The newest (Bengali) resto in town – Calcutta Cricket Club

This is an upscale Bengali resto, located on busy 17th Ave SW that just opened last week!
Given the fact that my fave Nilu’s Kitchen (Bangladeshi resto) shut down last year, I was curious to find how this was!
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Waiting Time:
They don’t take reservations. We got in at 8pm and put our name down (waiting time was about 45 mins and they call you when the table is ready).
Food
  • Papri Chat (semolina crisps, spiced potatoes, yogurt, onions, chickpeas, mint, tamarind, chat masala, sev and pomegranate) 
    • At first glance, this looked a bit dry compared to what I’ve had elsewhere.  However, as I dug into it, there were more potatoes and crips than anything else.  Yogurt was adequate but a little on the drier side.  Pomegranate – barely any!  Taste and texture – the crisps were extremely crispy (i.e. fresh), yogurt wasn’t bitter and I loved that mint was added into it.  However, i’d prefer a little more pomegranate and more yogurt sauce.  I wouldn’t choose this again mainly because potatoes were on the heavier side than anything else; and I don’t  like to fill my stomach with potatoes before the main meal.  However, would be good to share between 3 people.

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  • Kati roll (tandoori spiced chicken, onions, lime and green chilli wrapped in paratha)
    • The paratha was relatively thin, soft and a little crunchy. Chicken breast was very tender and cooked, but it was a bit spicy due to fresh chills.  If you were to choose this dish on its own, it would not be enough. Order 2 kati rolls.  This is definitely something I’d have again.
  • Gunpowder Broccolini (charred broccolini with garlic-ginger ghee, red chilli and sprinkled with spice)
    • I love broccolini and I’ve only ever had it boiled! So I definitely needed to try it “charred”!  This was only slightly charred, but it was deliciously cooked with a very garlicky ghee.  In fact, it was too garlicky and a tad bit sea-salty! Although it was cooked with dried red chilli, it wasn’t that spicy.  This is a MUST HAVE dish; especially if you love green veg…just be mindful that it had a lot of ghee in it (but the ghee smelt like butter and not the bad kind of ghee that you buy from an Indian grocery store!)

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  • Chicken Rezala (a royal white curry with whole spices, yogurt, cashew, poppy seed and saffron)
    • This was the most surprising dish of all because of the quantity.  The total amount of chicken pieces looked as if they came from an equivalent of 2 chicken thighs or 2 drumsticks. The white curry was very thin (almost a water consistency rather than a cream/yogurt consistency).  The taste was the usual – similar to what I had in Bangladesh.  Therefore for a price of $15, especially with the small quantity, I felt that this was a “miss”.

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  • Lamb Shank Kosha Mangsho (slowly braised lamb shank served with traditional mishti pulao with cashews, saffron and raisins)
    • The lamb shank was cooked well with adequate amount of sauce to poor over the rice.  The sauce itself was a bit on a tangy side (more tomato paste and less spices to what I’m used to) – in fact, I felt it was a bit similar to moroccan style cooking.  At a price of  $38 for the rice and meat, it is reasonable for Calgary.  However, given the fact that I personally cook lamb shanks pretty well, I wouldn’t have it next time 😃

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  • Garlic Nan
    • We initially received a very well cooked piece of nan bread.. in fact, some parts of it were too crispy.  The waiter kept coming by to see if everything was okay, and I just had to tell him that the nan was overly cooked.  Within minutes though, he served softer nan.  The nan wasn’t that thin, but it was light.  The garlicky butter on the top was a bit dry – would be better to have more of a moist coating on the top.

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  • Chai
    • Masala chai was more on the watery side and the spices were overpowered by its sweetness from the sugar.  I personally would not order this again because I prefer less sweeter, and more thicker milk; but then again, the price of $2 per glass was reasonable.

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  • Mango Payesh
    • This was a cold rice pudding served in a bowl in the middle of mango sauce.  This was refreshing and not sweet as most Indian desserts are (definitely not as sweet as the chai!).  Quantity was enough for 2-3 people.  I would definitely have this again.

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Ambiance
The decor was absolutely stunning! Seats were very comfy! Music was mellow and the restaurant was fully packed.  Hubby and I sat there for hours talking.  This is one of the nicest, comfortable restaurants that I’ve been to.
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Service
Initially the service was fast and we were served by this 1 guy.  Later, it got a bit slow and it took a lot of time to get our bill and our dessert, even though many of the customers had already left. However, the waiter apologised and said that this is the first week of opening.  He was very polite and apologetic and therefore, I give this level of service a very high rating.
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Would I come here again?
Definitely I would! It’s really a great place to catch up with anyone. I would mainly come for the small bar snacks/rolls rather than the heavy main dishes.  The bar snacks and rolls prices range between $3.50 to $12 and were really good in terms of taste/quality/price.  The ambience is unbeatable.
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