Asutosh College, Hazra More and Shree Hari Mistanna Bhandar. I was visiting this place after almost four / five years and felt really nostalgic. Passing by is something completely different and I realized it more as I stood in front of the old sweet shop. Not much have changed here (The footpath in front of Jatin Das Park is completely covered with various stalls now. I like road side food stalls, but not to this extent. Horrible!).
Once a friend gave his birthday treat here. As the Kachuris are served with lots of Daal, 4 or 5 of them used to be enough for us. Some had 7 / 8. But that day the slimmest guy from our group ate 17 Kachuris! And he was forced to stop as the friend who was giving the treat ran out of money.
I entered the shop with loads of memory. This place is not at all recommended if you take hygiene seriously. The outer hall is the common dining area with a seating capacity of about 25 -30. We always used to eat here as the other room is for women and family. This time I entered the family room for the first time as my wife was with me. This section is comparatively cleaner, but again don’t expect much.
We first ordered 2 Kachuris each and a glass of Lassi. Within minutes the plates arrived with the Kachuris swimming on the Daal. Awesome! That great old, familiar taste after so many years. With almost all the places serving potato curry with Kachuris this Chholar Daal is special. Simply mouth watering 😛
The Lassi too arrived pretty fast. I think they keep it ready so that it can be served as fast as possible. It was OK.
Next it was time for the jumbo Langcha [?]. Shaktigarh is famous for its huge Langchas, but in Kolkata, its Shree Hari. Never had the guts to try those over-sized sweets during college days. But was determined to try one now. So I asked the waiter what’s the price?
– “Paanch, Saat, Dosh, Ponero, Kuri” (Five, Seven, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty).
– “Ekta Kuri” (One Twenty)
Was my quick reply. Lets face the biggest 😛
The Langcha was too big for the plate and a few inches were hanging out on each side. My first impression was due to the size it wont be soft enough and would be too syrupy. Yes it was not the best one I had, but considering the length it was definitely good.
Some places remain the same no matter what. Shree Hari and its Kachuri have managed to remain the same and I wish it remains like this.
When we were coming out I was already planning my next visit 😛
FYI – This sweet shop is located just opposite the Bhowanipore Police Station at 35A/B S.P. Mukherjee Road.