People are gonna get decked out in every shade possible this weekend, and friends and family will revel in bright colours. But when it comes to celebrating Holi, can a feast be far away? The spirit of the festival is carried on in the special drinks and delicacies laid out by restaurants in the City of Joy. There's a lot on offer - from boozy thandais to rainbow shots that celebrate the festival of colour. Here is a guide to where to go and what to have:
The newest addition to the chain of Massive Restaurants - Farzi Cafe, Kolkata is an amalgamation of ideas, all inspired by the City of Joy. Spread across 4,500 sq. ft this modern Indian bistroserves up Indian food prepared by using strong elements of molecular gastronomy, showcasing some of the iconic dishes of India as well the popular dishes from around the world with an Indian touch. The Farzified Holi Menu has drinks like Rassbhari Thandai - a healthy high protein thandai with a combination of mixed berries (Rs325), the Tulsi Thandai with a hint of basil (Rs325), Bang on Bhaang - a combination of homemade thandai mixed with juniper berries and lots of gin (Rs695) and Rang de Farzi - a platter of colourful shots (Rs1,295).
Where: Farzi Cafe, 13, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kankaria Estates, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
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Traffic Gastropub is already famous for its signature cocktails that have made quite an impression among pubcrawlers. This Holi, the gastropub is all set to present its specially curated concoctions that combine thetraditional spirit along with boozy indulgence. Double the fun with their Rainbow Shots (Rs999),Thandai (Rs249), Rang Barse (Rs249) and Rangoli Cocktail Platter (Rs699).
Where: 2nd Floor, City Centre, Rajarhat Newtown, Kolkata, WestBengal 700157
Canteen Pub & Grub
Continue your Holi party at Canteen Pub & Grub with a range of delectables from their eclectic Holi-themed, colourful menu. The highlights include Singaporean PohPai (Rs289), Pepper Blust Chicken (Rs379), Gulabi Anardana Paneer Tikka (Rs349), and Gulal Murgh Tikka (Rs389). Pair these dishes with their fun, boozy concoctions like Purple Haze, Spring Blossom, Colour Me Pink, Mast Thandai and Ocean Breeze. Don’t forget the blissful desserts like Kesar Thandai Kulfi (Rs149).
Where: City Centre 1, C301, 3rd floor, DC Block, Sector 1, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700064
Inspired by the boldness and adventurous spirit of “her”, Jalsa is a classic depiction of a distinctive, contemporary concept that has its roots etched in heritage. The restaurant has laid out a must-have Holi menu with dishes like Rang Barse (Rs495) - a chilled milk-based drink with a mix of almond syrup, thandai with lots of crushed dry fruits with saffron strands on top. Then there's the Thandai LIIT (Rs595) which is your favourite Holi drink with a heady mix of vodka, rum, and gin, with chopped almonds and coconut milk. The Gulabi Thandai (Rs495) is perfect for post-Holi celebrations and made with passionfruit syrup, cranberry juice, and lemongrass, served with rose petals. They also have mocktails like the Holi Slushie (Rs225) - a refreshing mix of fresh orange, strawberry syrup and kiwi crush. And the Holi Cooler (Rs225) - a festive and non boozy drink that's sweet and tangy with the flavour of fresh orange and cranberry juice. Craving sweets? Try the Frozen Mango Popcorn (Rs525) with fresh alfonso, nougat, mango ice-cream, and mango gel, and infused with liquid nitrogen.
Where: Jalsa, Harrington Mansion, 8, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kankaria Estates, Central, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
Retro themed Chapter 2 brings you a refreshing array with colorful coolers with live music. The menu features mocktails and cocktails like Earthy Cosmo, Ginger Zing, Clover Club and On The Beach. Now, add on to the festive feast with a splash of Colorful Coolers & Live Music.
Where: Chapter 2, P-377, Hemanta Mukhopadhyay Sarani, Southern Avenue, Kolkata - 700029
Lord of the Drinks
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Park Street's popular watering hole Lord of the Drinks has specially curated two fun and boozy concoctions for its patrons. These Holi-themed innovative cocktails, Matka Tini and Paan Tini, come with different alcohol bases and can be paired with delectable starters. Matka Tini is a fun boozy vodka and milk-based cocktail that represents the thandai, an integral part of Holi. The Paan Tini is loaded with Bacardi white rum, cranberry juice, lemon juice and garnished with orchid and meetha paan to add colour.
Where: South City Mall, Fourth Floor, Kolkata 700068
Please Don't Talk
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The quirky space takes you on a trip down the memory lane with its school-themed decor - with the library, huge chalkboard, a notice board, and staff in school uniform. Hence the name. The one-of-a-kind quirky ambience along with the weekly musical evenings sets Please Don’t Talk a class apart. Drop by with your Holi squad and pick your spot from the chemistry lab, library or mezzanine section. Definitely try the PDT Thandai - a mix of bourbon whisky, Baileys, thandai syrup, and chopped dry fruits (Rs595).
Where: Please Don’t Talk Gastropub, 8 Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Perfect Place in Town
If you are looking for an open-air terrace seating for a post sunset celebration with your gang, head here. Their elaborate gold accented bar will elevate your mood on the dullest days, and the terrace has the charm of Victorian decor seen in old Kolkata with contemporary accents. The 350-seater lounge also presents a thoughtfully crafted menu featuring innovative dishes from a variety of world cuisine such as Italian, Indian, Mexican and more. The unique madrix lighting creates the perfect setting for the night as you dance your heart out to the energetic tunes of the DJ. The bar menu will boast a selection of uniquely crafted cocktails by the in-house mixologist offering the perfect experience for those with a taste for finer things in life. Boost your lounging experience under street-style lamps, geometric and abstract decor, all while relaxing in the sight of the city skyline overlooking Salt Lake and surrounding water bodies. Their bar specials start at Rs399 and include Liquid Kesari - a White Rum Shooter which comes in different flavour with saffron cream. And the Gulab Thandai created with tequila, rose milk and honey. The Mithai Pista is combo of vodka, vanilla cream and pistachios.
Where: Perfect Place in Town, 9th Floor, E2/3EP GP Block, Sector V, Stesalit Towers, near RDB Cinemas, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700091
Hard Rock Cafe
Indulge in some gluttonous bingeing this Holi, as Hard Rock Cafe Kolkata is all set to tantalise your taste buds with their range of food and drinks. Start off with Rhythm & Rose Mule or Blackberry Sparkling Sangria and pair these drinks with delectable delicacies like Tropical Burger, Katsu Chicken Burger or the Charred Huli Huli Veg Skewers. The damage to the wallet is about Rs2,500 for two people.
Where: Park Mansion, 57-A, Park St, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016
Masala 21 has a diverse range of mouth-watering delicacies inspired by the different regions of the country. To take the celebrations several notches higher, here are some of the dishes to check out - Rang Biranga Kebab Platter (veg & non-veg), Holi Special Mutton Curry, Paneer Riyasi Tikka, Maalpua, and Thandai. A meal for two would cost about Rs699 (veg platter).
Where: Om Enclave, 59/2, Barrackpore, Trunk Rd, Rishi, Paikpara, Kolkata, West Bengal 700002