Capital’s newest restaurant sees Anjan Chatterjee and Aditya Ghosh put the cuisine of Calcutta on the global map
Taking its name from Chowringhee, the oldest and most vibrant quarter of Calcutta, the restaurant will bring alive a unique culinary tradition that has been born of centuries of overseas traders leaving their mark on this vibrant culture. Calcutta cuisine, for those who have never experienced it, is a unique blend of British, Dutch, Armenian, French, Portuguese and Chinese flavours that have been forged over a 300-year history.
Chourangi is the brainchild of chef-turned-leading Indian restaurateur Anjan Chatterjee and his close friend, Aditya Ghosh, celebrated airline and tech entrepreneur from India. Anjan and Aditya came up with the concept over a meal in one of Anjan’s restaurants a couple of years ago and decided to bring the unexplored flavours of Calcutta to London – the food capital of the world.
Anjan has personally curated the dishes and the distinctive elements of this unique cuisine. The menu will featureauthentic dishes, deeply inspired, selected and developed by Anjan’s personal culinary experiences of his mother’s cooking and his childhood in the city. With every ingredient personally sourced by Anjan himself, dishes will feature the best spices from Calcutta (like Anjan’s own five-spice rub and Aam Kasundi mustard), coupled with the finest sourced ingredients in the UK. The menu will feature ‘hero dishes’ like Prawn & Crab Parcels, Banana Flower Croquettes, Slow Roasted Kosha Lamb and Aam Aachar Hilsa.
Aditya Ghosh, who is one of India’s most celebrated and highly regarded business leaders, has been a long time and die-hard fan of Oh! Calcutta restaurant joins hands with Anjan as the co-founder of Chourangi. With Anjan’s obsession for finding the right flavours, he needed someone as passionate a Chef as him. His search led him to track down Chef Jolly, who comes on board as the Culinary Director, with over two decades of international experience including a stint with the Marriott Group of hotels.
Chourangi, spread across 2,900sq. ft will feature a unique interior designed to reflect the soul and essence of Calcutta, paying homage to the city’s refined architecture. Steve LaBouchardiere and Simon McCarthy’s award-winning hospitality design studio, Design LSM, have sourced muted colours from Steve’s personal journey to Calcutta. The design nods to the British heritage clubs and the famous Coffee House of Calcutta, featuring neutral Indian limestone floors, rattan teak-stained furniture and whirring fans – taking diners straight into the essence of the City of Joy.
Chourangi is part of India’s prolific group of restaurant chain, Speciality Restaurants Limited, founded by chef turned restaurateur Anjan Chatterjee in 1992. The group now operates 130 restaurants across five countries. The site on Quebec Street marks the group’s first excursion into the UK, following the much-loved, similar concept, Oh! Calcutta in India.