Biswa Bangla Gate, the gateway to our city has an oval-shaped hanging restaurant, perched at a height of 55 metres. This steel and glass structure is a unique addition to the many architectural marvels of the city, the facade is made of toughened glass with laminated silicone sheets that can withstand gale-force winds, hailstorms and extreme heat.
With glittering 360-degree panoramic views of the city, the restaurant has a capacity to seat about 72 people (it will initially open for only 50 people). Although rumour has it that it’s a revolving restaurant but allow us to put that to rest. Only diners are allowed in the gallery between 7pm to 10pm, after the entry to Biswa Bangla Gate closes for visitors.
Coming to the food, the multi-cuisine delicacies dished out by Cafe Ekante, are prepared in a kitchen on the ground floor and sent up by the service elevator. The menu has a fair variety ranging from soups to pasta to kebabs to Chinese. Do remember to end your meal with the refreshing daab ice-cream. A meal for two should set you back by about INR 1,000.
The inside walls are adorned with murals of all things quintessentially Calcutta -- Ma Durga, a cute sketch of a Bengali Bor-Bou, a hand pulled rickshaw with Howrah Bridge in the background, portraits of legendary personalities of Bengal and even the Royal Bengal Tiger. The soft light emanating from battery powered candles within the gallery adds to the ethereal experience. Oh and we almost forgot, there is free WiFi too!