This World Chocolate Day, drop by these haunts in Calcutta to satiate that sweet tooth

 This World Chocolate Day, drop by these haunts in Calcutta to satiate that sweet tooth

Contrary to popular belief that Chocolate Day is perhaps celebrated in the month of February, World Chocolate Day is actually on July 7th. Before the 1550’s, chocolate was mostly familiar in areas around Mexico and other parts of America. The colonial experience led to the introduction of chocolates in Europe around 1550 and the rest as they say is history. Chocolates are perhaps one of the most popular ingredients known to mankind today. To think that until 1550, most of the world went without chocolate is hard to believe and quite honestly, a little bit sad. From birthdays and anniversaries to pajama night in-s and sappy first dates, chocolate is the magic word. In the recent years, chocolate has seen a massive rise in its production – from sophisticated bespoke luxury chocolates to dairy-free dark chocolates; you name it. This World Chocolate Day, we bring you a curated list of the best chocolate desserts in town to sink your teeth into – we like to believe that like all other things in life, chocolate deserves to be celebrated in all its glory. Plus, a little chocolate never hurt anyone!

 Unplugged Courtyard – Open-air dining has been the ultimate trend setter and Unplugged Courtyard prides in having one of the finest ambiances that boasts of a scintillating backdrop of the Calcutta skyline with the iconic Victoria Memorial at bay. To make the deal even sweeter, they even have some amazing desserts. Feel free to dig into the Unplugged Chocolate Bomb that comes with a chocolate ganache, charred marshmallows, and chocolate crumbs; covered in a chocolate dome. It is served with a hot chocolate sauce. May we also recommend the churros with chocolate dust powdering that comes with a hazelnut dip and the Chocolate bread; a chocolate sponge with molten chocolate cone that comes with a vanilla ice-cream.

Pocket pinch for two: INR 2800/-

Address: Hotel Golden Park, Terrace, 13, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071

Timing: 12 NOON To 8 PM

Canteen Pub and Grub – Located in City Centre in the Salt Lake area, Canteen Pub and Grub believes in transporting their guests back to their college haunt; and what is more popular than the college canteen? From bunking classes and chatting for hours, the college canteen has seen way more drama than the college itself. The food, décor, and vibes are sure to remind you of the good ol’ days. Incidentally, Canteen is also the most popular place in town for a good drink with friends, so if you’re wondering, we suggest dropping by and trying the Thandai Chocolate Mousse. Owner Swastik Nag is of the impression that this is undeniably one of their best-selling desserts; who are we to argue?

Pocket pinch for two: INR 1700/- (incl alcohol)

Address: City Centre 1,3rd floor, DC Block, Sector 1, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700064

Timing: 12 NOON To 8 PM

Traffic Gastropub – Situated in City Centre 2 in Rajarhat, Traffic Gastropub is the millennial’s hangout spot. If you’re wondering, yes boomers are welcome too. The music, happy hours, the scrumptious food and the fun décor just makes it better. Everything comes at a pocket friendly price which is a hard resist, even for us. We suggest trying out the delectable Oreo-gasm from the menu that combines all the good stuff: Oreo, Chocolate, and Caramel. Yes, we’re serious. You can also try the Nolen Gur Brownie which is Nolen Gur ice-cream on a chocolate brownie – need we say more?

Pocket pinch for two: INR 1500/- (incl alcohol)

Address: 2 Floor, City Centre, Rajarhat Newtown, Kolkata, West Bengal 700157

Timing: 12 NOON To 8 PM

Potboiler Coffee House – This one’s for all the literary fans out there – if you’ve always wanted to cozy up in a corner with a warm cup and Pride and Prejudice, this is your dream come true, look no further. From the cute interiors, to the many quotes that would have you chuckling, and a menu that screams ‘order me now’, this place is ideal for anyone who loves a good read along with munchies. We recommend the Deep fried Oreos; Oreos dipped in batter and fried to perfection, drizzled with cocoa powder and confectioner’s sugar served alongside ice-cream. However, if you are indeed planning to cozy up with a book in a corner, Miss Lokhatia says there is nothing better than their Choco-chip cake slice to go with some coffee, read: a bibliophile’s stairway to heaven.

Pocket pinch for two: INR 950/- for two

Address: 2nd Floor, 92/1B, Purna Das Rd, Triangular Park, lake Terrace, Kalighat, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029

Timing: 12 NOON To 8 PM

Lord of the Drinks – This place is the very definition of neo-classical meets modern-esque. You are sure to find it on every party goer’s bookmarked list. An absolute rage, Lord of The Drinks is perhaps one of the most popular pubs in India and we’re dead serious. Combine the madness of a midnight haunt that also boasts of delectable food and stiff cocktails; what you get is an all-nighter but if you are wondering, they’re also pro at their dessert game. Their signature dessert Monte Carlo, which is an ice-cream sandwich that is layered with the richness of chocolate fudge and vanilla ice- cream, topped with nuts, and chocolate syrup is your ticket to paradise. The other chocolate dessert that we cannot recommend enough is the Nutty Brownie, a rich and decadent walnut brownie that is served alongside a condiment of nuts, chocolate syrup, and vanilla ice-cream. We’re drooling already!

Pocket pinch for two: INR1800/- for two (incl alcohol)

Address: South City Mall, Fourth Floor, Kolkata, West Bengal 700068

Timing: 12 NOON To 8 PM

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