The restaurant was at the helm of the Indian small plates trend we saw last year, and the formula took off.
Under a year later, Chakraborty is opening a follow-up in Brixton, which will toe-the-line in terms of the food they serve, but will offer a much different environment to eat in.
Similarly to the Soho flagship, Calcutta Street Brixton will serve the punchy, vibrant flavours popular on the streets of Calcutta in small plates, designed to share. The food is inspired by Chakraborty's youth growing up in the city, and by her mum's cooking, and when both are imagined together the type of dishes you'll find include kebabs and chops, and traditional Indian treats like phuchka and ghoogni.
For the uninitiated, phuchka has been gathering momentum on the British street food scene; it's a hollow puri (a very thin wafer-like bread), fried until it's crispy, and sculpted into a round ball to hold flavoured water, and all kinds of aromatic vegetarian and meat fillings. They're topped with beautiful things, like pomegranate seeds, and are eaten whole. Ghoogni is a more straightforward dish of boiled chick peas and beans, served as a light snack on the street.
Unlike the stripped-back feel of the Soho restaurant, the Brixton counterpart will be more of a stylish ode to the culture and traditions of the Indian region. Film posters, murals and traditional ornaments will take guests to Calcutta in what sounds like a tasteful and modern version of a themed restaurant.
The Brixton address is still to be confirmed. In the meantime, you can follow head chef and founder Shrimoyee Chakraborty's scrapbook online.
Opening date: June 8th
Price: £15 - 25 per head on average
Reservations: Click here to book
|What||Calcutta Street, Brixton|
|Where||395 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Brixton (underground)|
On 08 Jun 17, 9am - 11pm daily
|Price||££ 15 - 25 per head on average|
|Website||Book a table online|