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If the spices on offer in some popular markets of Calcutta is any indicator, Mexican and Lebanese can very well be the next rage in the city’s food scene. Cashing in on this trend is Salsa Grill (17 Camac Street) with its snacky items, mainly from Mexico and Lebanon.

For a 20-seater, the menu is quite a mouthful –– Shawarma to Falafel, Nachos to Quesadillas. At the same time, these make for great on-the-move bites. The regular plate of Nachos topped with cream and baked beans is impressive. The Quesadilla is authentic, meaning you would need to pour a glass of water down your chimney… just about perfect to beat the chill!

The USP of Nikhil Chawla’s (of Mocha) venture (partners are Ruchi Saria and Chintu Vij) is authenticity. “We didn’t want to compromise on authenticity. These days people are well travelled and know their food,” says Ruchi. “But if you find the Lebanese options too bland there’s a spicy chutney on the side,” points out Nikhil.

Though the restaurant is usually open from 10.30am to 10.30pm, the closing time is extended to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. Meal for two: Rs 300 plus taxes.

Malini Banerjee

Picture: Pabitra Das