Tag: Anglo-Indian-food

Barcelos, the South-African Based Casual Dining Restaurant Chain opens its First Outlet in Kolkata


Video: Barcelos Restaurant serving Afro-Portugese cuisine

International casual dining restaurant chain Barcelos made their presence felt in Eastern India by opening their first 100 seater outlet at Kolkata. Mr. Rohit Malhotra, India Business Head of Barcelos, Mr. Robin Sarkar, Mr. Kaushik Roy Chowdhury and Mr. Indranil Roy Chowdhury, Directors of Trivia Food and Beverages were present at the occasion to share the brand specifics and expansion plans.

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After the successful launches in New Delhi and Gurgaon, the brand seems very hopeful with the Kolkata outlet. Barcelos introduced Black and Red Burger and this has been breaking the myth of unhealthiness associated with burgers. The Black Burger is made out of spinach extract, cocoa powder and hence it is very healthy. The Red Burger has ingredients like beet root, tomato which gives it the red color. There is also a White Burger which is snow white in color.

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The brand started with its single operation in Pretoria, South Africa in 1993. The company boasts of its presence in 18 countries including UK, Sweden and Middle East with operations in more than 120 outlets across the world.

Barcelos serves authentic Afro-Portugese cuisine. Their USPs is their four unique variations of Peri Peri Sauce: Mild, Tangy, Veri and Supa. The other innovations of the brand are Flamed Grilled Chicken varieties, healthiest burgers, Portugese dishes, innovative salads and molecular drinks.

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The decor theme is predominantly “Southern European”. A lot of wood, iron and bricks have been used to get the Portuguese retro touch.  To break the monotony and further add life and freshness to the interiors a lot of pastel colours like red and yellow has been used.  One of the walls adore a huge canvas hand painting covering almost 500 sq ft of area to blend in a Portuguese street market feel. The walls at the restaurant offer a glimpse of the legends of Barcelos, which is a city in Potrugal, and shows the journey of the restaurant chain. There is also a fresco seating arrangement just outside the restaurant.

The average price per customer is Rs. 1,000 plus taxes for two and the restaurant is open from 11 am to 11 pm.

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Prosenjit Chatterjee Inaugurates Restaurant Chapter 2; Promising the best of Anglo Indian Food and Retro Culture


Video: Kolkata Restaurant Chapter 2 Inaugurated

Chapter 2, the newest addition to the culinary map of the city was inaugurated in the august presence of Tollywood Superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee. Also present at the occasion was Agnimitra Paul, Nitish Roy along with the owners- Shiladitya Chaudhury and Debaditya Chaudhury.

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Chapter 2 promises to bring back the memories of Anglo Indian food and the live music culture. “We have tried to recreate the Park Street of the fifties and the sixties. After Oudh and Chowman, Chapter 2 will be serving Anglo-Indian delicacies which are commonly referred to as Continental food here. The fact that this has been started after Park Street is the reason why we have named it Chapter 2” said Debaditya Chaudhury.

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The retro ambience at the food joint has been done by National Award winning art director Nitish Roy. 3 dimensional photo frames showing the Hollywood stars of the yester years to real life displays of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe to a Cadillac car on the wall of the bar to table top designs showing newspaper clips of the past era- the restaurant is a trip down memory lane for many.

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Agnimitra Paul who has done the costume of the waiters of the restaurant said “I was a little skeptical when I was offered to do the costume as I have never done this before. This is a novel idea indeed to bring back the past. We usually cannot get back the things which have been there in the past. This is a good way of bringing back the past”. The designer’s favorite Anglo Indian dish is Pork Chops.

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Some of the signature dishes which will be served at the restaurant include Prawn cocktail, Mushroom cocktail, Prawn on toast, Chicken live pate, Egg devil, Chicken Carbonara, Irish beef stew, Pork vindaloo, Lamb goulash, Gypsy beef roast, Juicy pork spare ribs, Prawn thermidor, Prawn newburg, Poached Beckti, Veg a la kiev, Asparagus and mushroom risotto and others. Desserts include lemon soufflé, Cheese cake, Apple pie and Chocolate mousse.

A well stocked bar serving an array of special cocktails and mocktails along with premium liquor is another attraction of this food joint. The retro live music scene will have some of the oldest bands of the city performing on the weekends at the restaurant.

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Prosenjit Chatterjee who was also present at the occasion was impressed with the interior décor of the place. He said “They have brought the culture of Park Street. To have dinner with live music was much in vogue. Many used to request the song that they will like to listen. I am touched with the concept and the interior has been done excellently. Nitish da, one of the finest art directors in Indian cinema has done the interior. This brings back memories of my childhood. Now I cannot do this. But previously any occasion called for a visit to Park Street”.

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When asked about his preference for Continental food, the actor said “I can say that I eat Continental food 365 days. This is because I eat food which does not have oil or salt. I also do not eat fried food. The basic food is close to Continental. My son Trishanjit is a foodie and I will surely bring him here. I think my full family will enjoy the food as we are all into healthy food consumption”.

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When questioned about the response that he is getting from his film Sankhachil, the actor said “The response is good here. In Bangladesh, they d not have many multiplexes like we have. However the film is playing in most cinema halls and many halls have their shows sold out already”.

The restaurant has space for hosting seventy people and a private area for twenty people is also available. Chapter 2 is open from 12.30 pm to 11 pm and the cost for two is Rs 1000.

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