Honestly, I am not a Summer-friendly person at all. I avoid all kind of outdoor or non-AC activities including food adventures during the very inconveniently long summer in Kolkata. But pice hotels had certain attractions for me. I had been hearing about them for some time now and never had the chance to visit one. So when a lunch opportunity at one such place opened up with fellow foodies in mid-March, I couldn’t resist.
A Note before we begin:
I deliberately haven’t included history in the main body as this article is about my experiences. However, New Market (earlier Sir Stuart Hogg Market) is a historical place and many will be interested in the background, especially my readers from other countries. So at the end of this article, there are a few useful external links on New Market- which is more than a century old British era shopping arcade and Nahoum’s- the Jewish Bakery inside the market. I have also mentioned several shops in New Market in my write-up. I have given a list of my favourite shops, containing one sentence introduction and location on Google map, at the end. Happy reading!
“দিদি, দাশ কেবিন আসছে!”
No, the restaurant couldn’t really walk. This was actually a coded communication between my sister and me.
I was born and raised in Kolkata. Yet in the 4 decades I’ve spent in this city, I have never been to Sabir’s. In my defense I can say that my mom was a wizard in the kitchen and along with daily delicacies, special food was also very frequent. When it came to eating out, mom wouldn’t go beyond Park Street. Though I believe Dad was more adventurous and had been to these gems of food places, but didn’t reveal much at home paying respect to the (British) monarchy ;-).
Also, I never had food enthusiast friends until I got into food blogging/writing and met some of the craziest, most curious and enlightened food enthusiasts, the company of whom I treasure every bit. Sabir’s beeps strongly in their radar and soon a meet-up at the place was planned.