We will do our best to not say the word ‘Gymkhana’ (damn), but Calcutta Club’s decor does display the same, sumptuous style influences of the Maharajan polo retreats of old India as the London restaurant. ‘Calcutta Club’s founders collectively bring their 35-plus years of experience in the restaurant profession to the people of Nottingham. The brief is simple: to replicate the elegance of Maharajan retreats with the widest selection of ingredients available, where feasting (Bhojan) once began when polo games had reached a finale and took prime position within the occasion to impress visiting guests (Meheman).
The restaurant aims to make the dining experience memorable and enjoyable, whether in the Club Room or on the veranda, and offers recipes which draw inspiration from many of India’s rich regional cuisines. These include some timeless classics and some future favourites delightfully arranged into ‘first chukka’, and ‘second chukka’ with reference to polo. Some exciting dishes which are aromatic and full of flavour include Goanese Steamed Mussels, Boatman’s Fish Curry and Saunf Gosht Lamb – a prime fillet of lamb which is simmered slowly with garlic, ginger, coconut and fennel.
Calcutta Club’s menu and variety of ingredients denote the importance of the old luxury associated with the Maharajah, and as such offer some slightly more Mediterranean dishes like crispy Salmon with crushed potato, or chicken breast with a roast pepper;- once again to make the dining experience enjoyable for all. And, in complementing the dining menu with an extensive range of hot and cold drinks, Calcutta Club is a memorable dining experience indeed.