This Coastal Restaurant In Kolkata’s Southern Avenue Makes Amazing Squid Sukka & Kokum Buttermilk

The great thing about walking around in good weather is that you never know what you may stumble upon. The chance of coming upon the discovery of a new place to eat is always exciting and that’s exactly what happened when we came across The Coastal Macha in Kolkata.

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In A Nutshell

The Coastal Macha, as the name goes, serves only food from the coastal region of the country. The place isn’t too big and can seat about 40 people in one go. As you climb the stairs to the first level, you’re greeted by the happy sight of colourful wooden boats, and fisherman’s baskets used to create an accented ceiling with light bulbs in them. You’ll also see beautiful photographs of beaches and the ocean on the walls.

One can find all the popular dishes from the coastal cuisine, and some not-so-popular dishes too. You must go to this family restaurant at least once if you want a break from all the spicier Bengali dishes you’ve been having.

Perfect Spot

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The best place here would be near the windows if you’re in a group of four or more. However, if you’re here on a date, then there’s this tiny spot that looks a little more intimate that’s just perfect for uninterrupted conversations.

Raise A Glass To

Try the Kokum Sharbat as soon as you’ve come in for a refreshing break from the city’s humidity. If you like buttermilk, you’re sure to like Sol Kadhi for it’s the Andhra version of the buttermilk flavoured with kokum. It’s delicious and a little savoury in taste, and you could get it for during or after your meal.

On The Silver Platter

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We tried and loved the Squid Sukka so much, we could’ve easily gone for another plate. As sukkas go, this one too was a dry preparation and didn’t have any gravy. It was cooked with freshly ground coconut, and it was just the best coastal dish we’ve had. We still get dreams about this. We also tried the Bhetki Gassi which was cooked in a mildly spiced coconut milk gravy. You must get this with a portion or two of the Appams that they have, because it just goes so well. You can, of course, get some rice too. But, you’ll find that the Appams are perfect for anything that you order off the menu.

You must also get the Coconut Pudding that’s off their menu. It’s creamy, coconut-y, and super smooth. It’s got a lot of dried fruits and nuts garnished on top, which you must mix into the pudding before going for your first taste of this. It’s just damn delish.

Food For Thought

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One great thing about this place is that you can be sure to find interesting dishes that aren’t necessarily on the menu. You must definitely ask the server about the day’s specials so you don’t miss out on something awesome. In case you’re craving some North Indian food, you can find them here too, but we recommend you only try the coastal dishes here. Also, the dishes are reasonably priced, and the food that we ended up ordering even with just one portion of each was just enough for three people, without making us feel like we’ve overeaten; and they’re very reasonably priced.

Head to 55, Southern Avenue, Kolkata

Say hello at 070596 94240

Pay INR 800 for two (approx.)

Explore The Coastal Macha 

Featured Photo Courtesy Of: Abhijnan Rubai Bose

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