A la carte spread in a fast-food format — that’s what’s on offer at Veda Cafe (57A Park Mansions, Park Street). The cafe is housed on the ground floor (noon to 9pm), while the restaurant stays on the first floor.
“Not too many people want to wait an hour for a meal. So we decided to make our food available in a fast food, quick service kind of format,” said Mohit Sancheti, director of Penguin Hospitality, Calcutta partners of Rohit Bal’s signature restaurant that clocked “25,000-plus covers within three months of opening its doors”.
On the cafe menu, find the usual coffees and lattes (all reasonably priced in the Rs 95-Rs 150 range), shakes and mocktails along with soups, salads, wraps and kebab platters. The kebab platters come with ‘house salad’ and potato wedges on the side to make it more cafe-ish. The kebabs and dishes can also be had in wrap or roll form and your salad (Chef’s Salad or Caesar Salad) can be topped with Chicken Tikka if you so prefer.
For dessert, there is Double Ka Meetha, Berry Cheesecake and Rabri Stack, which are also available on the restaurant menu.
A meal for one will come to about Rs 550 (plus taxes).
What: Punjabi food festival
Where: Kebab-e-Que, The Astor, 15 Shakespeare Sarani
When: Till December 22, lunch from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and dinner from 7.30pm to midnight
On the menu: With winter here, it’s time to warm up with Punjabi delicacies like Sarson da Saag (cooked overnight over a slow wooden fire), Amritsari Tali Machhi and Baingan Bharta. There are enough meats to beat the chill too. Like Rahra Gosht, which is mutton cubes cooked in mutton keema gravy, and Saag Gosht, a creamy palak and mutton cooked with subtle spices and garlic. For breads, you can order
star-shaped Sitara Parathas, Malai Makhan Naan, or choose from a range of stuffed parathas. Malai Rabdi, Gajrella (Gajar ka Halwa) and Kulfi Falooda make for a sweet ending.
Pocket pinch: Around Rs 800 (plus taxes) for two people.