Kolkata | Apart from carols, midnight mass and bright illumination on the hip and happening Park Street and old-world Bow Barracks, Kolkatans are in for a culinary treat this week and the next with new bistros, confectioners and restaurants serving up delicacies.
For the gastronomic adventurist, there is Sacher Torte-(a special type of dense chocolate cake layered with apricot), Orange Cointrau Pastry (a rich chocolate chiffon sponge), Almond Barquelte (a French confectionery made of almonds) and Paris Brest (a French desert made of choux pastry and hazelnut) owner of a new bakery Srayasi Banerjee told.
Our aim is to produce and provide flavours and colours of the West, distinct rich taste and a unique Bake and take experience, she said. Another national confectioner chain from Chennai has introduced plum cake panettone, Italian bread raisin, German Stollen and Australian Mincepie besides churning out Santa face, and Christmas Tree shaped cakes and Pastries with fresh cream in its outlets in upscale areas like Bhowanipore.
Shaikh Tanvir Ul Malik, executive chef of The French Loaf said, Christmas-New year celebrations mean a lot to an average Bengali, but he is very discerning about certain items. Therefore we have not tinkered with the average Plum cake, mild plum pudding, but infused the original Italian and German flavors. Joining the race, Serafina, the authentic North Italian restaurant, offers Ravioli Di Zucca Con Nocciole Tostate, Mare Cibo Piccante Rissito, and Baked Soaked Fruit Cheese Cake for the experimenting clientele.
Our rich Christmas, New Year spread would be on the platter till the first week of January, a Serafina spokesman said. Vaibhav Kaushik, culinary head (north and east India) Chili’s, said We have set up a new outlet at a swanky new mall on bypass on the eve of Christmas and our favourite Fresh-max meals include fajitas, tacos and enchiladas this festive season. We have worked on new dishes to cater to the taste bud of the Kolkatan who has embraced indigenous as well as global dishes, Kaushik said.