After it’s success in the Indian Capital, Delhi, Veerji Malai Chaap Wale set up their first outlet in Kolkata, here in Salt Lake, AE Block. It’s a one of a kind, Pure Veg restaurant, wherein all the dishes revolves around Soybeans.
The “Chaap” referred to here is made from Soybeans. They are crushed and made into a paste and then given the look of a “kebab”. They are hand pressed, thus the name, Chaap (means pressed in Hindi).
So with this Chaap, there are about 50-60 items on the menu on offer. The names are quite quirky though, “Sunny Leone Chaap”, “Baby Doll Chaap”, “Aaye Din Bahar Ke Chaap” are a few of them.
The restaurant is very small though, giving more focus on deliveries or takeaways. But they have managed to squeeze out some seating space on the mezzanine floor, wherein atleast 20-25 people can be accommodated. The height is small and for one particular section, that looks like a dungeon, you have to stoop a little low and then enter. The seating is tight and not fully comfortable.
Coming to the barrage of Chaap items, it was a tough choice to make, since every other dish, albeit different in name, revolved around the Chaap only. The staff was also not quite sure about the items named therein. Nevertheless, we went ahead with the original Malai Chaap. It was delicious. Although some of the chunks were hard to chew, but overall taste was excellent. Truly drool-worthy.
Then we ordered, upon insistence by our waiter, Peri Peri Chaap. It was not in their menu and was supposedly launched that day only. The regular peri peri spiciness was expected. The chunks were larger and gravy was lesser than the previous one. It was okayish as far as taste was concerned.
Another dish ordered was Achari Chaap. It was tangy due to the presence of the pickled curry. I liked it. It complemented well with the soy chunks. To try one of the other dishes, we ordered Tandoori Aloo. It was not up to the mark. The potato was not prepped well and lacked taste. Just by adding a dash of chaat masala didn’t help the taste either.
The last one was the huge Veg Shawarma Roll. It was a filling roll with lots of soy chunks, complete with gravy, onions and capsicums. This was one hearty meal. After having so many Chaaps already, the roll was heavy on the stomach. I liked the taste of it too.
They also have North Indian curries and breads as well. Will post about them later if I get a chance to taste them. Overall, it was a new experience for me, as I didn’t had Soybeans before. I liked the concept and the way the dishes were mixed with thick curries. I would recommend to try it out atleast once.