The Factory Outlet, or TFO as the logo says, is a new restaurant on 22 Camac Street, Kolkata. A part of the already existing Ivory restaurant, owned by the same group as Shisha lounge, has been secerned to form the TFO.
The restaurant, with bar, has a semi formal vibe to it. As you enter there are high tables with bottle cap shaped bar stools. The rest of the seating area has been done up in a lively pink and orange colour palette with neutral toned walls. At the far end a wall art of wooden shelves and hanging origami birds enlivens the space. The DIY bottles on table tops and a wall with half caged round table seating adds a rustic element to the otherwise modern set-up. I spent several minutes just gawking at everything.
The menu has an eclectic selection of dishes from Middle Eastern, Asian and European cuisines. The food menu is combined with the inexpensive alcohol menu. It has the usual mix of cocktails like LIIT (Rs.200 + taxes) to a wide range of standalone beverages like Kingfisher 330 beer (Rs.140 + taxes). The wines are not listed and the choice is limited too, you could pick a bottle of Sula white wine (Rs.2100 + taxes) among others. The mocktail of the day (Rs.150 + taxes) though was a let down. A meal for two, including alcohol, would cost around Rs.1800.
The food portions are large enough for a dish to be shared by two people. We (me and three friends) had the nachos, sun dried tomato olives bruschetta, mezze platter, thai red curry with rice, Cajun spiced bekti fennel and a portion of peri-peri fries. The flavours in the the thai curry were a subtle mix and did not have the overwhelming coconut flavour that some places do. The dishes overall were well prepared. A special mention to the spectacular dessert – banoffee pie. The dessert in a jar with flavours of banana and toffee was the epitome of heaven!
The TFO crowd was a mix of families and post-work dinners with friends. There is a genuine sense of hospitality here from the waitstaff, though it could have been smoother. Either they were too cordial or futile. Since it’s been open for less than a week, I am sure they will strike the right balance with time.
I am definitely visiting again. : )
Address: Block D 5th Floor, 22 Camac Street, Calcutta, India 700019 Timing: 12 noon – 12 midnight My Rating: 4/5 Hope the review was helpful. Do comment and tell me about your experience at TFO. 🙂