Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Mangio - Alipore

Mangio
17/1F Alipore Road, Calcutta 27
Phone: 033-2449 0863

Firstly sorry for the crappy pic (not mine, I flicked it off telegraph - thats the only one I could find). Those helmet like things you see on the counter are actually entree domes. They kind of reminded me of the tacky extras in those old-time 80s television mythological drama war scenes. I liked the decor, casual chic they attempted and achieved as much as they could, though I really like my seating to have backs. I don't like couchy seating areas, but I am willing to forgive such foibles.
Now, for the food. The menu is not very extensive and the juices nice but expensive. I feel cheated when I pay Rs. 280 for 150 ml of juice, but it was good. I had the carrot sweet lime fresh juice, bypassing the smoothies. The juice could do with more cooling, especially since the temperatures seem to be hitting new heights.

We ordered a caesar salad, a chicken sandwich and baked fish in a packet. The caesar salad was very good. It came with crispy bacon and the dressing was just right. The ITC Sonar Bangla's Eden Pavilion's caesar salad used to be my standard fix for caesar salad until the chef changed and the new chef totally ruined it. Now, I have again found my favourite caesar salad in Calcutta and they use Romaine lettuce rather than the other places in Calcutta who mostly use iceberg.

The chicken sandwich came with fries. Despite the fries being yummy, this was my least favourite dish out of the entire meal. The filling could have been more flavorful in my opinion.

The baked fish in the parcel was my favourite order. It was delicately flavoured with basil, lemon and other herbs and every mouthful of fish was juicy and flavorful. The fish came with carrots, asparagus, zucchini, eggplant and potato, each baked perfectly.

As often happens on occasions like this, I forgot my camera, so there are no pictures of the food. Still, the service was very good, the waiters for a change knew the food being served and were attentive.

However, one thing that NEVER changes in Calcutta is the er... "Vegetarian" loud crowd. Yes, you know who you are. Is it too hard to talk normally like other folks do? I don't enjoy hearing about Anshul Jijaji or Kamla Bhabhi and I most certainly do not want to hear your pregnancy woes over my hot chocolate and the sight of you asking for your fresh lime soda to be split one into two or passing your paan masala around to your equally chavvy gang after a posh meal.... Words fail me....

AND........ Thank me for the phone number and the address, especially the phone number. Also, next time, I take pictures.

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3 Comments:

At 7:50 AM, Blogger rainbeau_peep said...

nearly 300 bucks for juice! How much would a dinner cost per person, approximately? I do so love Kookie Jar. :-(
Also, do you like chocolates? They're selling some fine ones at Forum. On the 4th floor, check out the Chocolate Express counter. I'm going to say they come pretty close to being as good as Godiva (which is the only really really good chocolate I've had, other than a Cote d'Or bar once, and a box of handmade darks from Paris, which was a gift).
The chocolate recommendation, as you can see, is completely out of the blue and has nothing at all to do with your post. :-D

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger oddity said...

hmmm the vegetarian crowd...i know the feelings

 
At 5:35 AM, Blogger Namrata said...

Nice to have such neat and in depth reviews of the new places....
Was running a search for new cute yet affordable places...when mangio came to mind....

Theres still such few places to eat anything remotely healthy or salady...without spending a huge bunch that can cause pocket anxiety to a few people i know...

I also totally agree with the finicky - pls add some vegetables and tomato sauce and chillies in my pesto pasta-and dont add any pesto type loud vegetarian crowds....
There oughtta be a law against such crowds...

My fav haunt-tamarinde...does me well in every way...but i wish there were more such finds in terms of japanese, italian, or turkish foods...

oh well!
Nice finding your blog by the way...
happy ranting

 

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