The resto bar owned by Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has opened its second outlet in the country after Delhi. The One8 Commune in the City of Joy offers up a wide-ranging menu featuring both international flavours and regional specialities.
Kolkata loves cricket and its food, in nearly equal measure. No stranger to the connect between India’s most popular sport and gastronomy, the city has previously seen dining establishments from the likes of former Indian cricket captain and celebrated Kolkatan Saurav Ganguly. Now, the current Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli’s restaurant venture One8 Commune, which opened its first outlet in Delhi’s Aerocity a couple of years ago, has inaugurated its second outlet in the City of Joy.
Designed by interior stylist Sumessh Menon, the resto-bar is spread across 4,500 sq ft, has a variety of seating options and can accommodate 100 covers. A design highlight is an illuminated larger-than-life signature of Virat Kohli.
The menu, under charge of Chef Pawan Bisht, is an amalgam of offerings that cater to all kinds of tastes, from international flavours and regional specialities to healthy options and indulgent delicacies. The beverages are headed by mixologist Neeraj Sharma, and offer up everything from classic cocktails to new-age favourites. The heady mix of gourmet offerings as well as easy-going bites draw inspiration from Kohli’s own preferences, and there’s even a section dedicated to the sportsman’s favourites which sees specials such as Superfood Salad and Mushroom Googly. Other specialities include red and white quinoa salad, ghugni chaat cornetto, keema puff, herb crusted fish steak, Mumbai dabbagosht and skillet apple pie, among others. And given that the location is Kolkata, naturally, there are regional hits such as fish kabiraji, gondhoraj chicken, Kolkata prawn cutlets and Bandel mochar chop, among others.
While the brand’s extension into Kolkata is, according to them, owing to Virat Kohli’s connect with the city, going ahead, One8 Commune aims to establish in other Indian cities and create a significant pan-Indian presence.
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