A few months back The Gateway Hotel in Kolkata has come up with a Pastry shop, Deli Pastry Shop as they call it. I was aware of the opening and knowing that the place is nearby mine and I cross every day while going to the office, I chose to ignore it! After all, I already have preferred places for purchasing the baked and non-baked goodies. Both Five stars and both offer a great deal at a particular time every day so that one can purchase Goodies from a Five star paying much lower.
I didn't even check the offerings by the Deli Pastry Shop unless I was invited there around a month back by their management. Blame it on the judgemental nature of mine or the monotony I chose to believe. My first question to the Chef and the GM of The Gateway Hotel was horrible. Yes, you read it right. I asked when there are 5 stars in the city with much-negotiated offers why should I come here? Are you offering discounted price? Even realizing that five stars are still about experience not price, I asked it! Again blame it to my cautious middle-class mindset and the typical mentality of a financial analyst 😉 .
However, I was told that Deli Pastry Shop is not offering any discount. Oh, you must have seen my expression then! I was also told that their price requires no discount at all. By then I have started exploring the offerings critically. I was to criticize again! Gosh! Blame it to Woman hormone, not to me 😀 .
By then I have seen that they are offering the Pound bread at a price of INR 80 each! The doughnuts, Muffins (2 pieces) etc are priced at INR 75 each and Cake loaf is for INR 200. The Croquettes are priced at INR 75 and for the Rolls and Sandwiches, the price is fixed at INR 160. Last but not the least, Cakes are priced in between INR 700 to INR 1000. Errrrrr not the five-star kind price at all! Well, by then I decided to close the window of criticism and started sampling the bite-sized offerings.
We were told they are emphasizing on the Bengali cuisine while creating the Savory items. Needless to say, Keema Singara, Mochar Chop, Dimer Chop, Railway Cutlet, Kosha Mangsho Puff, Ledykeni Cheese Cake are the obvious inclusions.
On that day, I purchased a few things for the home from the Deli Pastry Shop. My packet was having two Kosha Mangsho Puff, One Masala Cheese Bread and a pair of choco-chip muffins. Believe me, I was surprised. I was not expecting by paying 80 bucks to get a giant Kosha Mangsho Puff filled with more than 100g of Meat. Or the big fat, soft Masala Cheese bread by paying 75 bucks. Pasta was happy with the Choco-chip muffins. These days I am quite regular there and why not when I am getting some brilliant stuff by paying the moderate price.
Okay, I have discussed the main thing that matters to me, Food and food price. However, how can I not talk about the decor and the ambiance? I am married to an architect after all. Needless to say, I am bound to notice the blissful ambiance. I liked the way The Gateway Hotel has utilized the corner to come up with the Deli Pastry Shop. In addition to that, they are having the live folk music played in the evening every day. Last but not the least the Deli Pastry Shop is open 24*7! What else one can expect!
P.S: You can blame me for the bad quality pictures. I am horrible with clicking pictures using the Mobile Phone 🙂 .
Here are a few things that may help you while visiting the Deli Pastry Shop at the Gateway Hotel in future.
What: Deli Pastry Shop
Where: The Gateway Hotel
Cost for Two: Around 400-500 bucks
Must try: Kosha Mangsho Puff, Dimer Chop
Must-Pack: Masala Cheese Bread and Sour Dough Bread