Have You Ever Eaten Kabiraji at Radhu Babu’s Tea Shop (since 90 years) in Kolkata?

Evening time, I was a little hungry.

Bubble Beds – Backpacker’s Hostel in South Kolkata – where I stayed, had the option of a self-service kitchen but I was thinking of local authentic snacks & tea.

I discussed this with a local friend.

Radhu Babu at Janak Road, Lake Market – one of the Oldest, Heritage, Authentic, Traditional Bengali cafes in the City of Joy for quick bites. You will have a Kolkata flavor there. A popular joint to have tea & veg./non veg. snacks – The suggestion.

Fantastic – said I.

I searched Google. It was on Google Maps as Radhu Babu’s Tea Shop.

I followed Google Maps Directions and within 10 minutes I reached the destination.

Good location. Nothing fancy. A small cafe with unpretentious simplicity. Limited sitting arrangement. Plastic stools are placed on the footpath. The separate menu for morning and evening is displayed on the wall as follows:

Morning Items (in Rs.):
Tea – 8.00
Biscuits (Britannia Thin) – 1.00
Butter Toast per Slice – 15.00
Plain Toast per Slice – 8.00
Omelet/Poch (Single Egg) – 17.00

Evening Items (in Rs.):
Mutton Korma (1 pc) – 95.00
Mutton Stew (4 pcs) – 95.00
Mutton Cutlet (Kabiraji) – 65.00
Mutton Chop – 25.00
Chicken Korma (Per Qtr.) 1 pc – 80.00
Chicken Stew (Half) – 110.00
Chicken Roast (Half) – 110.00
Chicken Cutlet (Kabiraji) – 60.00
Fish Fry (Kabiraji) – 60.00
Fish Finger (4 pcs) – 70.00
Fish Chop – 25.00
Prawn Cutlet (Kabiraji) – 75.00
Vegetable Chop – 18.00
Tea – 8.00
Biscuits (Britannia Thin) – 1.00
Plain Toast per Slice – 8.00
Special Fish Fry – 75.00
Special Chicken Cutlet – 70.00

What to have – a thought.

Chicken Cutlet (Kabiraji), 2 Biscuits, and a cup of steaming tea – The request.

Attentive & Quick service with a smile.

The Tea is awesome and the Chicken Cutlet (Kabiraji) – Lip-licking, mouth-watering, sumptuous, remarkable & unbeatable.

Chicken Cutlet (Kabiraji) – Had the very first time. A superlative, authentic experience. And the price – very reasonable.

Radhu Babu’s Tea Shop is the perfect place for chitchat/chill-out with/out friends while having snacks & tea.

Timings: 6:00 am – 10:00 am/4:00 pm – 8:00 pm (7 days open) except 1/2 day in Holi – festival of colors and Dussehra.

No doubt will recommend it. One of the best places to have breakfast & evening veg./non veg. snacks.

But the million-dollar question was: What is Kabiraji?

I question my local friend and the reply is as follows:

Kabiraji is not a regular cutlet. It is an Eastern India non-vegetarian dish made of mutton or chicken or fish or prawn wrapped in a coating of beaten egg yolks and fried till it is crispy.

Another popular belief is that the fish fry wrapped in a coating of beaten egg yolks was the favorite of West Bengal’s iconic King of Poets – Kaviraj Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel Prize in Literature 1913), thus, cutlet named as Kabiraji.

Knowledge enhanced. Thank you, my dear friend – said I.

Radhu Babu’s Tea Shop – a hidden gem in Kolkata is 90 years old cafe, currently run by Satya Dutt – grandson of Radhu Babu. The cafe is visited by numerous luminaries and eminent personalities.

One should visit at least once. It is easy on one’s pocket and stomach with delicious taste.

Maybe if I visit Kolkata again, will visit this cafe again. Now one of my favorite cafes. The journey continues..

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