Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden: A Little Japan in Kolkata

Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden: A Little Japan in Kolkata

Everyone in Kolkata recognizes our special connection with China. We have bits and pieces of their culture scattered all across the city, with a population of around 2000 Chinese in the city. ut their greatest influence is on our plate (no wonder, this is Kolkata) – as Chinese food remains our go-to cuisine. But, did you know that there’s a tiny bit of Japan, growing at the far end of the city?

Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden: A Little Japan in Kolkata

Serenity at its Best at Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden 2017: by Oendrila De

Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden – A Little Japan in Kolkata

I’m talking about the Japanese Forest of Eco Park in Rajarhat, a place that has always managed to take my breath away with its beauty. It’s always a feeling of peace and happiness, visiting the little Japan of Kolkata. From the life-sized wind-chime made of bamboo to the monastery and its surroundings: this place makes me feel like I’m in my element. Of course, there’s the charming Japanese Restaurant & Garden within the premise, serving mouth-watering Japanese food, which is always a big attraction for me.

The Japanese Forest or Garden

Serenity at its Best at Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden 2017: by Oendrila De JustODThings

Serenity at its Best at Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden

Within the enormous property of the Eco Tourism Park at Rajarhat is the Japanese Forest. It is also referred to as the Japanese garden. It overlooks the enormous water body in the heart of the Eco Park. The garden is a pristine place full of greenery, with watery breeze passing through the full-sized bamboo wind-chime. The slow, rhythmic gonging inside the monastery, the prayer wheels, the architectural pieces – this little world stands separated from the rest of the city, away from all the chaos and commotion. It’s a calming experience to walk around in the garden, or enter the monstery. Even while dining, I prefer to sit out in the open beneath the sky, or in the covered balcony. The air-conditioned indoor seating of the Japanese-themed restaurant is quite cozy, though.

Serenity at its Best at Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden 2017: by Oendrila De

Ambience at Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden

The Eco Park Japanese Restaurant

The restaurant, which offers indoor, open and balcony seating arrangements, is actually an outlet of Fuji, one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city, with the original outlet located in Sarat Bose Road; that is where I discovered the joy of Japanese cuisine for the first time. And, the Eco Park Japanese Garden restaurant outlet offers the same quality of food. But, there is no option for alcoholic drinks in this one. While you can pick Chinese options too, but would very much recommend that you go with the Japanese items. They are prepared to suit the palate of the Bangalis of Kolkata.

Serenity at its Best at Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden 2017: by Oendrila De

Food at Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden

One of the most interesting items is the Japanese Pizza, or Okonomiyaki. Its base is much softer and less doughy than the Italian version, and is packed with a different set of flavours. Don’t forget the veg (or prawn) Tempura, i.e. batter-fries that are crispy, fluffy, and light as the air! Another favourite of mine is the Yaki Soba, the Japanese-style stir-fried noodles, which go really well with the flavourful stir-fried Chicken Shogayaki. The noodles, available in both veg and non-veg versions, offers a creamy texture, and they go really well with the powerful flavours of the Shogayaki. And, the must-have here are the sushis! Don’t feel scared of them. I love the Yasai Tempura Maki, with Tempura-fried prawn or veggies inside. They are light, and yet a complete, filling meal.

Serenity at its Best at Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden 2017: by Oendrila De

Japanese Delicacies at Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden

Final Verdict on the Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden

Tension, anxiety, stress – these are the tenants in my head; they make their presence felt from the moment I wake up, until the moment I fall asleep. The little piece of Japan in Kolkata silences the voices in my head. I think can spend hours here, amidst its soothing landscape and soundscape. Besides, the food at Fuji has always appealed to me. It brings a kind of freshness of flavours. All in all, the Eco Park Japanese Restaurant and Garden offers the perfect space to calm the nerves, feel rejuvenated and in my elements.

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The photos in which I appear have been clicked by the exceptionally talented Sushmita Ganguly.]

 

Oendrila De

The unique, odd, crazy journey of OD, i.e. Oendrila in the world of fashion, food and everything else in this big, bad, beautiful world.

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