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DIWALI

Vanilla Cupcakes @ the Rouge

The pretty cupcakes — and the doll-house decor — are an instant mood-lifter at this 222 AJC Bose Road address (opposite the backgate of La Martiniere for Girls). For a festive feel, The Rouge has planted a little pataka on the Diwali cupcakes, so now they not only taste heavenly but can also be packaged as a great gift.

Pocket pinch: Rs 380 for a box of four (in a special gift box).

 

Poker Mithai @ Gupta Brothers

A box of heart-shaped anjeer mithai comes not only with chocolates and Kanpuri laddoo but also a pack of playing cards. Just the kind of ‘edible art’ you need on a long Diwali poker night! And, of course, Lady Luck.

Pocket pinch: Rs 501 onwards, on pre-order only.

 

Chocolate Volcano @ Mocha

’Cause baby you’re a firework. Come on, let your colours burst.
Katy Perry’s Fireworks track fits right in because this cake is no less than a chocolate explosion! Warm, gooey, oozing with chocolate and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, have it at the 209 AJC Bose Road hangout.

P.S. To warm things up a little more, there’s also a sizzler menu.

Pocket pinch: Rs 160 (plus taxes) for the Chocolate Volcano.

 

Key Lime Pie @ Yogen Fruz

This frozen yogurt will cool you off. Served with crunchy cookie crumbles, it’s a sweet relief from the traditional treats this Diwali. What’s more? Buy one medium Key Lime Pie and get the second for half the price at their Salt Lake (near AMRI) and Bhowanipore (Homeland Mall) outlets.
Just for Diwali.

Pocket pinch: Rs 130 for a medium-sized cup.

 

KesarI Badam Donut @ THE Donut Baker

Think warm, out-of-the-oven doughnuts with kesar-flavoured icing sprinkled with a generous amount of badaam shavings. You can also try the pista version, or simply go for regular chocolate with diya-shaped icing. Stop by Park Mansions, 57A Park Street (opposite Mocambo) or Ajanta Apartments at 10 Gurusaday Road.

Pocket pinch: Rs 40 per doughnut.

 

Belgian Chocolate Ice cream @ Kookie Jar

Ice cream at Kookie Jar? High-five! The bakery now serves a yummy Belgian chocolate ice cream that’s slightly dark, smooth and muddy. Topped with hot chocolate sauce, it creates the perfect hot-cold sensation in your mouth. Maybe they should call it a kiss!

Pocket pinch: Rs 60 per scoop.

 

French macaroons @ FLURYS

Light and airy. Slightly crunchy on the outside and soft like butter on the inside. These bite-sized macaroons at Park Street’s iconic tearoom will leave you crooning for more!

Pocket pinch: Rs 700 a box.

 

Marzipanimals @ Mrs Magpie

They’re too cute to eat, but yet you must! The marzipan animals — notice how they have their Diwali patakas in hand — are not only quite a mouthful but also make for great gifts. Available off the shelf in the new cafe at 570 Lake Terrace Road (near Lake Girls School, off Vivekananda Park).

Pocket pinch: The Marzipanimals are priced Rs 60-90.

 

Tartlets @ Piccadilly Square

Baked to perfection, these pretty little tartlets are served as part of the English Tea Course at both the 16L Judges Court Road and 15B Sarat Bose Road outlets. Pick from mixed nuts in sticky caramel, dried cranberry with roasted almonds and white chocolate, chocolate and roasted hazelnut.

Pocket pinch: Rs 45 per piece

 

Chocolate Fondue @ Mama mia!

Comfort food that adds just the right amount of warmth to your Diwali. Dip your marshmallows, cookies, cakes and brownies into the warm, molten chocolate, pop them right in and let the magic take over. Available at all Mama Mia! outlets.

Pocket pinch: The fondue platter is priced Rs 700.

rajdhani’s second serve at avani riverside mall

Rajdhani, the restaurant serving Rajasthani and Gujarati food, now has a new outlet on the third floor of Howrah’s Avani Riverside Mall.

Bickram Ghosh and wife Jaya inaugurated the restaurant on Thursday. “We turn vegetarians twice a week! We then have to rack our brains over what to cook and where to eat. I love Makki Ki Roti while Jaya loves Sangri,” said the percussionist.

At Rajdhani, begin with a Nimbu Soda and then sit back because this is one meal that won’t end in a hurry! Some of the items — the entire list would barely fit here — are Gujarati

Dal, Bhindi Sambhariya, Veg Kesri Pulao, Bajri Rotla, Lasuni Chutney, Papad and Pickle. Wrap it up with Akhrot Halwa and Malpua with Rabdi.

The opening marks the 37th outlet of Rajdhani in the country and the second in Calcutta (after Mani Square). “Our survey showed that people in this part of the city were looking for a good vegetarian restaurant, which prompted us to expand here. Avani Mall is a big draw for the people, so we decided to go ahead,” said Aji Nair, vice-president, F&B division, Mirah Hospitality, the parent group.

Stretched across 2,700sq ft, the 95-seater restaurant wears a modern look, done up in hues of rich gold and brown. “All the Rajdhani outlets across the country have the same interiors, which are changed once every three years. This is the third year, so this outlet gets the new set-up, while the others will get the same look soon,” added Nair, who is scouting for a third location on Camac Street or Park Street.

Coming back to the food, the thali comes for Rs 275 on weekdays, and for Rs 325 on weekends and holidays. The menu is changed every day.

So what’s keeping you away? Enter, be greeted with a smile and leave with an ‘aav jo’ as you ring that bell, which means ‘Do visit us again!’