First things first, the entire experience which ‘To Die For’ offers, is exactly that…to die for!
The fact that such classy, elegant and authentic cafes & restaurants like this one is rapidly opening up in Kolkata, warrants a feel good moment.
Located near Hazra, one can easily pass by this brand new cafe without blinking an eyelid because of the simplicity in its décor and setup.
But once you step inside, you’ll bear witness to a completely different environment of sorts owing to the greyscale interiors and unorthodox look of this cafe.
The eerie calmness and elegance which To Die For exudes cannot really be compared to that of any other place in town, at the moment.
The greyscale walls, the wall décor and the fully white painted, open kitchen/serving area which is of a high contrast complement each other impeccably.
The furniture too has a certain bit of classy attached to it. After checking these out though, my attention fell on a huge blank canvas stuck on one of the walls. But what’s actually intriguing about the blank canvas is how there is a dinner plate attached to its centre.
This is what the chef and owner of To Die For explains with respect to something called ‘the black dot theory’
Just like all the attention of the world will fall on one small black ink dot on a piece of white sheet or paper, the majority of attention of the visitors here will more times than not fall on the plate in the centre while looking at the canvas – hence, redirecting their attention to what the entire place is about. Food.
Now with the ambience and décor aside, the focus should be put back on the food.
On my visit here, the pace at which the food came was kind of overwhelming but a hell lot tasty and filling to say the least. Here’s all that was served, and trust me when I say this – every single one of them was a top notch dish made. Despite the main course being amazingly prepared, the best part and arguably this cafe’s USP was the dessert section. Kudos to the entire team!
Beet Root Salad
Roasted Beetroot, smoked with oregano, with a balsamic, orange and red wine reduction. Served with rocket leaves and feta cheese. The cheese was honestly something which felt extraordinary, and all the other ingredients somehow managed to make a veggie like beet root tasty!
Baked egg with potatoes and onions, served with homemade puff pastry, pan-fried zucchini and brava sauce. This was the best preparation out of everything that was served. Period.
Everything seemed to blend so perfectly and didn’t seem forced at all.
Black and white seeds tossed with asparagus, snow peas, broccoli, served with guacamole and a fried egg.
The Quinoa wasn’t bad, but it felt a bit weird eating a whole lot of seeds, even though soft ones!
Fettuccine with roasted eggplant puree, confit cherry tomatoes and black pepper cheddar. Yet again, the highlight of this dish lied in the cheese. The black pepper cheddar was simply mind blowing.
Red & yellow bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli with an arabiata sauce, cheese and pesto oil. Well, just your usual Lasange.
In a burnt garlic, tomato and basil sauce.
Tossed in truffle oil, with button mushrooms and Parmesan cheese.
A Vanilla bean panna cotta served with an orange and chilly sauce.
Lemongrass Creme Brûlée
Dark Chocolate Mousse
Made with Callebaut 70% Belgian chocolate served with biscuit crumb, raspberry, gel and a pear poached in orange juice and cinnamon sticks.
Like I said, the desserts section is something you cannot miss out on. All the aforementioned dessert options is a definitive must try over here.
OVERALL EXPERIENCE :
To Die For provides you with a vastly different experience than what you’ll be offered at other cafe’s in the city. The cafe is inclined towards the haute French culture and is guaranteed to provide you with some very peaceful time while you’re gorging on the delicious delicacies the chef cooks up for you. The chef and his staff to is immensely courteous and well informed about all that To Die For has to offer its customers.
Visit this place if you’re interested in checking out something different in a cafe other than the typical pop-coloured walls and the same overused menu card.
ADDRESS – 12/1C, Manoharpukur Road, Hazra, Kolkata
PHONE – 033 30990196
COST FOR TWO – INR 1,000/- for two approx