restaurants / European

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Kolkata (Calcutta) , India
26 Chowringhee Rd
+91 33 33 40611658
most mains ₹350-450, lobster ₹1500, beer/wine/cocktails from ₹175/320/700
Opening hours
noon-3pm Wed-Mon & 7.30-11.30pm daily, kitchen closes 10.30pm
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Although offering inventive gourmet-standard cuisine, prices are sensible and the atmosphere relaxed yet very special. The name references the start of Italy's Baroque period, but the decor prefers an early 20th-century sense of retro with low-wattage filament lamps and Charlie Chaplin era movies playing on designer-stark walls beside the six-stooled cocktail bar that takes centre stage.

Creative skewer snacks arrive in Chemistry-lab beakers, flavour packed 'skinny pizza' starters perch on long thin slabs of slate, and scrumptious herb-seared cottage cheese is served on lemon potatoes with a pepper coulis so good you'll want to lick the plate.