If the ever-burgeoning concrete of Kolkata has made one miss the greener parts of the city, then they should head right away to the rooftop What’sUp! café on Southern Avenue. The terrace gives one a spectacular bird’s eye view of a wide vista of trees and the serpentine road below with cars flitting past.
The neon-lit interior looks out to the city skyline through netted screens making the scenery outside appear cloudy and mysterious even on a sunny day. The seats with newspaper prints from around the world and the ambient music add to the café mood. What’s Up! has introduced their new food and cocktail menu, which comprises an array of unique dishes under a section called “In a class of its own”. Foodies can expect exotic international dishes including some very unusual egg based preparations. The anda ghotala, which is a rich stuffing of egg wrapped in croissants coupled with sliced bell papers and potatoes was beautifully garnished, looking vibrant and colourful. The tangy stuffing felt mouth-watering.
The Georgian khachapuri, which is an otherwise plain pizza, turned heavenly with a twist of poached egg topping paired with tomato and capsicum slices. The taste of egg in a pizza is indeed a new experience.
“We added a new section of eggs. Often non-vegetarians do not consider egg as an option, instead opting for mutton, chicken or fish. But egg comes with a variety and that too at very reasonable prices,” said Anamika Sengupta, partner of the café. The Taiwanese bekti fried fish with peanut sauce was another unique item on the menu.
The naturally tender quality of the fish together with the sauce felt as light as air inside the mouth! The taste reaches another level altogether when had with garlic bread and butter. There was another Taiwanese dish of noodles with lime, which had a sharp and spicy taste. The flavour of lime in noodles was a brand new addition. Bringing a perfect ending to the multi cuisine palate was the creamy fruit trifle. It had the taste of pudding rich with fruit slices. The café has also started a newly section of mutton comprising exciting dishes like Keema Noodles, Mutton Goulash, Shepherd’s Pie and much more.
“We serve a wide range of platters like Oriental, Thai, Mexican, Continental, Indian Tandoor, Chinese and more. The authentic continental cuisine doesn’t always appeal to us as sometimes it fails to match with the Indian palette. Keeping that in mind, we present international menus with an Indian touch. For example we have desi pizza in which we have used paneer to give it an Indian twist. Our chefs who are involved with the international dishes have spent a lot of time in countries like Australia or Germany. We travel a lot and explore international food. The items that appeals to us, we think of introducing them at our café. People nowadays in this digitally advanced era are continuously getting exposure to foreign food and culture, and wish to try them,” said Sengupta.
Address: 122A Southern Avenue, Kolkata 700029
Meal for two: Rs 1200 (approx) plus taxes
Timing: Noon to Midnight