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The ethos behind this snug, friendly Bengali restaurant is home cooking, with owner Shrimoyee Chakraborty previously hosting supper clubs wherever she happened to be living across London. From Calcutta, her two-floor restaurant is styled with nods to the city (imported hand fans decorate the light fixtures), but Chakraborty herself is the most significant feature, a bubbly, likeable character who works the room. This approach has rubbed off on the congenial staff and the menu, which chats about Calcutta to contextualise street food bites, small dishes and larger “piping hot bowls of amazing food”. Such swagger is justified in creamy curries such as Malay-style prawn and coconut, or a sumptuously fragrant, rich lamb option. We found smaller plates underwhelming however, including bland slices of chickpea flour-fried aubergine and alur bhaja, which was a slightly spiced bowl of stick-shaped crisps. Efforts have clearly been made to keep prices low, but perhaps at the expense of finesse in some dishes. We suggest sticking to mains and enjoying a creative house cocktail or a London craft beer, as well as that warm atmosphere.

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