Renowned actress Mumtaz Sorcar launched Route 17, a new trendy cafe on Thursday July 7 that specialises in Chinese Food. Located at 17A, Sarat Banerjee Road, Kolkata 700029 Route 17 combines informal atmosphere and a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian delicacies.

Speaking at the launch the actress said, “Route 17 is really amazing. I love its interiors and decor and it seems perfect for an adda session with friends after a hard day at work. The fact that Route 17 remains open till midnight is another great feature as it is just right to fulfil those midnight food cravings! ” She further went on to add, “We Bengalis are known for our affinity towards dining out and having a good time, and Route 17 which is easily accessible and serves Chinese is a great crowd puller.”

Conceptualised by young entrepreneurs Akhilesh Jayaswal, Mantosh Gupta and Zahid S Khan, Route 17 is a 44 seater eatery that has been divided into four dining zones. Guests can either sit in the main dining area which is dotted with retro-vintage looking wrought iron furniture for a formal lunch with a section devoted to high stools if one wants to enjoy a private meal alone, or can move to the lane area which is more personal in its sitting arrangement and do not want to be bothered. Route 17 even has its own little private library for bookworms to enjoy their grub while they read and finally the cabana area to hang out with friends.

Speaking about Route 17, Akhilesh Jayaswal said, “What makes Route 17 special to us as it will be to the guests is its decor and fun atmosphere. Eating out is always associated with a feel good factor and to this extent Route 17 is a place that has a space for all kinds of moods.” He further added, “We have not targeted any particular age group for the place, we want people of all ages to be comfortable here.”

Mantosh Gupta added, “The food items are not new. It is not an experimental cafe, but it is a place that serves soul food that will satiate all senses. We source all our produce fresh from the local markets and everything is cooked in a hearty manner. Route 17 is all about good food and a great time.”

The decor of Route 17 is artistically done with paintings dotting the interior. The place amalgamates new-age knickknacks like driftwood lightings and bamboo decor with carved wrought iron furniture, snazzy music, jute linings and a projector as well.

The menu of Route 17 is predominantly Chinese with crowd pleasers such as Crispy Chilli Potato, Crispy Chilli Baby Corn, Drums of Heaven, Spring Roll, Dumplings etc in starters, a variety of noodles and rice in varying sauces, main courses such as Spicy Black Bean Fish, Fish and Brocolli Cantonese Style, Honey Pepper Chicken, Chilli Paneer and desserts like Fried Ice Cream and Ice Cream with Darsaan as well.

Route 17 remains open seven days a week from 10am to 12 am. Pocket pinch for two would be INR 500 AI.