Chourangi restaurant brings Kolkata-inspired flavours, decor to London

Now we open the doors to our guests to enjoy the unexplored flavours of Calcutta, handcrafted under the watchful eye of Chef Jolly, said Aditya Ghosh, a partner behind the London project.Chourangi has had a long wait as the pandemic threw its 2020 opening plans off track, but the team used that phase to work on the finer details of getting the look and feel just right.We were almost ready to open a year and a half ago, just when the pandemic hit the world.


PTI | London | Updated: 07-10-2021 19:48 IST | Created: 07-10-2021 19:48 IST
Chourangi restaurant brings Kolkata-inspired flavours, decor to London
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Chourangi, a restaurant named after central Kolkata’s famous Chowranghee neighbourhood, opened its doors in London on Thursday to bring the flavours and ambience of the Indian city to Britain.

Speciality Restaurants Limited, behind popular Indian eateries such as Oh! Calcutta, have visualised their newest addition as a little slice of Kolkata in the heart of London.

The decor is inspired by the city’s architecture and iconic Bengal Club in Chowranghee and the menu is the brainchild of chef-restaurateur Anjan Chatterjee, dubbed the “culinary force” behind the uniquely “Calcutta cuisine”.

“The restaurant itself is just beautiful and bright and we are really happy with the ambience and food and the team. Now we open the doors to our guests to enjoy the unexplored flavours of Calcutta, handcrafted under the watchful eye of Chef Jolly,” said Aditya Ghosh, a partner behind the London project.

Chourangi has had a long wait as the pandemic threw its 2020 opening plans off track, but the team used that phase to work on the finer details of getting the look and feel just right.

“We were almost ready to open a year and a half ago, just when the pandemic hit the world. But in hindsight, everything happens for good and it gave us the time to perfect our cuisine and sharpen our offering,” said Ghosh, an airline and tech entrepreneur who refers to Chourangi as his labour of love.

“We feel ecstatic. This has been a long time coming,” he said.

The idea of the London restaurant, on Old Quebec Street near the iconic Marble Arch area of the city, was born around three years ago over a dinner chat between close friends Ghosh and Chatterjee, both keen to bring Kolkata flavours to London.

“London is the food capital of the world. And Londoners are spoilt for choices. There are some great restaurants that serve great Indian food. But none that serve the food from Calcutta,” reflects Ghosh.

“With every ingredient personally sourced by Anjan himself, dishes will feature the best spices from Calcutta (like Anjan’s own five-spice rub and Aam Kasundi mustard), coupled with the finest sourced ingredients in the UK. The menu will feature some hero dishes like Prawn & Crab Parcels, Banana Flower Croquettes, Slow Roasted Kosha Lamb and Aam Aachar Hilsa,” he notes.

Chourangi is designed as a celebration of a unique culinary tradition, which was born as a result of centuries of overseas traders leaving their mark on the vibrant culture of Kolkata.

The city’s cuisine is seen as a unique blend of British, Dutch, Armenian, French, Portuguese and Chinese flavours that have been forged over a 300-year history.

Asked if there are plans to expand these flavours beyond the new London hub, Ghosh adds: “Well, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves! We want to take firm baby steps first.

“But yes, if the initial enthusiasm that we have seen and the rave reviews we have been getting for the food and ambience is anything to go by, we are dreaming already.” PTI AK RS RS

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