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FOOD PLUS
Moon Moon Sen sample the fare at Wild Rice. Pictures by Rashbehari Das

For those looking for good food and great ambience at a pocket-friendly destination, you might want to check out Wild Rice, the new Indian and Chinese Restaurant at A/2C, Dr Md Ishaque Road (better known as Kyd Street).

Conveniently located at just a two-minute walk from the Park Street Metro station, the 1,500sqft restaurant is inviting, with its pretty blue and white awning-lined exterior. The white interiors, with beige upholstered teak furniture and authentic Indonesian artefacts spell understated elegance and the mirrored wall panelling and large glass windows only add to its easy-breezy, spacious appeal.

“Ki bhalo shajiyechhe jaygata (It is so tastefully done up),” exclaimed Moon Moon Sen, who inaugurated the restaurant on Wednesday afternoon. “I am thrilled that a new food destination has opened on Kyd Street. This part of town still holds on to so much of the old Calcutta flavour, like the Fairlawn Hotel, where a lot of Europeans still come and stay. This is close to Park Street, so I think it will do very well,” said Moon Moon, who enjoyed her lunch at Wild Rice with husband Bharat Dev Burman and some close friends.

The faces behind Wild Rice are Nishikant Sapam, wife Anandita and friend Gautam Raha. “I stay in Delhi but my wife is half-Bengali and we keep shuttling between the two cities. I always wanted to open a restaurant and was certain about starting one in Calcutta. So here it is, right in time for the biggest festival — Durga Puja,” smiled Nishikant.

But why an Indian and Chinese restaurant when the trend is towards world cuisine? “Most of us have eaten Indian and Chinese food innumerable times and will keep doing so. But we can count the number of times we have eaten Thai food. See, it is not about serving something new, it is about serving up the best, in style,” believes Nishikant.

The menu at Wild Rice — named after the grains of a variety of North American grass — is extensive with the Indian menu boasting an assortment of veg and non-veg starters like Zafrani Paneer, Bharwa Mushroom, Lasuni Murg and Sarson Aur Pudina Ki Macchi. The main course must-haves include the Tawa Gosht and the Saag Murg along with Khamiri Naan, reveals head chef Anupam Roychowdhury.

The Chinese menu packs in a spread of soups, starters and main course with vegetarian, seafood, meat and poultry specialities like Fish Cake Pepper Salt, Stuffed Mushroom Garlic Pepper, Chicken Kung Pao, Shredded Lamb Peking-Style, Pomfret in Chilli Plum Sauce and more.

As for desserts, piping hot Gulab Jamun and Mihidana with Rabri share space with Toffee Walnut and Darsaan. Yummy!

A meal for two will come to about Rs 1,500 (plus taxes).

Burnt Garlic Butter Prawn

What: Puja Festivity.
Where: The Flying Monk, FMC Fortuna, 234/3A AJC Bose Road, Woodburn Park, (next to Subway).
When: October 15-31, noon-2am.
Cuisine: Oriental.
On the menu: The restaurant has a whole host of new recipes for the festive season. The Rice Paper Roll (Vietnamese thin rice paper stuffed with broccoli, bell pepper, baby corn and carrot in chilli peanut butter sauce) is a winner when it comes to starters. From the mains, we recommend the Sichuan Vegetables (baby corn, broccoli, American corn, carrot, water chestnut and green zucchini with Sichuan sauce) for vegetarians; while non-vegetarians must not miss out on the Burnt Garlic Butter Prawn. But make sure you have space enough for desserts — t2 picks the Melting Chocolate Pie (melted chocolate pie served on a bed of roasted pineapple with meringue).
Pocket pinch: Rs 1,500 (plus taxes) for two people going a la carte.

 

Maka Maka means friend in Hawaiian and it is a friendly ambience that greets you at this lifestyle store launched by Italian consul-general Joel Melchiori on Wednesday.
Located at 4A/1 Motilal Nehru Road (near Priya cinema), the store stocks crockery, bed-linen, cushions, light furniture, jewellery, handbags and more from around the world.

“It’s great that there are some Italian glass products too,” said Melchiori as he browsed through the store with wife Elisa.

“A home is always personal with lots of memories. And I wanted to be part of people’s memories,” said owner Mithun Chakrabarti, who returned to Calcutta from Vancouver in May. “I hated my job and felt my creativity was being stifled,” said the MBA graduate at the flat-turned-store.

Next up, a cafe at the store “where people can have a cup of coffee, shop a little and look at the greens of Deshapriya Park”.

t2 picked some faves from Maka Maka, all set to open on October 16. The store will be open from Monday to Saturday, 11 am-7 pm.

1. Hand-painted crockery from Porto in Portugal, with 17th century reproductions @ Rs 900-5,500
2. Sling bags in pop colours, designed by Ayesha and Anisha Punwani @ Rs 3,900
3. Turquoise necklace from Delhi designer Tanuja Prasad Dod’s Funky Gehne label @ Rs 2,500
4. Mexican jade and mother of pearl mask @ Rs 5,500