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It’s that time of the year, when the City of Joy is the most joyous. If you’re going home for Durga Puja, or planning a culinary trip to Kolkata, this is for you – thank us later.

Monkey Bar, Kolkata is hosting home chef extraordinaire Iti Misra, whose Durga Puja menu Chayna Ochayna, will be available from September 27 to October 11. The spread captures the spirit of Kolkata during its most popular festival, with just enough innovation to catch you by surprise. Ms Misra has unique takes on nostalgic favourites, creating a galaxy of dishes you won’t find elsewhere in Kolkata during the festivities. Which is why you need to include this in your Durga Puja food hop. Bonus: If you’re visiting from Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore, flash your boarding pass (travel dates from September 27to October 11, 2019 only) at Monkey Bar along with a valid photo ID, and score a surprise from their Chayna Ochayna Durga Puja specials menu.

Need help ordering? Here are some suggestions off the menu - Rosogolla Chaat, inspired by the street-side delicacies of Hazratganj in Lucknow; Mangshor Jhuri Bhaja, a slow-roasted, hand shredded mutton dish influenced by Yangon’s famous pounded meat; Jaali Prawns, where Kolkata’s Chingri cutlet meets Bangkok’s noodle-wrapped prawns; mini pantheras or savoury crepes; and a sweet, sweet Nolen Gur Panna Cotta.

Pair these with Monkey Bar’s signature Toast to Calcutta cocktails created with gondhoraj cordial, and you’ve got yourself the best blessing you could ask for.

Getting there: #901 A, Fort Knox, 6, Camac Street, Kolkata, call 40606446.

*This post is sponsored by Monkey Bar*

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