With cafes launching innovative coffee options every other day, a mini coffee revolution is taking place in Calcutta. To make things even more exciting, Potboiler Coffee House, which has made a name for itself among the city’s coffee connoisseurs for its unique concoctions, has come up with a very appealing High Coffee menu. Sonali Lakhotia, the founder of Potboiler, thought of giving a coffee touch to the popular British high tea, and we are not complaining at all.
“Kolkata as a city has accepted a new wave of coffee and coffee culture. We can now distinguish an Americano from a Pour-Over among gourmets looking for beans specific to the region. So we thought this would be the best time to elevate the coffee experience. We have associated familiar flavors and foods with different types of coffees, and aim to highlight different aspects of coffees and how it works on our palate, ”said Sonali, the outlet’s chief brewer.
The elaborate late-afternoon affair that typically includes a platter of crispy wafer sandwiches, scones, tea cakes, crumpets, and pastries, sees some delicious changes at Sonali’s cafe. The inimitable chef has cleverly mixed the flavors of the coffee with the ingredients of the delicacies served.
The savory sandwiches, pies, scones with berry compote and a few homemade pastries arrived at our table in a three tier stand and all were accompanied by tasting portions of different coffees, both dark and milk based. . All coffees were brewed using their house blend of Bloom Coffee Roasters.
Besides the exotic High Coffee menu, they’ve also revamped their regular menu to include fresh winter offerings mixed with local, seasonal produce. “Our concept for winter includes warm and refreshing bowls in festive colors, flavors that breathe warmth. We have always believed in using local, seasonal produce and the winter menu reflects this as well. parties, people like to be a little more indulgent and enjoy what they eat, so we tried to incorporate healthy but slightly indulgent flavors, ”says Sonali.
Some noteworthy dishes include very comforting Strawberry Crumble Pancakes, Savory Pancakes, Broccoli Almond Soup, not Thukpa Soup. We also loved their Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce which, unlike many diners, is not fibrous and difficult to chew. We also loved every piece of the sweet pancake for its very authentic replication. In the dessert section, Nolen Gur Cheesecake and Roasted Walnuts is a must-try dish for the crisp, nutty feel that goes so well with local jaggery.
The cafe barista also came up with several unusual options outside of the regular cuppas, like the hazelnut crumble latte and chocolate mocha mixed with marshmallows. But Mocha on the Shore was the one that literally caught our hearts for its creamy texture and smooth flavor. Topped with toasted marshmallows and indulgent hot chocolate, every sip of this drink is synonymous with comfort.
Price for two, High Coffee: Rs 1,099, noon to 6 p.m.