Hello my lovelies! With the large influx of restaurants in Kolkata it is hard to keep up with it all. Not only that, as high is the rate with which these new places crop up they disappear from the scene and one’s memory just as fast. It has become very rare for a place to leave its mark on you…enough that you want to keep going back to it…even in this time when one is spoilt for choices. Ever since I received my gift hamper from The Salt House (which was a jar of Labneh with some Artisan bread all of which was made in-house) I have been looking forward to checking the place out. There was just something about the flavors that showed a lot of promise. The place has finally opened and its working hours are from Noon to Midnight. Very soon they will have their wood fire ovens running and also get their liquor license.
The Salt House is the newest European restaurant to set up shop in Kolkata and the place is beautiful…very “Instagram-able” (welcome to an age where that is a word). Divided into 3 sections – one closed seating area, a glasshouse and an open dining/terrace area. The entire place has a sleek elegant feel to it. We had an interaction session with the Chef Auroni where we were explained how the place came to be and what is it that they want to do with it. From sourcing the freshest ingredients both from local and international sources to provide an authentic taste to the dishes to preparing all the required elements in house going as far as processing the meat as required too. The passion really came through but it remained to be seen if it translated onto the plate just as well…
We started off with the salads where we were served Fried Brussel Sprouts, Feta & Pomegranate Salad and Poached Pear, Chevre & Candied Walnuts Salad. I loved the Brussels sprouts salad! If you look at the dish it looks so simple making one think as to what it could possibly deliver but it is packed with flavor. This warm salad with crispy Brussels paired with feta was such a unique dish and I would highly recommend that you try it out. The pear salad had a nice blend of sweet and savory. I tried out a couple of drinks from their menu like the Kolkata Root Beer and the shikanji/lemonade (sorry forgot the name) both of which were really good and again highly recommended.
Next came in the Truffle fries and the Mushroom Dumplings in Broth. Since I’m allergic to mushrooms I couldn’t sample the dumplings but the broth was so soothing. Just what one needs in comfort food. We munched on the crispy fries as we waited for the next set of dishes to come in. There was this side of potatoes served with a meat dish that just blew me away. The thin slices of potatoes were layered till they made a block…this was super yum! Even my friend who doesn’t like potatoes loved that dish. Next came in the Skinny Omelette, Chevre and Salad Wrap along with a Fluffy Omelette. Ok lets take a moment here to pay respects to how fluffy this omelette was….Oh sweet lord! It just melts into your mouth! If you are looking for a hearty protein fix then the skinny wrap is for you packed with veggies and flavor.
Next came in the Quinoa, Asparagus & Truffle Risotto and I was floored. I refused to be polite with this dish and share it with anyone. The rich buttery taste had me dipping in again and again. It is hard to find quinoa (at least in my experience) that has been cooked well but to find something so flavorful was a treat and half. I am not ashamed to admit that I pigged out on this and will definitely go back to the place just for this alone. As I was quite stuffed I didn’t sample the Aglio E Olio or the Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Sauteed Greens, Pine-nuts and Brown Butter and I’m sure I missed out. But I already had plans to go back there by now so I am looking forward to trying these out then.
We all took a much needed respite after these and spent sometime taking pictures around the place or drinking coffee. The dessert course was eagerly anticipated as word had already gotten around about some of the dishes especially their signature Doi, Berry & Kaos Granola Parfait. This is the perfect breakfast item…rather they feature a lot of breakfast items on their menu and it would be great if they do start a breakfast service one day. Kolkata really lacks a good breakfast place especially after Edelsia shut down. Though parfait is pretty Im sure you would think that it does not sound as appealing…but once again you will be proven wrong. The crunch of the granola paired with tang of the fresh berries and sweet yogurt made a combination of flavors that bursts on your tounge along with the contrasting textures it provides. Hazelnut Mousse, Salted Caramel & French Biscuit was extremely popular with the crowd as was the Chocolate Lava Cake. Seriously we were in chocolate heaven. What a perfect end to a great meal!
Honestly it is very hard to pick a dish out of everything to say that I didn’t like that or that was kinda disappointing…everything was packed with flavors and some of the best food I have tried in Kolkata so far. The Salt House doesn’t just talks the talk….it walks the walk aka they deliver what they promise. This place holds a lot of promise from its inviting ambiance which is perfect for a family outing or date night, to the unique flavor pairings, to the passion shown all around. I am very interested on seeing how this place grows in the coming times and what kind of mark it leaves behind on this city’s food scene. Well that wraps up this post my loves! Do tell me what do you think about it. Have you been to or are planning on going to The Salt House? What is your favorite type of cuisine? What dish, that you have had so far in life, has blown you out of the water? I will catch you soon….see ya!
PS – The author was invited by the PR of the restaurant to sample the menu. Views expressed are genuine and the author’s own.