An oasis called South City Mall(Flurys, Bijoli Grill, Cookie jar)... Kolkata Live

Most Sunday mornings see K and me heading to Candies for breakfast.

I was in Calcutta this Sunday in a land far far away from Candies and Bharti and Bliss and the gang there.

So I took off with my brother in his car to South City which has become my second home and oasis in Calcutta. After an inanely long petrol filling and PUC check we finally reached the food court where I sapped up a CCD Express cappuccino like a camel at a pond.

With some life back into me we headed to the Flurys counter and bought chicken patties for Dadu, my grandpa's birthday in the evening. We were welcomed by a warm, smiling young lady reminiscent of the cheerful ladies in the chocolateries in Switzerland. Which was fitting given that Flurys was started by a Swiss family in Calcutta. She was all bubbly ans posed for us too very sportingly. a continuation of some of the lovely folks I have come across restaurants in Calcutta this time.

Check out the lovely cubed pastries including the shocking pink but yummy strawberry ones and the rum balls which you just can't forget. Wish I could take Flury's back with me to Mumbai.

We also made a stop at the Bijoli Grill. Even as an eight year old I knew from my dad that Bijoli Grill were the best wedding caterers in Calcutta. And that they provided the food in the Club House at The Eden Gardens. Today I had a 'fish orley', fish fillet's rolled and deep fried in a gram flour batter and served with mayo. Awe inspiring. Again I could only fervent wish that they set shop in Aamchi Mumbai. What does Dilli and Bengaluru have that we don't?

And then to the Cookie Jar outlet in the top floor. C J burst into the cal bakery scene in the eighties and really revolutionised the cake scene here. It was quite a premium joint and the rich and mighty would buy stuff from there. C J has had labour trouble since then, overcome it and has expanded too. The outlet in South City is a sign of the coming of age of the deep south in Calcutta. They still have a chip on their shoulder. The cashier, who probably hadn't had breakfast didn't allow me to take pics. Even when I told him about the honour of being featured on Finely chopped. Didn't move the sour puss.
Still the cake was a great hit and I was glad that we got a Cookie jar cake for Dadu's birthday. And I did manage a few photos at the counter.


Wow - I too want one of those pastries... I have heard a lot about Flurys...
Gia Fernandes said…
Maybe Delhi and Blore have more Bengalis? For that matter even K.C. Das is not here. And I have only tasted their rosgullas in Bangalore once.
Pinku said…
Awesome pics.....those praline pastries look so super yummy..

I guess delhi has a concentrated Bengali population in CR park which helps. Cant say about Bangalore though.

As for Mumbai - it has a well developed bakery scene of its own so that rules out the CJ and Flurry's.
For Bijoli Grill - i suppose the rental and now with the MNS the labours scene would be a big detterent.
Scarlett said…
There they are again! The Strawberry Cubes!!!

To answer your question of what Delhi & Bangaluru have that Mumbai doesn't, it's relatively affordable real estate prices. The spiralling real estate prices in Mumbai deter many stores from setting shop in the city. Zara for instance has been trying to open in Mumbai for a very long time.

P.S.: It's CRUEL of you to have put up pics of those chocolate pastries. Hmpfff.
Kalyan Karmakar said… must stop next door at calcutta the next time you go home. Their pastries are unique

CC, Pinku, Scarlett... Mumbai definitely doesn't have Bong settlements, ghettos, townships ... however you call it. Plus Mumbai is a fairly cosmopolitan city so your social circle tends to be mixed. I am generalised based on my own experience though.

And real estate costs are a killer

Scarlett: I thought you had turned pink

Mumbai paused: true
Anonymous said…
Occasional reader of your blog; to stay abreast of what to get in Mumbai.
A suggestion-next time you are in Cal, try out Chicken cutlet at Campari, Gariahat. Not too sure of the quality of an old favorite-Chingri cutlet at Radhubabu's, Lake Mkt.
Btw, me too from Eco Presi-'97 batch, currently at Malad.
Did you have a certain Shubhanker in your batch?
Kalyan Karmakar said…
Dear Anon, do drop a mail whenever you want Mumbai Samachar. Yup i passed out in 95 and Shubhankar, Chintu, was batchmate of mine in school and college :)

I know of Campari but never managed it yet. It's at D park right? Will head straight for it next time
Christina said…
I happened to have my 1st great Bengali meal (after a couple of epic failures, at Oh! Calcutta, may I add) at Bijoli Grill IN MUMBAI :-)

It has opened in Powai.... and I just thought you should know!

The Kosha Mangsho, Dhokar Dalna, and Fish Fry were all awesome... Sadly, since I went with my vegetarian fiance, I couldn't try more items like the mustard fish / prawn curries....

But there's always a next time!
♥ Braja said…
The images at the bottom of the post, they're Flury's products? I particularly like the chocolate eggless pastry....
Kalyan Karmakar said…
The one at the bottom are Kookie Jar