Newly opened Sienna Store and Cafe on Park Street has great food and decor options
BORN OUT OF a need to preserve and nurture the native art forms of Bengal, Sienna Store and Cafe is now looking forward to an exciting new journey with its all-new outlet at Park Street, Kolkata. The very idea behind the store is to harness food, music, work and fashion into a single experience under one roof. Indulge visited the café recently to get a sneak peek. The Park Street store includes a full-service café, which caters to 75 guests in a space much larger than their current establishments at Hindustan Park and Jodhpur Park. It includes a small performance platform, a seminar hall, a conference room and two individual working cubicles alongside a walk-in store that houses everything handmade, ranging from ceramics to handloom clothing, accessories and upcycled jewellery. “It all began around 1993, when my mother started a pottery work-shop with her sculptor friend at Santiniketan. The idea was to include local artisans and potters in the venture, and train them accordingly. However, it remained dormant for a few years until we decided to bring it to the forefront with a store that would highlight these handcrafted artefacts. We started catering to palates later, plated in house-made ceramics. This venture, with time, has in itself become an inseparable entity,” says Sulagna Ghosh, the owner of Sienna Store and Cafe.
The hub at Park Street is a bright and airy spot that possesses a refined yet comfortable and casual feel. The whitewashed brick walls, splattered with hues of turquoise blue and canary yellow here and there with block-printed umbrellas coupled as lampshades, are a treat to the eye. One cannot fail to notice the light sculptures shaped like clouds above the reception, as well as a statement door from Pondicherry that doubles up as a wall adornment in the seminar room. We were welcomed with a ho cuppa Hazelnut Cappuccino along-side a salad that happened to be the perfect milieu of crunchy Kale and melt-in-the-mouth burrata cheese. The ruby red arils of pomegranate were like jewels that glittered amidst the greenery. Next up was the deep-fried Soft Shell Crab. Dipped in tempura batter, Sienna’s soft-shell crab was plated with a salad of flame-kissed microgreens, tossed in Salsa Verde sauce. This was followed by an entrée of Gobindobhog Pesto Risotto topped with pine nuts. Creamy, saucy and oh-so delectable, there is a certain comforting quality about the aromatic risotto that stays with you long after you’ve left the place. Our appetising jaunt concluded with ali ’ l ceramic pot of flourless Cloud Cake, made of eggs, espresso cream and walnut crumble.