In Kolkata, many places have reinvented themselves in different styles just to mollify the customers’ changing tastes and to catch up with the trend. This time I chose to visit a new joint that has almost reinvented itself and also its passion for food. Earlier known as the AHD in Sector V, Salt Lake, is now renamed Rang De Basanti Dhaba (RDBD), after its very successful original version at neo-Punjabi land Gurgaon.
The joint is almost a replica of the one that is located in Gurgaon. At the entrance, the real Punjabi emblem—a life size tractor—creates an impression, replicating itself on everything from the logo to the menu. The interiors have been decorated with utmost perfection and the seats offered are equally great. The disposition of the contemporary dhaba is built in with the ease of using milk cans and oil holders as lamp shades, framed kitsch art advertising and hardwood furniture with phulkari cushions on the benches. The buzz actually is created by the mix of the family, young IT and college crowd who troop in to taste the difference. While the chairs I believe could have been a little more comfortable, the menu makes up completely for the loss.
The items that you can choose from include right from beverages to desserts. Start with the rang de cola and then go on to enjoy other delicacies such as Fish Amritsari (230), Tandoori Ishtyle Chicken Momos (95), Mirchi Malai Seekh (140), Mutton Boti Din Raat (210), Mutton Chaampen aur Burrah (220), Tawa Keema Kaleji (225), Tawa Bheja Masala (220), Egg Bhurji (75), Punjabi Rajma Curry and Chawal (140) and Punjab Di Daal Makhni (130).
The house special batter fried Amritsari fish came with the right mix of ajwain. The tandoor baked chicken momos have a smoky outside and the soft cushiony Chinese chicken mince inside, giving a twist to the Punjabi tale. The Tawa Keema Kaleji (225), Tawa Bheja Masala (220), Egg Bhurji (75) are simply awesome while the mutton chaanp and mutton burrah are also worth mentioning. The sweet ending with the Gulkand ice cream (75) is excellent.
Address: DN-37, Sector 5, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700091