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3 Park St restaurants, part of Kol’s gastronomic experience, obtain the heritage label | Calcutta News

Calcutta: Three iconic Park Street restaurants – Mocambo, Trincas and Kwality – will receive a heritage label on Sunday, a plaque that will adorn their entrees, signifying that they have been around for more than six decades and represent the culture and spirit of Calcutta.
While 15 restaurants were shortlisted for the honor by the Indian Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (Intach) last December, the official presentation of the plaques has been postponed due to the pandemic. The three, the first to receive heritage labels, said they were thrilled and would continue to stick to the tradition and recipes that have kept Kolkatans clinging to them for over 60 years. “I consider this a great honor and recognition for the hard work we have provided over the past six decades. Restaurants come and go, but few survive that long. It is a combination of the food, the ambiance and the quality of our service that has been consistent for so many years that sets us apart. It doesn’t matter whether the tag helps us in terms of income or not. But it definitely symbolizes our heritage and the fact that we represent the city, ”said Nitin Kothari, owner of Mocambo.
Trincas has been an integral part of Calcutta’s urban culture – as a teahouse, meeting point, dining destination, and place of entertainment – for more than eight decades. It continues to build on its culinary and musical heritage: classic Kolkata cuisine, as well as live entertainment every day. Swiss Cinzio Trinca opened Trincas as a teahouse and bakery at its current location on Park Street in 1939. In 1959, Omi and Swaran Puri and their partner, Joshua, bought the operating business and added a menu. full and live shows at Trincas offers. . Among those who have performed are pop diva Usha Uthup and Anglo-Indian singer-musician Biddu Appaiah.
In 1983, Trincas started a quiet culinary revolution by serving the first Sichuan-inspired dishes, when Ming Room opened on its premises. Before that, Chinese food meant either Cantonese or Haka. “It is a great honor to receive heritage status from Intach. The award recognizes the efforts, risks, perseverance and sacrifices of all those who have participated in the history of Trincas. This Kolkata icon continues to be a living legend spreading joy and keeping up with the times, ”said Anand Puri, Trincas partner.
Kwality next door also started as a tearoom in 1952, serving drinks, snacks and ice cream. A few months after starting the business, he introduced food from North India. “Although it is now a multi-cuisine restaurant, pindi chana remains its most popular dish,” said Rajiv Ghai, partner of Kwality restaurant. Ballygunge Phari’s restaurant, which serves Chinese and Continental dishes, was established four years later in 1956.
Kothari added that restaurants, like Mocambo, did not need to change due to the label. “We have made very little changes to the menu or the decor. We have the same kind of furniture and even the upholstery remains unchanged. The only major addition was additional space to add 70 seats, ”Kothari said. Mocambo started in 1956 as a nightclub with music and a dance floor. In the early 1970s, the music was stopped and the dance floor was converted to seating after the state government imposed a heavy tax on nightclubs.
“The idea behind the heritage restaurant’s blue plaque is to raise awareness of heritage. Since Kolkata is a foodie’s paradise, we have decided to honor the city’s culinary heritage, ”said Intach, said Kolkata coordinator GM Kapur.
Other restaurants that will soon receive the tag include Shiraz, Dilkhusha, Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandy, Allen Kitchen, Nabin Chandra Das, Bhim Nag, Paramount, Sabir’s Hotel, Niranjan Agar, Eau Chew Restaurant, KC Das and Indian Coffee House. .

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