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Tech town treats

In the past 10 years, Calcutta’s IT hub has grown. And with it has grown the bite-and-sip platter for Sector V regulars and office-goers. t2 took a trip down the entire stretch from SDF building to (IEM) College mor during lunchtime on a weekday and picked the hangouts that fuel the IT hub.


What: Cafe Coffee Day in RDB Boulevard and Infinity building, Barista in the Bengal Intelligent Park.

On the menu: Sandwiches and coffee rule; other beverages and pizzas move fast too.

Regulars: Office-goers and students.

Meal for one: Rs 200-250.

Hand that feeds: “Our outlet is popular because of the ambience it has a live kitchen and coffee brewing on the table. People also hold parties and get-togethers once in a while,” says Satish Kumar, manager of the CCD Lounge in RDB Boulevard.

Hungry tide: “I come here often with my friends during lunch hours. It’s a cool place to hang out. Moreover, I’m a coffee addict and I also like sandwiches, so this is the place to be,” smiles Mahua Banerjee, management student.



What: Tea Junction (several outlets in Sector V, including one in RDB Boulevard), Wow! Momo at RDB Boulevard.

On the menu: Tea, coffee, samosa, momo, thukpa.

Regulars: Office-goers and students.

Meal for one: Between Rs 20 and Rs 50.

Hand that feeds: “Our stall is most crowded in the evening. Chicken Steamed Momo is the fastest-selling item,” says Sagar Daryani, partner, Wow! Momo.

Hungry tide: “There’s nothing like a plate of steamed momos and tea in the evening. My colleagues and I head here almost every day,” says Tania Biswas from an educational training company.



Where: Down the lanes and alleys of Sector V.

On the menu: Pick from a range of eats like luchi, chholar dal, biryani, chowmein, roll, momo, dosa, idli, vada. There’s also the roadside Thali that serves rice, dal, sabzi, fish and chicken curry.

Regulars: Office-goers and students.

Meal for one: Nothing costs above Rs 60.

Hand that feeds: “The customers look for variety so that’s what we provide. There’s generally a fixed group of customers for every stall and the turnout is good almost every day,” says Raju Das, a stall owner.

Hungry tide: “We have the option of eating at canteens. But eating the same food every day is very boring. So, we come to these stalls looking for variety. The food is tasty and easy on the pocket,” says Debashish Roy, IT professional.



What: Azad Hind near College mor.

On the menu: The Punjabi and Mughlai dishes are a hit. Try their Chicken Reshmi Butter Masala, Dal Makhni, Mutton Biryani, Chicken Bharta and Fish Amritsari.

Regulars: Mostly office-goers; families stop by in the evenings.

Meal for one: Rs 250-300.

Hand that feeds: “Azad Hind has always been a favourite for people at Sector V. We are also planning to introduce a few special items for the Pujas,” says an employee of Azad Hind.

Hungry tide: “Lunch at the dhaba is a must at least thrice a week. The service is quick and the meal is pocket-friendly,” says Anirban Mitra, IT professional.



What: Alibaba and Bhojohori Manna near the WEBEL crossing; OMG (opposite RDB Boulevard).

On the menu: People come from far and near for a bite of Alibaba’s biryani and Mughlai dishes. Bengali restaurant Bhojohori Manna serves fish (ilish, bekti, chingri) delicacies and more. OMG serves both Continental and Indian items.

Regulars: IT professionals and corporates.

Meal for one: Rs 150-200 at Alibaba, Rs 250-300 at Bhojohori Manna, and the buffet at OMG is tagged at Rs 449 (plus taxes).

Hand that feeds: “Though a multi-cuisine restaurant, authentic Lucknowi is our focus area,” says Meeta Mohanty, director, OMG.

Hungry tide: “Like its fairy-tale counterpart, Alibaba is my hideaway, a break from a regular meal at the office canteen. The prices are nominal and the quantity is good. I generally settle for biryani and kebabs,” says Subhashish Ghosh, IT professional.



What: Barbeque Nation at RDB Boulevard, Opium near RDB Boulevard, BB’s in Millennium City and House of Kommonsin Bengal Intelligent Park.

On the menu: Barbeque Nation is famous for its kebab platters. The rest serve north Indian, Chinese, Thai and Continental.

Regulars: Corporate groups and families.

Meal for one: Varies between Rs 300 and Rs 700. The buffet at Barbeque Nation costs Rs 573 (inclusive of taxes).

Hand that feeds: “Given the office clientele, we have special corporate lunch buffets on offer,” says Soumyajit Biswas, manager, BB’s. “The food quality and ambience attract people to our restaurant,” says Priyotosh Chaudhury, manager of Barbeque Nation.

Hungry tide: “I prefer going to Opium on Fridays to unwind. The environment, food and the booze set the mood for a perfect weekend,” says Ambarish Basu, IT professional.



What: Domino’s Pizza at Millennium City (Tower 1), Pizza Corner at RDB Boulevard, Subway at Bengal Intelligent Park.

On the menu: Pizza and sandwiches are the pop picks followed by pasta, salads and more.

Regulars: Office-goers and students.

Meal for one: Rs 150-200.

Hand that feeds: “Sandwiches and pizzas are always a favourite with the younger generation. Though there’s a space crunch in our outlet, customers still trickle in. There are also orders for delivery to offices,” says Rafi Nasri, outlet manager, Subway.

Hungry tide: “I often drop by Pizza Corner with colleagues. A large or medium-sized pizza is enough for two or three of us for lunch. It’s pocket-friendly and yummy,” says Santanu Ghosh, IT professional.


Alibaba: 9pm
Bhojohori Manna: 9.30pm
BB’s: 10.30pm
Barista: 10.45pm
Barbeque Nation, Opium, OMG, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Corner: 11pm
Subway: 11.30pm
Azad Hind Dhaba: 1am
Cafe Coffee Day (Infinity Building) & Wow! Momo: Open 24x7
Tea Junction: Open 24 hours (only Sundays 10pm)

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