The mall has changed the way citizens of Nagerbazar eat out
When in college I used to tease a friend who lived in Nagerbazar. The friendly leg pulling, telling her that her locality was not modern, full of buses and autos and with hardly any place to chill or dine out. There were a few restaurants, but not any brand to speak of.
But not any more. The NagerBazar flyover opened to public in 2012 which reduced the bottleneck at the intersection. Then Diamond Plaza mall happened in 2013. Suddenly the place metamorphosed into a happening locality, and as happens when a mall comes up, other restaurants followed suit and before you know the locality was full of shoppers and diners and a young crowd who loved to hang out and spend their money.
Kolkata people love their food , their Biriyani and their Kebabs and their Chowmein and though local roadside shops serve decent food , they are either holes in the wall or something one cannot trust with hygiene. Diamond Plaza changed it all. With restaurants and food courts coming up inside the mall, other restaurant brands sprung up nearby and very soon there was an Arsalan and an Aminia outlet which serve their famous , the noodle joint Noodle Oodle, and Aami Bangali which specialises in Bengali delicacies.
Food options galore: MoneyFoodTravel went on a food trip to Diamond Plaza and was pretty impressed by the offerings. There is an open air Cafe Coffee Day on your left when you enter, a popular place for college kids hang out when they can save some money and also for friends and couples.
On the top most floor, a few signature restaurants are the main crowd pullers – Barbeque Nation– the lavish all you can eat buffet spread that serves the most delectable kebabs and are a first choice for Birthday celebrations and team lunches, Bhojohori Manna, the city’s favourite restaurant serving authentic Bengali cuisine and Rang De Basanti Dhaba which brings to your mind the mustard fields of Punjab and backs it up with the best butter chicken, chicken tikka masala and lassis in town and a highway Dhaba ambience. There is a standalone outlet of Tea Junction where people converse over cup of sweet milk tea and the signature samosas and sandwiches and also a KFC outlet that as usual has its share of fans.
If you want to snack or eat out on a budget, the food court Food Stop has a variety of options too.
For Pizza you have Dominos , for the legendary Kolkata fish fries, rolls and kabiraji you have Mitra Cafe, for a quick Chinese meal there is Noodle Story that offers you several noodle options in cardboard boxes , Dumpling Momo to satisfy your Momo cravings, Bhel Junction , which is known for its papri chaat , and Coffee World where you can order the lattes and the cappuccinos and thepizzas, burgers , pastas and wraps.
A day at the mall can never be complete without some good food and Diamond Plaza, you are spoilt for options.