Sunday: 12:00 - 00:00Monday: 12:00 - 00:00Tuesday: 12:00 - 00:00Wednesday: 12:00 - 00:00Thursday: 12:00 - 00:00Friday: 12:00 - 00:00Saturday: 12:00 - 17:00
Nearest StationGoodge Street
020 7636 2744
Best known for setting up successful pop-up events cooking Bengali cuisine at home, Shrimoyee Chakraborty has opened her first permanent spot in Fitzrovia. The first of it’s kind in London, Calcutta is a restaurant offering casual or communal dining aiming for a home-dining Bengali experience. Sourcing the finest, seasonal British ingredients and imported Indian spices. The menu is inspired by her mum’s cooking and the amazing local cuisine, the authentic menu showcases dishes Shrim grew up eating both at home and when out in the city.The concise but varied menu showcases these dishes alongside some street-food staples that often kick off dinner parties, grabbed from roadside stands and grazed on before guests sit down for the main event.
I really want to like this place but I just can't. The food is more expensive than nearby places for worse quality and smaller portions. Some items on the menu are tasty but it's a real roulette. The drinks especially are overpriced for what they are. The £5 drinks (and £8.50 to make them alcoholic) are just not worth the price.
The service isn't bad but isn't anything special either.
The space is nice but everything else (the food, the service, the price) falls down. It's a shame because it could be a lovely little lunch or dinner spot.
This is from visiting three times (other people booking every time, hence the repeat custom) and it's been the same every time.
Bizarre experience. Went for the bottomless brunch – which is two plates and fizz, and to be fair, on a voucher is pretty competitive. Got some Bombay mix as a starter, which no-one can really complain about I guess, but from then it just took ages for any food to show up. Alarm bells started ringing when the other occupied table in the place voiced a few concerns about their weird brunch, but any signs of unrest were quelled with a bit of a lecture and a quick top up. Eventually an odd pile of reheated bits and bobs turned up for half of our group. It was supposed to be a Calcutta take on breakfast, which was two cold chicken legs, bit of rice and some muffins and marg. Bit like barbecue leftovers. Literally zero cooking involved and dry as old Harry. To cobble the plates together the staff have a bit of a debate as to who’s going to shuttle back and forth to the Tesco next. Just a bit lacklustre really. Indian bottomless brunch should be a doddle, but they’re making hard work of it.
Good menu, cozy space and good intentions. However, management have disappeared and the wheels are coming off in this restaurant.
The food was tasty and interesting. Of course many dishes are re-heated! The problem is that some are not well reheated.
The service was lousy. Good people but inexperienced at the job and abandoned by management who has not given any guidance about what to do if you are waiter in a restaurant.
The space has had minimal maintenance since it was opened, particularly downstairs.
While it may look small, that's the best part of it - it's cosy, comfortable and the owner is extremely hospitable. Some of the best prawn curry I've tried, which goes well with the ghee bhat. Try the lamb curry with the Indian bread as well.
Quiet Monday. Nobody else in when we arrived. Warm welcome. After that it was all downhill. A deconstructed cocktail. Whiskey served with ‘fruits of the season’ (a cucumber) and some spice. Which were served separately on a saucer. Is that a cocktail?
Starter was way too cold from the fridge. No flavour. Biriyani was adequate. 5 veg dish was tasty but way overpriced and overdone.
Never once asked how our food was. The manager was passionately interested in her computer the whole meal.
I pass this place almost every day. Finally decided to drop in. V disappointed. Won’t be back.