Flurys is a Kolkata landmark, an institution. And I hear it’s a decent bakery and dessert parlour too.
As a restaurant, specifically where breakfast is concerned, it leaves much to be desired. Expecting so much from the endless reviews and recommendations, my father’s more than anyone’s (although not Indian, he spent ‘the best years of his youth’ in Calcutta in the swinging 50’s and 60’s), I was totally disappointed – totally.
I was there bright and early in the morning, the consequence of jetlag, all set for their famous English Breakfast. It’s a joke, really. I can’t believe people actually ‘rave’ about this (the English Breakfast); it looks ok in the pictures but believe me, the eggs were runny, the sausages wrinkly and the toast limp.
But it was the service which ticked me off, or should I say the lack of it. And you know, a couple of Calcuttaites I’ve spoken with while on this trip have complained that this is common among many of the ‘milestone’ restaurants…such as (but not limited to) Flurys, Trincas, and Peter Cat.
So if it’s a good breakfast you are looking for, and not simply Calcutta nostalgia or a trip down memory lane, then look elsewhere. The Bridge at the Park Hotel across the road is a very good option.