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This Place In Topsia Is All About Celebrating The 'Aazaad' State Of Mind With Awesome Food & Taptails

    Topsia, Kolkata

    What Makes It Awesome

    This place in Topsia has recreated the look of those age-old Gymkhanas and elite clubs but without the snobbishness, tacky dress code and elitism of one. We thought we'd stop by.

    Episode One is all about celebrating the free state of mind - the huge wall art that's got 'Aazaadi' written in Hindi is proof enough. The walls are adorned with paintings of colonial rulers but with a twist - they are shown with modern-day gadgets like headsets and mobile phones (getting rid of the colonial hangover and how!). It's divided into five sections - Taproom (for their signature taptails), Ballroom (dance like non one's watching), Verandah (sheesha and smokes), Library (book readings, private meetings) and The Chambers (private parties) - and done up well enough for you to enjoy a private time with your loved ones. 

    They offer a wide selection of Chinese, Thai, North Indian, Italian, Asian and Continental cuisines and don't even get us started on how flavourful and heavenly they taste. The Spicy Mushroom Dumplings (try it even if you hate mushrooms from the core of your heart. Trust us, it's that good!), Crispy Chicken Bao, Asparagus Tempura Sushi Roll and the Cheetos Crusted Mini Sliders are a must-try while you're here. The Pan-Fried Noodles and the Dal Makhani-Butter Naan combo are one of the best we've had in a long time. Finish all of it with their Rum and Raisin Cheesecake that's got flavoured rum in it and is topped with jelly, rich cream and mint leaves.

    How can you leave without trying their signature taptails? Basically, it's cocktails (instead of beer!) being poured out of a tap. How cool is that! We tried the Blue Tea Concoction that comes with butterfly pea blue tea, gondhoraj, elder flower and gin and absolutely loved it! Berries and Rose, Mai Tai and Spill the Tea are also worth trying.

    What Could Be Better

    They have a separate section for hookah (they've got those big ones that you see in movies!) but they serve in the non-hookah section too if there are no kids around. We wish they had just restricted it to one section because those who don't prefer hookah might feel uncomfortable with the smoke and the strong smell.


    They also do brunch every Sunday where you get to try a scrumptious spread that includes tacos, Mezze Platter, dim sums, mini pizzas, salads, pasta, a pretty great selection of mains from across cuisines, desserts and alcohol. They also have a live chaat counter!
      Topsia, Kolkata