Billed as a Bengali feast for the mind, body and senses, this London supperclub (actually a lunch, but let us not get bound up with semantics) is a must for any fan of the food from the eastern Indian state.
Hosted by Little Kolkata’s chef-patron Prabir Chattopadhyay, The Spice Box event promises to deliver a seasonal spread of traditional dishes served thali-style – all topped up until you say stop, just like the drinks.
Prabir’s culinary inspiration comes from his mother, who kept not only the family but Kolkata’s 15th-century Kalighat Kali Temple well-fed. Moving to London, he began to recreate those Bengali feasts for friends – his food receiving such a rapturous reception that he began hosting supperclubs; first at home then at pop-up venues, trading under the name ‘Little Kolkata’.
The ethos, says Prabir, is ‘all about celebrating the spirit of Calcutta and its culinary delights; offering some of the most renowned and loved Bengali dishes. The brand mantra is to offer truly authentic flavours’ – many of which diners are sure to enjoy at Little Kolkata’s September supperclub.
Beers, ciders, cocktails, mocktails, Prosecco
Kosha mangsho – Slow-cooked Bengali-style goat
Deemer dalna – Fried egg curry
Seasonal vegetables & lentils
Aloo bhaja – Spiced fried potatoes
Moong daal – Bengali-style lentils
Paanch meshali – Mixed seasonal vegetables
Shorshe laal saag – Red spinach in white poppy seed paste
Rice & bread
Gorom bhaat – Steamed rice
Bengali luchi – Puffed fried flatbread
Bengali chutney & papad
Aamshotto khejurer chutney – Fresh mango and date chutney
Saboo Papad – Tapioca poppadoms
Mishti doi – Sweet baked yogurt
Sandesh – Calcutta-style cheesecake
- Little Kolkata’s The Spice Box supperclub takes place at 2pm on 10 September at 299 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JG
- £39 per person for unlimited food and drink. For more info and to book, click here
- To read about Bengali food and ‘Bong Mom’s Cookbook’, click here
- To read about ‘The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles’ cookbook, click here