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Dolly's -The Tea Shop

Jodhpur Park
G-62, Dakshinapan, 2 Gariahat Road (S), Jodhpur Park, Kolkata
Open now and till 07:30 pm

Note : (Closed On Sundays)

Cuisine: Cakes, Snacks, Tea and Coffee


Sammya Brata - Burrp User

Sammya Brata

August 30,2012


Lemonade or ice-tea or the Orange Mint Julep? Yes my friend you are at the right place to savor the best. Love coffee art? They'l do the needful once you make a point to book your elusive seat in the corner of your dreams. But yes you would definitely need a good company, your acquaintance or a close buddy to make it BIG! However, the fact that it remains closed on a Sunday complicates a bit of woes because as a working person, most of your "daring expeditions" tend to occur on a sunday right? Kidding! The price range, what I found was on the higher side and the snacks including the sandwiches weren't blistering to say the least! Ah a 5/10 from my end!
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Horit Bhattacharya - Burrp User

Horit Bhattacharya

August 05,2011

To Tea Or Not To Tea.

Aah Dolly's Tea Shop. Where does one even start with this near iconic establishment? The quaint and almost annoyingly laidback & comfortable interiors? The familiar smell of fine teas? The simple but delicious grilled sandwiches with cheese and ham popping out from all corners - literally ? Or does one boldly state that the Iced Tea and Orange Mint Julep are the best to be found, in Kolkata and possibly in India ? All of them if you ask me!

Yes it does get crowded, and the service does get a little slow or sloppy in the evenings but that's a small price to pay given how comforting the place is, how reasonable the rates are, and how yummy most of the menu is.

Go in the afternoon, between 2 and 4, sink into the low, tea-crates fashioned into cushioned stools, say hello to Dolly (she'll be the regal, somewhat intimidating lady in an elaborate Sari, seated to the left in the recesses of the joint), order from the wide selection of teas (hot, cold, speciality, mocktail, austere, decadent), order a ham sandwich or something sweet, sit back and enjoy the languid, Bengali vibe of Dakshinapan.

As someone who has been visiting Dolly's for 2 decades now, it saddens me to see some of the thoughtless criticisms and accusations being hurled at the establishment. I haven't really seen any preferential treatment being meted out to "Firangs", nor have I had to wait for hours to be served. I have, however, seen "Firangs" speaking fluent Bengali, Bengalis speaking fluent American, and everything in between. Always interesting, always charming.

Let me make this clear - you go to Dolly's to slouch, see, slump, slurp, sip, sleep, smooch, smoke, smack(your lips), sing, soak etc. etc. Don't expect BaristaCCDCostaStarbucksWhatever the hell else.
Relax and allow yourself to steep in the bourgeois, nostalgic, complex, bitter-sweet brew called Calcutta.
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