Talking about Mughlai Paratha, in Kolkata, every foodie has his own favorite food joint. Some make the paratha thin, while others fill it up with generous stuffing and of course the accompanying potato curry differs in taste. But if there is one place which is known to everyone, at least by name, it is Anadi Cabin in Esplanade.
From Chowringhee / Dharmatala / Esplanade crossing enter S N Banerjee road and on the right hand side, just opposite to The Metropolitan Building (which houses Big Bazaar) you will find this small restaurant.
I heard the name from my father, who used to frequent this place during his college days. This place is really small (25 – 30 seats approximately) and as soon as you enter the eatery, you will know it to be one of those joints who have faith on their menu and remained the same as far as look is concerned.
It was 9:30 PM when I reached and the first bad news was that there were no Chicken / Mutton Kasha to accompany the Paratha. Half the energy gone, I ordered for one special Mughlai Paratha. The service was fast and the dish reached my table within a few minutes. It looked great 😛
The second disappointment came as soon as I took the first bite. No keema or masala in the stuffing 🙁 Only egg and lots of chopped onions. I might be wrong, but as far as I know, Mughlai Paratha stuffing is made of Egg, Keema/Masala, chopped onions and chili. Also the egg was without salt. I quietly finished the Paratha and came out heart-broken.
May be this is Anadi’s speciality, may be I was unlucky to have eaten the rare Mughlai Partha they have messed up with. Whatever might be the reason well known places like this need a second visit, a second judgment. I will be visiting this place at least once more and during the afternoon pick hours and will post my experience here again. Till then, as far as Mughlai Paratha is concerned, stick to your local favorites.