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Wednesday , February 27 , 2013
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And now, dig into Chowman in Ballygunge

Good news for all Chowman fans tired of waiting for a table at the Golf Club Road restaurant. The popular eatery has opened its second restaurant a 40-seater at 99 Ballygunge Place (near Calcutta Telephone Exchange, Ballygunge).

“Our Golf Club Road restaurant (a 20-seater) is usually full by seven in the evening. So, we came up with this one,” said Debaditya Chaudhury, managing director of Chowman Chain of Restaurants.

Here, diners are given a 14-page menu to choose from. A welcome addition is the Thai section. The top picks in the vegetarian selection are Crispy Honey Fried Wantons and Exotic Vegetables in Chilli Basil Sauce.

Non-vegetarians must sample Schezwan Orange Roasted Pork (roasted pork Schezwan style with orange juice), Kung Pao Chicken with Chilli Garlic Rice and Thai-style Mei Fun (rice noodles with lemongrass, Thai spices, chicken and prawn). Round off a sumptuous meal with a sinful portion of Lychee Toffee with ice cream, Date Pancake or Darsaan with vanilla ice cream.

“Since I live in Ballygunge Place, I always wanted a Chowman here. There are many Bengali restaurants on this road but there aren’t any Chinese eateries,” said Lakkhichhara keyboardist Debaditya.

The Golf Club Road restaurant is quite a hit with Tolly stars — Prosenjit and Dev, Moon Moon Sen and Rituparna Sengupta, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Roopa Ganguly, Jisshu Sengupta and June, Locket Chatterjee and Ananya Chatterjee.... And who knows, you may rub shoulders with the stars at 99 Ballygunge Place as well.

What’s next for Chowman? An outlet in Garia-Patuli and in Salt Lake.

Open from 11am to 10.30pm, a meal for two costs about Rs 600 (without taxes).

Text: SD
Pictures: Rashbehari Das