Best known for setting up successful pop-up events cooking Bengali cuisine at home, Shrimoyee Chakraborty is now getting ready to open her first permanent spot, Calcutta Street, in Fitzrovia.
There are two sides to Calcutta Street. First, there's the ground floor no-reservations restaurant which is more of a casual affair with a central bar. But downstair is the (bookable) dining room which seats 20 around communal; tables and is aiming for a home-dining Bengali experience. There, you're promised shared dishes and "endless breads, rice, chutneys, pickles and a dedicated bar".
As for the kind of dishes available - expect:
- Doi Phuchka, crispy, tangy semolina balls with potato, black chick peas, tamarind and yogurt filling
- Malai Curry - jumbo prawns cooked in a coconut and mustard sauce
- Pithe, pancakes made with rice flour with a coconut and jaggery filling.
There will be classic Bengali drinks too with Shorbot cocktails, natural wines and more.