The Telegraph
Monday , December 24 , 2012
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Xmas eats

Walk into this restaurant and you are immediately put behind bars. They even have handcuffs ready. Dare you not consider this a kinky game! At the 100-seater Kaidi Kitchen, “jailers” greet you and “prisoners” serve vegetarian food.

“Theme-based restaurants are a hit in Delhi and Bangalore. We have heard about toilet-themed restaurants in Japan. So why not have something interesting in Calcutta? That’s how the idea was born,” said Akshit Agarwal, one of the directors of Kaidi Kitchen.

Lasagne Verdure

On offer at 12A Camac Street are veggie delights from India, Italy, Mexico and China. Try their Litti Chokha from the Kaidiyo ki Pasand segment. Bite into a Quesadilla or Dahi Ke Sholey (hung curd covered with a layer of bread mixed with spices and fried). Go Italian with their pasta cooked in “Arabia sauce” and Lasagne Verdure (mix veggies sauteed in olive oil and seasoning, placed between baked pasta sheets that have been coated with sauce). The Chinese, Thai and Mongolian sections have options like Burmese Khow Suey and Thai Curry Noodles with Tofu.

The dal section boasts of Dal Makhni, Dal Tadka and Dal Ee Rezala (a must-try white lentil, finished with cream, milk, butter and mewa with a hint of mint, fenugreek and black pepper).

Rotis or rice? There are eight varieties of roti and five types of rice platters to choose from. The top pick: Meetha Chawal (rice cooked with dry fruits) accompanied by Tandoori Maharani Platter (marinated cauliflower, veggies, mushroom and paneer yakitori).

A four-course meal for two costs upwards of Rs 900 (taxes extra).