia is Saffron Milk Cake which is one of its kind. If you are planning to visit Aminia on the day of Holi, don’t forget to try this colourful dessert.
What: Saffron Milk Cake
Address for Golpark outlet: 57, Golpark, Ballygunge Gardens, Gariahat, Kolkata – 700019
Address for Nagerbazar outlet:166, Jessore Rd, Shyam Nagar, Satgachi, South Dum Dum 700055
Address for Shyam Bazar outlet: 94, BidhanSarani, Sovabazar, Hati Bagan, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata – 700004
Address for Chinar Park outlet: Rajarhat Main Rd, opposite Karnataka Bank, Chinar Park, Sukanta Pally, Baguiati, Kolkata -700136
Address for Behala outlet: 54, Diamond Harbour Rd, Pathak Para, Behala, Kolkata – 700060
Address for Barrackpore outlet: 62, SN Banerjee Rd, opposite Great Eastern, Sardar Bazar, Kolkata – 700120
Address for Serampore outlet: 212, Grand Trunk Rd, Mahesh, Mahesh Colony, Serampore– 712202
Address of Sodepur outlet: 12 BT Road, Sodepur, Kolkata – 7000114 Price: Rs. 120/- +taxes
Timings: 11:30 AM – 11:30 PM
OCEAN GRILL: Ocean Grill has not only opened the doors to “seafood lovers” of Kolkata to dive into the world of seafood and explore the taste beyond the continent but has also given a chance to go far off the stereotypical food and stimulate the taste buds with the best creative mixture of exotic and Indian seafood. The interior of the restaurant exhibits an exotic oceanic look with a pinch of elegance. Be it the Octopus lamps hanging from the ceiling or the Shark shaped décor in the wall, it never fails to create the aura of the large expanse of the sea. And, not to forget their buffet was also voted as the best buffet in Kolkata by the Zomato users in 2014. With few more achievements gained over 7 years, Ocean Grill, is introducing Rasmalai Cake with Thandai Mousse Layers by The Cake Story (Specialty Bakery unit of OceanGrill Restaurant) in their dessert menu for Holi. This is a vanilla cake soaked in gurrasmalai condensed milk. The cake is layered with thandai mousse (white chocolate ganache, whipped cream, and thandai.). Soft gurrasmalais are put in the layers of the cake as well as on top. Roasted pistachios, dried rose petals and silvered almonds for garnishing. You will get this dessert in the buffet menu and can also order it separately on 9th and 10th of March at Ocean Grill
What: Rasmalai Cake with Thandai Mousse Layers
Where: Ocean Grill, 1st Floor, Infinity Benchmark Building, Sector 5, Salt Lake City, Opp. RDB Cinemas
Tenure: 9th March and 10th March 2020
Timing: 12 Noon – 11 PM
Price of the dessert: Rs. 99/-
TRAFFIC GASTROPUB: Located in City Centre 2, just minutes away from Chinar Park, Traffic Gastropub is known for its music, exceptional food and not to forget its classy and quirky décor. The Gastropub has already become a place we are in love with. The 25ft. bar area being the longest in Kolkata gives its customers a feel of both an English pub and a café. The atmosphere is designed to be welcoming to all so that people can bring their friends and enjoy to their heart’s content. The interior of the pub cum café has been inspired by street, cars and the pandemonium that engulfs people while traveling on the road, the ambience reflects the world of traffic at large.
What would be a better place to spend your festive days than this? 7th March marks their pre holi party, where Traffic Gastropub will provide Thandai Shots at Rs. 89/- only. Also, as holi is incomplete without desserts, you will get a very unique dessert which is the Yogurt Mousse Chilli Rasogolla. If you are not a sweet lover then this item will be a must-try for you on the eve of Holi to kick start the festival on a sweet note.
What: Thandai shots on 7th March in Pre Holi-Party Yogurt Mousse ChilliRasogolla
Where: Traffic Gastropub, 2nd Floor, City Centre 2, Chinar Park, Kolkata-700157
Timing: 12 Noon – 12 AM
Price: Thandai Shots at Rs. 89/- on 7th March Yogurt Mousse Chilli Rasogolla at Rs. 375/- +taxes
MINISTRY OF BOOZE: Located in Newtown, this “Restro Pub” offers a very minimalistic décor with an open bar. They offer two types of seating arrangement, one is a wooden table surrounded by wooden bar stools and another is cozy sofa sets complemented with wheeled tables. Both of these arrangements are perfect for having a fun talk accompanied by your favorite booze. Besides having an elegant décor, they also present you with multi- cuisine food to indulge in and a wide variety of booze menu to quench your thirst. On this festive season of colours, the Ministry of Booze has introduced its special offerings for the gourmets of Kolkata. Do try out their Cranberry Frappe (A twist of cranberry and vanilla and gondhoraj lemon
best on colour fest), Ice Mist (A frozen ice vodka cocktails with Kala khatta and strawberries, hints of chat masala) and Blue Lagoon Ice Gola (All-time favourite ice gola, a mix of blue Curacao, crushed ice and vodka, lime juice, Barman special masala) to add colours to your drinks.
What: Cranberry Frappe Ice Mist Blue Lagoon Ice Gola
Where: Ministry of Booze, 1st Floor, Pecon Tower, DH Block (Newtown), Action Area I, Newtown, Kolkata 700156
Tenure: 8th March – 10th March
Price: Cranberry Frappe at Rs. 99/- Ice Mist at Rs. 79/- Blue Lagoon Ice Gola at Rs. 10/-
Timing: 12 Noon – 12 AM
THE LORDS AND BARONS: Tucked away in Parksreet, this royal dining pub gives Kolkatans the chance to travel back to the British colonial era with its intricate décor. Their delicacies include a variety of Cuisine with an array of cocktails and mocktails. They offer an astounding experience of a night club with DJ benefaction on their first floor and the second floor remains open for the Old school people with pop and rock live music. They have two special items to offer you with the colours from their kitchen. The Holi Festival Rainbow Spiral Cake is a must-try. It will give your taste buds a sweet blast and their Holi special cocktail, Rangoli, is a perfect mix of colours and intoxication.
What: Holi Festival Rainbow Spiral Cake & Rangoli
Where: 20B Park Street, Kolkata 700016
Price: Holi Festival Rainbow Spiral Cake at Rs. 279/- Rangoli at Rs. 450/-
Timing: Monday -Wednesday 1 PM-11:30 PM Thurseday, Sunday-1PM-12AM
Friday, Saturday-1PM-12AM, 12AM-1:45AM
ECHOES: ECHOES makes it to the league of ideas which live duly to its professional and social responsibility. It has pioneered in creating a whole new set of procedures to enable employment for Abled – Disabled alike. The industry as well as the consumers appreciate the new ways of uninterrupted service. It’s not just the concept of ECHOES which is unique, but also it’s food and ambience. It is a hub where you can relish the best of various Continental, Italian, Mexican, Chinese and American delicacies served with a fusion twist. With sumptuous food, a soul-comforting ambience and a unique concept; ECHOES stands at the peak in the league of its own. On the occasion of Holi, they are offering their clientele with two new cocktails to add an extra fun to your celebration. Holi Highball (Cherry infused with Vodka, Bitter, Orange peel, Tonic) and Orange Strawberry Spitzer (Lime, Strawberry, Orange juice, Vodka, Wine) are there to engage you in the fun of tipsy Holi day!
What: Holi Highball and Orange Strawberry Spitzer
Where: Shop 86A, Main 6th Floor, Haute Street Corporate Park, Topsia Road, Seal Lane, Topsia, Kolkata 700016
Price: Holi Highball at Rs. 349/-
Orange Strawberry Spitzer at Rs. 349/-
Timing: 12:30 PM – 12 AM