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Calcutta South India Club

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This Club Founded By CV Raman Serves Some Of The Best Dosas & Adais in Kolkata

Samriddha posted on 14 August

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Very few clubs in the city can boast of such a rich heritage, and such amazing fare from South India.

Great For

South Indian, Dosa, Idli, Adais.

What Makes It Awesome

Clubs and pubs are on the rise these days and the hype surrounding them is ever increasing. Their evenings get brighter and the sound of merriment increases exponentially as the clock ticks by. But Calcutta South India Club doesn’t belong to that pack. It is essentially a “family club”, as the General Secretary Mr Nayyar says. CSIC was founded in 1926 by a man who needs no introduction at all — CV Raman. Very few clubs can boast of such a rich heritage. He founded this club when he was in Calcutta as a professor in Presidency College. It was begun with the hope of serving as a meeting point for all those from South India in Calcutta, a place where they could meet people of their own kind, celebrate their festivities and unwind. Because of the time in which it was inaugurated, it looks like a large sprawling Bengali bungalow rather than a quintessential club. It has a very traditional old world charm lingering in every nook and corner. They have a large courtyard when you enter its premises and then on the ground floor you can see their famous canteen bustling with people.

If you want to taste original South Indian food, minus any kind of fusion, but great in taste and at incredibly reasonable prices, then this is where you should go. It is the only sector of the club which is open to everyone. And you will find people of all ages sitting inside this small canteen, be it a young couple, a middle aged man with his family or elderly people. And you can get a filter coffee for just INR 28!

You have to be  introduced by an existing member if you want to join the club. An interview is conducted and then the membership is given out. But it’s worth it, so dig out someone if you can. They have a library which boasts of having some priceless editions of books. They have the entire National Geographic collection right from the year 1945 to 2005. Apart from these, they have comics, novels and magazines of all genres. It isn’t a fancy library, but their collection is a gem. They stock a lot of valuable books from the past which have now gone out of print. The librarian is a very helpful lady — she knows everything about the library, as she has labelled and organised the books. Should you need anything just ask her and she will let you know.

They also have a Reading Room, a Card Room {complete with a card table for playing bridge and rummy}, and a table tennis room.

The premises can be hired out {if you are a member} for any occasion such as wedding ceremonies, conference meetings, birthday or anniversary celebrations then they are most welcome to do so. Non-veg food is allowed but it will only be served in the hall. The canteen is strictly vegetarian and the courtyard cannot be used for feasting.

Pro Tip

The club also houses some guest rooms, but the guests will have to be an acquaintance of a member of the club along with legitimate ID proof. A non-AC room is for INR 800 and an AC room is for INR 1,500, per night.

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Calcutta South India Club

Location Details
locationGariahat

70-B, Hindustan Park Road, Near Basanti Devi College, Gariahat, Kolkata

Fast Food Restaurants

Calcutta South India Club

locationGariahat