Café Ekante in the premises of Eco Park at New Town, Rajarhat is one of those cafés which one should visit not only for the fusion Bengali dish it offers but also for the overall ambience of it.
On my several visits to Café Ekante I had the opportunity to treat myself to various kinds of dishes. Having a passion for photographing landscapes Café Ekante presented me with an opportunity to shoot Kolkata in a completely different light.
On my first visit to the café I was amazed at how beautifully the whole property was built. The wooden pier leading up to the café is something which Kolkata certainly did not have before. I was lucky enough to have some good texture and clouds in the sky which majorly helped me in making the photographs come to life.
The good thing about this place is that it is located on a vast area of land which gives ample photographic opportunities. The wooden bridge over the lake leads to the café which is in turn surrounded by a cute little wooden fence.
The interiors of the café have a modern touch to it with some authentic Bengali artifacts as wall hangings. As Café Ekante is located in the premises of Ekante Homes (the luxury resort facility by the same name) the waiting area for the restaurant is also quite nice.
One can also sit outside the café on the lawn if they want to enjoy the cool breeze by the lakeside.
I. I am no food critic nor a food blogger but the food was quite nice and I would let the photographs taken by Shamoita take centre stage.
I specially loved the chiiled Gondhoraj Lebur Sarbat and the fish fry. The food of the restaurant has a contemporary touch to the Bengali cuisine and that is what makes Ekante a one of a kind café.
As for me more than the food itself I was enjoying strolling across the lush green fields trying to look for the opportunity to shoot my next image from. Next to the café are small cottages named after the different rivers of Bengal which are part of the luxury resort.
I remember the first time went to Ekante it was on an assignment for a magazine but going there once was not enough for me. The property is built in such a planned way that it is much more than a café. It’s an experience, the one which being in Kolkata you would not want to miss.
How to go: If one is going by public transport then after entering Eco Park there is a boat service which will take you Café Ekante.
If one is travelling by private transport enter the lane to Eco Park Gate No. 1 parking bay. Instead of entering the parking bay, head straight down the road to reach Café Ekante and Ekante Homes.
If you have some spare time on your weekends or want to rejuvenate yourself after having a hard day at your office then Cafe Ekante is certainly the place to be. Trust me when I say, witnessing the sunset over the wooden pier is one of the most enchanting experiences one can enjoy.
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Know a place in Kolkata or near to Kolkata which is quite interesting? Do let me know if you do so, will love to go there.
Till next time, happy shooting.