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Eat’s a meaty affair

Amy Alford dropped in at City Centre New Town with husband Richard, a member of the Jet Airways cabin crew. The couple packed Special Chicken Biryani from Shiraz and Murgh Achari Kebab from Krazy Kebab for a quiet dinner at home

Greg, Jen and Zoe from California, New York and Mizoram respectively were at City Centre Salt Lake for a sumptuous biryani-and-kebab lunch. While Jen settled for a plate of Ilish Biryani from Dawat, Greg and Zoe got themselves Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani from Tamarind. “The Ilish Biryani is very tasty. I love the fish,” said Jen

Aditi Bandopadhyay was a Royal regular in her college days. Her niece, Sulakshana, had gone vegetarian for a few years. On Saturday, Aditi managed to reconvert her niece with Royal-er Chicken Biryani and Mutton Tikka Kebab at City Centre Salt Lake. “When we asked the guard to direct us towards the Kund area, he told us “shiri diye uthun, gondho peye jaben,” smiled Aditi

A team from Swissotel’s Purovel Spa and Sport were seen taking a break at City Centre New Town. Sitting in a row in their uniforms, they made a pretty sight, gorging on biryani to their hearts’ content. They were joined by their colleagues from the sales and marketing team as well. “We are a foodie team and it was a unanimous decision to come here for lunch. We have opted for biryani,” Debolina Mukherjee said. “I love spicy food and I am having a great time,” added Hema Tamang

Three teachers from DPS Newtown had a day out at City Centre New Town with their children while tucking into yummy biryani from Shiraz and kebabs from Aminia. “The kati kebabs are amazing!” said Sanjukta Dey while son Abhiraaj, 4, polished off Firni from Mezban

Andrew from England is in Calcutta to visit a friend and decided to drop in at the biryani festival. “I have had biryani in Delhi. This is my first biryani experience in Calcutta. It is the best,” he said while digging into a plateful of Mutton Biryani from Shiraz at City Centre Salt Lake

They stay in Calcutta but are originally from Coorg. So when C.A. Lakshmi and her parents found Coorg Chicken Fry at the Tamarind stall in City Centre Salt Lake, they were “pleasantly surprised”. They also had Egg Biryani from Mezban. “This is an awesome experience. The Coorg Chicken is really authentic,” Lakshmi said

Ishtiaq Ahmed and his wife Saba, sister-in-law Sumbul and the kid gang (Aisha, Md Azaan and Md Mubashir) had biryani from India Restaurant Kidderpore and Hyderabadi Biryani from Tamarind, a mixed platter of kebabs from Shiraz and Zafrani Firni from Lazeez at City Centre Salt Lake. “Coming from a Muslim background, biryani is an integral part of our menu. We found the biryani at India Restaurant really good. It’s almost like what we have at our wedding ceremonies. The Tamarind biryani comes with a twist,” Saba said

Mom Koel Chatterjee and daughter Aakansha, a student of Class IV at Loreto House, enjoyed biryani from Mezban as dad Ayan stood in queue for kebabs from Aminia at New Town. “We are a foodie family and we eat out very often. I have had biryani from many places but this is the first time I tasted Mezban,” said Koel, a homemaker while little Aakansha shouted, “I love biryani!”

The Biryani & Kebab Festival, presented by t2 and City Centre, is on at Salt Lake and New Town, on Sunday, 1pm to 9pm

Text by Sibendu Das and Samabrita Sen

Pictures by Rashbehari Das and Chanchal Ghosh