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Gen-ex to gen-next: Calcutta classics for all

Eating out hit a new high as more than a lakh foodies visited the second edition of Calcutta Classics, the fast food carnival presented by Kissan Sweet and Spicy in association with t2 and City Centre, at the two City Centres on Sunday. The three-day festival saw some of the best names in the city’s snack map serving delicacies like Mughlai paratha, kabiraji and cutlet. No wonder, three generations and more came together as the veteran guided the novice on the lip-smacking classics the city is famous for

Class X student Ananya Mukherjee (centre) came with grandpa Pushan Motilal and mother Moumita to City Centre New Town after reading about Calcutta Classics in Metro. While Ananya and her mother chose Chicken Lollipop and Steamed Chicken Momo from Hot Kati Roll, her grandfather settled for a Mutton Cutlet from BijoliGrill. “I used to eat a kilogram of mutton at one go when I was in college and loved the snacks at BijoliGrill. So I am checking out if they are still that good,” said the 67-year-old. And did he like his cutlet? “Yes! I am enjoying it,” pat came the reply.

Unnetri Roy and her father Udit chose to sip a Paramount’s Daaber Sherbet while deciding on what to eat for the evening. The final list was quite long: Prawn Chops and Mochar Chop from Kalika, Fowl Cutlet from Mitra Cafe, Mutton Cutlet from Allen Kitchen.... Which one they voted for? “Dad loved the Fowl Cutlet. I loved the Daaber Sherbet,” said the third-year undergraduate student of St. Xavier’s College. More than 80,000 Calcuttans made it to the festival at City Centre Salt Lake on Sunday evening.

When we spotted Arkadeep Mukherjee at City Centre Salt Lake on Sunday evening, his plate of Prawn Cutlet from Allen Kitchen was full. By the time our photographer reached from the other end of the Kund area, the Class III student of St. Lawrence High School had polished off his platter!

Pictures by Anindya Shankar Ray