Earlier this year I went to India. It was suitably restorative, with mornings spent doing yoga, lazy days passed on the beach, and evenings spent playing Rummikub, an unremarkable looking but highly addictive game. The holiday is already a distant memory but Rummikub remains an obsession. I’m on a constant, almost evangelical, quest to recruit new players, and I’m willing to use bribery if necessary.
To this end, I invite a couple of friends to dinner at Café Plenty one Wednesday evening on the condition that we can play a few rounds after we eat. I’d recently passed by late one night and enviously eyed the delicious-looking thalis on the tables inside: this formerly-just-daytime hotspot has started opening on Wednesday to Sunday evenings, offering Bengali street food, whilst the Good Things Tap Bar serves up a dozen carefully curated craft beers.
It’s inexplicably quiet on the evening we visit and there is, admittedly, a bit of a wait for our food but, when it arrives, the reason becomes apparent. If ‘street food’ conjures up images of handheld portions dispatched in a couple of bites, think again. The table is soon laden with dishes: two generous bowls of curry; one spicy fish with whole, huge, red chillies, the other a creamy, coconut vegan option, full of plantain and okra...
Café Plenty, 3-4 Circus Parade, New England Road. Bengali street food available 6pm-10pm, Wednesday - Sunday