Calcutta Brasserie Review - Jun 2012
A visit to the Calcutta Brasserie in Stony Stratford. This was a greatly anticipated
event by some members with the place’s renowned reputation for a more varied cuisine
than is usually available from other Indian restaurants in the City. Given that
the May meeting had nearly been cancelled due to lack of interest, it was pleasing
to see so many turned out for the evening.
After meeting up in The George Hotel – which serves real beer - we crossed to the
restaurant. The place is pretty big with around 200 covers and we were shown directly
to our reserved table noting that the place was comfortably full with other diners.
We’ve held the club’s Christmas party here before so everyone was familiar to some
degree with the place.
A speedy drinks order was followed by Popadums and pickles – this was the first indication
of the different focus of the cuisine with some members commenting on the limited
pickle varieties compared to more ‘traditional’ Kashmiri/Northern Indian restaurants.
Starters were varied with something out the ordinary for everyone – my dosa stuffed
with spicy potato and a coconut relish was very tasty. Main course for me was a
Laal Maas from the Rajasthan region – nicely chilli-hot and well complimented by
a spicy aubergine dish and generously over-stuffed Keema Nan. One notable moment
– as everyone started to eat their main courses the table fell completely silent,
surely a first for any MKCC meeting! The traditional end of meal ‘doggy bag’ for
Dave was rather empty this time as dishes had been frequently passed up and down
the table for tasting.
With it’s vaulted ceiling, wall paintings, attentive but unobtrusive staff and multitude
of Indian artefacts the Calcutta Brasserie is a cut above the norm and well suited
to anyone looking for a wider curry experience away from the normal Anglicised Indian
fare. While my memory fades with both age and alcohol, this was likely one of my
highest scoring restaurants in recent years - it’s a pleasure to dine there.
Summary - Lots of accolades for this restaurant since our last visit two years ago,
this is reflected in the price increases, Cobra up 65p to £4.60 for a large bottle
and most of the common curry items increased by up to a pound each - see below.
From the comments you will see that, generally speaking, starters were poor value
but main course were excellently cooked.
Common Curry - Moved up one in the common curry price list. Currently second most
expensive in MK - great for a special occasion but not the best value for money.
The restaurant was quite busy the day of our visit.
3 star certificate awarded - failed by a fraction to reach the 4 star standard.
Web site - http://www.calcuttabrasserie.co.uk/
- Outstanding surroundings and decor
- Barwan Tandoori Aloo, full of flavour
- Tandoori Jhinga starter, excellent flavour and nice spice heat
- Mushrooms with paneer cheese, excellent
- Laal Maas, outstanding, very tender and spicy but not hot
- Sizzling Tandoori Kebab platter - meat eaters paradise but lamb chop was tough
- Very tasty Dhansak main
- Kosha Mangsho, lamb excellent but a little mild for a 'two chilli'
- Gobi Matter veggie, nice flavours
- Chilli nan - moist, perfect
- Poor dips
- Menu needs you to take your time, nice to be different but somehow uninspiring
- Gilafi Sheek, undercooked and not worth £4.50
- Talli Kekra (crab), tasty but very small, below average salad
- Chicken lollipop, pleasant but like a KFC
- Garlic chicken main, sweet, too much cornflower
- Garlic rice, average
- Toilets not the highest standard