By Amit Sengupta 

The Park Kolkata is perhaps one of the oldest hotels in this part of the country. Tucked away in the busy environs of Kolkata’s Park Street, The Park is an epic and landmark hotel from the popular chain of The Park group of hotels. Right from its start of operations, this luxury hotel has stood out for being unconventional yet maintaining a touch of tradition. The Park Kolkata is extremely popular and proudly flaunts its presence embarking on a journey of luxury and sophistication.

Kolkata's famous Phuchkha
The local tadka: Phuchhka with the tamarind juice in a pot. Photo credit: Amit Sengupta

In our recent trip to Kolkata, we dropped over to The Park’s all-hour multi-cuisine restaurant The Bridge for a lunch. We were surprised to know that the luxury hotel from Apeejay Surendra Group was launched in 1967, the year that the Beatles toured India. As soon as you enter the hotel, the dramatic lobby, created by the world-renowned design gurus Conran and Partners beholds you.

The Bridge – situated on the first floor of the hotel – serves the best of world cuisines. It is elegantly divided into an indoor and exterior space – wherein you can comfortably sit at the round-the-clock indoor dining space which also houses a bar or chose to the external terrace. It’s hard to ignore the restaurant’s décor which has been designed with natural materials and fresh colours. We sat at the indoor dining space for our lunch. The restaurant’s furniture is upholstered in soft blue and green hues, which further enhances the calm and soothing environs.

Puja delicacy
Special Festive Thali. Photo credit: Amit Sengupta

“Applying their trademark Asian minimalist flair to the décor, Conran and Partners, UK utilized the design concept of overlapping petals of a lotus flower, leading to the idea of layers and screens, and in the sequence of spaces the restaurant opens into. The Bridge is a restaurant of complimenting contrasts in cuisines and experience,” said Supreeta Singh, Associate Director, PR and Events of this luxury hotel who generously accompanied us for the lunch. We couldn’t agree more.

We had a mix of a traditional thali which was a puja special thali, something, I never have had before. The menu was rich, unique and irresistibly diverse with an assortment of Rice, Luchi, Shukto, Prawn Malai Curry, Chicken Curry and Mutton Kosha. Before the main menu, we did have an unique dish of Ilish Cutlet to begin with. Needless to say, the combination of finely chopped Ilish in the garb of a Cutlet was superbly done. The taste was eclectic to say the least. Honestly, it was difficult to finish all that was there in the entire palate. Together with a glass of red wine, the succulent Prawn Malai Curry, we thought was simply delicious. It comfortably melted in the mouth, was sweet, the Prawn was irresistibly fleshy, meaty and wholesome. We have to mention about the Shukto which taken with an ample serving of rice or Luchi made for a gorgeous delicacy. We were told that The Bridge’s wood fried pizzas are outstanding and we had to sample it. The pizza was indeed crispy though we certainly didn’t feel the taste was brilliant.

Restaurant review of The Park Kolkata
Kebab with a dash of pudina leaves. Photo credit: Amit Sengupta

The Park Hotels have an evolved food philosophy that is based on creating eating experiences that are out-of-the-ordinary, original and creative, aesthetically attractive, meaningful, using the best-quality fresh ingredients, sustainable and that which make one feel good in body and mind. Certainly, The Bridge is just one among their bevy of restaurants at The Park Kolkata, an accomplishment, which we thought even The Park New Delhi can’t compete with. The other restaurants are Saffron and Zen.

Review of The Bridge at The Park Kolkata
Sweet delicacies: Local desserts with a twist. Photo credit: Amit Sengupta

The Bridge’s bar hosts around 200 varieties of wines delicately gathered from the best of the world, which are equally classic and contemporary. The extensive array of cocktails includes daiquiris, margaritas, martinis and champagne cocktails amongst others. We were told that sips like Roxy and Long Island Bull are the favourite amongst night lovers. To complete the taste buds would be Chees Kulcha and Non Veg Sushi. It also has an admirable cigar collection.

The Park Kolkata’s sprawling banquet halls, the luxury day spa, the state-of-the-art gymnasium, beauty salon, soothing sauna and steam chambers, poolside juice bar and an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi complete the innovative, global standards ensures that you can get an inspired, elevated experience at your stay in the lap of five star luxury in your next visit to the City of Joy. We would indeed like to stay here in our next trip to Kolkata.