Kolkata, 8thNovember, 2020:Diwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, signifies the triumph of good over evil. It is construed as an embodiment of the light of God prevailing over darkness. In the light of current circumstances, the tone and tenor of this year’s Diwali entails more significance than it ever did. Hauled into a maelstrom of obscurity, we are reeling from the ravages of a pandemic inflicted by the novel coronavirus. The outbreak has crippled our economy and disintegrated our social lives. A tenebrous spectre looms over our heads as we grapple for survival and sustenance.Amidst such a gloom-ridden time, the lights and fireworks of Diwali will spiritually uplift our hopes in eradicating the evil, much like the execution of the ten-headed demon king Ravanain the hands of Hindu deity Lord Rama, which, in essence, forms the religious significance of this festival. But the celebration of Diwali not only involves the ubiquitous illumination, firecrackers, and oil lamp and Rangoli decorations, but it also occasions the feasting on our favourite Diwali sweets and desserts.Let us have a look at some hand-picked restaurants and pubs, which are serving some Diwali-special desserts. Add to that some exceptional cocktails that will ensure that the unrelenting grueling phase we are going through right now won’t dampen this year’s festivities.
THE LORDS AND BARONSThe Lords and Barons is an exceptional amalgamation of the neo-olden nostalgia of pre-colonial British Calcutta and an avant-garde cuisine that takes inspiration from the palate of medieval times while infusing contemporary herbs and spices. The décor is reminiscent of the architectural elements of the Victorian age, and the archetypal Brit Pub feel runs in the veins of every nook and corner of this one-of-a-kind restaurant. The variety of desserts and cocktails on offer is exemplary, with the highlight being the Diwali special cocktail termed as Kesariya Diwali. Some of the mouth-watering desserts you can try are the traditional Rustic Apple Cobbler, Chocolate Rainbow Cake, andClassic Fruit Truffle.
Address:20B, Part Street, Kolkata-700016Time:12:00 PM -12:00 AM
In the Menu:Desserts:•Classic Fruit Truffle:(English style truffle made with fruits, custard and cake sponge layer)•Chocolate Rainbow Cake:(Chef’s Special)•Rustic Apple Cobbler:(Traditional UK style apple cobbler made with caramelized apple filling covered with butter biscuit crumble and baked. Served with house caramel sauce)Cocktails:•TLB Fashionista•Kesariya Diwali•Spicy Arabiana•Scotch Juicy•Island Affair•Refreshing YouCost for two:INR 1500/-(Approx) with alcohol
In the Menu:Desserts:•Classic Fruit Truffle:(English style truffle made with fruits, custard and cake sponge layer)•Chocolate Rainbow Cake:(Chef’s Special)•Rustic Apple Cobbler:(Traditional UK style apple cobbler made with caramelized apple filling covered with butter biscuit crumble and baked. Served with house caramel sauce)Cocktails:•TLB Fashionista•Kesariya Diwali•Spicy Arabiana•Scotch Juicy•Island Affair•Refreshing YouCost for two:INR 1500/-(Approx) with alcoholTRAFFIC GASTROPUBThe pièce de résistance of Traffic Gastropubis its myriad selection of local and imported intoxicants in the form of brews, wines and cocktails. The industrial décor of this eponymous pub cum café displays the bustling environment of traffic, adopting the use of railway sleeper wood and incorporating recycled items like bottles, tins, and cycle strokes. The dessert menu caters to the current trends for the modish crowd. This year’s Diwali special is the simply-termed self-explanatory Diwali Bumper,which is a must-try for all. A few dark rum and vodka-based cocktails that are recommended are Punch Romains, the piquant Jalapeno and Olive Martini, andPlanters Punch, the classic IBA official cocktail.
Address:2 Floor, City Centre 2, Rajarhat, Newtown, West Bengal -700157Tenure:From 13thNovember onwardsTime:12:00 PM-10:30 PM
In the Menu:Desserts:•Diwali Bumper•Muffins MalaiCocktails:•Punch Romains•Sea Breeze•Jalapeno and Olive Martini•Rum PunchPricefor two: INR 1500/-(Approx) with alcohol