12 Reviews / 13 Ratings
Situated at Shyambazar 5-point crossing New Punjabi Hotel (popularly known as Golbari) is famous for its kosha mangsho. Being born and brought up at Shyambazar, I have visited this place umpteenth time and had its kosha mangsho, paratha, egg curry and devil since childhood. Yes, it used to serve the best kosha mangsho once but not anymore. The quality of mutton is very hard with too much oil. Most of the time you only get bones and mutton fat with gravy. Sorry for mutton lovers, not recommended at all.
The one thing that is sure to distract you while you cross the road at the shyambazar 5point crossing is the aroma of moghlai delicacies . The erstwhile golbari , though still there , has part of it reincarnated as the new punjabi hotel. The area is not spacious at all ( it can't be ,there's no scope to get much space here ). The place is also pretty hot, but all these complains take the backseat once you concentrate on the mutton and the parathas. They are oily , true, but somehow , you just can't ignore the calls of the dishes when you pass by !
STUNNING KOSHA MANGSHO.......
New Punjabi Hotel. The place is not a fancy outlet, but when you cross it, the drift of the aroma flowing in the wind is bound to catch your attention. The place is small and old, but the staff are really sweet, you need to pay at the counter and get a ticket, and the magic potions will arrive.
The mutton is no-need-to-chew tender and the rotis are soft and nice. Served with a generous portion onion salad and tangy tamarind chutney, one does not realize when the plate is polished clean. This place is not just an eatery but any food lovers dream come true. It has a small little menu which consists of dreamy potions on different stature and measure. Another special effect that was added was smoking the place with Dhoono or incense powder. The Dhoono smell is considered very festive, and has strong associations with the so called Durga Puja feel.
Today I experienced a phenomenon . Although it is a restaurant, but i still chose to call it a phenomenon.....
For my office purpose I have travel almost all the big cities of india, there i eat many mutton dishes in so called big hotels in India. But never eat this type of Mutton kasha ever there. I also think that those hotels can't able to make this type of kasha. the Mutton kasha in Golbari is simpleeeeeeeeee the best.................
Stuffy yet sumptuous
The things you can know:
2.Mutton kosha(Qtr)+2 roti+onion+chatni=81/-.... has to be paid first. Extra roti 3.50 /- per piece,.
3.Mutton and the chatni are fabulous.
4.The size or area of plate is remarkably small. You should ask for bigger plate before they serve your food.
5."No carrybag available"...
Important features of the hero of the day... the sumptuous Mutton Kosha (Very important for exam!!):
1.It's colour is blackish.
2.It is almost submerged in golden coloured oil.
3.Pieces are good and enough.
4.It's too soft.... "puro makhon"
5.Ooh... it's too served in a small bowl.
he he... how's it? ooh not the food...that's too good... it's my criticism... how's it?
Ah..Golbari...the very name!!
the one n only..."golbarir kosha mangsho"...reminds me of the countless times we waited for the bhand/ foil now...the "panch-matha" cacophony notwithstanding...divine, i would say...biased..u bet..but i daresay u will vouch for it too.. dont miss it if u want to try ur hands at the old n best in Kolkata...or shud i say "Calcutta" as my previous reviewer aptly puts it!!!
Die Here. Be Happy.
The header says it all. For 81 rupees, you can taste a bite of quality CALCUTTA (Yes my friend, not Kolkata, but the olde worlde glory) which would come in the form of a little bowl of nearly black gravy, with reddish yellow oil floating on it, and four pieces of tender, juicy mutton, served with a pair of inexplicable-paratha/roti (which is sort of like a cross between a paratha and a roti, exceptionally thin) and a salad with a dab of sour chutney (which had ginger, green mango, pudina and tamarind, if i may guess) on the side, and you have got yourself a slice of heaven.
No one sits here for long; they do not get to. The place is cramped, packed and overflowing most of the time, and the management is brisk and efficient. If you come here with more than two people with you, prepare to be seated apart, for luck, the foul deceitful thing, often would let you down here. However, together or apart, get down to the serious act of eating, and you would find yourself grinning like a satisfied cat at the end of the meal.
Of course, you can try other stuff on the menu. Me, I stick to basics.
One of the Kolkata's legends
I am a big fan of "Golbari-r Kasha Mangso"(Mutton kasha of Golbari) and I try to have a stop there whenever I pass near by Shyambazar Five Point crossing. It's an old food joint of North Kolkata that still preserves it's reputation and taste and almost became a legend. Don't expect a big and fancy ambiance or mannered service...just sit, order and eat or u may take away too. Try the "Kasha Mangso" with Paratha or Rotis...I am sure u will remember the taste for a long time.
Sumptuous Mutton Kosha
I have never quite managed to like mutton in this part of the country because most places, including homes for that matter, tend to undercook the meat resulting in a rubbery finish laden with fat. Both of which I absolutely detest. So when a friend told me about this little restaurant in Shyam Bazaar which serves a Mutton Kosha to-die-for(in his words) I wasn't very interested and added it to my "maybe"-to-do-list.
Today, though, I found myself at the Shyam Bazaar Crossing (five-street crossing/'panch matha more') seeking shelter from the incessant rains when the aroma of spicy meat invaded my senses. My past experiences with my olfactory senses have generally led me to good if not great places, so with my nose in the air I quickly traced the smell to a little place just behind the police-chowki at the crossing and promptly made, or shall I say squeezed my way into the place.
First impressions - if you are coming here bring at most a friend along, maybe two, any more than that and you'll have to wait for quite a while. Seating, or what passes for it, consists of marble tables fixed to the wall in the back room with little stools so that you end up "facing" the wall while you eat.
## No chit-chat, no hobnobbing, just eat!
But with food like this who needs fancy table clothes and shiny silverware. Get your receipt from the front counter before anything else - a plate of Mutton Kosha and some parathas(mixed salad is auto-magically added to the bill of fare) and seat yourself on one of those dainty little stools. Let the waiter know that you have already cut a receipt for the same and he disappears into the front to assemble everything.
As the food arrives on your table don't be put off by the sight of the darkened meat swimming in a tub of oil. A little red meat every now and then isn't exactly going to kill you(calorie-counters please excuse). Breathe in the lovely aromas while arranging your plates for quick access. Done? Good. Now break a piece of the paratha, dip it into the gravy, add a dollop of chutney for the extra twang and insert. Let it sink in. Now chew.
## That's right - that's good, real good.
Order extra parathas as and when you need them and don't be afraid to ask for some extra gravy. Do as I did and eat nothing else after the meal, letting the spices swim in your mouth for the rest of the afternoon/night. No mint, no chocolates, no nothing. Just the delightful aftertaste of spice meat and fatty bits stuck between your teeth. Walk out with a smile on your face and a promise to return soon for more.
I'd give it five stars but the seating was a little too off-putting and I am feeling critical today, so what the heck, I'll settle with four.
The bill, if you must know, was a grand Rs. 82 for a plate of mutton kosha, 4 parathas and some salad. Now get going!
This place is an institution by itself. I had heard they had closed down for some time, and i was saddened by this. But, they are back ... with probably the best Kosha Maangsho, and Tadkaa Daal that you could find. A little on the more spicy side, the food is delicious, and the prices dont burn a hole in the pocket. Must visit for anyone ever coming to Kolkata.
Kasha Mangsho at its best
3 yrs back one of my friend took me there. Its a very small place--congested and hot too.But I felt its worth taking that exhaution coz the food it awesomeeeeee... they dnt have a long menu card but whatever they deliver it tasty.. just try out a simple menu.. paratha with mutton kasha... u wont want anything more... mutton is sooooooo goooood...
they dnt have any branch.. so remember the location.. shyambazar paanchmatha more.. tasty food in reasonable price..