It's sort of unnerving for a teetotaler to enter a famous bar in town, just to taste the food. Not that I never did that earlier, but add to that huge amount of expectation from one of the most famous establishments in the town... NO! I don't want to get a black eye from my tipsy friends!
Olympia Pub IS Kolkata in many ways, for many of us. A melting pot where students with a bit of pocket money and richie rich guys with plastic money all sit together and enjoy... the unmentionables for a middle class bengali family!
So I entered OlyPub... not dark but well lit place, very unlike what I imagined. Multiple levels of sitting arrangements, slightly low ceiling, friendly "uncle-like" stewards... it wasn't a crowded late afternoon, just a few guys sitting here and there and a few girls as well, looked more like a college canteen (government ones, not the posh private college canteens) than a bar, except the thums up bottles were replaced by beer bottles. I just wanted to spend some time, so just ordered the famous beef steak and chicken a la kiev (and some water, they don't serve diet coke). Steak came first and... fast! It was... well let me put it this way... not sizzling hot. Well done. But would have loved it more if it was a bit more warm. But tasted wonderful! Slightly Indianized version with masala and onions. Good Beef!
The Chicken a la Kiev was awesome. The best I had till date was from Mocambo, couple of hundred feet away from Olypub. But Olypub's CalK was nearly a quarter the price and more in quantity (you get two mid sized instead of one large at Mocambo). I was so satisfied with the dishes that I was grinning almost unknowingly when I was paying the bill.
This place is a must visit if you are visiting Kolkata, even if you don't drink at all!